When I think about Frankenstein’s monster in comics, it gives me a bit of nostalgia as I recall reading the novel for a high school English class, the weight of the tale far surpassed my reading comprehension ability, but the meaning was not lost on me. “Monster & Madman” is similar in that regard, with a well-crafted story line that relays the emotion of the Monster. Steve Niles has a way of identifying with horrific creatures of this nature, and I can think of no one better to write this book. The idea of the Monster having an encounter with Jack the Ripper is insane, but it works wonders thus far. The art by Damien Worm adds its own distinguished element, fully visualizing the script, and giving this book a dark, beautiful finish.
WRITTEN BY: Steve Niles
ART BY: Damien Worm
RELEASE DATE: March 12
This book acts as a bridge for those unfamiliar with what has taken place for Frankenstein’s Monster, and his road has been long and hard. The first pages alone give great insight into his mind. As the story’s events unfold the Monster goes through a tremendous amount of personal growth as different challenges are set in front of him, showing that he possesses the full spectrum of human emotions. By the conclusion of the tale the Monster has already grown weary of his existence, but as he encounters Saucy Jack (the Ripper) in the closing panels, it begins a whole new chapter for his miserable life.
Steve Niles has been in the comic game for a long time and this story is testament to his abilities; the way he is able to create empathy for the creatures is astounding. As the story rolls on, Niles opens the Monster right up by using different methods of storytelling – having the Monster act as a narrator gives great insight into his thoughts. A moment that particularly stands out is when he describes his dreams and their effects.
This comic wouldn’t stand out as much were it not for the incredible skills of Damien Worm. Unlike most artistic styles out there, it resembles a mesh between some very sketchy illustrations and old photography. Worm is able to really twist the images in ways that give this book an authentic horror feel, combining the illustrations with a massive spectrum of colour and colouring styles.
With its combination of unique style and clever writing, I am impressed with this issue. There is only room for growth as the story arc trundles on.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd