Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. 3 (January 2012)

Lemire continues the uptick on Frankenstein, but it’s hard not to think it’d be better as a series of backups, not a feature title. The format of the issue suggests chapters. For example, once the team gets done with one disaster, they talk a couple pages and have another disaster. The pacing would be perfect for an eight-page backup. Besides the first few pages and the middle monster fight, the issue’s almost entirely exposition. The cast stands around and figures out what to do next. There’s bickering, joking and flirting and Lemire does it all pretty well. It’s still unclear … Continue reading Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. 3 (January 2012)

Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. 2 (December 2011)

This issue’s actually pretty good. Frankenstein didn’t make much impression (I’d almost forgotten it exists) and I don’t know if this one really will either. It’s pretty good in the sense it’s wholly mediocre with some wit involved. Ponticelli’s art smoothes things along. But the change is Lemire. He’s no longer introducing his derivative plot details and characters, he’s not even doing much with the titular Frankenstein. He’s concentrating on the supporting cast—the new DC Universe’s Creature Commandos—and it works a lot better for him. There’s a long flashback explaining their origin, all from the fish-girl’s perspective (think DC can … Continue reading Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. 2 (December 2011)

Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. 1 (November 2011)

I was expecting more from Alberto Ponticelli. The art’s good… but it’s hurried. I guess it’s hard to care when you’re on DC’s attempt to knock-off the Hellboy franchise. Frankenstein is little more than recasting the Creature Commandos as B.P.R.D., only with Frankenstein’s Monster as Hellboy. It’s not a bad idea, it’s just totally unnecessary. For his part, Jeff Lemire doesn’t do a terrible job writing. He doesn’t do a good job, just not a terrible one. Frankenstein is constantly referring to his creation and creator, which is supposed to interest the reader in his origins. Instead, Lemire is obvious … Continue reading Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. 1 (November 2011)