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 if we’re supposed to laugh at Frankenstein or support him. This issue he comes off a little like Peter Griffin from “Family Guy,” only right all the time.

Ponticelli is the key to Frankenstein‘s success though. His off-beat monster art makes the lengthy exposition scenes fun to read.


War of the Monsters, Part Three: The Titans of Monster Planet!; writer, Jeff Lemire; artist, Alberto Ponticelli; colorist, Jose Villarrubia; letterer, Pat Brosseau; editors, Kate Stewart and Joey Cavalieri; publisher, DC Comics.

One Comment

  1. vernon wiley

    I don’t have an issue handy, but don’t forget the colorist as well. They seem to have just as important a role in the visual success of this book as much as the artist. Frank is a fun read, and if the characters can outgrow their simple stereotypes, it may make it as an essential read, for entertainment’s sake anyway. Slowly, DC is pulling a dozen or so titles out from the miasma of their entire line of ok stuff. Ratio isn’t good, but at least there are some winners.

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