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Books 137-138

Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Volume 1: Prodigal SonDean Koontz's Frankenstein, Volume 1: Prodigal Son by Chuck Dixon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read book one of the prose series and enjoyed it (then forgot about it. I'll have to rectify that). I found bound volume #1 of the graphic novel adaptation and saw that the art was really pretty good so I picked it up. Dean Koontz is often hit or miss for me but this is pretty good. Deucalion, Frankenstein's monster, has been living in an Asian monastery for some time when he gets word than an old friend wants him to come to New Orleans.

By the time he gets there his friend is gone and worse, he learns Victor Frankenstein is somehow still alive two centuries later. Deucalion thinks that Frankenstein might be behind the string of murders happening where body parts are being harvested.

The reader quickly learns that yes, Frankenstein is still making his 'master race' and one of them is defective and emulating his master. The two cops on the case, Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison don't even know where to begin when the weirdest part of the case turns up, a man with multiple organs ends up dead.

Carson is also dealing with raising her kid brother who seems to be autistic and artistic. She is unprepared for Deucalion when he introduces himself in a way that makes me wonder why he chose that way (since he seems a bit insane)

I do have one problem with the art/story in that Deucalion is made up on 100s of different parts. Why in the world would Frankenstein stitch him together in tiny bits of skin. Yeah I guess all the scars look 'cool' (okay they don't but I know the affect they're going for here) but it really makes no sense. About as much sense as him telling Carson what parts of him came from which pedophile, rapist and murderer. That didn't quite work for me.

Over all though, it's a well drawn graphic novel with an interesting story line.

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And the other graphic novel I read which isn't on GR and Lulu doesn't seem to have an ISBN for it is From the Front by Suzume.

In full disclosure I'm a friend of Suzume. From the Front is an epistolary graphic novel told in Ari Reynard's letters home to is friend, Adagio. Ari is eyes deep in a WWI-like setting and he is down in the trenches. Ari's innocence gets whittled away in these letters (and hints of him being something more than just human appear). The art has Suzume's signature sweet style to it. You can see some of it here on her DA page. I enjoyed seeing Ari's world through his letters.
Tags: graphic novel, urban fantasy

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