Comic Review: Frankenstein Alive, Alive Trio (IDW)

IDW collects the first three issues of Frankenstein Alive, Alive in a trade volume, leading to an upcoming release of the title’s issue 4. This volume, written by Steve Niles […]

IDW collects the first three issues of Frankenstein Alive, Alive in a trade volume, leading to an upcoming release of the title’s issue 4.

This volume, written by Steve Niles and illustrated by the late Bernie Wrightson, delves into the character created by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. When I say ‘delves into’, I mean that Niles has created a whole new story of the monster’s later years after he departs from Dr. Frankenstein.

Frankenstein’s monster embarks on his personal journey, with its inevitable ups and downs; some people are kind to him, most are horrified. He considers ending his ‘life’, and has times of great growth and discovery.

The pages are of course, beautifully illustrated by Wrightson, who is at his best when drawing monsters and dark, mysterious places. It’s a shadowy life for our hero, and Wrightson adds the right amount of detail and atmosphere to the continuing tale. Some of these drawings are likely the best work we have ever seen from Wrightson, which is saying a lot!!

I have to wonder why IDW collected the first three issues only, when there is a fourth about to be released with additional art by Kelley Jones, but at the very least, this is a beautifully rendered saga of the later years of Frankenstein’s monster, alive alive indeed. And at $7.99, a good value for your hard earned cash!

IDW. Frankenstein Alive, Alive Trio $7.99 for 63 pages of black and white content, not rated.

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!