Comic Book Review – Frankenstein: Undone #1

The Monster’s Story Continues in this Totally Rad Comic Book

Cover for Frankenstein: Undone #1. Depicts Frankenstein"s monster on his knees in the Arctic.
Cover for Frankenstein: Undone #1. Comic book cover by Ben Stenbeck.

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Credits:

  • Story – Mike Mignola & Scott Allie
  • Art – Ben Stenbeck
  • Colors – Brennan Wagner
  • Letters – Clem Robins
  • Cover – Ben Stenbeck
  • Variant Cover – Mike Mignola & Dave Stewart
  • President/Publisher – Mike Richardson
  • Editor – Katie O’Brien
  • Assistant Editor – Jenny Blenk
  • Designer – Scott Erwert
  • Digital Art Technician – Ann Gray

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Frankenstein: Undone #1 takes place immediately after Mary Shelley’s book ends. Also, as the cover states, it is also set in the “world of Hellboy”. I thoroughly enjoyed this comic book. It might help that I enjoyed Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein many years ago when I was in elementary school. The fact that I also enjoyed Robert De Niro’s motion-picture portrayal could also be a factor. But as a stand-alone comic book, I can still recommend it with high honors. The art is amazing. The storytelling reminds me of a Conan: The Barbarian comic book, which I have been reading a lot of lately. Get this comic book any way you can!

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You are now exiting the spoiler-free zone. Do yourself a favor and stop reading if you don’t want any spoilers.

As is standard for his character, Frankenstein’s monster is wallowing in self-pity. He gives his dead father’s body one last glance and then sets off into the Arctic on-foot. Along the way he manages to befriend a mother polar bear and her two cubs. They sleep huddled together. He hunts with them and participates in their defense from other polar bears.

He awakens to see one of the polar bear cubs being devoured by what looks like a man-ape creature. In his own self-pity, Frankenstein’s monster tallies this as yet-another blight in his wretched life. He angrily fights the creature, but it gets the upper-hand and knocks him out cold. It then takes him as its prize, dragging him along by his feet with one hand.

Frankenstein’s monster again wakes up, this time inside the safety of a hut. His wounds are being tended-to by an old man named Arobas. When Arobas asks for his name, he has none to give. So Arobas suggests he take the name of his father. This is when Frankenstein’s monster takes the name Frankenstein to be his own. After explaining his own history to Arobas, ‘Frankenstein’ notices an amulet hanging in the hut. It is the same amulet that was worn by the creature who took him captive. Frankenstein then realizes that Arobas has the ability to shape shift into the ape-man.

Frankenstein lashes out in anger, but doesn’t have the strength to put up a fight. Arobas practices patience with Frankenstein instead of taking offense. He opens the door to the hut so that they both can look outside. The last panels depict Arobas’ village, and then it cuts to the two remaining polar bears walking away in the distance.

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