A Dr. Frankenstein that travels to other worlds, a creator of zombies and a madman who beats a female creation he adores are all very fascinating differences to the mythos in this comic. So far it has gone from creepy weird in issue #1 to sloppy action in issue #2. I think it might change again in this issue, but is it good?
Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge #3 (Dynamite Entertainment)
Last issue revealed a world set in New Orleans where Dr. Frankenstein has created a beacon to raise the dead. It all happens during a hurricane named Shelley, which is an awesome touch. Last issue ended with two regular folks trying to stop Dr. Frankenstein, his monster girlfriend and his pet severed head exploring the world.
Why does this book matter?
Dean Koontz is a horror novelist right up there with Stephen King. Due to his sheer production you can’t ignore something he’s done. Plus, novelists becoming comic book writers is all the rage these days.
I doubt it.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
The tone changes again and maybe that’s the point because it hasn’t stayed the same for more than one issue. This issue has a quirky feel as characters drop one liners like it’s their job. That gives this issue an action film sort of vibe even though there is no action. It’s certainly eye rolling at times, but if you’re one for silly one liners you’ll love this.
Writers Dean Koontz and Chuck Dixon keep things light as we follow Dr. Frankenstein’s love through this world. She has an innocence about her that’s endearing although she doesn’t do much besides get herself in trouble. That trouble brings the cliffhanger which is an exciting element that should make the next issue fun.
Artist Andres Ponce draws a solid issue, effectively making a sight gag work and the good doctor of this world mad as hell. The zombies are rather standard and blank, but they work as threatening and not over the top disgusting.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Since most of this issue is following around our human protagonists as they drop one liners it’s tough to get in a groove as far as horror or action go. They’re floating around literally trying to stay alive but their chipper jokey attitudes make it all seem harmless. This makes the read feel light and unimportant.
Come at me bro!
Is It Good?
It’s a fun, light read that’s devoid of the creepy horror elements it opened with, but still fun due to the so-bad-they’re-good one liners.