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Monster & Madman


Sep 26, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J Bookmark and Share

Myth meets mythologized in Steve Niles and Damien Worm’s tale of the union of Frankenstein’s monster and legendary serial killer, Jack the Ripper. After escaping the bloodthirsty mob that killed his master, Frankenstein roams the world trying to connect with humanity. It’s ironic (and unfortunate) then that the only person who protects him is Whitechapel’s infamous murderer. Jack the Ripper dissects his victims to gather parts for Frankenstein’s bride, and as the body toll rises, Frankenstein questions what it truly means to be a monster.

Niles, no stranger to the macabre, weaves an entertainingand surprisingly sadtale of two Victorian nightmares. Worm’s dark, gritty, ethereal art adds to the sinister atmosphere Niles creates through sparse dialogue and narration. The tale takes considerable liberty with Mary Shelley’s creation, but knowing the original story helps inform the premise. If dark and grisly with a touch of horrorand a not insignificant amount of humanitywhets your palate, Monster & Madman will be a jolt of life. (

Author rating: 7/10

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