Review: Frankenstein Agent of Shade #1

Published on September 16th, 2011

Before I start off this review, I just want to say that I am a huge fan of the character of Frankenstein, both in comics and in other formats. Also, Jeff Lemire is one of the most original comic writers of his generation.

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Now saying all this, was Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1 going to live up the hype? After all, I did pick Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1 Flashpoint as my pick of the week back in June of thisyear.

When I first opened the book, I was not a fan of the artwork. I told myself, “Ok, they are going to try to make this book look a bit grungy, very much like Lemire’s art style.”

Yet Lemire is not doing the art on this book. What he’s doing is giving us an amazing story, for fans of such books as Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and the old school Nick Fury, Agent of Shield from the 1960’s.We are introduced to a new world full of horror and espionage.

As we are introduced to Frankenstein, he himself is being introducedto S.H.A.D.E. Headquarters. So as Frankenstein is getting to know his new environment, we are joining him on the trip. We also get to meet the people that he will be working with, such as Father Time, who is now a five-year-old girl in pigtails. She looks a lot like Hit-Girl from Kick Ass.

We also meet a character (Ray Palmer) that Lemire has worked with before in the past. The only drawback to this first issue is that right after we get to meet the rest of Frankenstein’s team, the Creature Commandos, we get a few pages of fighting that takes something away from the story line.

At the same time, this opens up our eyes to the world of Frankenstein, and it shows how beautiful Alberto Ponticelli’s artwork is. Like I said, in the beginning I was not a big fan of the artwork for this book. But the more I read the more I liked Alberto Ponticelli and saw why he is the perfect fit for this book. His artwork reminds me of Frank Quitely and Jerome Opeña.

Overall, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1 is a book that is not to be missed, with a great cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see what Lemire has for us.

So next time you’re at the shop, pick up this book and put down that generic superhero book. Definitely add this book to your pull list – after all, who does not love a book about monsters hunting down monsters? Nazis, that’s who.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@ComicImpact.com