November 25, 2008
Here’s a first look at The Monster by artist Marek Oleksicki in Frankenstein’s Womb, a graphic novella — fancy-speak for “one-shot comic book” — written by cult favorite Warren Ellis.
The story plays off Mary (then Godwin) Shelley’s purported but unlikely visit to Burg Frankenstein during her elopement/vacation with Percy in 1814. Speculation has it that Mary visited the castle there and heard stories about the blasphemous experimenter Johann Konrad Dippel, providing, two years later, a name and a model for her fictional scientist.
Frankenstein's Womb has Mary visit the old castle and encountering the creature haunting it. Considering how Ellis, on his game, can weave a story with the finesse of a fine watchmaker, this new variation on the Frankenstein myth sounds very promising.
The 48-page, black and white book arrives in comic shops in December, or you can order it through the Frankenstore.
Avatar Press website.
Warren Ellis is ubiquitous on the Net. Here’s his blog.
With thanks to Monster Rally for the heads up.