Lately I’ve been leaning more heavily toward trades. It comes down to a few simple things, trades are more economical, usually you get a full story (or at least a full arc), my children give me little time and focus so sitting down and reading an entire book is on some perverse way easier than trying to keep up month after month.
That being said I still have a pull list ay my local comic shop (Royal Collectables in Forest Hills NY), 3 or 4 titles a month and a few characters that my buddy Diane automatically put on the side (she knows me so well!), because the fact is the bulk of the comics market relies on monthly ordering, only in the last few years has the straight to graphic novel market become a thing for your average creator (thank you kickstarter! ).
So last Wednesday at Royal I was treated to a trade in my file. Eyes of Frankenstein was a mini I started when it first released and loved it, but for some reason I just didn’t keep up. I’m a big fan of Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten’s Cal McDonald stories so I was psyched to buy the trade. And I was right to be, what a great afternoon read.
Cal has just “ended” the great supernatural war, or as he puts it “what amounted to a street fight between the vampires and the ghouls” but as we all know there’s no sleep for the wicked.
Mo’lock, Cal’s friend and assistant/friend requests his help once again. Ghouls are dying, mysteriously, quickly, and from a sickness no one can explain. That story alone, coupled with Cal’s changing nature, is he human, ghoul, something completely new, this would be enough for a great book but as the title suggests our old friend Frankenstein (Frankenstein’s monster? The Monster? Adam?) needs Cal’s help and he isn’t one to turn down a friend.
Steve Niles has done what many writers attempt but few master, he writes a witty, believable character who exists in a world that would seem silly if not for how naturally it’s treated by those who inhabit it.
I hate elevator pitches allow me this one slip, Buffy/Angel meets Jim Rockford, in the best way possible.
5 out of 5, buy this book.
Criminal Macabre – Eyes of Frankenstein TP
Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Christopher Mitten
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Cover Artist: Justin Erickson
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror, Humor
Publication Date: June 18, 2014
Format: FC, 112 pages; TP, 7” x 10”
Age range: 16