REVIEW: Frankenstein Underground #4

Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist: Ben Stenbeck
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 24, 2015

Mike Mignola is a lot like Rob Liefeld in one aspect, he employs artists whose work reflects his own in order to maintain a regular flavour throughout his art, but where Liefeld’s work tastes like a tangy bellend…I imagine…Mignola’s art is a dark chocolate Bounty.

This is a typical Mignola story, the monster comes up good, in this case Frankenstein’s monster trying to help a collection of zombies trapped in an ancient temple by a loony possessed by a demon, fun times. This is an unknown part of a five part series (the review copy was missing a few pages), needless to say I can’t wait for the trade to come out, the floppy is dying folks live with it.

Ben Stenbeck’s art is Mignolaesque enough to have fooled me up to the last few pages when details creep into the panels that Mignola tends to avoid or depict in silhouette, but his storytelling and composition follow the Hellboy house style and after a brief Google hunt, the covers by Mignola himself are something to behold.

The use of colour is worth noting here. There are different colour schemes for each period of time depicted in the book, dull greys for the miserable present, sepia and brown for the past, oranges for ancient history and so on. It really helps on an almost subliminal level to keep you anchored in the story no matter how much it bounces around through time.

I’ve always loved Hellboy, the idea of something that ‘bumps back’ is something I wish the six year old me that was scared of the dark had known about and I now love that Frankenstein is now a part of the Mignolaverse.

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