The Graphic Novel

Paperback, 141 pages

English language

Published March 16, 2009 by Classical Comics.

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A monster assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator. In graphic novel format and original text version.

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Wonderfully tense atmosphere

4 stars

I read a good biography of Mary Shelley back in April, but had never actually gotten around to reading her famous novel, Frankenstein, until now. I spotted it on a campsite book exchange and thought it really was about time! Frankenstein is such a cultural icon that I assumed I already knew the basic storyline, but it turned out that much of what I thought I knew isn't actually in the novel at all! And much of the novel is far deeper in ideas and tone than many of its recreations would have us believe.

Beginning with letters back home from an arctic explorer, Walton, we learn of his scientific intentions and of his bizarre meeting with a lone man stranded on an ice floe. That lone man is Victor Frankenstein, an obsessive Swiss scientist who had created and animated a monstrous man, but terrified by his creation, had immediately …

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Shelley is a lot like her mother. They both love characters who talk and talk and talk.

Honestly, I did not expect most of what happened in this book. Everyone "knows" the Frankenstein story: mad scientist raises the undead in a creepy laboratory in the mountains during a thunderstorm. It usually seems to end there. Some variations, Frankenstein actually makes a "female" version and, usually, the female doesn't want anything to do with its male counterpart.

However, I learned that Frankenstein is much more than that. It's a lot more gruesome and morbid than I thought it would be. I wouldn't really classify it as horrifying in any way. Honestly, I was a bit bored by many parts of it. I sympathized with Frankenstein's creation when he told his tale but it was still hard for me to picture him as anything but human.

I will say that I enjoyed …

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