Saturday, October 22, 2016

Frankenstein: Storm Surge

Title: Frankenstein: Storm Surge
Authors: Dean Koontz, Chuck Dixon, Rik Hoskin
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors, Dynamite Entertainment
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Genre: Comic, Graphic Novel, Horror
Source: ARC from NetGalley
Rating: 4/5 Stars "Liked it"

Description from NetGalley
From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time! Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents an all-new, in-continuity story set within the universe of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein novel series. While healing from a beating she suffered at the hands of Victor Helios (the madman once known as Dr. Frankenstein and her own maker), Erika Five decides to leave the comfort of her glassed-in porch and bottle of cognac to explore Victor's secret home lab, which she believes is an antechamber to something more sinister. With the help of a decapitated head named Karloff, Erika finds a secret lab and within discovers that Victor's experiments are not limited to his attempts at creating a race of super-immortals. No, he has constructed a mirror-like portal to another universe... one of infinite realities that Victor is trying to bridge for his own horrible reasons!

What I Liked
I loved the story line!  Although there isn't much space for words in a graphic novel, the story was told expertly by the combination of words and pictures!

I'm a total sucker for strong character development.  And this book definitely delivered!  I loved that every character was explained or had some layer of depth.  Like reality, many of these characters had an inner struggle that they were forced to face.  I admire the strong characterization!  I wish more authors would develop their characters as clearly.

What I Didn't Like
The only thing that I didn't like about this was that the end was very underdeveloped.  Where in the world do Frankenstein and Deucalion pop off to?  Does Frankenstein punish Erika?  What happens to the undead when Erika leaves that dimension?  I believe that at least one of these questions should have been answered in order to supply a better resolution to this plot.

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