by Jamie S. Rich (Goodreads Author), Megan Levens (Illustrations), Joëlle Jones (Illustrations)
Source: ARC from Netgalley
Rating: 1 Star
In 1932, Vincent Krall sets out to create his perfect woman by reanimating the corpse of the love of his life. He’ll soon discover, however, that man was never meant to peer beyond the veil between life and death, and a woman is not as easily controlled as he believes. As his monster becomes more conscious of who she was and who she is becoming, Vincent ends up with a lot more than he bargained for. Mixing vintage horror with mythic drama, this graphic novel by writer Jamie S. Rich (You Have Killed Me) and smashing newcomer Megan Levens is guaranteed to send chills through even the warmest of hearts. Expect murder, betrayal, and some vintage Jazz Age parties. The collected Madame Frankenstein contains all the covers by Helheim artist Joelle Jones and an exclusive gallery section showcasing Megan Levens’ development process.
I enjoyed most of the artwork and the style, especially of Gail or the female Frankenstein in this story. My favorite though were the scenes between sections – many of which seemed like they would make excellent posters. It also reminded me of an older style of drawing which reminded me even more of the older Frankenstein comic books.
Strangely this was a book where I didn’t really like any of the characters. Every character annoyed me – perhaps that’s just the way of the story but it didn’t really seem like any main character had any redeemable qualities. All of them were selfish and vain which made it hard to relate at all to the story. I’m all for bad guys and horror and evil but this just felt over the top. I did like the different spin on an old classic though – having a female character in the place of Frankenstein was very interesting.
FTC Disclosure: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion of the book and I was provided with no other compensation.