Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Doug Mahnke
Publisher: DC Comics
Grant Morrison's work is known for its abstract plot threads, obscure symbolism, and magical adventure. Clever readers will ruminate on the stories, look up words and concepts previously unfamiliar, and perhaps embark on a path of black arts. In the end, though, it all makes sense. But man, Frankenstein has been one big "WTF" from the concept on down. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing.
A plague has hit Salvation Valley; the water supply has poisoned both the human and animal inhabitants. But is danger from something in the water, or water itself? Together with the Bride, Frankenstein will infiltrate the town to extract important military personnel before the Salvation Valley is bombed to Kingdom Come.
The grotesque visual humor of this book is hard to resist, with flesh-eating hamsters and the melee assault on Frankenstein by an army of squirrels and bunnies. If animal cruelty's your thing, this issue is a must. The contrast of the Bride and her intended partner is also pretty remarkable, and their relationship is both touching and grimly humorous. Morrison does pack some nice social commentary in, as well, with the densely-loaded parable of S.H.A.D.E.'s water experiments.
It seems that each issue of Frankenstein ends with a significant number of dead civilians, which ought to justify villagers' weariness at his presence. Like Angela Lansbury in Murder, She Wrote, Frankenstein coming to call is always bad news. Yet the well-meaning monster is a fascinating read, all the more so since Morrison has placed him within a context he's really got no business inhabiting. Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein is a clash-of-context for the ages, and a gruesome satirical romp through modern society's fears and vices.
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