Monday, September 19, 2011

Digital Review: Frankenstein Agent Of S.H.A.D.E #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Alberto Ponticelli
Cover: J.G. Jones

Frankenstein Agent Of S.H.A.D.E #1
        Hey gang, I'm back with a new digital review from the new 52. This is one awesome comic. I tend to read anything by Jeff Lemire, but for some odd reason i didn't think this book would be any good. I was wrong, this was a great mix of talking and action. Unlike some other comic books Frankenstein has a great balance of both.

       At the beginning we learn that S.H.A.D.E stands for Super Human Advanced Defence Executive tasked by the government to protect us from the Supermen and the Batmen of the world. Ray Palmer is assigned  to the group to make sure that the money and resources given to them are not being abused. S.H.A.D.E brings Frankenstein back early from his vacation from Mars because monsters have popped up in Washington state.  Father Time tells Frankenstein that his wife was sent in may hours ago to cut the situation off at the head but has not been heard from for some time.

         The best parts of this book is when Frankenstein looks to have a talk with Father Time he runs into a little girl. She goes on to explain that she is now Father Time. It seems that every so often Father Time must leave his old body and find a new one. This makes sense really. Father Time assembles a group which is made up of monster to help Frankenstein. The difference is that Frankenstein was created as a monster. The other members of his team wanted to be made this way. One team member even tells Frankenstein that he became a monster because he was inspired by Frankenstein.

      Once S.H.A.D.E has gotten into the city they fight large groups of monsters. I know that Jeff Lemire is a great writer but hats off to artist Alberto Ponticelli. This is the first time I've seen his work and it has just blown me away. The story comes to an end when Frankenstein and crew find a Church full of innocent people. So this is the second digital review that i have done and while it's still really hard sometimes to uses the web browsers to read comics i would indeed do it just to read this book.

-Tash Moore


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