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Writer / Creator Steve Niles will be returning to IDW Publishing in March 2014, bringing a new comic entitled Monster & Madman. The three issue mini-series will feature a team-up between Frankenstein's monster and Jack the Ripper. Monster & Madman is illustrated by Damien Worm, who will also be handling the inking and coloring of both the interior pages and the covers. Here's the synopsis from the publisher:
A lost soul, Frankenstein’s monster seeks refuge from his waking life but finds no comfort in the bitter harshness of his surroundings. He sets out to free himself from his lonely isolation and during this journey he finds himself at the doorstop of a creature more sinister than he could have imagined, the madman, Jack The Ripper.
“Niles reminds me of Ozzy Osbourne,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief, “In the same way that Ozzy was always finding great new guitarists to bring his macabre visions to life, so too is Niles always finding amazingly talented and dynamically creepy new artists to bring his dark fantasies to life.”
Ryall added “And yes, we know Niles is also shepherding another Frankenstein series in Frankenstein Alive, Alive with Bernie Wrightson. That one is still happening, with a third issue coming in April, is unrelated to this one, and happens whenever Bernie’s amazing and meticulous art for each issue is complete. All of us are very vested in that series as well as this one, and we’ve appreciated readers’ and retailers’ patience on Alive, Alive. M&M will nicely fill the gap between those issues, and the entire series will be complete before the first issue is released so there will be no waiting here. Monthly creepiness awaits!”
Niles has done a ton of horror work at IDW, most famously with 30 Days of Night which he co-created with Ben Templesmith. Frankenstein, Alive, Alive that Ryall mentions above was a great, albeit much delayed, comic about the famous monster in a new setting. I'm glad to hear that that title is also continuing as it was a top notch comic.
"I think this is the 5th or 6th time I've used the Frankenstein Monster in a story. I've always been fascinated with Mary Shelley's creation and I've found the creature lends himself to all sorts of new stories," says Steve Niles, "There were eleven White Chapel Murders. Only five of them were attributed to Jack the Ripper. I became obsessed with the idea of a ‘what if’ situation where these two monsters crossed paths.”
The first issue of Monster & Madman will be available in March 2014.
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