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MIKE MIGNOLA TO TACKLE FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER
The Mignolaverse is about to get a bit bigger. Creator Mike Mignola will be writing a new five issue mini-series entitled Frankenstein Underground beginning in 2015 for Dark Horse Comics. Featuring covers by Mignola and interior artwork by Ben Stenbeck, the comic follows Frankenstein's monster who is now alone, abandoned, and wandering underground. It's here he finds other monsters and the dark secrets of the universe. This is actually the second appearance of the creature within the world of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. He first appeared in the graphic novel House of the Living Dead by Mignola and Richard Corben.
"It's intimidating as hell to take on an icon like the Frankenstein monster," said Mignola. "I'm trying to do something that's true to the origin Mary Shelley created for the creature but also captures a bit of the feel that Boris Karloff brought to the role in the classic Universal films. At the same time I'm throwing the monster into an entirely new environment, so I think the result will be something new. It's an odd one, but ultimately will add an important new wrinkle to the Hellboy/B.P.R.D. world."
Although this is only the second time Frankenstein's monster will appear in the Mignolaverse, the creator is no stranger to the character. He's been fascinated with Shelley's novel and the Universal Studios films for some time. In 1991 he actually drew scenes from those classic movies for Topps trading cards and he recently drew a Bride of Frankenstein Mondo print.
"This version of the Frankenstein monster has the same thirst for knowledge readers will remember from Mary Shelley's novel," said Scott Allie, Dark Horse Comics' editor in chief. "The monster takes the reader through some of the biggest mysteries of the Mignolaverse, shedding new light on important stuff we've only touched on before."
No specific release date has been provided for Frankenstein Underground just yet. Look for it some time next year.
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