"Made Men #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Oni Press
Written by Paul Tobin
Illustrated by Arjuna Susini
Colored by Gonzalo Duarte
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 18th, 2017
After narrowly surviving an ambush that left her entire squad horrifically murdered, Jutte Shelley decides to go into the family business. She even changes her name back to Jutte Frankenstein. Using her family's vast knowledge and technology, she brings her squad back to life...or what she could anyway. See, the damage with some of them was so severe that she was forced to make some...adjustments. One has a new brain, two were merged into one body, and one has a lion head. Now they're hunting the people that did them wrong and this revenge is going to be particularly brutal.
Because she's technically dead, Jutte is forced to go to the mob for funds. She does a favor for a boss named Bizdy by bringing his dead daughter back to life. This entire situation is framed incredibly well. We see his daughter's final moments contrasted with the body of one of the ambushers being found by the local police. Both are horrific, but the one with the little girl hits especially hard.
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Colorist Gonzalo Duarte presents these images as almost black-and-white, like the color was washed out of them entirely. It's like you're seeing a memory that's starting to fade in the mind. This works out well when the girl wakes up. To her, no time has passed while the world around her kept spinning.
Much of this issue serves as a re-introduction to the team. Jutte goes through the status of each member, explaining what happened to them and what she had to do to bring them back to life. This could have come through as dry or like reading a textbook, but writer Paul Tobin keeps it moving quickly. It's always interesting, especially since no two reincarnations are alike. This also greatly expands upon the Frankenstein mythos. Mary Shelley's novel was only the beginning. The family kept working over the years, developing unnatural advancements in science.
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Artist Arjuna Susini keeps this montage interesting, bouncing between the outside world and the dungeon-like atmosphere of Jutte's workshop. You really get the feeling that this is a modern day Frankenstein story. If Victor's castle was brought to the present day, it would look something like this abandoned warehouse tricked out with crazy technology and a bit of steampunk-esque décor.
Made Men hits with a brilliant premise that I hope runs forever. We have to see Jutte get her revenge and it's going to be absolutely brutal, however the concept introduced in this chapter allows for a recurring idea. She's no longer on the police force, but she could be gainfully employed by resurrecting people that were killed before their time. This also opens the door to some interesting moral dilemmas. Does she take money from someone to bring back a person that clearly does not deserve a second chance?