Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #12

As he was quick to note in the previous issue, the main character of "Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E." #12 is not "Frankenstein," but rather his creation. That, of course, doesn't stop anyone, including the monster himself, from referring to him as Frankenstein throughout this issue. As Matt Kindt's introductory story on this title draws to a close, he reveals some of the past that contributed to the beast known as Frankenstein.

Driven by disturbing visions of the lives and deaths of the people comprising his monstrous form, Frankenstein cleaves his way through the Leviathan graveyard, ferreting out a mole within the S.H.A.D.E. organization while drawing concern from Agent Belroy and Father Time. Kindt amplifies the bureaucratic uneasiness Jeff Lemire left behind in this title and successfully expands the odd world around Frankenstein and his team.

That world is given spectacular definition through the creative talents of Alberto Ponticelli, Wayne Faucher, Jose Villarrubia and Pat Brosseau. Ponticelli and Faucher are a splendid duo, as Faucher is able to curb Ponticelli's wild sketchiness without completely homogenizing it. The visuals are cleaner and crisper, allowing Frankenstein and his team to maintain a roughness about them inherent in the characters and concepts. Villarrubia in turn breathes color into Ponticelli's work, defining the difference between Frankenstein as he is hearty and hale or on the verge of perishing. Just as clearly as Ponticelli draws Khalis and Nina, Brosseau is able to distinguish each of the characters through their speech.

Kindt has added a sense of espionage and intrigue to the science fiction tone Lemire used to define "Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E." and offers a sample of what to expect moving forward. Although the majority of this chapter is told through a visual story that underscores a dialog between Belroy and Time, the issue is filled with plenty of spectacular images and unique characters. I do miss Frankenstein letting out the rumbling, "Hrrn" of frustration that seasoned Lemire's run, but that's truly the only thing missing from "Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E." #12.

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