The five-issue miniseries, slated for release in 2015, will be written by Mignola with interior art by Ben Stenbeck (“Baltimore”). “Frankenstein Underground” will also feature covers by Mignola.
Set within the continuity of “Hellboy” and “B.P.R.D.”, this story will serve as the follow-up to this version of Frankenstein’s debut in the graphic novel “House of the Living Dead” by Mignola and Richard Corben. The series follows the Frankenstein monster as he descends deep underground and discovers other monsters and the shocking secrets of the universe.
“It’s intimidating as hell to take on an icon like the Frankenstein monster,” said Mignola in the press release. “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.”
Though Mignola’s version of literature’s enduring monster has been molded to fit in with his “Hellboy” universe, the creature still possesses traits recognizable to fans of the Mary Shelley classic.
“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.”
Dark Horse Comics’ “Frankenstein Underground” comes to life in 2015.
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