Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck Bring ‘Frankenstein Underground’ to Life, Like in that Kenneth Branagh Film

What a headline. Such poise, grace, and unearthly power it contains.

Much like the new announcement from Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck, then, who’ll be the creative team for ‘Frankenstein Underground’ over at Dark Horse.  Dave Stewart is also onboard as colourist. A five issue miniseries, the story seems to be completely literal in two ways – the monster will be living underground, and also he may possibly be organising a league of monsters. Let me go read the rest of the press release and get back to you in a sec.


Okay so actually this is set within the ‘Mignolaverse’, where the character has appeared a couple of times before. It appears that the book will follow him as he taps into a few of the unthreaded story loops which were laid out years and years ago, and will be a way for Mignola to tie up certain things into a bow. It also means he can have a big hulking supernatural lead character in a book, which is nice when your big hulking supernatural lead character just got killed off recently.

Here’s the press release thingy:

“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.”

Mignola is no stranger to Frankenstein’s monster. He’s long been fascinated by Shelley’s novel and the iconic Universal Studios films that it spawned. In 1991, he drew scenes from classic Universal Studios horror films for Topps trading cards and 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.”

Frankenstein Underground will be released in 2015.


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