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Frankenstein's Womb


Frankenstein's Womb

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Warren Ellis & Marek Oleksicki

Price: 
4.99

Page 45 Review by Stephen

1816, and Europe is shrouded under a volcanic winter caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora. On their way to meet Lord Byron at Lake Geneva are Mary Wollestonecraft Godwin, her future husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and her step-sister, Claire Clairmont, who is pregnant with Byron's child. Thanks to Shelley's peculiar line in conversation, the carriage is feeling quite cramped.

Still in Germany they pass by the ruins of Castle Frankenstein where Mary persuades them to stop. Supposedly abandoned, she finds there a creature born of her own fertile imagination who shows her the past, tells of her future, talks of love, live, death, and introduces her to a modern defibrillator.

It's a neat way of providing a little history lesson à la CRECY, for they were an incestuous lot, utterly fascinating and pretty much doomed.

There's some atmospheric art too, where you get your money's worth of ink in the form of heavy shadows and good old-fashioned texture on the castle's bare stone walls or on the shore under a tempestuous sky.

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