Frankenstein’s Monster And Jack The Ripper Team Up In Steve Niles’ MONSTER & MADMAN


mmSteve Niles, one of the true masters of comic book horror, will be returning to IDW in 2014 to tell a story uniting two very unlikely partners. This March Monster & Madman #1 will hit, featuring Frankenstein’s monster and Jack the Ripper in a new three-issue series. IDW describes the series as:

A lost soul, Frankenstein’s monster seeks refuge from his waking life but finds no comfort in the bitter harshness of his surroundings. He sets out to free himself from his lonely isolation and during this journey he finds himself at the doorstop of a creature more sinister than he could have imagined, the madman, Jack The Ripper.

Niles’ other Frankenstein series, Frankenstein Alive, Alive, hasn’t been forgotten either. Bernie Wrightson is taking his time to present some of the most beautiful and detailed work I’ve seen in a comic in a long, long time. Monster & Madman will help fill the gaps between Alive, Alive. The third issue of that series will be out in April. The two stories are unrelated, but Monsters & Madman will just help your Steve Niles Frankenstein cravings while we wait. This story will be completely finished before the first issue is even released so there is no gaps in release for this one.

The author said of his story exploring Frankenstein yet again, “I think this is the 5th or 6th time I’ve used the Frankenstein Monster in a story. I’ve always been fascinated with Mary Shelley’s creation and I’ve found the creature lends himself to all sorts of new stories. There were eleven White Chapel Murders. Only five of them were attributed to Jack the Ripper. I became obsessed with the idea of a ‘what if’ situation where these two monsters crossed paths.” Joining Niles on the series is artist Damien Worm, who will ink, pencil, letter and color the covers and interior pages of all three issues. Issue #1 will debut in March and the cover gives us a good peek at what Worm has in store. Will you be checking this one out?

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