Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1

Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Alberto Ponticell Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 14, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12
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It's Frankenstein as you've never seen him before, in a dark new series from acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Alberto Ponticelli (UNKNOWN SOLDIER)!Frankenstein is part of a network of strange beings who work for an even stranger government organization: The Super Human Advanced Defense Executive! But can he protect the world from threats even more horrifying than himself? And since he's vilified for who and what he is, will he even want to take on this mission?

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Sep 21, 2011

    There's a sense of energy and excitement that really appeals to the lover of old-school monsters in me, and like many of the New 52 books, there are subtle links and clues in this title that explain a little bit about the shape of this new universe. Alberto Ponticelli's style works well for this series. I don't know if it would fit a more traditional superhero title, but with a book like this one, all about the monsters, it's a decent fit that works for the characters. All in all, this is one of my favorite new titles in the relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Sep 16, 2011

    Overall, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. has thepotential to be one of the more interesting New 52 books, even though it really,in the end, is pretty much a DCnU incarnation of Hellboy and B.P.R.D. As statedthough, with Lemire and Ponticelli at the helm, this book should be uniqueenough, and written and drawn well enough, to hold its own in a growing crowdof supernaturally superhuman focusing comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Sep 16, 2011

    "Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E." was a title I was planning to skip until it became one of the comics I was reviewing this week. That was my lucky break, because it's a high concept, entertaining comic with great looking art and writing that manages to introduce the characters, the plot, and how they all fit together without seeming heavyhanded. Consider "Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E." added to my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - johnlees Sep 28, 2011

    So, as an overall package, I wouldnt say the first issue of Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. quite matches the debut chapter of Animal Man. But this is still a quality comic, and another strong addition to the DC Dark stable. I love comics that are jampacked full of the kind of ideas you can really only get away with in comics, and this is one of those. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Kirby Sep 30, 2011

    Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. is exactly what you think it would be, fan fiction made pro. I don't have any history with the previous incarnations of the series so I am not aware of the latent potential the series may hold. I am not that crazy about the artwork but the whole thing is just quirky enough to work. I don't see myself continuing with this series because my dollars have higher priorities, but I will probably finish this story arc at least, just to enjoy the whole story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Nuts - Jef Mendoza Sep 20, 2011

    I'm taking away 1 nut because it reminds me of Hellboy a lil too much but all in all, a rather enjoyable comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Erik Norris Sep 14, 2011

    Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1 is probably going to be a hard sell to many people. I imagine a lot of folks will see the title and the cover on book shelves, laugh, and then pick up their standard superhero fare and go about their business. That's a mistake. Taking nothing away from the superhero books we know and love, Frankenstein #1 is worth a shot because it's something completely different. It also doesn't hurt that it's written by Jeff Lemire (he's so hot right now). Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1 should definitely be on your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 17, 2011

    Overall, it's a good start, and I'll certainly make an effort to acquire that taste with #2. Hopefully, it'll be able to differentiate itself from B.P.R.D. enough so as not to feel like a retread. The vampire seems like an entertaining asshole and the werewolf looks badass. It could happen. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Andrenn Sep 23, 2011

    Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE has all the potential to be the best non-super hero comic to come out of the New 52. I have a feeling that with issues #2 and beyond I will probably be singing a lot more praise about this series when i has passed introducing the main cast and getting everyone situated with the premise and setting of the series. I could be wrong, but the potential this series has is immense. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 15, 2011

    I enjoyed the character and the premise, though, and I'll be back next issue for more old-school monster smashy-smashy with random philosophy bits here and there. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Matt Demers Sep 14, 2011

    The main problem I had with the new Frankenstein is that this issue could have been spread over two or three. There just seemed to be an urgency to skip all the "hokey introduction stuff" and get the team out the door and into the demon-fighting wilds. It reeks of an action movie where the director doesn't take the plot seriously and just wants to move onto blowing things up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 16, 2011

    Overall this is a very good first issue. We get some plot, character introductions and a decent story. Needless to say, this book is just not going to be everyone's cup of tea, mostly because it is not a super-hero book at all. However, Lemire writes a good story and when you allow creators room to stretch out like this the results are usually favorable. I like the long-term prospects for this book. I recommend picking this up and I think this could be a classic series in the making. Read Full Review

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