Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: David Rubin Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: October 18, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 22
8.7Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

Lucy Weber, daughter of the Black Hammer, grew up to become an investigative reporter for the Global Planet. Now she's on the hunt for the true story about what happened to Spiral City's superheroes after they defeated Anti-God and saved the world. All answers seem to lie with the dangerous super villain tenants of Spiral City's infamous asylum. As she gets closer to the truth she uncovers the dark origin stories of some of her father's greatest foes, and learns how they tie into the puzzle of what happened to Spiral City's greatest hero.

o Variant cover by Mike Mignola!

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Oct 18, 2017

    I'll admit I was skeptical for about a half a second when I learned this was a spin-off. I should have known better. I should have just kept that bullshit to myself and trusted Jeff Lemire and David Rubin and also Black Hammer, which has easily become one of my favorite on-going books, one of the books I am most excited to see on the new release list. Sherlock Frankenstein can work as a stand-alone, meaning if you're not reading Black Hammer I think you'll still be able to enjoy this book. But if that's the case I only have one question for you: what the fuck's wrong with you? Start reading fucking Black Hammer already, and then read this. And then read everything else you can find by either of these dudes. They're two of the best creators working today. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Oct 18, 2017

    Overall, I though this to be a strong and engaging introduction to Sherlock Frankenstein. I'm looking forward to diving straight into this adventure with Lucy, as she probes for answers concerning the whereabouts of Sherlock and ultimately her father. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - David Lee Martins Oct 20, 2017

    It's a great start to the series, but I'm knocking down the score slightly because it retreads some of what fans already know from the main Black Hammer series. This is likely done to be friendly to new readers, which I can appreciate, but existing fans of the series may have wished for a different approach. However, you can't go wrong with more Black Hammer. This is a masterfully executed book with excellent writing, deep characters, and incredible art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Joshua Hilgenberg Oct 21, 2017

    Anyone who enjoys the mystery and character development of Black Hammer will find themselves right at home in this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Oct 17, 2017

    It's a simple premise and, as I mentioned above, is ultimately an exercise in world-building rather than providing any real unsolved mystery (we know where her dad is, after all). But watching Lemire and Rubin working together to add yet more flavour to one of the better developed comic book worlds in a long time is nothing less than an absolute joy. More Black Hammer is always a good thing, but with Lemire and Rubn at the helm, pouring their passion into this project, this new series is poised to become a great thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Oct 18, 2017

    “Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil” #1 is a fantastic start to an unexplored part of Lucy Weber's journey. While we don't get a lot of the titular character, there's so much exciting potential here. This is a spin off that doesn't stray far from the core story and an absolute must read for fans of “Black Hammer”. If none of this sells you, then David Rubin's gorgeous artwork should do that. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Oct 19, 2017

    A real treat for Black Hammer fans, one that builds a fully realized world in a way that the main series has merely hinted at. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 18, 2017

    Sherlock Frankenstein has put together strong talent to tell a story that will expand on a lot of characters, including one that has become a key player within the main Black Hammer series. Jeff Lemire leans into what the flashback side of things well here to give us more of a different range of periods and characters that has such a love of that era but done through modern style of writing to give it the thing it needs to connect. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 19, 2017

    The best thing about this series is that Rubin has more room to stand out and lend his own flavor to the franchise without needing to stay tethered to the work of Dean Ormston's more sentimental art style. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Oct 16, 2017

    Sherlock Frankensteinis a home-run, hopefully we can expect morespin-offs like this in the future. If you're aBlack Hammerfan, don't miss this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Donald Edmonds Oct 19, 2017

    Lemire continues to bring a story of consequence in Sherlock Frankenstein and The Legion of Evil #1 to the readers. Here, I think David Rubin's art tends to shine. The monsters and robotic villains are intimidating. Rubin's style of warped and distorted actually work well in drawing monsters, making them almost otherworldly. The story of Lucy's search builds a certain amount of tension and intensity as she gets closer to the truth of Sherlock Frankenstein's whereabouts. The art style, though seemingly off-putting, builds upon that tension and intensity to make the reader feel as uncomfortable as the environment conveys. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Oct 20, 2017

    Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil is an interesting take on the superhero genre, particularly a new take on what happens when the age of heroes ends. Depressingly enough, not much changes, but thats a fresh take on the premise, too. This one earns a recommendation; give it a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 17, 2017

    For an eye-grabbing title like Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil, writer Jeff Lemire upends expectations with this quiet debut issue, thanks to some magnificent artwork from David Rubin. For those who are looking for more of the unique sensibilities of Lemire's work on Black Hammer, you've definitely come to the right place, as this book balances show-stopping, beautiful visuals with quiet character moments, making this spinoff a book that's definitely worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Doug Warren Oct 18, 2017

    This was a great introduction to an exciting series with a lot of potential. Can’t wait to see where it goes. Read Full Review

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