Dark Horse Comics 2017
Written by Jeff Lemire
Illustrated & Lettered by David Rubin
Flats by Kike J. Diaz
Lucy Weber’s search for her father has taken her through his sordid rogues gallery of villains and there is only one left. He is the baddest of bad and his genius is legendary, he is Sherlock Frankenstein and her search has been leading up to a meeting with him. Will this be what she’s looking for? Can even Sherlock Frankenstein find a way to bring the lost heroes home? Who knows but stay tuned because it’s time to learn all about the man who is Sherlock Frankenstein.
I have loved every moment of Lucy’s journey that Jeff and David have brought to us. This new world various inhabitants has been an amazing journey of it’s own and the fact we are seeing it through the eyes of a superhero’s daughter as she interviews, really just talks, to villains he faced and at no time did we want anything else. Okay so yes I do want to see more of these characters as they pop up here and there because this is a side show circus performers dream come true.
I will also add that the fact that this issue feels like it starts differently from the others is nicely done. I don’t know what it is that makes it feel this way it just does. The secret origin right off the bat although I’m not sure it’s a secret or not still his life story how he used his mind to cheat death only to have the love of his life die and he goes from happy, content to a bad mind space he can never return from or can he? The story and characterisation are one and the same here and that is so wonderful to see unfold before our eyes. David does as much to bring us his life, feelings and emotions.
Jeff is kind of an evil genius first we start off with Black Hammer then this and in this he’s setting us up for his next story in this universe. With a nicely familiar yet different Trinity of heroes to usher in that new age was a stroke of brilliance. We’ve already seen what the Black Hammer team looks like to us and the way it comes to us is so natural and so easy to just know and accept it’s always been like this.
I have never loved David’s work as I am right now! All these two page spreads are stunning, they bring this depth and scope to the pages that bring the moments to life. The use of colours and page layouts with the angles and perspective in the panels this is some seriously strong stuff and shows a remarkable eye for storytelling. This what I expect from him from here on out, this level of craftsmanship is his bar and I look forward to seeing what he’ll do next!
The whole time Lucy and Sherlock are talking and she’s following him around yelling at him and he’s just l like mhmm girl you needs to get a grip. The back and forth between the two in some ways shows a connection between them and in others it really reads like a petulant child throwing a tantrum. Either way or both ways it’s really what we need to see here and Jeff again just pulls this rabbit out of the hat and whammo there it is. This is the best one on one, back and forth dialogue I’ve seen and has so much depth and emotion to it for so many reasons it’s just wow.
As Pink says Let’s Get This Party Started! I’m ready keep em coming guys this yeah it’s like a drug you can’t enough of.