Frankenstein Mobster: Made Man by Mark Wheatley (2009)
Graphic Novel Review
Do you like bad puns? Do you like Frankenstein? Mobsters? Monsters? Mashups? Yes, yes yes? Well then you ought to love Frankenstein Mobster: Made Man.
Frankenstein Mobster is every bit as wild and crazy over the top as you think it might be. But it’s more than just wackiness; it’s solid characters, a sense of pathos, humor, and great art work. The main monster in this tale is Terry Todd, a lone honorable cop in a crooked city where criminal humans suppress the hard working, downtrodden monster population. The monsters live in a slum nicknamed the Dead End, he he! Through mystical means, our pariah policeman, ends up a resurrected Frankensteinian monster/mobster.
Mark Wheatley’s artwork really stands out in Frankenstein Mobster. He creates wonderfully dark and atmospheric settings. His depiction of Terry as a Frankenstein-looking monster is clever. The other monsters are fun too.
The overall plot is well done, but there are a few stumbles here and there. The mobsters for one thing are extremely stupid, how do they ever maintain a rule over this city? The ending is a bit off target as well. Despite the flaws, this book is a fun read in a neat package; fat package too, 264 pages! You can get it on amazon for pretty cheap so it’s definitely worth a look.