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FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E.

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Full Name: Frankenstein
Nationality: None
Organization: S.H.A.D.E.
Occupation Agent

Creator: Jeff Lemire, Alberto Ponticelli
Time Span: 2011 - 2012

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Frankenstein is an agent with S.H.A.D.E.
       First a mention about the organization. The acronym stands for the "Super Human Advanced Defense Executive". It is run by an individual named Father Time who is, not surprising given the name, immortal. He does have to change bodies periodically but instead of it being every year as we traditionally see it, in this universe it is every decade. During the current incarnation where we follow him, his persona is that of a Japanese elementary schoolgirl, complete with ponytails and a class uniform.
       We learn from a prologue to the first set of adventures that S.H.A.D.E. has been around for hundreds of years, dedicated to protecting humanity from all manners of dangers which come out at night to feed or subvert. Exactly how old S.H.A.D.E. is remains unknown just as it is not known how old Father Time is. Both numbers would seem to be high.
       The current mandate for S.H.A.D.E. is counter-terrorism. Its headquarters is the Ant Farm, an entire city shrunken to just a few inches in size and contained in an indestructible ball. People (or pseudo-people) shrink down to a tiny size to enter. Not surprisingly, the architect of the technology used to teleport in and out, changing size along the way, is Ray Palmer, aka The Atom.
       S.H.A.D.E. has always been ahead of the bleeding edge of technology. Frankenstein, on the other hand, is not that impressed with it and prefers a more hands-on approach to fighting the terrors he goes up against.
       The history of Frankenstein [in the DC comicbook universe] says that the genius but demented Victor Frankenstein created the Monster in the year 1823. His methods were depraved and inhumane to say the least, using power generated by sacrificing humans to somehow 'harvest' their souls. The Monster, though made of human parts stitched together, was an impressively tall and immensely strong green behemoth. The Doctor immediately set about creating a mate for his Monster but the Monster showed a desire to not be held captive.
       The Monster's desire to be left alone caused him to wander westward across Europe and onto South America, a good chunk of that at the bottom of the Atlantic. In the rainforest of the Amazon among a tribe of natives he found a home and a semblance of happiness. At least until the Doctor found him and ruined it. The Monster in turn ruined the Doctor.
       That is when S.H.A.D.E. stepped in and Father Time, using the persona of a prim, sophisticated white woman, approached him to become an agent. And from that time, nearly two hundred years ago, the Monster, now going by the name of his crazed 'creator', Frankenstein, has fought as an Agent of S.H.A.D.E. in the shadows to combat evil in whatever form it materializes.
       He is used to fighting on his own and far prefers it, except for an occasional mission with his wife, the Bride, who is green hued like he but for reasons I have not discovered was given four arms instead of two. She is also an agent and quite a good one if I understand correctly.
       He is also, from the start of the first recorded adventure, put in charge against his preferences of a team of even odder characters. Father Time calls them Division M but they refer to themselves as 'the Creature Commandos'. Each of the four members is totally different from Frankenstein or from each other but equally bizarre. Seems fitting.



Good Line:
- Said by Frankenstein to one of his teammates, "Hand-to-hand combat lesson Number one: kill them before they kill you."

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:2
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2012

     Around 2010-2011, DC Comics, in order to revitalize its sagging sales numbers, decided to do a massive, and I do mean that word, retcon of the entire universe. Every title was given a tremendous makeover and many old names went away with new ones coming in.

     One of the arrivals was this series. It lasted 16 issues.

0 Meeting His Maker Meeting His Maker
Published by DC Comics
Contributors: Jess Lemire (writer), Alberto Ponticelli (pencils), Jose Villarrubia (colors), Pat Brosseau (letters), Wayne Faucher (inks)
Copyright: 2012

Published in Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #0, November 2012.
Tells the origin of the Monster, his early struggle with Dr. Frankenstein, and how he came to be part of S.H.A.D.E.


1 War of the Monsters War of the Monsters
Published by DC Comics
Contributors: Jess Lemire (writer), Alberto Ponticelli (pencils and inks), Jose Villarrubia (colors), Pat Brosseau (letters)
Copyright: 2011

Published in Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1 - #4, November 2011 - February 2012.
The small community of Bone Lake, Washington is attacked by 'an army of monsters'. They come from a temporal rift at the bottom of the lake the town is built around. On the other side is a world filled to the brim with monsters, all planning to invade Earth. Frankenstein and his Creature Commandos are sent by S.H.A.D.E. to dissuade them. Told in four parts:
Part 1: Monster Town, USA
Part 2: The Dissection of Nina Mazursky
Part 3: The Titans of Monster Planet!
Part 4: Conclusion: Storming the Gates of Hell!
Repackaged as the lead story in the graphic novel Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Vol. 1 - War of the Monsters.

2 Versus O.M.A.C. Versus O.M.A.C.
Published by DC Comics
Contributors: Jess Lemire (writer), Dan Didio (writer), Keith Giffen (writer), Alberto Ponticelli (pencils and inks), Scott Koblish (inks), Jose Villarrubia (colors), Hi-Fi (colors), Travis Lanham (letters)
Copyright: 2012

Published in O.M.A.C. #5 and continued in Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #5, March 2012.
S.H.A.D.E. agent Frankenstein is called in to assist Checkmate, "a covert operations agency funded and run by the UN", take down a rampaging O.M.A.C. ("One Man Attack Construct") behemoth.
Repackaged as part of the graphic novel Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Vol. 1 - War of the Monsters.

3 The Siege of S.H.A.D.E. City The Siege of S.H.A.D.E. City
Published by DC Comics
Contributors: Jess Lemire (writer), Alberto Ponticelli (pencils and inks), Jose Villarrubia (colors), Travis Lanham (letters)
Copyright: 2012

Published in Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #6 - #7, April 2012 - May 2012.
While Frankenstein and the Creature Commandos head to Vietnam to combat a super humanoid that Frank had fought alongside back in the 60's, the humanids working in the Ant Farm stake a rebellion. Told in two parts:
Part 1: The Killing of Col. Quantum!
Part 2: The Rise of the Humanids
Repackaged as part of the graphic novel Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Vol. 1 - War of the Monsters.

4 The Spawn of Frankenstein The Spawn of Frankenstein
Published by DC Comics
Contributors: Jess Lemire (writer), Alberto Ponticelli (pencils and inks), Jose Villarrubia (colors), Travis Lanham (letters), Walden Wong (inks), Hi-Fi (colors)
Copyright: 2012

Published in Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #8, June 2012.
Father Time informs Frankenstein and his Bride that their offspring, long held prisoner by Father, has escaped and is on a rampage. Now they must again hunt their son down. The son had been created in 1959 using S.H.A.D.E. technology to infuse an embryo with both their DNA.
Repackaged as part of the graphic novel Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Vol. 2 - Secrets of the Dead.

5 Animal Tracks Animal Tracks
Published by DC Comics
Contributors: Jess Lemire (writer), Alberto Ponticelli (pencils and inks), Jose Villarrubia (colors), Travis Lanham (letters)
Copyright: 2012

Published in Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #9, July 2012.
Reports in from San Diego indicate trouble with a super human named Animal Man, formerly a low-level member of the once expanded Justice League before retiring to start a family. Something has upset things and Frankenstein and S.H.A.D.E. need to investigate.
Repackaged as part of the graphic novel Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Vol. 2 - Secrets of the Dead.

6 Son of Satan's Ring Son of Satan's Ring
Published by DC Comics
Contributors: Jess Lemire (writer), Alberto Ponticelli (pencils), Jose Villarrubia (colors), Pat Brosseau (letters), Wayne Faucher (inks)
Copyright: 2012

Published in Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #10 - #12, August 2012 - October 2012.
S.H.A.D.E. has been protecting humanity from supernatural threats for several hundred years but now the danger is coming from with S.H.A.D.E. and Frankenstein and the Creature Commandos must look into suspected double agents in their field offices. Told in three parts:
Part 1: Beat the Poet
Part 2: Leviathan
Part 3: To the Grave
Repackaged as part of the graphic novel Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Vol. 2 - Secrets of the Dead.

7 Rotworld: Secrets of the Dead Rotworld: Secrets of the Dead
Published by DC Comics
Contributors: Matt Kindt (writer), Alberto Ponticelli (pencils), Jose Villarrubia (colors), Pat Brosseau (letters), Wayne Faucher (inks)
Copyright: 2012

Published in Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #13 - #15, December 2012 - Victor Frankenstein, the creator of the Monster two hundred years before, returns, a rotting evil version able to control other decaying life forms and and out to get revenge on Frankenstein even if it means destroying the world.
Part 1: Victor's Spoils
Part 2: Who's That Trip-Trapping Over My Bridge?
Part 3: Last Stand Against the Rot!
{s~Repackaged as the main story in the graphic novel Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Vol. 2 - Secrets of the Dead.


8 The Monster Bomb The Monster Bomb
Published by DC Comics
Contributors: Matt Kindt (writer), Alberto Ponticelli (pencils), John Kalisz (colors), Dezi Sienty (letters), Wayne Faucher (inks)
Copyright: 2012

Published in Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #16, March 2013.
A group of superpowered biological terrorists are planning to explode a dirty bomb in Central City in an act of eco-terrorism unless Frankenstein and S.H.A.D.E. can stop them.
Repackaged as part of the graphic novel Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Vol. 2 - Secrets of the Dead.



MY COMMENTS

     Normally, of course, a series of adventures dealing with the Monster created by the brilliant but mad Dr. Frankenstein would fall into the horror or fantasy category and not abut the spy-fi genre. Then again, if a creative team were to make the Monster as a vital part of a super-secret organization fighting evil around the world, well, maybe it could fit. Not really, I would say. And then I said otherwise and here it is!
     Remembering that this is a horror-fantasy series with tons of gore and icky monsters and slimy things that slither and crawl and want to eat your soul, this is a fun, albeit often hard to follow, series.
     Spy-fi? Not really! But then again Frankenstein is an Agent of S.H.A.D.E. so why not!?!

GRADE

My Grade: B

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