Graphic Novel Friday Dean Koontz Frankenstein Prodigal Son

The graphic novel is based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Dean Koontz & Kevin J. Anderson. This is my first read on a Koontz work and I really enjoyed it. His update on the old story just fit together so
well and made so much sense it was hard not to enjoy it. I want to share with
you a few pieces of the graphic novel that I really enjoyed. Here is Dean
Koontz from the intro: ”This is why it seemed to me appropriate to update the
Frankenstein legend to our time. We live in a hubristic age, when politicians
imagine themselves to be messiahs and when many in the sciences frankly discuss
their dreams of creating a “post-human” civilization of genetically engineered
superman, ignorant of the fact that like minds have often come before them and
have left no legacy but death, destruction and despair.”

Powerful words and it resonates throughout the graphic novel. The spin on this from the old time story is that it is modern time and there is a serial killer loose in New Orleans, taking
body parts from victims. The original Frankenstein lives now somewhere in the
frozen mountains with some monks. He is summoned to New Orleans to find out
what is going wrong and to solve the riddles that others cannot. Fitting in and
looking normal with his immense size, rugged good looks, long flowing hair and
buff body, make him look like Fabio with way too many stitches. It makes for
some humorous moments. Here is a little piece of the dialogue , don’t worry, it
isn’t a spoiler. Frankenstein is speaking to a detective: ” Your quarry isn’t a
crazed murderer. Your real enemy is his maker-and mine. He created me from
cadavers from a prison graveyard. One heart is from an arsonist, the other from
a child rapist. My hands from a strangler, eyes from an axe murderer. My life
force from a thunderstorm. That storm gave me gifts Victor couldn’t grant. For
one thing…I’m not a monster anymore….I’m your best hope.”

The graphic novel was adapted by Chuck Dixon and illustrated by Brett Booth. I enjoy doing things backwards some times: reading the graphic novel first makes it easier for me to enjoy my first read of new writer in a
genre I am not totally comfortable with. I can now relax and enjoy Koontz work
having read this. I guess I can just visualize it better. It has worked for me
that way with the Dresden Files, Stephen King and now Koontz. I think that no
matter if you are a fan of Dean Koontz or have never read his work like me, the
update tale of Frankenstein is worth the time to read. I enjoyed the twist, the
viewpoint of the modern Frankenstein and the insightful narrative of the
author. Pick it up and give it a try, not because it is Halloween season, but
because a good novel is always in season.

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