In Review: Gotham City Monsters (2019-) #1

Leviathan has dismantled S.H.A.D.E.-and that means Frankenstein is once again a free agent!

Synopsis: Leviathan has dismantled S.H.A.D.E.-and that means Frankenstein is once again a free agent! Now he can set his sights on his former mentor, Melmoth, the one evil that got away. With bad things happening all across the Multiverse, this may be Frankenstein’s last shot at setting things right.

Review: A fairly new addition to the New DC 52. This book continues Frankenstein’s story after S.H.A.D.E., which was one of my favorite books from the old 52. But we now have the New 52 and new depths of Frankenstein to explore.

The Story

After having cut loose from the now-defunct S.H.A.D.E. Frankenstein is on the hunt and is cutting down evil as he travels the streets of Monster Town. Meanwhile, Vampire Andrew Bennett has bitten off more than he can chew from a Vampire known as the Mad Monk. His blood has been tainted by the blood of Melmoth, a deposed ruler of Mars who has scores to settle.

Elsewhere, Killer Croc has been released from The Suicide Squad and is attempting to find some honest work, but luck is not on his side.

The Artwork

Amancay Nahuelpan does a great job with both the pencils and inks in this story and I really enjoyed seeing his take on the Gothic buildings of Gotham City as well as the street-level stuff. The colors are provided by Trish Mulvihill who does a great job of balancing out the light and dark tones of this gritty tale. I admit. I loved the gruesomeness of Frankenstein hacking Andrew Bennett in two and seeing the blood ooze out of him, but was somewhat bemused by the fact that he still had the reserves to issue a threat to Frankenstein.


A solid opening issue of Steve Orlando. It has been a few years since I read any of DC Comics take on Frankenstein and had forgotten about his tendency to sometime talk in rhyme. I also loved how Orlando gradually introduces us to a few of the monsters and their tragic backstories throughout the issue. I’m wanting to look up Orca now on the DC Database to find out more about her. Because she is a character I was not familiar with until this issue.

Gotham City Monsters (2019-) #1
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