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Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #2 - Part 2: Our Army At Gore! Review

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The Creatures of the Unknown are thrust forward into the future and search for keys to their past. Dr. Crane creates J.A.K.E., a robot that should have the power to stop Frankenstein.

The Creatures of the Unknown are thrust forward into the future and search for keys to their past, including the place where Nina was created. Dr. Crane creates J.A.K.E., a robot that should have the power to stop Frankenstein.

The Good

If there's one thing this comic has done for me, it's gotten me excited for the upcoming Frankenstein book during the DC revamp. I can't wait to see this team, or something along the lines of this team, in the Earth 1 universe, especially if it's written by Jeff Lemire.

This is so much more than a super-hero book. Yes, there's a team of monsters running across the countryside, beating up people, but this issue is much more about searching for clues to the past and discovering who they are and why they exist.

My favorite part of the issue, by far, is Ibraim Roberson's artwork. It's very soft and dark, and sets the tone for the whole issue, and by whole issue, I mean the first half, but I'll get into that in just a moment. It stands out because he has his own style and it's not the cookie cutter stuff that most companies are currently putting out. The first three pages alone will have you hooked, art-wise, especially the almost-splash page on page number three.

The Bad

Halfway through the book, the art changes. It's one of my biggest pet peeves in comics. Some comics utilize this in a way where it works, like if you're jumping through flashbacks to the present, but in this case, there's just a different artist on the book. The second half of the book is drawn by Alex Massacci, and while normally, I wouldn't have a problem with his art, I really didn't it like it in comparison to Ibraim Roberson's art. There was no real flow between the two and it stood out like a sore thumb.

The Verdict

It's not the best of the Flashpoint tie-ins, but Frankenstein is an awesome book. There's a lot more to it than just monsters smashing things. The book has a heart and incorporates great back-stories to help set the mood and pace. I'm very excited to see the last issue of this mini-series, and I can't wait for the upcoming on-going series. The only problem I had with the issue, which was a big one, was that halfway through the book, a different artist jumped on and to me the art styles clashed quite a bit. I recommend the book, and even though it's only three stars, it is well worth your time.

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Posted by Eyz

If there's one thing this comic has done for me, it's gotten me excited for the upcoming Frankenstein book during the DC revamp. 

Same here :D
This and that Frankenstein/Solomon Grundy/Bizarro Blackest Night tie-in from last year.
Posted by thechessclub

I really liked this issue. The art swap didn't even faze me actually. In fact I think I liked em both equally. Hmmmm though...Maybe swapping artists mid issue is the key to making more money with the younger ADD laden consumer? Who knows=P