Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #2 (of 6)
Written by Victor LaValle
Art by Dietrich Smith
Colors by Joana Lafuente
Letters by Jim Campbell
Cover by Micaela Dawn
Release Date: June 21, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99
I seldom like modern twists on what I would consider a classical piece of literature, even when I’m not a huge fan of the original work. There is something almost perverse about modifying something that old. However, I will be the first to admit that sometimes what I think is going to be a modification or a reboot is instead an invigorating chapter or work unto itself. Case in point, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer #2 is a spectacular sequence of events that do not in any way tarnish Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Never would I have thought this would entrance me so.
Well-written dialogue and a sense of what any parent would do in similar circumstances is what lends credibility to this series. The creature that Victor Frankenstein brought to life has been roaming the globe for a century, seeking something, someone. But no one seems to be able to keep track and most believe him to be a myth. But certain people know better and seek to replicate the procedure. But their reasons vary; but be it money, power, or love, this is not something to be taken lightly.
Josephine is the last descendant of the family Frankenstein, and she has a dire need for the process to work and she has the skills to make it happen. This is the story of a mother’s love, a story of betrayal unforgiven, a story of new beginnings. I hope you enjoy it as I have, it’s actually a refreshing take on a gothic classic.
When the last descendant of the Frankenstein family loses her only son to a police shooting, she turns to science for her own justice…putting her on a crash course with her family’s original monster and his quest to eliminate humanity.
An intense, unflinching story exploring the legacies of love, loss, and vengeance placed firmly in the tense atmosphere and current events of the modern-day United States.