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In the nineteenth century, Dr. Victor Frankenstein brought his notorious creation to life, but a horrible turn of events forced him to abandon it and slip away from the public eye. Two centuries later, a serial killer is on the loose in New Orleans, gruesomely salvaging body parts from each of his victims, as if trying to assemble a perfect human being. Detective Carson O’ In the nineteenth century, Dr. Victor Frankenstein brought his notorious creation to life, but a horrible turn of events forced him to abandon it and slip away from the public eye. Two centuries later, a serial killer is on the loose in New Orleans, gruesomely salvaging body parts from each of his victims, as if trying to assemble a perfect human being. Detective Carson O’Connor is cool, cynical, and every bit as tough as she looks. Her partner, Michael Maddison, would back her up all the way to Hell itself–and that just may be where their new case leads. For as they investigate the strange killings, O’Connor and Madison find themselves drawn into a weird underworld of deception and secrets where a man named Victor Helios has created an entire race of perfectly engineered people who are meant to take humankind’s place one day. But something is happening to some of Helios’s creations, and it may be that this bizarre serial killer is the least of the detectives’ worries. From the masterly pen of New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz–and featuring an adaptation by legendary comic book writer Chuck Dixon and gorgeous illustrations by acclaimed artist Brett Booth–Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son is a story filled with fast-paced action, gripping horror, and thrilling adventure.


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In the nineteenth century, Dr. Victor Frankenstein brought his notorious creation to life, but a horrible turn of events forced him to abandon it and slip away from the public eye. Two centuries later, a serial killer is on the loose in New Orleans, gruesomely salvaging body parts from each of his victims, as if trying to assemble a perfect human being. Detective Carson O’ In the nineteenth century, Dr. Victor Frankenstein brought his notorious creation to life, but a horrible turn of events forced him to abandon it and slip away from the public eye. Two centuries later, a serial killer is on the loose in New Orleans, gruesomely salvaging body parts from each of his victims, as if trying to assemble a perfect human being. Detective Carson O’Connor is cool, cynical, and every bit as tough as she looks. Her partner, Michael Maddison, would back her up all the way to Hell itself–and that just may be where their new case leads. For as they investigate the strange killings, O’Connor and Madison find themselves drawn into a weird underworld of deception and secrets where a man named Victor Helios has created an entire race of perfectly engineered people who are meant to take humankind’s place one day. But something is happening to some of Helios’s creations, and it may be that this bizarre serial killer is the least of the detectives’ worries. From the masterly pen of New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz–and featuring an adaptation by legendary comic book writer Chuck Dixon and gorgeous illustrations by acclaimed artist Brett Booth–Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son is a story filled with fast-paced action, gripping horror, and thrilling adventure.

30 review for Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Volume 1: Prodigal Son

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I do not like the original Frankenstein book. It bored me. I also do not like Koontz's books. So when a friend told me I "HAD" to read this re-imagining of the Frankenstein story, by Dean Koontz, I flatly refused. But my friend wouldn't stop nagging me about it, and once there were more books in the series out, she wore me down and I agreed to read the first book on the agreement that if I hated it, she would quit bugging me. She won! This is absolutely one of the best books I've EVER read!! Once I do not like the original Frankenstein book. It bored me. I also do not like Koontz's books. So when a friend told me I "HAD" to read this re-imagining of the Frankenstein story, by Dean Koontz, I flatly refused. But my friend wouldn't stop nagging me about it, and once there were more books in the series out, she wore me down and I agreed to read the first book on the agreement that if I hated it, she would quit bugging me. She won! This is absolutely one of the best books I've EVER read!! Once I started this, I literally could not put it down until I finished inhaling it. So clever, so unique, and such an intriguing re-positioning of the original characters into a present-day setting!!! Loved, loved, LOVED this book!!! Highly recommend it to anyone who likes action/thrillers with well-written characters and a kick-ass story that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kati

    Ohh wow I actually didn't know anything about this graphic novel when I picked it up from the library, while I was browsing through the graphic novel shelf. Except that it was by Dean Koontz and I have been really wanting to read a book by Dean Koontz for a long time now, but I have never gotten a chance too check his books out until this year. I am so glad and happy that I got the chance too read this graphic novel from the library, because I really and thoroughly loved and enjoyed everything i Ohh wow I actually didn't know anything about this graphic novel when I picked it up from the library, while I was browsing through the graphic novel shelf. Except that it was by Dean Koontz and I have been really wanting to read a book by Dean Koontz for a long time now, but I have never gotten a chance too check his books out until this year. I am so glad and happy that I got the chance too read this graphic novel from the library, because I really and thoroughly loved and enjoyed everything in this amazing graphic novel. It is a little bit gory but I so don't mind reading gory details in books. My favorite part of the book is the art style it was a very beautiful and absolutely creepy as heck at the same time. I just love art designs like that in graphic novels. I thought the plotline and characters were very well developed, rounded and well done to me. The writing style was absolutely flawless and haunting that I couldn't get enough reading about it I needed to know and learn more. After I finish reading Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Volume 1: Prodigal Son I went to check if they had more Volumes of this fantastic graphic novel in my library. But sadly they don't have other volumes and I think this is the only volume that was out about Dean Koontz's Frankenstein in graphic novel form. But I did check out the first book of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Series out from the library and they do have the rest of the books from this series in my library, so I am so going to read the rest of the Frankenstein Series by Dean Koontz soon! All and all I thoroughly loved and enjoyed everything in this fantastic graphic novel that I will most definitely continue on reading the rest of this series in book form until I finish this series next year!

  3. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I went into this graphic novel so freaking excited, because I fully expected to love it. It's based off of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series, which I've read the first "version" of (if you're unfamiliar, it's a 5-book series, but Dean originally intended it as a trilogy, so I've only read the first 3 books). I digress - I really enjoyed the full novels, and thought it was such a creepy and interesting story with such fun and lovable characters. Unfortunately, the graphic novel just really fell sh I went into this graphic novel so freaking excited, because I fully expected to love it. It's based off of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series, which I've read the first "version" of (if you're unfamiliar, it's a 5-book series, but Dean originally intended it as a trilogy, so I've only read the first 3 books). I digress - I really enjoyed the full novels, and thought it was such a creepy and interesting story with such fun and lovable characters. Unfortunately, the graphic novel just really fell short of my expectations. First, the illustrations were an immediately frustration to me, because Deucalion legitimately looked like some sort of Fabio knockoff with a tattooed and scarred face, and... really? He's composed of a bunch of dead bodies. Moving on... Besides the illustrations, it felt sooo disjointed and rushed. I haven't read the first book in many years and found myself struggling to piece together bits from my memories of it, because the graphic novel really only gives you snippets here and there. I can only imagine that anyone who hadn't read the full novels would feel fairly lost if this graphic novel was all they knew of the series. Needless to say, I don't believe I'll be continuing the graphic novel series, but it did renew my desire to reread the novels, so I guess there's that?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Reading is my Escape

    Frankenstein's "monster" has been alive for over 200 years and he goes by the name Deucalion. He has been living at a Monastery until he finds out that Victor Frankenstein is still alive and continuing his evil work. Deucalion travels to New Orleans and teams up with Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison to try to stop Victor. Wow. This book is fantastic. Carson & Michael's banter can be a little annoying at times, but they are endearing enough to make up for it. Deucalion is fabulous a Frankenstein's "monster" has been alive for over 200 years and he goes by the name Deucalion. He has been living at a Monastery until he finds out that Victor Frankenstein is still alive and continuing his evil work. Deucalion travels to New Orleans and teams up with Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison to try to stop Victor. Wow. This book is fantastic. Carson & Michael's banter can be a little annoying at times, but they are endearing enough to make up for it. Deucalion is fabulous and determined to stop his creator and end his plans to destroy humankind. The characters are terrific and the story is amazing. Koontz did a fabulous job bringing the story of Frankenstein into the current century. The series is 5 books long.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I don't read graphic novels very often - almost ever, really. But I grabbed this from the library because I thought my teenage son might like it, and it would fulfill one of his requirements for the library's summer reading program. (And, having heard good things about Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series, I was curious.) This book raises some interesting ideas about humanity, responsibility, and ethics. I enjoyed it enough that I've added the novel to my want-to-read list. I don't read graphic novels very often - almost ever, really. But I grabbed this from the library because I thought my teenage son might like it, and it would fulfill one of his requirements for the library's summer reading program. (And, having heard good things about Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series, I was curious.) This book raises some interesting ideas about humanity, responsibility, and ethics. I enjoyed it enough that I've added the novel to my want-to-read list.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Giovanni Gelati

    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 hubristi 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. What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day. http://www.gelatisscoop.blogspot.com

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lainy

    Time taken to read - in and out over 4 days Pages - 496 Publisher - Harper Collins Source - Bought Blurb from Goodreads In the nineteenth century, Dr. Victor Frankenstein brought his notorious creation to life, but a horrible turn of events forced him to abandon it and slip away from the public eye. Two centuries later, a serial killer is on the loose in New Orleans, gruesomely salvaging body parts from each of his victims, as if trying to assemble a perfect human being. Detective Carson O’Connor i Time taken to read - in and out over 4 days Pages - 496 Publisher - Harper Collins Source - Bought Blurb from Goodreads In the nineteenth century, Dr. Victor Frankenstein brought his notorious creation to life, but a horrible turn of events forced him to abandon it and slip away from the public eye. Two centuries later, a serial killer is on the loose in New Orleans, gruesomely salvaging body parts from each of his victims, as if trying to assemble a perfect human being. Detective Carson O’Connor is cool, cynical, and every bit as tough as she looks. Her partner, Michael Maddison, would back her up all the way to Hell itself–and that just may be where their new case leads. For as they investigate the strange killings, O’Connor and Madison find themselves drawn into a weird underworld of deception and secrets where a man named Victor Helios has created an entire race of perfectly engineered people who are meant to take humankind’s place one day. But something is happening to some of Helios’s creations, and it may be that this bizarre serial killer is the least of the detectives’ worries. My Review EVERYBODY know the story of Frankenstein, rather Frankenstein's monster. A few hundred years after the legend and low and behold both where real, Frankenstien and the monster. Known in the book as Deucalion, living away in a quiet existance until he is alerted that his creator, Victor Helios, still lives. Deucalion has learned to control his anger and now he is going to complete the job he failed at, killing his "father". On top of this we have a kick butt cop, Carson O’Connor - strong female lead who has a love interest she tries to keep at bay whilst investigating a horrific serial killer. Her partner Michael Maddison is willing to follow her anywhere, both will soon be confronted with beings that shatter their preconceptions of humanity as they know it. I loved when we heard more from Deucalion as the movie(s) I seen growing up you didn't really get much from the monster, no insight. Here we are a few hundred years on from the version I know and you get back story, up to present day and the mad scientist is even more off his banger. He has taken his "science" so much further, money is no issue so he has free reign pretty much. He has perfected his creations so much so he know has a wife (he abuses her horrifically) and has zero value for human life. I really liked it and as soon as I finished it I ordered book two, it is a five book series so will buy the third sometime soon, 4.5/5 for me this time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    3+ I gave up reading Koontz 20+ years ago because he is too formulaic for me, though I read a ton of his early stuff. Whispers was the first book of his that I read, and it really got to me. I loved it, re-read it more than once, and has stayed with me. I heard good things about his recent works, so decided to read more of his work. I found this very engaging. It kept pulling me back in, and I enjoyed reading it. I will read the next next book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pat Harris

    The writing was scattered but the story finally started to come together about midway. I will probably read another in the series but in no big hurry.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John

    I am kinda surprised I had not heard of Koontz’s Frankenstein series before. I am a big, big fan of the original. I was excited to read it. However, the first book is very disappointing. I don’t think I have read Koontz before. I am not big on pop lit. It’s a page turner for sure, the pacing from the gate is high. But I found it predictable and lacking any depth. Spoiler alert: Who could not see that one of the other detectives would be dirty? Who could not see the we’re-partners-but-secretly-lo I am kinda surprised I had not heard of Koontz’s Frankenstein series before. I am a big, big fan of the original. I was excited to read it. However, the first book is very disappointing. I don’t think I have read Koontz before. I am not big on pop lit. It’s a page turner for sure, the pacing from the gate is high. But I found it predictable and lacking any depth. Spoiler alert: Who could not see that one of the other detectives would be dirty? Who could not see the we’re-partners-but-secretly-love-each-other cliché coming? For all the talk of Erica 5 waiting in the tub to be made, what a surprise that she is made! Deucalion, the original monster, was the only character that interested me. He had some depth and mystery. No one else did. Even Dr. Frankenstein seemed a bore. I read a number of Anne Rice’s vampire tales. Her vampires have lots of depth and her explanation of their movement in the world at least starts off seeming plausible for a couple of books. Koontz trying to bring Frankenstein into modernity fails. It is nowhere near believable. How did he get so far advanced in technology? How would he stay so far out of the media light when he doesn’t age? Perhaps the worst storyline for me was Randal 6. For someone who is terrified of leaving his small personal space, he sure knows a lot based on what the author says he overheard others talking about. If he lives in isolation, who is he hearing? I don’t know if I will keep reading the series or not. I probably will give the second book a try at some point, but not soon.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cyberpope

    This is my review of the whole series. for me Koontz is "Stephen King for grownups" This series picks up an alternate reality to Shelley's novel about the creation of a new man by a mad scientist. In this one, Dr. Frankenstein lives on, &, through funding by various megalomaniacs through the ages, & his discovery of a means to personal longevity, has perfected his new race & the assembly line type system for creating these new humans, who self-heal, have no emotions(when no malfunctions), & are pro This is my review of the whole series. for me Koontz is "Stephen King for grownups" This series picks up an alternate reality to Shelley's novel about the creation of a new man by a mad scientist. In this one, Dr. Frankenstein lives on, &, through funding by various megalomaniacs through the ages, & his discovery of a means to personal longevity, has perfected his new race & the assembly line type system for creating these new humans, who self-heal, have no emotions(when no malfunctions), & are programmed to fit the role they were created for. In this series the role is still focused on the taking over of humanity & replacing them with these new humans. The one exception to emotionlessness was programmed by the evil doctor: these new men delight in those opportunities to slaughter old humansm wehn the doctor gives them the opportunity. The protagonists not only have to survive, but need to figure out how to kill the seemingly unharmable new species, if they get in the way of tracking down Dr. Frankenstein to his lair & manufacturing plant. Defionitely worth having to read it in multiple volumes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    I had heard of the book (the novel this is based on), but I did not give it much thought, figuring it was just another Frankenstein remake or such. I picked up the graphic novel on a whim, and I am glad I did. This is not just a remake, but a very thoughtful look at the classic in a new way. It is framed as a mystery/detective story, but it has a lot more. Who are the detectives really chasing? The homicidal serial killer, or the doctor who made him? And what does Deucalion, the mysterious tatto I had heard of the book (the novel this is based on), but I did not give it much thought, figuring it was just another Frankenstein remake or such. I picked up the graphic novel on a whim, and I am glad I did. This is not just a remake, but a very thoughtful look at the classic in a new way. It is framed as a mystery/detective story, but it has a lot more. Who are the detectives really chasing? The homicidal serial killer, or the doctor who made him? And what does Deucalion, the mysterious tattooed man with a long past have to do with everything? This book is engaging. It catches you from the start, and it does not let go. I read this in one sitting. I have not found the second part yet, but I will certainly pick it up when I do. Definitely a very good graphic novel. Who knows? I may go back and pick up the novel as well.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Jones

    Nothing much I need to say here. Prodigal Son was a good novel and it translates pretty well here. I can't really critique on the quality of the artwork. I can write, but if you put my visual art up against a grade schooler's, there's a good chance I would lose. The art seems more of the "Western superhero" kind rather than the Japanese graphic novel. I especially love the illustrations of Deucalion and my boy Randall Six! My only criticism is that it's too short. I haven't read the novel version Nothing much I need to say here. Prodigal Son was a good novel and it translates pretty well here. I can't really critique on the quality of the artwork. I can write, but if you put my visual art up against a grade schooler's, there's a good chance I would lose. The art seems more of the "Western superhero" kind rather than the Japanese graphic novel. I especially love the illustrations of Deucalion and my boy Randall Six! My only criticism is that it's too short. I haven't read the novel version of Prodigal Son in over a decade. Volume 1 stops after a member of the New Race murders a serial killer, which I think happen around the halfway point. I want more!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I have never rated a book (much less give it 5 stars) prior to completing it. Normally I mull over how I feel about any given book and rate it, most often, a star less than my decision. If I think it's 4 stars I'll give it 3 unless it's a 1 star book...those are face value. It may be incredibly rash of me but I really love this book. Koontz has such interesting points of view and is able to articulate his thoughts and opinions in a clear, concise manner...what more can a girl ask for? He even ma I have never rated a book (much less give it 5 stars) prior to completing it. Normally I mull over how I feel about any given book and rate it, most often, a star less than my decision. If I think it's 4 stars I'll give it 3 unless it's a 1 star book...those are face value. It may be incredibly rash of me but I really love this book. Koontz has such interesting points of view and is able to articulate his thoughts and opinions in a clear, concise manner...what more can a girl ask for? He even manages to add CHEEZ-ITS! That's flat out art----> Frankenstein + CHEEZ-ITS! If I am wrong about my too soon review I promise I will appropriately chide myself and correct the mistake.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Clark Hallman

    Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein, Prodigal Son, #1 by Chuck Dixon (adapter), Dean Koontz (author), Brett Booth (illustrator), et al. – This is the first volume of a very interesting and keenly illustrated graphic novel adaptation of Koontz’s Frankenstein Prodigal Son. It provides very interesting, mysterious and ruthless characters and much violent action. How can you go wrong with gruesome bodies with missing body parts and organs? I will be reading the other volumes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    I had never read any of Dean Koontz's books until now. Incredibly creative and beautifully descriptive language. "She was wound up tighter than a dreadlock"! I like the way this book reworks the "who is the monster" question. I'm having a hard time finding the sequel but when I do, it's going to be another fast and great read. I had never read any of Dean Koontz's books until now. Incredibly creative and beautifully descriptive language. "She was wound up tighter than a dreadlock"! I like the way this book reworks the "who is the monster" question. I'm having a hard time finding the sequel but when I do, it's going to be another fast and great read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Great story and amazing art combine to make this a must read for fans of the supernatural. Koontz takes Shelly's original story and updates it for the 21st Century. Gotta love Frankenstein's monster (note: the monster is NOT named "Frankenstein") hanging out in a Buddhist monastery near the Himalayan mountains as a story opener. Great story and amazing art combine to make this a must read for fans of the supernatural. Koontz takes Shelly's original story and updates it for the 21st Century. Gotta love Frankenstein's monster (note: the monster is NOT named "Frankenstein") hanging out in a Buddhist monastery near the Himalayan mountains as a story opener.

  18. 5 out of 5

    John

    This book is an interesting and modern twist on an old story. I found the book to be engrossing and very entertaining. There were numerous characters and sub plots that were woven together nicely. The author also explores the human mind and the source of happiness. I definitely plan on reading more books from this series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    John

    I'm a big fan of Frankenstein and Dean Koontz, so reading this was a no-brainer. I really enjoyed the villain, Victor Helios... he is absolutely diabolical. It's hard not to be a fan of Frankenstein in this tale either! I look forward to reading more of this series. I would highly recommend this book to fans of Frankenstein... he lives on! I'm a big fan of Frankenstein and Dean Koontz, so reading this was a no-brainer. I really enjoyed the villain, Victor Helios... he is absolutely diabolical. It's hard not to be a fan of Frankenstein in this tale either! I look forward to reading more of this series. I would highly recommend this book to fans of Frankenstein... he lives on!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Beaumont

    This is a good graphic adaptation of the original novel by Dean Koontz & Kevin J. Anderson. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I would go on to the sequels, but they're not available from the library. Fortunately, I've read the original novels twice, so I do know what happens next and how the story eventually turns out. This is a good graphic adaptation of the original novel by Dean Koontz & Kevin J. Anderson. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I would go on to the sequels, but they're not available from the library. Fortunately, I've read the original novels twice, so I do know what happens next and how the story eventually turns out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gwen Rainey

    An interesting twist on the monsters story. Good characters and just creepy enough.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lillyth

    Such fun re-imagining of the original stories. I loved all the books!

  23. 5 out of 5

    John

    By comparison, this makes I, FRANKENSTEIN seem respectful to the source material.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Camille Siddartha

    I read a lot of him when I was a teenager. I wouldn't now. It defeats the purpose of being ascended. I read a lot of him when I was a teenager. I wouldn't now. It defeats the purpose of being ascended.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Holtman

    I am going to start off by saying that this book has to be one of the best Frankenstein stories that have come along. The way that the writer took the old school caratcher and threw him into the present with a new feel and a new look. The writing in this one was awesome. It played out in a way that I’m sure will entertain both the old school Frankenstein fans and the new school horror lovers. With the addiction of the cops and the fact that in this incarnation Frankenstein and the monster are at I am going to start off by saying that this book has to be one of the best Frankenstein stories that have come along. The way that the writer took the old school caratcher and threw him into the present with a new feel and a new look. The writing in this one was awesome. It played out in a way that I’m sure will entertain both the old school Frankenstein fans and the new school horror lovers. With the addiction of the cops and the fact that in this incarnation Frankenstein and the monster are at war with each other, it made this book a terrific variation on such a classic tale. As for the action, it was very solid. The way that the story was written was very entertaining. It let the whole tale take a whole new approach that was really cool. It shows that the writer is still able to weave an incredible tale out of a classic story. It was also very cool that the two cops were the type of romantic coupling that you would usually see in a romantic novel and the dark nature of the story that usually inhabits such horror stories as this one. The caratchers themselves were really intriguing to follow. The most being the monster. He went from being a stiff caratcher to a mean, dark, moody Hero. It was a breath of fresh air to see a different variation of the classic tale. This book is a great start to what promises to be a great series. The bad parts were almost non exsistant. If I were have to name one it was that the girlfriend of Dr. Frankenstein, or her clone at least was really annoying. I know that she was not one of the main caratchers. But the secondary caratchers can be just as important and interesting. But this caratcher failed to remind me of any of these things. She reminded me of those women that seem to be more in the way then of any actual use. But that isn’t to say that it was a problem. It was still one of the best horror books out there now. I am glad to say that this book is a definite member of the SBBC

  26. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    The novel is superb but unfortunately, this graphic novel adaptation fails to live up to the same standard. I checked out both the novel and the comic from the library to experience what I read in a more visual media. To my dismay, I realized that this comic has no semblance of smooth transitions and it cuts out nuances that make each scene gripping. Most of the dialogue is copied and pasted, with very little context as only a few lines from each scene are adapted. The consequence of these issue The novel is superb but unfortunately, this graphic novel adaptation fails to live up to the same standard. I checked out both the novel and the comic from the library to experience what I read in a more visual media. To my dismay, I realized that this comic has no semblance of smooth transitions and it cuts out nuances that make each scene gripping. Most of the dialogue is copied and pasted, with very little context as only a few lines from each scene are adapted. The consequence of these issues is that all the characters feel lifeless and over-dramatic. I don't have much experience with adult graphic novels, so there is a chance that I simply have an unrealistic expectation of the media. I despised the art style, and I found myself frowning at its portrayal of every scene. This book deserves a better comic.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. I gave it a 3 because of the bonus story, I enjoyed that much more than the Frankenstein story. The illustrations were really good. To me the story was too rushed. I'm new to graphic novels, but I just feel that there is so much plot that needs to be explained in so little time. I think I am just going to read the books and give up on the graphic novels. The characters and plot seem that with development that it could be very good. Although it co I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. I gave it a 3 because of the bonus story, I enjoyed that much more than the Frankenstein story. The illustrations were really good. To me the story was too rushed. I'm new to graphic novels, but I just feel that there is so much plot that needs to be explained in so little time. I think I am just going to read the books and give up on the graphic novels. The characters and plot seem that with development that it could be very good. Although it could be that I just don't get graphic novels. The bonus story was really good to me though. Shorter, but it was a one plot line with only one main character. Easy to follow while still having substance. I could see myself wanting to follow that storyline. I can't say I don't recommend this, because I didn't like the main story but I found the bonus story highly intriguing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    "From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the story, you only know half the truth. Get ready g I r the mystery, the myth, the terror, and th we magic of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Prodigal Son." This thrilling novel continues the story of Frankenstein and his monster 200 years later. While Frankenstein has discovered how to prolong his life and tries to create a New World order, the monster has learn "From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the story, you only know half the truth. Get ready g I r the mystery, the myth, the terror, and th we magic of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Prodigal Son." This thrilling novel continues the story of Frankenstein and his monster 200 years later. While Frankenstein has discovered how to prolong his life and tries to create a New World order, the monster has learned more of humanity. A serial killer is loose in New Orleans and two detectives' beliefs are stretched to the limit when they determine he is a man-made monster. Suspenseful and uncanny, this is a great book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nik

    I've been intrigued about this series for a while as I'm a big fan of the Frankenstein story and was interested how Koontz's version would go but I hadn't gotten to reading it before as most of his later work that I've read hasn't been great but I managed to get hold of the first two books in this series and I was pleasantly surprised. This first book had me hooked from almost the first page and within a couple of days I'd finished it, quickly moving onto the second book... I've been intrigued about this series for a while as I'm a big fan of the Frankenstein story and was interested how Koontz's version would go but I hadn't gotten to reading it before as most of his later work that I've read hasn't been great but I managed to get hold of the first two books in this series and I was pleasantly surprised. This first book had me hooked from almost the first page and within a couple of days I'd finished it, quickly moving onto the second book...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kaye Sivori

    I love to grab Koontz's books on tape to listen to on a road trip, so as I just left for another drive I was glad to see another Koontz book. This didn't disappoint me. Koontz can tie the gross and ugly together with good and beautiful! The episode of the old man and the dumby made me laugh right out loud :) and yet had tender moments.... I love to grab Koontz's books on tape to listen to on a road trip, so as I just left for another drive I was glad to see another Koontz book. This didn't disappoint me. Koontz can tie the gross and ugly together with good and beautiful! The episode of the old man and the dumby made me laugh right out loud :) and yet had tender moments....

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