Victor LaValle's Destroyer

Victor LaValle's Destroyer

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"On a dreary November night in 1792, Victor Frankenstein used natural-- and unnatural-- science to reanimate the dead. Victor eventually died, but the monster never did. It hid away in Antarctica and thought itself free of humanity. But the world isn't done with the monster and one descendant of the Frankenstein bloodline yet lives..."
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : BOOM! Studios, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781684150557
1684150558
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Destroyer

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paynem1
Aug 14, 2018

Victor La Valle does it again. He re-creates a style that has been long-sought-for, since Richard Matheson. Has an ending one won't see coming; when it does, one will either be scratching their head, or gasp in astonishment. One of my most favorite sci-fi/horror writers. --Mark A. Payne

KHCPL_Doug Jun 18, 2018

I'd heard a very good book talk about this graphic novel before it even came out. Since our library is celebrating the original novel Frankenstein this year, it's perfect timing. And I like the book. Really, I did like it. But I wanted to love it, and that didn't happen. There are some intriguing elements to the book--the survival of the original monster, and the constant re-imaging of Frankenstein himself. And in the end, both those revelations are somewhat meaningless. What I wanted more of, and what I felt let down on, was the social commentary the book promised. I wanted to see more of the injustice that a 12 year old black boy was needlessly shot and killed. I wanted to see the outrage, the grief, and the sorrow. I wanted it to feel important. But the author spends more time showing the bloodbath destruction of the original monster. He shows and you get the importance of the death of an innocent boy, but I wanted more. He glosses over the disrespect a girl, and a black girl at that, gets when she's just too smart and she isn't supposed to be. It was an angle I wasn't expecting, but then it's "oh and this happened and it probably wasn't fair" and then we get back to the bloodbath. In the end, I liked the book. I recommend the book. But I wish the author had paid less attention to the prurient thrill of blood and guts and more on the social injustice at the heart of the story.

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Nov 16, 2018

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