FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #2

It’s all-out war as Frankenstein and his new field team, The Creature Commandos, uncover an age-old conspiracy at the heart of Bone Lake – one that will see them suit up as the world’s first “Necronauts,” traveling between worlds and through “dead space,” toward the mysterious Monster Planet.

Meanwhile, the horrifying origins of the Commandos are revealed – and the S.O.M.B.I.E. makes its first appearance!

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by ALBERTO PONTICELLI
Cover by J.G. JONES

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  1. This book was a blast to read last month, and I can’t wait to see what Lemire has in store for us in this installment. The description alone is filled with sci-fi, smile-inducing geek moments:

    “Creature Commandos?”
    “Necronauts?”
    “Dead Space?”
    “Monster Planet?”

    I love everything about this.

  2. This series is a breath of fresh air for me. Really looking forward to issue #2.

  3. best book of the relaunch. but i’m weird like that.

  4. Couldn’t stand the art last issue, but still curious. Giving it a second go.

  5. I think I peferred the flashpoint version of the team, I’m happy to get to know this new team. It’s Lemire afterall. I don’t understand the idea this books has no merit because it’s a Hellboy knock-off. Is every superhero team a Justice League knock off… with Lemire at the helm I’m comvinced it’ll be great. I read all Superboy having no interest in the character but Lemire and co won me over.

  6. A make a break issue for me.

  7. Pulling 14 books this week and, unfortunately, this didn’t make the cut. I really wanted to like the first issue, but it didn’t do it for me. I’ll probably try and hop back on later down the line. Sorry, Lemire.

  8. Top 5 of the New 52 for me out of 13 or so books I read.

  9. I loved everything about the first issue. During the Flashpoint tie-in I was skeptical because it didn’t feel like Lemire quite had a handle on Frankenstein. It was OK but much like Damien, another character at first heavily associated with Grant Morrison, Frankenstein’s dialog seemed off without Morrison’s nuances. I also read Seven Soldiers somewhat recently so that Frankenstein series was fresh in my mind. Anyway, the characterization was on point for issue 1 and the supporting cast is cool so far.

  10. I am commenting to warn people if this is your first time and you are thinkging about picking this up; it is not what you think! I grew up being a classic monster type fan an Franky was always my favorite! This is no where near the classic feel and at points seems like it is being made fun of to me. The father time little girl; what in the hell is that? I do not get the story since I have read it three times and it just has nothing to do with Franky and seems to be all over the place. The art for this book for me was not the question it was very good. Poor Franky; I may pick up issue #2 maybe; if I am board and have the extra money and see if that will help right the ship. I doubt it though it just was not that good so; if you are a new reader and you are thinkging classic Frankestien forget it this has nothing to do with that!

    Just sayin’,

    K

    • You are right, this is not Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

      This is Morrison’s DCU Frankenstein.

      And this second issue was even better than the first. I love this title!

    • He’s right folks this is definitely not Shelly’s creation. Did any of us think it was?
      Oh you can be bored but not board my friend, Just Sayin’ K.

  11. Man. That cover. Jones has still got it.

  12. This is a make or break issue for me, I’m hoping to continue with this but unless it’s an amazing issue the art alone isn’t keeping me here cuse it’s horrible in my opinion

  13. Didn’t think much of the first issues story or art but of the 2nd issues i read last week the quality jumped up so if this can follow suit I’m there, if not buh bye frankie.

  14. While I thought the buildings and technology looked great in issue 1, the characters were too distorted and stylized for my taste. I prefer the more traditional style that Jones employs on the covers. Not sure that I’ll get this beyond the second or third issues.

  15. issue 2 is even more like bprd than issue one. but i’m down with that. i’m surprised by how good jeff lemire is at writing a superhero comic. essex county is one of my favorite books of all time, but it didn’t give me a clue of how good he is with some of these characters. i think animal man is probably easier to make relatable because of the family element. who knew that lemire would be able to bring some real emotion to masursky? i was actually pretty moved by her back story. the artwork, while kind of rough, actually helped with bringing the emotion to that story as well.

    a brief note about the art: is it just me, or do all the monsters they’re fighting look like calvin’s oatmeal with fangs?

    regardless, this book was pretty great and i’m excited to learn more about the rest of the members of team 50s horror flick.

  16. 2/5- Another mediocre #2. This, Batgirl, and O.M.A.C. are all done for me. Detective, Aquaman, Legion Lost, and Hawkman didn’t even make it to #2. so I wouldn’t qualify this as bad, just average.

  17. This is no 50’s horror flick nostalgia and thank the lord it’s not a Mary Shelley story! It really does not fall into any real monster feel at all; I know it’s supposed be a covert team. I understand all of the things this book is supposed to be however; I think it falls short of it’s potential especailly to the people that love these characters.

    Just sayin’,

    K

    • When you say thank God it’s not Shelly’s, then talk about the people that love the character, it sounds a little stupid.
      Just sayin, K

    • Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      Mary Shelley is a goddess and you ought not besmirch her name.

      Just sayin’,

      K

    • Bwaaaah-hah-hah! goddess? Ok so some are fans of Mary Shelly I prefer the classic Frankenstein movies thanks! Take it is boys and girls it will be all right. (By the way Just Sayin’, is my catch fraise and K is my initial for my first name signing off)
      I was never a big fan of Mary’s stuff so I can’t say anything positive about that so I will leave it at that.

  18. I think im going to continue with this, i enjoyed this issue alot more then the first. Im still not adding it to my pull list at the shop but ill keep buying it for now

  19. I liked the fish girl’s back story but, something just isn’t great about this for me.

  20. This title has been one of the more pleasant surprises of the relaunch for me. I originally wasn’t planning on buying it, but read the first couple pages in the shop and decided to give it a try. I thought that the first issue was very strong, and the second just as good. A good mix of adventure and whimsy. Despite my pre-existing fondness for the character Animal Man, Frankenstein might be my favorite Lemire book of the relaunch.

    I can see how the art might not be for everyone, and was unsure of it at times myself while reading the first issue. However, there were multiple standout panels in this issue; I’ve come around to seeing Ponticelli’s style as the right fit for this particular book . . .

  21. Frankenstein issue #2 I actually went and bought it and read it yesterday even though I said I was done. I know if you say your done why do you do it? I figured Franky deserved at least one more chance and; I was half disappointed. I gave it 2.5 out of 5; the artwork was better in this issue, I agree cosmo. However; the story only partially intrested me with this portal thing, it was nice at the ending to know Mrs. Franky was ok and fighting like a million monsters and not even slightly injured; she is one tuff woman. Father Time as a little girl still really does not make any sense to me and I still do not get who Father Time is anyway? These are monsters, Father Time is from like the baby New Year or something right? There is also the female anphibious creature that is like a copy off the one from Hellboy only that one is male. I will say there was some fun banter and things that kinda of got me and started to pull me in. So looks like in purchasing this it has pulled me back in for at least another issue.
    Those of you that are not sure yet to buy this; it is a mixture of Hell Boy and The League of Extrodinary Gentlemen. So if you like those books than this will be the place for you.

    Just Sayin’,

    K

    • Father Time explained that he gets a new body every year. This year it just turns out he’s a little girl. He’s milking the look to make Frankie uncomfortable. All you need to know right now is that he’s the head of SHADE. If you want more info go to wikipedia. It’s not suppose to make sense. It’s a monster mash with crazy out there ideas. The ANT farm, Creature Commandos, a monster planet. These are not rational real world ideas.

  22. This seems like it will read better in trade I think I’ll wait till the first arc is over and go read them all at once. Dropped…for now

  23. This is one of my favorite of the re-launch- that being said, what’s up with the drab colors? There are more in the palette than green, brown and gray! I love Frank’s, well, frankness: “Frankenstein’s vengeance does not discriminate on the basis of age.” Fun!

  24. Another great issue! A great balance with the humor and action. I also liked the back story on Nina and the creation of the Creature Commandos.
    Still lovin’ the art by Ponticelli. Can’t wait for issue #3!

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