Victor LaValles Destroyer is a Fresh Take on a Horror Classic

first_img Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and WildVariant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18) Victor LaValle is an author I’ve been hearing a lot about in recent years, and rightfully so. His work on modern day horror is some of the best on bookshelves today. Titles like The Ballad of Black Tom and The Devil in Silver are downright haunting. That is why I’m so excited to see his talents brought to the world of comics. Like famous horror authors Joe Hill & Max Brooks, LaValle’s work lends itself beautifully to illustrated material. What excited me, was the fact that Destroyer is a continuation of the famous Victor Von Frankenstein tale.When Dr. Jo Baker loses her son as the tragic result of an encounter with the police, she turns to science to find true justice for the death of her only child… by resurrecting him. Embracing her heritage as the last living heir of the Frankenstein family, Baker will soon come face-to-face with her family’s original monster, one whose quest to eliminate the scourge of humanity from the planet has been reawakened by recent events. But as the two must decide if they’re friend or foe, Dr. Baker will be forced to question if this battle for vengeance makes her the family’s true monster.LaValle in a recent press release had this to say about the stories strong topics, “The country is tearing itself apart. Hell, the whole world is tearing itself apart. All of us seem to be teetering somewhere between annihilation and hope.”  “Destroyer is the story of a woman, a mad scientist, facing the same dilemma. And her choice might mean the death of every human being on the planet. I’m so excited to be telling this story, and at this exact moment in time. It will be a hell of a lot of fun and thought-provoking, too.”Right from the opening spread, Destroyer grabs you with an intense look of the Monster still very much alive, in what looks to be a thrown of sorts made out of the side of an ice glacier in Antarctica. Dan Mora’s character designs combined with illustrations by Dietrich Smith are visually intense. I love the grizzly look of the Monster that sets him apart from previous iterations. Colorist Joana Lafuente keeps the tale looking grounded to current day themes as well as vibrant. Something I am not used to in many Frankenstein illustrations, but it’s a welcomed change for this series.We see no mercy come from the Monster who has only one single intention. Eliminate the Frankenstein blood line. Meanwhile in America, racism hasn’t become any better than it was back in 1792 when pitchforks and torches stormed the doctor’s castle in search of the “abomination.” This theme runs strong throughout the series but is barely touched on in the first issue. Our lead, Ms. Baker is being sought out by two employees from her lab and she wants nothing to do with them. A mother who has lost her child more than likely wants to be left alone. Though, these lonely thoughts drive her to do the unspeakable.Destroyer is just ramping up to become a purely unique look at the mythos behind the Frankenstein lore while bringing forth the ugly changes that have occurred leading into the twenty-first century. LaValle has yet to disappoint, and I’m happy to see Boom! Studios giving stories like this a chance. Look for it on store shelves this Wednesday, so add it to your pull list!Preorder now from Comixology. Stay on targetlast_img