Victor LaValle's Destroyer comic tells the story of the last Frankenstein

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Feb 14, 2017

Novelist Victor LaValle has been making a name for himself in the horror genre for a while now with books like Big Machine, The Devil in Silver and last year's The Ballad of Black Tom, and now he's preparing to do the same in comic books. His first comic, Victor LaValle's Destroyer, will be launching this May from BOOM! Studios and will explore the life of Dr. Jo Baker, last living heir of the infamous Victor Frankenstein.

In Destroyer, Dr. Baker will turn to the arcane secrets of her family's past in order to resurrect her son, who she lost in a fatal encounter with the police. Her actions will also force her to confront the sins of her forefathers when the original Frankenstein's Monster returns with a vengeance that it intends to exact upon the whole of humanity.

LaValle won't be creating Destroyer alone, of course. Interior pages (seen below) will be illustrated by Dietrich Smith, whose art was most recently seen on the Shaft comic books, with character designs (seen above) provided by Klaus artist and Russ Manning Award winner Dan Mora. Smith had this to say about working on the series:

"Working alongside well-established writer Victor LaValle is a joy in itself and illustrating this legendary monster of lore is a bonus I can't explain. More importantly, the issues this series addresses will no doubt enthrall and entertain readers, hopefully bringing about introspection in them as well."

The topical subjects that the story addresses won't come as a surprise to readers of LaValle's work and will obviously be at the forefront of the series, given the circumstances of Dr. Baker's son's death. LaValle promises to tackle the issues head-on and take the stakes as high as they'll go. He spoke to the immediacy of the story:

"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."

While the political nature of the series may seem an odd fit for the Frankenstein mythos at first, it's important to remember the political climate for Mary Shelley when she published the original novel in 1818, which forced her to publish it anonymously at first. Science — and specifically the scientific method — was central to the societal upheaval that was being experienced across Europe at the time and was probably a source of much of the existential horror that the novel explored. Placed in the context of dramatic and terrifying global change, the contemporary ideas behind Destroyer seem right at home with those of the original Frankenstein story.

You'll have to wait until May to immerse yourself in the pages of this tale of an even-more-modern Prometheus, but for now enjoy this promo image by artist Micaela Dawn and let us know if you'll be picking up this exciting new series in the comments below!

(via BOOM! Studios)