Monday, October 27, 2014

Booknote: The Heart of the Beast

Dean Motter,, The Heart of the Beast: A Love Story. Mount Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, 2014. ISBN:  9781606904916.

I found this graphic novel very disappointing. It dragged on and on as I wondered just what was wrong with Victor, the protagonist: was he a drug addict? an AIDS victim? what? It turns out that he is Frankenstein's monster, and he's had more than a few surgeries over time to make him handsome, well, sort of handsome. This comes at a price: he is forced to work for the evil Dr. Wright. That is not a bad premise, but the execution was simply bad here. In addition, the whole pretentious art scene, with the fake art racket, was completely boring. I did like the art of the graphic novel, but it is good art wasted on a lousy, boring story that, by the time a reader gets to the end, the reader could not care less. This was written 20 years ago (this is a re-issue), and it should have stayed forgotten. This is one I do not recommend.

I am giving it 1 out of 5 stars, barely.

Disclosure note: Read via NetGalley, provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. There, we have appeased The Man. 

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