Published on January 4th, 2018 | by Kevin Given0
Review: Sherlock/Frankenstein #3
Lucy has to discover what happened to her father, known of as The Black Hammer. The truth seems to reside in Spiral Asylum, where all supervillains reside. While searching for the answers Lucy discovers some well kept secrets about her father’s foes.
Jeff Lemire begins this issue with our hero as a little girl watching her father’s exploits on TV. She is concerned because he’s in a very tight battle right now. All of a sudden her father starts talking to her through the TV. Lucy questions what’s going on. How can her father be talking to her through the TV? It’s a topsy turvey situation that Lemire enjoys creating. The Black Hammer tells Lucy that she needs to wake up and find Sherlock Frankenstein. When she wakes up she realizes it was all a dream and she’s an adult. Lemire takes Lucy on a journey to find the Metal Minotaur and when we finally see the Black Hammers arch-nemesis it will give the reader a chuckle. this is a unique super-hero title unlike any other out there, I love it and Dark Horse has done it again.
David Rubin’s take on the characters is unique. He knows it’s being played in a semi-cartoony way and his dream sequence delivers a surreal take on the situation that’s fun to look at. The mandatory exposition scenes are nicely handled as we learn the origin of the Metal Minotaur. Tongue is planted firmly in cheek as we see how this unique costume is built, reminiscent of Marvel’s Iron Man with a little Rhino thrown in. It’s great stuff!
I love a great parody. Airplane, The Naked Gun and Hot Shots which is my absolute favorite (both one and two) and this issue is just that! The best parodies not only send up the genre that they’re parodying, but they’re also a loving homage to the genre, like we got in Mel Brooks movies like Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein when Mel was at his peak. And Lemire clearly loves superhero comic books. Some of his characters names are a hoot like the Concretestador, Manaconda, the Anti-god. All in all one of the best reading experiences I’ve had in a while. Yet even with the zaniness, we get a nice little story with some great surprises as Lucy’s journey leads her too…to be continued!
Writer – Jeff Lemire
Art – David Rubin
Colors – David Rubin
Letters – David Rubin
Publisher – Dark Horse Entertainment
Publication dare- January 2018