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Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Volume 1: War of the Monsters (Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1)

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As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, it's Frankenstein as you've never seen him before, in a dark new series from acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire and artist Alberto Ponticelli!
Frankenstein is part of a network of strange beings who work for an even stranger government organization: The Super Human Advanced Defense Executive, also known as S
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by DC Comics
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Dan Schwent
Sep 01, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2012
Armed with the sword of the Archangel Gabriel, Frankenstein protects mankind from dark menaces as an agent of SHADE!

Whenever I talk about comics, I normally latch on to the ones that are more than just guys in spandex punching each other. Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE, is two guys punching each other with the volume turned up to eleven.

Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE, combines the best parts of Hellboy and Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD with a helping of the Fantastic Four. Cool ideas are spilling off t
Jan Philipzig
Dec 29, 2015 Jan Philipzig rated it really liked it
He Who Fights Monsters…

There is no shortage of overproduced, showy, noisy garbage in popular culture these days, but the thing is: even if you turn the volume all the way up to 11, a crappy story is still a crappy story. It does not get any better just because it goes full blast, it only becomes more annoying. If you cannot relate to the characters, it does not matter how “infinite” the crisis - you couldn't care less.

At first glance, Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. appears to be that kind of
Sep 17, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it
i really love this book. hate to see that it's ending soon, though.


I have re-read this collection, although I believe my initial "Read" was from the individual issues. I did subtract one star from my review, because I think I just got carried away from the initial excitement of the series.

Since I have wanted to read the entire Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. series in one sitting, or at least the two volumes consecutively, I first read through the recent collection of the first appeara
Sam Quixote
Dec 08, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
Frankenstein is an agent of SHADE - the Super Human Advanced Defense Executive - who fights monsters. This book is called “Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE: War of the Monsters”. That pretty much sums up the book: Frankenstein fighting monsters. The end.

This is DC’s lacklustre take on the infinitely more successful “Hellboy/BPRD” Dark Horse series using the Universal Monsters. So you’ve got Frankenstein, a vampire, a wolfman, a mummy and a creature from the black lagoon fighting a host of weird cre
Summary: See Sam's review. (I should've listened.)

I forgot how bad most peoples reviews were (Anne, Sam) when I saw this just begging to be checked out of the library. (You could almost hear the lonely weeping.) William Thomas' review must've left an impression cause I thought there was a chance this could be fun. Damn my memory to hell.

Piss-poor opening, devoid of energy or momentum, Mr. Lemire. Frank is at least believably no-nonsense, and I start to want to see him kick ass on the generic mo
1.5 stars

I don't get why people like this one. To be fair, I've never read any of DC's Frankenstein stuff before this, so maybe I'm missing information that would tell me why it's a fan-favorite.

It didn't help that there was no explanation of his (DC) origin in this volume. I kept waiting to be introduced to the character through a the very least. Alas, no.
As far as I could tell there wasn't much about Frank's personality that was very interesting. He made a lot of Hurmm noises an
Jun 16, 2014 Jbainnz rated it really liked it
Great read stuffed with action and a butt load of fun!

So I'm a big fan of Jeff Lemire, he's doing great work in Justice League Dark and his run on Animal Man was magical. Though this title doesn't have the depth and emotion that the others have, it makes up for it with all out fun. What we have here is a series that has been stripped back to the basics, it's fast paced and action packed. I had previously seen Frankenstein in the Rotworld crossover as well as recently in Justice League Dark and I
William Thomas
Jul 01, 2012 William Thomas rated it really liked it
A steep departure from Lemire's other work, this book is basically Mignola's Hellboy by way of Phillip K Dick. It's nothing but pure fun. It doesn't have any of the undertones we are used to in his other books, nor does it have the metaphysical weight. And that's what makes this book so special.

Lemire's just let's loose and has a blast with this reboot of the 1948 Bob Kane creation of DC's Frankenstein. Only in this, Frank's the hero (a nearly spitting image in tone and powers to Hellboy), and
Nov 19, 2012 John rated it really liked it
Pure Fun. An action-packed comic with a great sense of humor and outlandish characters and situations. Frankenstein is a super-solder working out of a miniaturized command center in a three-inch ball floating in space. He aided by a suck-up werewolf, a wise-cracking vampire, a mysterious mummy,a female amphibian woman and his four-armed, green-skinned ex-wife. Did I mention his boss is an ancient being inhabiting the body of a tiny schoolgirl? Granted, the art is rough and edgy and first seems ...more
Jul 21, 2012 Laurel rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I've never read any of the DC Universe, so I can't comment on whether the comic remains true to its origins. I don't believe that it matters, honestly.

I found the story to be action packed, tongue in cheek funny, deeply moral and at times oddly heartwarming. Frankenstein kicking ass with a Mummy, a Vampire, a Wolfman,a Fish Woman an estranged Mrs. Frankenstein, and Father Time? That sounds like the basis for a pretty great comic to me!
Craig Andrews
May 21, 2012 Craig Andrews rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
I always loved DC's take on it's superpowered organisation's. Rucka's run on Checkmate was brilliant and whilst this is, at face value, a much more fight instead of plot based comic there's loads of depth in S.H.A.D.E. As with most of the New 52 there's a little tweak to what we know with the inclusion of a not-yet-costumed-hero Ray Palmer but every one else was for me pretty much new anyways. The new Creature Commandos are intriguing and fit perfectly alongside Frankestein (there's a vampire, a ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A fun action adventure series featuring a band of super powered heroes based on classic universal monsters. This series is enjoyable with lots of good action and interesting characters. They only really delve into one of the creature commandos, but I have high hopes for the continuing series. The next arc hints at more development for the title character and his ex-wife. The action is nicely offset by humor. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes action or comedy or horror motifs.
Chris Lemmerman
Eh. I feel like there are lots of parts to this that I want to like, but it doesn't come together as a cohesive enough whole to make me enjoy it. Starting off with a dead dog not two pages into the first issue is a bad start (and what put me off the series when it began in single issues), but the first four issues meander all over the place, throwing in SHADENet jargon wherever they fancy, and the resolution of the story doesn't really thrill me at all.

The OMAC single issue is just a pointless c
Dec 28, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I don't have too many guilty pleasures in comics but Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. was one of them. Getting back into comics at the beginning of The New 52 (3 years ago now), I had no idea why Frankenstein was in the DC Universe, much less why he was given his own book. But, I am a sucker for horror comics, and the idea of my favorite Universal Movie Monsters (Black Lagoon creature, a Mummy, a Vampire, a Werewolf, Frankenstein) coming together to fight other monsters was too tempting to pass ...more
La Espada en la Tinta
Nov 18, 2013 La Espada en la Tinta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: received
La criatura creada por Mary Shelley para su novela Frankenstein o el moderno Prometeo sigue, y seguirá, dando mucho juego tanto en el mundo del cine, la literatura y la televisión. Pero también en el mundo del cómic, como demuestra el tebeo que ahora tenemos entre manos, y que no es otro que Frankenstein: Agente de S.H.A.D.E., una serie de aventuras, acción y toques sobrenaturales que pretende hacernos pasar un buen rato más que interesante por su inicial premisa de poner un grupo de monstruos ...more
James Dunphy
Jan 08, 2014 James Dunphy rated it really liked it
Until I read Blackest Night a few years back I didn't know there was a Frankenstein monster in the greater DCU. I completely forgot about him - with good reason - until I picked up his New 52 reboot.
Agent of SHADE picks up fast, and moves quicker from there. The initial "War of the Monsters" arc is epic comic-action with a team of Universal-Monster movies in place of superheros. I'm not complaining there. I was digging Khalis the mummy and his mysterious powers throughout. Oh, and there's a tie-
Peter Derk
Dec 26, 2013 Peter Derk rated it it was ok
Pretty okay.

I have to say, when are we going to learn that we can't just create humanoid beings, enslave them, and then be surprised that they are sentient? I mean, come on. It always goes the same way:

"Don't worry, they don't have thoughts or feelings. I know they look very human and act human in every way conceivable, but trust me, they are totes unaware."

Then one of them makes a brave escape and we all say,

"Ah, shit. Well...okay, next time we'll totes do it right."

Let's just stop with that c
Nicola Mansfield
Jul 26, 2015 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it
So-so. It could have been better than it was. I've met all the major characters before in my New 52 reading but am not really familiar with any of them except Ray Palmer. I like Jeff Lemire as an author, but the writing is actually pretty dumb for the first story which takes up most of this book. Towards the end of that arc I started to get into the S.H.A.D.E. team and then the plot and writing was much better for the second arc. Has a lot of little tie-ins and references to the whole DC 52 ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Craig rated it liked it
I kind of liked it, just for the sake of all the unexplained weirdness thrown at us in the book. The microscopic SHADEnet headquarters, Father Time in the body of a little girl with a mask, the various creatures, etc. I agree that it would be nice to know a little something more about Frankenstein and his various team members (like why did the fish woman do that to herself?), but not knowing didn't hurt the surface level enjoyment of the giant battle scenes. But there should probably be more to ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Eric rated it it was ok
Horrible confused art, lackluster story. Avoid until Jeff brings the humanity of Essex County / Sweet Tooth to this work or until the art team stabilizes / improves.

that final shot of Lady Frankenstein's enormous boobs was fucking ridiculous. Artist should be ashamed and the editor should be ashamed.

B.M.B. Johnson
Aug 16, 2016 B.M.B. Johnson rated it really liked it
This is just a fun, monster beat-em-up, Bug-hunt book. Interesting bits with the micro-headquarters, and the computer download explanations are a good plot tool but annoying at times.

Big Big BIG cliffhanger alert.
Dec 29, 2014 Rosa rated it liked it
I always loved the idea of the creature commandos so I'm enjoying the read even though I would love some more time devoted to character development and background on some of the guys. So far it's pretty much been massive battle after massive battle.
John Yelverton
Jun 10, 2012 John Yelverton rated it did not like it
This was hands down not only one of the worst graphic novels I've ever read, but the artwork was atrocious.
Didn't really like this one at all. Too weird for my taste. Why did the monsters have to kill the dog?!?!?! The monsters invading was just creepy and I hated the spider looking things.
Jul 02, 2013 C. rated it it was amazing
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Callum Shephard
Oct 03, 2013 Callum Shephard rated it liked it
The distinct shame of Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. is you can pinpoint where it failed down to the exact page. Worse still, it’s hardly the creators’ fault and more a continued trend by DC Comics which keeps causing their series to fail. Beyond that exact point it’s a decent comic within reason.

Called away from his vacation back to the Super Human Advanced Defence Executive, undead supersoldier Frankenstein is deployed to deal with an unholy crisis unfolding in a small town of America. Count
Rick Hunter
Sep 14, 2016 Rick Hunter rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: only Jeff Lemire super-fanatics
Shelves: traded-donated
Since I missed out on the beginning of DC's New 52, I've been trying to play catch up for the last couple of years. When DC relaunched all of their titles under the New 52 banner, they started back at issue #1 on 52 different series. With this book, I've now started on 41 out of those original 52 titles.

This book contains issues #1-7 of Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. and is broken into 3 different stories. Issues #1-4 are a story where Frankenstein meets his new team while on mission to find
Reprints Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1-7 (November 2011-May 2012). S.H.A.D.E. is a covert funded operation that deals in the weird and bizarre. Their primary agent is Frankenstein who along with his wife “The Bride” helps fight the threat of monsters all over the globe and beyond. When monsters begin spewing out of a lake with no explanation, Frankenstein and his team of Creature Commandos must shut it down before the Earth is doomed. Plus, Frankenstein faces the danger of another manmade ...more
Oct 01, 2013 Angie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Synopsis: "As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, it's Frankenstein as you've never seen him before, in a dark new series from acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire and artist Alberto Ponticelli!Frankenstein is part of a network of strange beings who work for an even stranger government organization: The Super Human Advanced Defense Executive, also known as S.H.A.D.E. Leading his new field team, The Creature Commandos, Frankenstein and company must fight against supernat ...more
Alex Sarll
Of DC's New 52 relaunches, this was one of the ones I came very close to buying. After all, Jeff Lemire is doing such great work with Animal Man - like DC's take on Frankenstein's monster, a fringe character redefined by Grant Morrison. But this is not on a par with the current Animal Man. There's plenty of fun mad science, true - S.H.A.D.E.'s HQ is a flying 3" sphere containing a city, accessed by a combination of teleportation and shrinking - but too much that doesn't make sense. In the first ...more
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Jeff Lemire is an award-winning Canadian cartoonist, and the author of the Essex County Trilogy, Sweet Tooth and The Nobody. Lemire is known for a his moody, humanistic stories and sketchy, cinematic, black-and-white art.
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