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In the weird darkness of 1816, when a volcanic winter yielded a "year without a summer," Mary Wollestonecraft Godwin began writing the novel Frankenstein on the shore of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. But the true story of Frankenstein began months earlier when Mary, alongside future husband Percy Shelley and stepsister Clair Clairmont, approached a strange castle in the Germ ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published August 4th 2005 by Avatar Press
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Sam Quixote
Aug 26, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
1814, and Mary Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Mary's half-sister Claire Clairmont (pregnant with Lord Byron's child) are en route to the Villa Diodati, Lake Geneva when they pass through Darmstadt and see the ruins of Castle Frankenstein. Intrigued, Mary stops the coach and goes into the ruins alone to investigate. There she meets a mysterious creature who takes her on a metaphysical journey...

The first thing that strikes you when you open the comic book is the black and white artwork. It's
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RB
Mar 21, 2016 RB rated it liked it
Warren Ellis "Frankenstein's Womb" is really a 3.5 star novella. So, as the title suggests, if you're a fan of Frankenstein and its creator (and her husband and circle of friends) there is no reason, that this reader can see, for disliking this graphic novella. The concept and the execution in illustrious black and white are a treat and Ellis use of real people never feels inauthentic, and neither does his dialogue. This book also - despite grappling with themes of creation, horror, and authoria ...more
Alison Schmidt
Aug 12, 2009 Alison Schmidt rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A hideous cover, and an almost bad title--till you read it. Then you're like, "Ohhhhhh!" An interesting, and totally gorgeous, look at the "birth" of Frankenstein.
Logan
Mar 02, 2014 Logan rated it liked it
An atypical graphic novel concerning Frankenstein's birth. This is not a classic account of Shelley's masterpiece but rather a travel through time and places to understand better how the author came up with her longlasting classic. Warren Ellis uncovers the secrets behind her family life, the topic of alchemy, etc. However, I believe this graphic novella is rather a short theoretical approach to Mary Shelley and Frankenstein than a great work to get a firmer grasp on both of those aspects.

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Sam Quixote
Aug 26, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1814, and Mary Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Mary's half-sister Claire Clairmont (pregnant with Lord Byron's child) are en route to the Villa Diodati, Lake Geneva when they pass through Darmstadt and see the ruins of Castle Frankenstein. Intrigued, Mary stops the coach and goes into the ruins alone to investigate. There she meets a mysterious creature who takes her on a metaphysical journey...

The first thing that strikes you when you open the comic book is the black and white artwork. It's
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Bookworm Amir
Sep 17, 2011 Bookworm Amir rated it liked it
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Alex Sarll
I feared this might be one of those distasteful tales in which one of our great imaginers (often Lovecraft) turns out merely to have been transcribing the events of one weird-ass day. Thankfully, it is instead rather a moving poem in comics form, a hymn to Mary Shelley as mother of the future.
Matti Karjalainen
Vuoden 1816 kylmänä kesänä Mary ja Percy Shelley matkaavat yhdessä ensiksimainitun sisarpuolen Jane Clairmontin kanssa Euroopassa, tarkoituksenaan matkustaa Genevenjärven rannalle (tiedätte kyllä, miksi). Matka keskeytyy kun Mary tahtoo pysähtyä tutustumaan alkemisti-tiedemies Johann Conrad Dippelin omistamaan linnaan, jossa hän kohtaa omituisen olennon. Ja kuinkas sitten käykään?

Monessa liemessä keitetyn Warren Ellisin "Frankenstein's Womb" (Avatar, 2009) on kuvalliselta ilmaisultaan varsin tyy
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Dave
Mar 24, 2013 Dave rated it liked it
Ellis has done a few "graphic novellas" over the years, Frankenstein's Womb being one of them. you can tell that the subject matter of these novellas are always very niche, specific, and near and dear to his heart. this one tackles the genesis of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein idea and a take on how she might have come up with the ideas in her legendary book.

it's a fun (and extremely quick) read. However I'd only really recommend it for uber-fans of Ellis (me) or uber-fans of Frankenstein and/or t
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Joseph
Aug 31, 2011 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Somewhat atypically restrained, perhaps, for Warren Ellis but, otherwise, quite typically compelling, thought-provoking, and straight-up excellent! This graphic novel evoked in my mind both Ken Russell's film "Gothic" (a long-time personal favorite) and also the late-80's-era edition of "Frankenstein" illustrated by Bernie Wrightson (at the height of his "powers," if you will)—both, interesting and IMO valuable additions to the greater Frankenstein "canon." I don't know if Warren Ellis was influ ...more
Matt Kelland
Apr 23, 2014 Matt Kelland rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
A different take on the Frankenstein story, and how Mary Shelley came to write it, but it never quite got the spark it needed to really come to life (see what I did there?)
Brandon
Oct 26, 2009 Brandon rated it really liked it
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Emily
Jan 03, 2010 Emily rated it really liked it
I could have skipped three semesters of English literature and just read this instead! Such an odd format for a quick history lesson about the Shelleys (Mary Wollestonecraft and Percy Bysshe). This made the biographies seem much more interesting and romantic, and reminded me of the loveliness of the prose and poetry of these two people--and of how very tragic their lives were!
Manuel Moreira
Aug 17, 2009 Manuel Moreira rated it really liked it
Another book where Warren Ellis uses a story as basis for some interesting ideas going through his head. This time, Ellis uses the Frankenstein monster as a ghostly guide for the woman who will one day write the book that creates him... Mary Shelley.

Beautifully written as always. And the black and white art by Marek Oleksicki is adequately eerie.
Audacia Ray
May 17, 2010 Audacia Ray rated it really liked it
I will read pretty much anything about Mary Shelley and the summer of 1816. That said, this is a really wonderful imagining of Mary's interaction with Frankenstein's-creature-as-soothsayer. I wish it went on for longer, but it's such a well-crafted and beautiful little tale.
Devowasright
Aug 09, 2009 Devowasright rated it really liked it
in which mary shelley is introduced to the future. the artwork is stunning, the writing beautiful. it is a rather quick read, but definitely something i will return to over the years.
Renae Bair
Feb 24, 2013 Renae Bair rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
A beautiful origin story of sorts of where Mary Shelley got her inspiration for the novel. Plus it's Warren Ellis. This was a fantastic, short read!
James
Feb 16, 2010 James rated it liked it
Ignoring the wack cover, this is a short ode to Mary Shelley. I'm in complete agreement.
David Earle
Sep 25, 2012 David Earle rated it it was amazing
A fine, short love letter to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
Wolverina
Dec 02, 2011 Wolverina rated it liked it
An interesting experiment.
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is in development at Jerry ...more
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