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Victor LaValle's Destroyer

(Victor LaValle's Destroyer #1-6)

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The legacy of Frankenstein’s monster collides with the sociopolitical tensions of the present-day United States.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein beseeched his creator for love and companionship, but in 2017, the monster has long discarded any notions of peace or inclusion. He has become the Destroyer, his only goal to eliminate the scourge of humanity from the planet. In this g
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by BOOM! Studios (first published February 28th 2018)
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Chad
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was decent but could have been great if it had been given more issues to flesh out the story more. A lot of the elements in the synopsis didn't come across in the story at all. Dietrich Smith's art was detailed and clean. I quite liked it. LaValle did do a good job of taking a classic story and merging it with modern social issues. ...more
karen
fulfilling book riot's 2020 read harder challenge task #2: Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color

review to come!
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The Artisan Geek
1/2/20
Really enjoyed this comic. The synopsis however wasn't reflective of the story imo. Also I question the motivation of Frankenstein's monster, but other than - great read!

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Mir
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This Frankenstein-inspired story has solid art and a ton of great ideas and characters. Like my previous LaValle read, Ballad of Black Tom, I felt that it suffered by dint of its short length, which simply did not allow enough space for the developments that were needed. However, it is only the first book in the series so I'm hopeful that these developments will occur. I did enjoy this (I use the star ratings in the goodreads-designated sense, meaning 3 = I liked it) and look forward to both con ...more
Rachel
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A six-issue series that should have been at least twelve. DESTROYER asks what might happen if Dr. Frankenstein really had successfully created his monster and a brilliant scientist attempts to copy him in the 21st century. Worthy of note are the nice and tight illustration and mention of current social issues in the dialogue. Without spoiling it, I love how the bride of Frankenstein was payed homage to, as well! The problem here, like with most short comics, is that there just wasn’t quite enoug ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.0 Stars
This was a fantastic scifi horror graphic novel that managed to retell the story of Frankenstein in a way that actually felt fresh. I loved seeing the ownvoices representation with well developed black characters at the center of the story. 
Tyler J Gray
This comic is an amazing retelling of Frankenstein! It has so much depth, social commentary and thought-provoking stuff packed into it that I feel like I got whiplash from it! That's my only complaint, I wish there was a bit more to it (and really, is that even a complaint?). This is one to take your time with, read not only the words but also the pictures. I'll be thinking about this for a long time (and might have to buy my own copy as I read this via Hoopla!). I am obsessed with Frankenstein, ...more
Devann
I would have ultimately loved for this series to be a little bit longer but it's very good and the ending gives a good amount of closure. This story is yet another great example of what LaValle is so good at - taking classic SFF elements and merging them with current social issues and the art is absolutely gorgeous. I hope he does more comics in the future. ...more
Jessica Woodbury
I don't read a lot of books that update old plots or give them a modern retelling. DESTROYER is not actually either of these things, instead it takes place in a world where FRANKENSTEIN is fact instead of fiction, where people wonder where the monster is hiding and if anyone will ever duplicate the feat of its creation.

What LaValle does so well is take the worlds of horror, fantasy, and science-fiction and apply them to the very real fears of our present day. The modern Frankenstein in this sto
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Donna
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A female scientist creates her own version of Frankenstein's monster when she brings her son, Akai, back from the dead.

This graphic novel packs a punch. The art is dark and downright ugly in some places, but it's a good fit for the grimness of the story. I felt for Akai, who is a peaceful, hopeful soul in a scary world (it's our own world, pretty much). Frankenstein's Monster has become a Destroyer, determined to end all humanity. And Dr. Baker ends up pretty much agreeing with it.

I liked Victor
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This is genuinely SUCH a great concept... but I'm not ashamed to admit I had to put it down because it was honestly far too depressing for me right now. I would definitely pick this back up some time when I'm feeling a bit more stoic, but I only read the first half or so and cried twice (over painful "real world" issues) and I'm just not here for the Feels™ at this level right now. ...more
Jacqie
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel left me with bad dreams and a feeling of disquiet. I think that's what a good horror story ought to do.

This is a Frankenstein retelling only this time the "mad scientist" is a black woman and the creature she's brought back to life is her son. The story kicks off with the original Frankenstein's monster coming into contact with humans after isolating itself away in the frozen South for a very long time. This contact goes badly, as it always does, and the monster starts heading
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Lukasz
Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, graphic-novel
An interesting, horroresque, take on Frankenstein's mythos. With nanobots and good art. Uneven writing and unsatisfying ending lowered the rating for me. ...more
Kaethe Douglas
LaValle never disappoints. Here he combines Shelley's Frankenstein with a contemporary story that is all too true in its horror. Smith and Lafuente have done a vivid job of the art. Micaela Dawn's cover are freaking gorgeous. Now I can't wait to get my hands on the rest.

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Christine
If Mary Shelley comes back and reads Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, his continuation, of her novel Frankenstein, she might be at first confused (I mean, would she have seen a comic book before) but I think she would enjoy it.

Mary Shelley’s novel is largely a work that is cautious about science but also about the fears of becoming a mother as well as the fear of rejection by a parent. Frankenstein, as any reader knows, is not the creation, but the doctor, the person a reader could argue is a the tr
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Mikaela Garcia
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
So good to read in "Black history month". ...more
Trike
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Black Lives Matter meets Frankenstein. It may be unsubtle and heavy-handed, but I don’t care. It’s the slap to the face some people need.

I grew up in Beavercreek, Ohio. On August 5th, 2014, a white Beavercreek police officer murdered John Crawford III. His “crime” was being a young black man. He was in the Beavercreek Walmart looking at a BB gun, talking on the phone with his girlfriend. The white cop jumped out at him, gun drawn, startling Crawford, who bolted. A natural reflex that anyone woul
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2.5*

I feel bad for rating this story so low, as it definitely has some great ideas behind it and it comments on a lot of important social issues, but the actual execution was not the best.

While the concept of Destroyer sounded amazing and the art was fantastic, the story didn't seem to know where it wanted to go. It tries to merge social commentary, a Frankenstein retelling, a vengeance story of a grieving mother and a coming of age story of a semi-artificial boy into one, tackling also themes
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Diz
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is an interesting take on the Frankenstein story. In a world in which Frankenstein's monster is a historical reality, a black mother uses super science to revive her son who was killed by a police officer. The story could have been stronger if it focused more on the emotional connection between the mother and son, and less on the agency pursuing immortality that the mother used to work for. All of the agency stuff was quite boring. The story picks up though when it focuses on social comment ...more
nadia | notabookshelf
a BRILLIANT adaptation of the classic, modernized and focused on race-based violence and grief. super short but intricately layered. there is... so much in here that i will be thinking about a lot.

4.5/5 because i found it a bit too choppy. otherwise the timelines merge almost seamlessly. my only real complaint is that i wish there was more of this, damn!
The Library Ladies
(originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com )

Victor LaValle is an author whom I greatly enjoy, as I don’t think I’ve read one thing by him that underwhelmed me. I really liked his mental institution horror story “The Devil In Silver”, I found “The Ballad of Black Tom” to be a fun deconstruction of a racist Lovecraft tale, and I REALLY liked “The Changeling” and how it made a modern day dark fairy tale out of New York City. So when my friend Tami told me that he had written a graphic novel th
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Lisa Lynch
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
As I write this I wonder which seems more fantastical: that a woman could bring her dead son back to life, or that our country might ever hold itself accountable for injustices it has perpetrated. Technology is improving at an astonishing rate; honest conversation - and actual change - move at a much slower pace.


Let me start by saying that the artwork in Victor LaValle's Destroyer is exceptional. I love the character design, color palette, and cinematic nature of this graphic novel. It is a beau
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Michael Hicks
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bought, comics
Lots of great ideas marred by a serious lack of development and depth, and a much too-rushed ending in an already too quick book. Not sure if I’m going to do a larger review of this one or not...I’d been looking forward to reading Destroyer and was pretty let down. Bummer.
Bandit
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Victor LaValle’s writing. Liked it in short(novella) form, liked it in long (novel) form. And now I can say I liked it in comic form, also. This was one of those comics that had just the right diversity appeal for our library to acquire, it’s a conversation about race by an author of color but done in the context of a modern/near future Frankenstein scenario. I read this immediately after Riot Baby and it had the effect of juxtaposing how one should and should take on race relations in fi ...more
Thomas Hartmann
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A very bleak yet appropriate follow up to the original that is wholly saturated and set in modern discourse. This short read is philosophical and scathing in its commentary on police brutality, specifically towards Black citizens, human nihilism, greed, grief, climate change, scientific advancement, what it means to be truly human... the list goes on. While it never really gives a definite answer to many of these concepts I believe the conversations it starts far outweigh its need for an answer. ...more
Rebecca
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm absolutely astounded by how much LaValle packs into this oneshot volume. It's excellent and the third of LaValle's work that I have really enjoyed. ...more
Elliot
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a really interesting take on the Frankenstein story. It focuses in on the nature of monstrousness and uses the old familiar story to say some interesting things on themes of race and family. The art is striking, full of reds and sweeping brush strokes, and fits well with the story being told. A really solid addition to the Frankenstein mythos and standalone graphic novel in its own right.
Paul
Oct 10, 2020 marked it as triedonce_putdown
Awesome premise and great art but the panel and narrative flow just weren't there for me. ...more
Colton
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Expressions that contain total disregard for value in life make me emote.

"Look at the backflips people will do to find the humanity in that monster.
But when they saw a boy like mine, they had no love to spare." -107/160
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Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, four novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, The Devil in Silver, and The Changeling and two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons and The Ballad of Black Tom. He is also the creator and writer of a comic book Victor LaValle's DESTROYER.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United
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