The Cobbler’s Monster

 COB9   (Image, 2006)

™ and © Beckett Entertainment

Writer Jeff Amano has combined the horrific tale of Frankenstein with that of the story of Pinocchio and throws in a dose of religion and magic. In this version—which leans far into the horrific territory of the Mary Shelley novel—Gepetto has a real-life boy son, but he’s also a dying boy. When he turns to his buddy, a scientist with the surname Frankenstein, things begin to happen.

The writing remains entertaining throughout, though hardly enthralling. Moreover, the reader need not be a Frankenstein or Pinocchio aficionado; it’s accessible even to those who know nothing of either tale.

The art, especially the colors, serves the story well. Guilia Brusco’s washed-out sepia tones give the book an appropriate old-timey feel and dark atmosphere.

Pinocchio fans won’t get as much out of this tale as Frankenstein fans. The comic book’s progression contains many parallels to the original Frankenstein, especially the story’s conclusion. Those of a literary bent who haven’t read Shelley’s novel may want to do so either before or after reading Cobbler’s Monster.

— Ray Sidman

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