Visionary author and celebrated comic creator Steve Niles is returning to IDW in 2014 and bringing the most nefarious fiends with him. Debuting in March, Niles weaves together a grave team-up between Frankenstein’s monster and Jack the Ripper in the terrifying new series Monster & Madman.
A lost soul, Frankenstein’s monster seeks refuge from his waking life but finds no comfort in the bitter harshness of his surroundings. He sets out to free himself from his lonely isolation, and during this journey he finds himself at the doorstop of a creature more sinister than he could have imagined, the madman Jack the Ripper.
“Niles reminds me of Ozzy Osbourne,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “In the same way that Ozzy was always finding great new guitarists to bring his macabre visions to life, so too is Niles always finding amazingly talented and dynamically creepy new artists to bring his dark fantasies to life.”
Ryall added, “And yes, we know Niles is also shepherding another Frankenstein series in Frankenstein Alive, Alive with Bernie Wrightson. That one is still happening, with a third issue coming in April; is unrelated to this one; and happens whenever Bernie’s amazing and meticulous art for each issue is complete. All of us are very vested in that series as well as this one, and we’ve appreciated readers’ and retailers’ patience on Alive, Alive. M&M will nicely fill the gap between those issues, and the entire series will be complete before the first issue is released so there will be no waiting here. Monthly creepiness awaits!”
“I think this is the fifth or sixth time I’ve used the Frankenstein monster in a story. I’ve always been fascinated with Mary Shelley’s creation, and I’ve found the creature lends himself to all sorts of new stories,” says Steve Niles. “There were eleven White Chapel Murders. Only five of them were attributed to Jack the Ripper. I became obsessed with the idea of a ‘what if’ situation where these two monsters crossed paths.”
Joining Niles in this terrifying new series is Damien Worm, whose macabre style brings the undead to life. In addition to penciling, inking, and coloring the covers and interior pages, Worm will also be handling lettering chores on the three-issue series. Niles added, “I’m very excited to be working with Damien. He has that dark edge to his art I love for horror stories. I’m constantly impressed with just how macabre his images can be.”
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