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Ian Jane
12-12-2013, 09:07 PM

A New Twisted Tale From Steve Niles!

Author Returns To IDW To Unite A Monster And A Madman


San Diego, CA (December 12, 2013) – Visionary author and celebrated comic creator Steve Niles is returning to IDW in 2014 and bringing the most nefarious fiends along 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!”

Niles reinvigorated the horror genre in American comics with his lauded IDW series 30 Days of Night, with artist Ben Templesmith. Since the widely successful and Eisner-nominated series debuted in 2002, 30 Days of Night has gone on to spawn 10 additional series and a major motion picture from Sony.

"I think this is the 5th or 6th 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."

IDW is eager to share the world of a monster and a madman in this twisted tale from Steve Niles, debuting in March 2014.

Todd Jordan
04-05-2014, 10:14 PM
This is a good one, if you haven't tried it out. Eerie artwork and an interesting concept. Niles hashes it out well.

Ian Jane
04-06-2014, 11:32 AM
Enjoyed the first issue, haven't read the 2nd one yet. I like the art. Kinda reminds me of Bill Sienkeiwicz.

Todd Jordan
04-06-2014, 12:16 PM
I've never been a big fan of that style, which I see as "messy", but I can appreciate it. And in this book it fits, as he really gives the story's characters and settings a darkness that I think a more detailed artist may not convey as well. I like how when the background isn't important for the moment, it barely exists. Like with conversations between the two man characters, there are numerous panels on the page but other than the faces there's not much else there. But when (in this issue) the monster goes into Jack's library he's amazed at all the books, and so we get to see a what he sees, and then the artist really shows his talent for detail. But not too much so it stays muted along with the rest of the art.

that might not make any sense.

Ian Jane
04-06-2014, 12:36 PM
No, that makes perfect sense actually. That's a pretty astute observation.

Todd Jordan
04-06-2014, 01:08 PM
My lack of wordsmithery usually results in incoherent babble.