Collective Consciousness Destroyer #1

by stephengervais on May 24, 2017

Welcome back to Collective Consciousness, our weekly article where the staff takes one comic and puts it under the microscope. This allows us, and you, faithful reader, to get a good idea of how the comic fares against a variety of opinions. This week we're taking a look at the first issue a of 6-part mini-series from Boom Studios, Destroyer #1.
Boom solicit: “When the last descendant of the Frankenstein family loses her only son to a police shooting, she turns to science for her own justice...putting her on a crash course with her family's original monster and his quest to eliminate humanity. An intense, unflinching story exploring the legacies of love, loss, and vengeance placed firmly in the tense atmosphere and current events of the modern-day United States.”
Written by: Victor LaValee
Art by: Dietrich Smith
Publisher: Boom Studios
Jason James
I really enjoyed this book. I had a moment when I was thinking wow this really reminds me of a certain other story, and then they confirmed that is because it is a sequel to that story. I love the idea behind the story, taking an existing classic property and putting your own spin on it. It's something I really dig. The art was really good and would have sold me on the book even if I hadn't of liked the story. We got some really great mood setting art. It was really the first thing I noticed about the book was how well done Overall a good read, that has the makings of a great story.
Hussein Al-Wasiti
Writer Victor LaValle creates a really compelling world here, probably set in the world of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein novel, in which an organisation has apparently been on the hunt for Frankenstein's monster for a couple of hundred years. We barely spend time with the Monster, as he's called here, and instead LaValle chooses to explore the world and introduce these various characters. It's all very gripping, especially with the character of Mary, who has her own agenda that is revealed in a very sly way at the end of the issue.
And this is brought to life by Dietrich Smith's awesome art. It's very expressive and epic, with some inventive panel work when characters reminisce. LaValle really takes a step back and lets Smith do a lot of the storytelling, as there are a few stretches of wordless pages, which I'm always a sucker for. 
This is only a miniseries, at six total issues, so I really want people to run out and grab this book. It'll be well worth your time.

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