• Previews 

    Mignolaversity: Read “Frankenstein Underground” #1 For Free

    By | April 29th, 2020
    Posted in Previews | % Comments

    Mignolaversity Logo

    Since there aren’t any new comics at the moment, Dark Horse has been looking back at its catalog, shining a light on its older books. This week, they’re looking at Mike Mignola’s books, so you’ll be seeing previews and free first issues popping up online, sales on the digital issues, and Dark Horse’ll be chatting about Mignola’s works on their Twitch channel today at 1pm PT, then later this week they’ll be chatting to Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (“Mr. Higgins Comes Home” and “Our Encounters with Evil”) and Christopher Golden (“Baltimore” and “Joe Golem”) on Friday at 11am PT.

    Thanks to Dark Horse, we’re sharing the first issue of Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck’s “Frankenstein Underground”, first published March 2015. Following his encounter with Hellboy in Mexico, 1956 (see “Hellboy: House of the Living Dead” collected in the “Hellboy in Mexico” trade paperback and the “Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories – Volume 1” omnibus), Frankenstein’s monster journeys into the Hollow Earth and discovers a Pellucidar-like world. “Frankenstein Underground” is a fan favorite and truly unique in the Hellboy Universe, taking Mary Shelley’s iconic character and bringing him into Mignola’s world.

    Despite being a standalone story, it connects to so much of the broader mythology in “Hellboy,” “B.P.R.D.,” “Abe Sapien,” “Witchfinder,” and even somehow “Lobster Johnson,” something that seems to have surprised even Mignola himself.

    “What started as a sort of fun, silly thing—chuck the Frankenstein monster to the center of the earth to fight monsters—ended up becoming a major event in the direction of the Hellboy universe. I love when that happens.”

    Plus it’s a great title to revisit while we wait for the prequel, “Frankenstein Undone,” to resume. You can read “Frankenstein Underground” #1 in full below.

    Before I leave you to your reading, I also wanted to mention Mike Mignola’s charity auctions on eBay. In case you haven’t heard, Mike Mignola’s been drawing quite a bit lately (follow him on social media to see what I mean). The full proceeds from the auctions go to José AndrésWorld Central Kitchen.

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 cover

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 credits

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 1

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 2

    That poster on the wall is the luchadore Lobster Johnson. You can read more about him in “Hellboy Gets Married” and “Hellboy vs. Lobster Johnson in The Ring of Death.”

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 3

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 4

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 5

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 6

    This fight with Hellboy is from “Hellboy: House of the Living Dead.”

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 7

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 8

    You can learn more these gods from “Hellboy: Seed of Destruction”, “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth—Gods”, and “Abe Sapien: The Shape of Things to Come.”
    The guy in the final panel is Adoet de Fabre and he shows up again in “B.P.R.D.: The Universal Machine,” as do several other characters in this issue. . .

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 9

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 10

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 11

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 12

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 13

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 14

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 15

    Continued below

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 16

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 17

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 18

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 19

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 20

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 21

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 page 22

    “Frankenstein Underground” #1 is also available for free on Dark Horse Digital and ComiXology.

    Digital sale

     

    Discover the Mignolaverse


    //TAGS | Mignolaversity

    Mark Tweedale

    Mark writes Haunted Trails, The Harrow County Observer, The Damned Speakeasy, and a bunch of stuff for Mignolaversity. An animator and an eternal Tintin fan, he spends his free time reading comics, listening to film scores, watching far too many video essays, and consuming the finest dark chocolates. You can find him on Twitter @MarkTweedale.

    EMAIL | ARTICLES


  • Feature: 25 Years of Hellboy Columns
    Mignolaversity: A Conversation About a Hellboy TV Series

    By and | Jun 24, 2020 | Columns

    Recently, casual Hellboy fan (and Multiversity Comics news manager) Christopher Chiu-Tabet decided to ask hardcore Mike Mignola expert (and Mignolaversity columnist) Mark Tweedale for his thoughts on the future of the character and his world outside comic books. Here follows their conversation, which touches on, among other things, the pros and cons of live-action and […]

    MORE »
    Feature: Hellboy ornament News
    Mignolaversity: September 2020 Solicitations

    By | Jun 18, 2020 | News

    Welcome to Mignolaversity, Multiversity Comics’ home for all things Mike Mignola. It’s been a while since we’ve run new solicitations, but things are slowly getting back on track. As well as September’s solicitations, I’ve included a list of upcoming books with confirmed release dates. I’ll keep doing this for future solicitations until things settle down.FRANKENSTEIN […]

    MORE »

    -->