The previously teased new Steve Niles and Damien Worm project has finally been announced by IDW Publishing. And it’s a super-monster team-up special… The Frankenstein Monster and Jack The Ripper.
In 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.
“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.”
Niles, known for his many horror projects including 30 Days of Night, Remains and Criminal Macabre will be pairing with dark and twisted horror artist Worm who will not only be providing the covers, art and colors for the three-issue series but the lettering as well.
“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 inFrankenstein 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!”
Monster & Madman #1 will be debuting in March 2014.