New Life for Koontz’s Frankenstein

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Comic book to adapt modern trilogy

What exists of Dean Koontz’s successful “Frankenstein” trilogy is being carried over to another medium for a comic book adaptation.

Les and Ernst Dabel, the duo behind Marvel’s “Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter” and 2003’s adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s “The Hedge Knight”, are flying on their own these days and have made “Frankenstein” their priority number one.

Currently, only two books exist for adaptation: “Prodigal Son” and “City of Night,” a third is on the way.

Here’s the publisher’s breakdown of Koontz’s story: Every city has secrets. But none as terrible as this. His name is Deucalion (previously known as Frankenstein’s monster), a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who’s traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Detective Carson O’Connor is cool, cynical, and every bit as tough as she looks. Her partner Michael Maddison would back her up all the way to Hell itself—and that just may be where this case ends up. For the no-nonsense O’Connor is suddenly talking about an ages-old conspiracy, a near immortal race of beings, and killers that are more—and less—than human. Soon it will be clear that as crazy as she sounds, the truth is even more ominous. For their quarry isn’t merely a homicidal maniac—but his deranged maker, Dr. Frankenstein—now known as Victor Helios.

Sound familiar? It might. Koontz’s premise was worked into a made-for-TV movie, starring Parker Posey, that was supposed to be a diving board for an original series. Due to creative issues, Koontz backed away from the project yet allowed USA to use his name. “Prodigy” hit shelves shortly after the broadcast.

“I’m delighted that Frankenstein will come to life in comic book form,” says Koontz in a press release. “And that the project is being guided by such capable hands as those of the Dabel Brothers. I usually don’t say things like ‘they rock,’ but it’s inescapable: ‘they rock.'”

The first issue of the monthly comic book adaptation is set to arrive on shelves in February, 2008. No contributing artists have been named.

Source: Ryan Rotten