Friday, November 29, 2013

A Man Called Frankenstein

by Gary
Frankenstein’s monster, or most often just Frankenstein, is the classic character I’d adapt, retcon as it were in a new way.  This constructed man continues to be revived and redone even today.  For DC Comics there was the recent Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E., where Victor Frankenstein’s creation battles supernatural and other dimensional threats to our very existence.  In the upcoming I, Frankenstein movie, ol’ Frankie has taken the name Adam Frankenstein, is a wise due who has lived over 200 years, and becomes involved between two warring groups of supernatural beings in an ancient city.
Lynd Ward woodcut of the Monster
and his Creator.

My take on Frankenstein is simple but fun I hope, I’d make him a cowboy in the Wild West of the 1880s.  At six foot five and 250 pounds or so, he’d be a big cowboy who would need a sturdy horse, but so be it.  I would keep a lot of his past, but would make it murky about him killing his creator’s bride as he had vowed and did in the novel.  Though it was payback for the Doc killing the monster’s bride who he was putting together.  In this case, Frankenstein would have stalked Elizabeth Lavenza but at the last moment, he couldn’t kill her though he frightens her to death.  He eventually does go out on the ice in the North Pole as in the book, but is frozen, suspended animation like Captain America.
Having floated in a frozen piece of broken off glacier for years, he winds up on our eastern shoes, the ice finally melting away.  Given his superhuman recuperative powers, Frankenstein revives and seeks to quell the guilt he feels for what’[s happened in the Old World.  As demonstrated in the novel, he has a facility for languages and winds up living for awhile with a Mohawk tribe, learning their language and their ways.  Indeed he fights with them against white raiding parties and earns a reputation as a fierce warrior.  He fathers a couple of kids and moves on. 
He then works as a laborer on a cargo freighter and finds himself in the port town called Bristol, Rhode Island.  A town where it turns out (and this is based on actual events as chronicled in the documentary Traces of the Trade) is the center of the slave trade in the United States.  As Frankenstein has a keen dislike of anyone being denied their freedom, he gets involved in a slave revolt and helps several slaves, escape.  With a sizeable bounty on his head, he journeys further west, at various times making his living as a bounty hunter – what with his superior eyesight, reflexes and sense of smell, he is a hell of a tracker. 
It is in this part of his life that he meets and falls in love with the mixed race beauty Zarya Vordeneux, who is a free black in the odd way race and class is doled out oin pre-Civil War New Orleans.  Suffice it to say this voodoo priestess weaves a spell on him and others and things get hairy.
And that just the opening chapters before we get to the Wild West part of his life...


Gram said...

Can't wait!

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