One of the strengths of Destroyer is that it is not a reboot or reimagining of the classic tale of Frankenstein’s creature. Instead, we are given a different type of tale about obsession. This time with added grief and governmental conspiracies. The gothic despair and injustice still permeates but has a new and more articulate face.
In this second chapter, the original creature has found his way to America and government assassins have found their way to Dr. Baker’s lab. This where the story really starts. Alchemy is just another technology and to some, there is nothing more dangerous than knowledge that can’t be controlled.
This is a brilliant and modern approach to a familiar tale in a familiar place and time. LaValle is subtle and powerful and Smith blends the gothic and technological seamlessly. All in all, this is a marvelous and compelling story. It is a monster story all right, but those who need to be feared are not the creatures.
I can’t wait to see what happens when “the Bride” shows up.