Ignore the Jeff Lemire credit on the cover. DC fucked up again. This issue is written by Matt Kindt.
Matt Kindt is an experienced comic writer. He wrote nearly the only interesting story in Men of War which appeared in Issue #5. And since I had good things to say about that back-up story, I'm optimistic about this issue of Frankenstein.
Frankenstein begins inside S.H.A.D.E.'s North Library. I think that means it's in Canada. If it were on the Ant Farm, it couldn't be called North unless the Ant Farm never actually spins and maintains a fixed alignment within the Earth's magnetic field. Anyway, Frank is busy reading some Lord Byron (I looked it up. Fuck if I remember anything from Don Joo-on. Which wouldn't help since this quote is from "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage").
Before I looked this up, I figured it was a sonnet. Turns out the poem uses "Spenserian Stanzas." Like The Faerie Queene. Now that I remember. I don't want to remember it but I do. I remember.
The insects attacking Frank are called Scare-ebs. Ha ha. How very droll. I applaud you, sir. Tally pip ho forth and all that. Frank kills these things rather easily even though SHADE.net tells him they're very hard to kill. SHADE.net also tells him that they're assassin bugs that usually ally with SHADE. They also eat living flesh so Frank doesn't mind that bit of information. You know, because he's dead. Afterward, Frank reports to Father Time to find out what the hell's going on.
Oh, I see what Matt Kindt is doing. Just seed the ground with as much weird shit as you can think of and future storylines will just begin to sprout.
Um. I don't think you need to worry about blending in since the citizens of Untropolis look like humans and you all look like fucking monsters!
Frank catches Crowly without Velcoro's help which is good because Velcoro got held up by an elevator shaft full of Scare-ebs.
Frank's quoting not just poetry but Lord Byron in particular probably indicates he's more of a lover than a fighter.
I'm beginning to suspect she might not be telling the truth!
Frank is informed that he will be killed if he falls into the water below him because that will eject him from this dimension without any protection, ripping him apart atom by atom. He also continues to hallucinate images or have flashbacks of some other life. Perhaps the note given to Crowly was correct and Frankenstein will turn against SHADE because of these images that keep flashing through his mind. Maybe he's a sleeper agent and he's waking up.
Frankenstein Agent of Shade #10 Rating: No change. Nothing much else to say about this one.