Dr. Moreau #1, IDW Publishing

Full of incredibly psychedelic shots, The Island of D. Moreau  #1 (IDW Publishing) is a visually spellbinding sci-fi/horror thriller. A brilliant adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells novel, check ou what happens when genetic engineering has gone amok. 

Ellen Prendick, whose point of view shines a new light upon the horrific events on the cursed island, providing unique insights into one of the world’s favorite stories. The Island of Doctor Moreau addresses the question all scientists should ask themselves: “Just because we can do something, does that mean we should?”

Here are 5 reasons why you should read The Island of Doctor Moreau #1:

5) The Classic!

As someone who wrote essays about The Island of D. Moreau in high school,I love the changes made in this adaptation. Interestingly, Edward Prendick is now Ellen Prendick; which benefits the tale. I always interpreted the island as misogynistic because the cheetah hybrid, the only female in the book, was described as a sex slave. (That there are very few female characters in the works of H.G. Wells is a entirely different debate.)

4) The Writing!

Adapted by Ted Adams and Gabriel Rodriguez, the first person-point-of-view is still intact and comes from Pendrick’s shock and awe perspective. Readers are witnessing the events unfold the way Pendrick sees them. The lettering by Robbie Robbins jumps between newspaper clippings, flashbacks, and highlights the charm from Montgomery.

3) The Artwork!

Rodriguez captures such well-detailed and vibrant-looking character designs of the Beast Folk. Wells wasn’t vey descriptive of the animals, who were mostly kept in shadows. Even Edward Prendick explained in text that he wasn’t an eloquent narrator as the the Beast Folk were kept vague. Rodriguez’s illustrations pushes the text to new heights.

2) The Colors!

The colors by Nelson Daniel enhance the character designs, especially with Ellen’s red hair. The wardrobe has a light brown tone that matches with the location. The jungle setting is illuminated by the green shades. 

1) A Great Read!

The suspenseful tension works so well in the fast-paced fist issue of The Island of Dr. Moreau. If you love the book, then you’re going to want to get your hands on this one!

The Island of Dr. Moreau #1 arrives in stores on August 7th, 2018.

By Jorge Solis

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