Official Press Release
With over five million copies sold worldwide of the first two novels in
Koontz's proposed Frankenstein trilogy, the graphic adaptation produced by
the Dabel Brothers of "Frankenstein Book 1" is destined to be a Number 1
bestseller in the graphic novel and comic book categories as well.
If the Dabel Brothers can be accused of anything in life, it's in thinking
They stunned the comic book world in 2003 with their graphic adaptation of
George R. R. Martin's The Hedge Knight. They upped the ante when they joined
forces with Marvel Comics to produce Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake:
Vampire Hunter, which immediately became one of the bestselling graphic
novels of 2007 within one month from publication.
Today Les and Ernst Dabel announced that their next wave of comic book
adaptations of popular novels will include one of the bestselling novels of
the decade: an adaptation of Dean R. Koontz's Frankenstein Book 1: Prodigal
"We love surprises," laughed Ernst Dabel, President of Dabel Brothers
Productions, "and we're certain that many people will be absolutely stunned
to hear that we're working with such a well-known author as Dean Koontz. And
we're excited! Mr. Koontz is an amazing writer with some incredible ideas,
and we're thrilled to have a chance to bring his Frankenstein story into the
comic book medium."
"Says Dean Koontz: "I'm delighted that Frankenstein will come to life in
comic book form, 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.'"
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son is the first book in Koontz's
proposed trilogy of novels set in modern day New Orleans. This is a powerful
reworking of one of the classic stories of all time-- Mary Shelley's classic
gothic novel. 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
The first issue of the comic book is set to arrive on shelves in February,
2008. The series will be monthly and will eventually adapt both novels in
the series published to date, beginning with Frankenstein: Prodigal Son. The
comic books will be carried through Diamond Comic Distributors and available
at comic book stores across North America.