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Madman Atomic Comics #4

Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2007
By: Ray Tate

Writer/Artists: Mike Allred, Laura Allred(c)
Publisher: Image

Madman is weird, but this issue is accessible and lays to rest some of the lies told to Frank by his nemesis Dr. Monstadt in previous issues.

Believed dead, Frank was given a valorous send off in a rocket ship with Astroman who this issue appears to sacrifice himself on behalf of Frank. Logically, you don't put air into a rocket with a corpse, and this created a new problem.

Astroman valiantly uses the last of his energy to seek help, and his fate remains unknown. Frank is rescued by an alien cutie, who at least at first sight appears human.

Mike Allred's plans for Frank seem to be far reaching indeed. His story acts as the first chapter of a gathering of eagles. Rather than being a member of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, we discover Frank's in fact one of a chosen four who will save the universe. This is much more fitting.

The Allreds produce their usual beautiful and colorful illustrations, and the alien spacecraft in particular deserves close scrutiny for the imagination involved in its construction.

I'm happy to see Madman get back on track and drop the mystical mumbo-jumbo as well as reinforcing the heroism of Frank N. Stein.

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