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by Doug Warren on December 20, 2017

Script: Jeff Lemire
Art, Colors, Lettering: David Rubin
Flats: Kike J. Diaz
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Something about this issue made it feel like the best-paced, easiest read of the series. The book starts out in a dream sequence, but it’s not one of those that makes you rage and want to quit a series like Patrick Duffy showing up in a shower, not dead, implying the entire previous season of Dallas was a dream. But it isn’t as amazing as the finale of Newhart either. It was just a normal dream sequence to advance plot and develop character. I don’t even know why I wasted time talking about Dallas and Newhart. Those aren’t even really comparable here.

We meet N. Parker, a.k.a. the Metal Minotaur. And, if it seems like my wording is weird in the rest of the review as I talk about Minotaur, you will understand why when you read the issue. Parker talked to Lucy about Minotaur’s relationship with both Black Hammer and Sherlock Frankenstein.

And, at this point, I realize there may be some of you reading this who haven’t read the first two issues, and you need a little back-story. Super hero Black Hammer hasn’t been seen in 10 years. His daughter Lucy is looking for super villain Sherlock Frankenstein because she believes he holds the answers to her father’s location. So, she goes from villain to villain (Sherlock’s underlings) trying to find clues to where he is. Okay, you are all caught.

Metal Minotaur was one of, if not the main, nemesis of Black Hammer. And what we find out about Minotaur’s relationship with Hammer is surprising, but perhaps not as surprising as Minotaur’s relationship with Sherlock Frankenstein. And, although Minotaur doesn’t think the information Minotaur gives Lucy is very pertinent to the search, Lucy has it all figured out. YES! The mystery is solved. But, like any good mystery series that still has one issue to follow, solving the mystery leaves the reader with just as many questions as answers.

All I said about the art in the previous two issues still holds up. It is well done, fits the story, and gives the story its charm. EXCEPT, for the first time in the history of Sherlock Frankenstein, I didn’t read any of the speech bubbles out of order. It just wasn’t as confusing this time. Or, maybe I just used to be really dumb, and I’m getting over it.

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