by Tim Cundle for Mass Movement
The fourth and concluding issue of Steve Niles & Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein, Alive, Alive will be released in January of 2018. Exploring the further adventures of Mary Shelley’s monster, this gothic horror story will be the final chapter of legendary artist Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein works.
“Bernie was more than a brilliant artist and collaborator to me,” said writer Niles, “he was a dear friend. I am so happy to see this final issue finished by Kelley, an artist whose work Bernie greatly respected.”
Prior to his tragic passing, Wrightson had completed several pages and laid out the entire fourth issue. Acclaimed artist Kelley Jones, a lifelong Wrightson devotee, has agreed to step in and work from the layouts to finish the project.
“When Bernie realized he wouldn’t be able to complete the series we began discussing his options, and his first choice was to have Kelley jump in,” said Liz Wrightson. “Bernie felt that Kelley’s style would mesh with his own seamlessly, and it was important to him that the arc be finished and that all four issues form a visually coherent whole. He’d have been so gratified to see this issue published at last.”
“Finishing Bernie’s work is like having a last, wonderful conversation with him,” added Jones. “Thank God it will be about Frankenstein, something we both love so much.” Bernie Wrightson announced in January 2017 that he was retiring because of his battle with cancer. He later died on March 18, 2017, at the age of 68. The next day, Liz Wrightson confirmed that his death followed a long battle with brain cancer. May he rest in peace.
In addition to delivering fans an ending to the acclaimed series, in order to help readers get caught up, IDW will be offering a 3-in-1 issue, Frankenstein, Alive, Alive Trio, which will collect the first three issues in an affordable format two weeks prior to the release of issue four this January 2018.
Originally published at http://massmovement.co.uk/?p=17043