Review: M is for Monster
Updated: Jul 24
M is for Monster by Talia Dutton
A moving take on Frankenstein, Doctor Frances Ai brings her younger sister, Maura, back to life after a tragic accident. Maura does not remember any part of her life before waking up and when she meets the ghost of Maura in her mirror, realizes she is not the sister Frances thinks she is. Choosing the name "M", she tries to adapt to who Frances wants her to be in fears she will be operated on again. But as she tries harder and harder M begins to realize that she does not want to be someone she's not, if only Frances could accept that.
Unlike the horror story of Frankenstein, M is for Monster is about love, acceptance, and grief. Frances’ experiment to create M is motivated by her love for her sister and the guilt she has over her death. All she wants is her loved one back, which anyone who has lost someone close to them can understand. M herself pretends to be Maura in order to be what Frances needs, allowing M to be safe and feel a part of this family. That storyline in particular will resonate with a lot of teenagers, who are often navigating figuring out who they are while also living up to parent and peer expectations.
The graphics included bold black images, allowing details to shine through and make the novel seem fresh against the background of muted vintage colors.
Title: M is for Monster
Author: Talia Dutton
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts - Surely
Publish Date: June 28, 2022
Themes: acceptance, love, being yourself
Protagonist Description: Asian-American female
Trigger Warnings: vague discussion of surgery and death
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