In homage to horror movie classics as well as detective noir films and gritty comics, comes C U Next Tuesday, a webcomic series that reboots The Bride of Frankenstein into a kickass, revenge-driven, bad-mouthed heroine. The title is both a play on the word ‘cunt’ (which makes sense in context of the story) and the fact that a new chapter is released every Tuesday.

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In the Frankenstein movie classics, the Bride of Frankenstein rejects the Monster and in the end, the Monster seeks to destroy himself, his proposed mate, and the scientist Doctor Septimus Pretorious. Writer/Creator Sal Brucculeri pulls from that iconic moment—the Bride’s rejection—to create said story.
The first few pages open up with The Bride—clad in black, everyday clothes—running from and fighting zombies. As her 1st person narration explains, Frankie a.k.a Frankenstein’s monster has put a hit out on The Bride since she rejected him. And now zombies and other creatures from the Monster Community are chasing her, and interfering with her detective duties—such as rescuing Santa and solving monster-on-monster crime. But her ultimate goal, she explains, is to kill Frankie (who, in this adaptation of literature is her ex-boyfriend).

The series is ongoing and is currently at 61 pages so far, but it’s pretty fleshed out. The Bride and her partners-in-crime, Robert the Doll and Detective Pigstein, are all distinct, if not a little cliché. Even the current baddie, Nessi, has enough personality. The art, by Ibai Canales, is black-and-grey and heavily inked, but it complements the gritty, weird feel of the comic. Everything is a little familiar and a little grotesque, and it works with the story.

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Although C U Next Tuesday relies on a typical crime-premise, it does a good job so far of avoiding clichés and falling into lazy writing. There is an over-excessive use of cursing, which cheapens it a bit, and the pacing is a little off, but that’s more towards format (weekly webcomic) than storytelling. The idea of giving life to The Bride, is a great one: the writer just has to make sure she doesn’t end up becoming a two-dimensional, sexualized female detective with only one motive. The Bride is, understandably, an angry character in this series, but some vulnerability and softness would be welcomed.

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