The Island of Doctor Moreau is a two-part comic book that was recently issued by IDW founder and Diablo House writer/co-creator Ted Adams who joined Locke and Key artist/co-creator Gabriel Rodríguez to created an all-new adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic science-fiction novel of the same name. The comic book was coloured by Nelson Dániel and lettered by Robbie Robbins.
Ted Adams explained: “Wells’ novel is as relevant today as when he wrote it in 1896. It addresses the subject of the thin line that separates men from beasts and the question that all scientists should ask themselves: ‘Just because we can do something, does that mean we should?’”
Although largely faithful to H.G. Wells’ plot, dialogue, and Victorian-era setting, Adams and Rodríguez opted to replace the original protagonist, Edward Prendick, with a new female focus, Ellen Prendick. Her character’s inclusion apparently allowed the creative team to “explore a new version of one of the world’s favourite stories through the eyes of a more active character with a different and refreshing point of view on the cursed island’s horrific events.”
Furthermore, “To provide a vivid, immersive experience for the reader, we set the narrative of Doctor Moreau entirely in double-page spreads, a format that builds a rich world for the characters and presents the mystery and terror in a thrilling and concise way,” said Rodríguez.
“We also push the boundaries of the Beast Folk’s design to a point where familiar animal shapes, imbued with traces of human expression, feel genuinely disturbing. It’s been an exciting challenge to capture the fundamental wonder and horror of the novel.”
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