The Glass Scientist is a wonderful fantasy comic set in the Victorian era that is both a wonderful spin off as well as an incredible homage to the classic Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story.
It opens with a monolog of a strange man calling himself the “Spirit of London at night” when suddenly a werewolf begins charging through the streets, followed quickly by a very conveniently prepared angry mob. You see, in this world, not only were people like the famous Frankenstein real, but they are actually very famous and have inspired many others to pursue “Rogue Science.”
After a quick chase the young lycanthrope is cornered and about to be hauled off despite his enduring protests that he must return to his lab, or else, a lovely carriage pulls up and stuns the crowd into silence. Who else steps out but none other that the famous socialite Dr. Henry Jekyll. He not only convinces the police officials that this young werewolf can be reintegrated into society but also shows that the mob may have been a touch intimidating for a new on a young man who was simply scared and panicked already. After a quick stop to the young boy’s lab to pick up his….. many furry research subjects, they soon make their way to the Society of Arcane Science, and we are introduced to a multitude of wonderfully colorful characters and personalities. We also catch a glimpse of the good doctor’s greatest secret, one that could spell the doom for all his friends should even one mistake be made.
I absolutely adore this story. It has all the small quirks and amazing details of a work that has been in development for years, not to mention the love and care put into crafting the world. While not a huge fan of the “Jekyll and Hyde” theory I do like it when it is executed properly, and where better can it be executed than with the actual Dr. Jekyll himself? Admittedly I never read the original work I have seen many adaptations of it that I am very familiar with the basic formula. They have ranged from deep and tortured souls, all the way too goofy unrealistic performance. Looking at you Spiderman movie!
When done right, the “Jekyll and Hyde” theory can be very intriguing and very haunting. One single character having two personalities is a treasure trove for writers, but more often than not it is never done well. I’m happy to say that here it not only works beautifully it is the very foundation for the main character giving plenty of room for development as the story progresses. From the haunting scenes of Henry talking to his own reflection to the comedic antics of Hyde out on the streets of London, it is definitely a relationship full of potential.
Moving to the art I suppose like our leading man you could separate the art into two distinct portions as well. We have the bright and colorful world of Dr. Jekyll as he fills the area with his charisma and pretty words, and on the flip side, we have the dark and somewhat gloomy world that Hyde not only calls his own but seems to absolutely revel in it. These two contrasting moods are blended very well by the appearance of either person and give a very clear signal of when these changes are about to occur.
While the art is very polished and well practiced already, I personally can’t wait to see how and when their style changes and evolves as all art tends to do. Overall though I think that the art matches beautifully with the narrative that has been placed before us and can’t wait for the next update.
And, as always, I hope you enjoy as much as I do.
While there doesn’t appear to be a patreon page for The Glass Scientist (I may be wrong, if so shoot me a message or leave a comment and an edit shall be made asap) but there is a shop you can visit and get some cool merch including a neat “Prologue” comic to this one called “The Bleeding Heart”. If you like my reviews and want to show your support, consider becoming a patron over on my patreon page! All reviews are still free to read, I simply use patreon for the more Adult comics. there is no paywall, just consider it a tip jar of sorts. Thanks so much for reading, see you next week!