Alphonse: A Monster for Our Time

The Comic

Alphonse is the story of nine lives that intersect because of an attempted abortion. Why “attempted?” Because while there are no angels or demons on either side, there is definitely a monster in the middle: Alphonse. Rendered “grotesquely abnormal” by his unwitting mother’s use of controlled substances, he is both sentient and freakishly coordinated. He is also deeply wounded, twisted by fear and rage after the attempt on his life, and bent on revenge.
But violence begets violence. Alphonse is pursued even as he is pursuing, and haunted by his only friend’s insistence that there is another way…

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“The comic relies on the flesh-creeping, Uncanny Valley nature of the late-term fetus in order to get its effects–yet, unlike most other horror-baby works, it treats the creature as a person: a monster like Frankenstein’s, a bloodied self whose individuality is real, not purely symbolic.” – Eve Tushnet