|Hrm... from Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #3.|
Once again, my penchant for comic books has shaken loose some unreflected upon learning I received from avid reading as a youth--much of the development of characters in literature is done through the author's use of diction, syntax and other verbal tropes in crafting the dialogue spoken by the character, or stated another way, what characters "say" and how they deliver their dialogue offers the reader can offer additional insight into their character taken as a whole. This is much more obvious in books and short stories presented form the first person perspective as we are reading the character's thoughts in (presumably) their voice, not the author's.
|From the first issue.|
Frankenstein consistently uses guttural "phrases" or sounds such as "Hrrm" seemingly as a vocal cue prior to delivering dialogue (well-read graphic novel fans will recall a similar strategy was employed by Alan Moore in writing Rorschach in Watchmen). The effect is to suggest a contemplative monster who thinks, the noise being a verbal cue of consideration, before speaking--even if what he says seems to show little concern for the feelings of others.
It is also interesting that Frankenstein's word balloons (think "structure" in the context of novels and short stories) are intentionally different than those of the other characters (in fact Lady Frankenstein, too, has a different colored and textured word balloon for her dialogue), a difference which also suggests something about his tone and "sound." "Jagged", rather than rounded, and green instead of white, Frankenstein's voice is much more guttural and raspy than those around him. The "Hrrm..." also helps to reinforce this. (At this point it might be appropriate to acknowledge the great work of the book's letterer, Pat Brosseau.) Together these also produce a cacophonous (loud, noisy, harsh) quality to Frankenstein's voice.
|From issue #4, take note boys--even Frank knows girls appreciate manners!|
As you can read, I could probably go on all day as each idea I have about how this excellent book exemplifies the use of great writing tropes and strategies, but it would be far better for you to pick up the book and check it out fro yourself. If you're curious about a more English-classy type consideration of this and other mediums, a very informative web source for more information is TV Tropes. It offers some very accessible definitions and examples from the world of broadcast media (and comic books, too) that is applicable across other mediums.