Dracula #4

CoverSep 2010 | Marvel

Pencils: Dick Giordano
Colour: June Chung
Writing: Roy Thomas
Letters: Rus Wooton
Cover: Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic

The hunt for Dracula continues and concludes in this final issue!

We know how the story ends, at least most of do. We have either read the book or watched the movie adaptation, an honestly, I found myself bored for this very reason. I knew how it ended and it just had too much exposition for me to really care. It felt like things drug on because so much time was wasted on all those words that were difficult to read- thin-coloured cursive without enough contrast with the background colour of their bubbles. It bothered my eyes which started to ache and made me grumpy, so that lessened my enjoyment even more. Very sad, but such is the way of things.

I’ll still stand my previous words; it is a well done, carefully crafted adaptation that does the novel justice. Were I in the mood to read such a thing, my lethargy and impatience with it wouldn’t have occurred. I just couldn’t find myself in that place despite my desire to finish it.

That said, knowing this limited series is the first collection of the chapters that were originally printed in Dracula Lives; I’m curious to read those and see what else Dracula has been up to in the past. I do enjoy older horror comics.

Dracula #3

CoverSep 2010 | Marvel

Pencils: Dick Giordano
Colour: June Chung
Writing: Roy Thomas
Letters: Joe Rosen
Cover: Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic

After Lucy’s death, children are found drained of blood leading Hellsing to solve the mystery and prove what he knew to be true regarding poor Lucy. Knowing their enemy, the search for Dracula begins while he has set his sights on cursing Mina.

A lot happened in this issue. We dealt with the last of Lucy and Mina has already tasted Dracula’s blood. Things are pretty grim right now, but with one issue left, there’s not much more left to happen.

I didn’t like this issue as much as the previous, two. I was annoyed by how wordy it all was, of course, I wasn’t particularly in the mood to read a wordy comic drowning in exposition, so of course I wouldn’t like it. I wanted it to get on with things and it frustrated me with deliberate slowness and about two hundred words too many. Needless to say, it’s still a really good adaptation of the novel. I will see it to the end.

Dracula #2

CoverAug 2010 | Marvel

Pencils: Dick Giordano
Colour: June Chung
Writing: Roy Thomas
Letters: Joe Rosen
Cover: Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic

Dracula has made his way to England and poor Lucy suffers. Can Dr. Abraham von hellsing save her?

Again, this issue is very good and very wordy, more so than what I’m used to in most books these days. I had a bit of trouble getting into it, but once things started happening, it held my interest and moved rather quickly. I’m still quite pleased with it and still stand by my previous words it is a wonderful adaptation of the novel. It contains just enough to follow the story and more than I would expect from a comic.

I’m halfway through with only two issues left and quite confident it will continue to please. It’s entertaining reading a classic vampire tale, there’s a charm in this older vampire tale that isn’t seen too often today. I think many of them would do well to remember their roots.

Dracula #1

Cover

Aug 2010 | Marvel

Pencils: Dick Giordano
Colour: June Chung
Writing: Roy Thomas
Letters: Joe Rosen
Cover: Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic

Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to conduct business with Count Dracula and only to soon learn what his real plans are.

This four-issue mini is an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and a colourised reprint from the story that appeared in four issues of a black and white book from the seventies called Dracula Lives! I am unaware if there were any other reprints.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Bram Stoker’s Dracula and even longer since I’ve read the book, but reading this first issue it did seem to ring true to me. It seemed right. It at least has the same flavour in the style of writing and the presentation and use of exposition I found to be quite engrossing as I got further in. It’s certainly rekindled my desire to reread the novel as well as several other horror classics.

I suspected this was an old story by how the interior art looked. It just had a certain style to it that you don’t really see today, not to mention tons of exposition. It seems a lot of older books had a lot more words, but that could easily just be an observation of my own collection. I rather liked it over redone art or even a modern retelling. It’s a classic story, so reprinting from a classic comic touted to be a faithful adaptation of the book is more than I’d have ever hoped for, really. There’s something to be said about the classic stories of earlier ages. While true not all can stand the test of time and be as enjoyable now as they were in their time, I feel this one does and I can’t wait to read the rest of them. It boggles my mind why it’s taken me this long when they’ve been in my collection for so long.

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