This spine-chilling Saturday brings us another of the 31 comic books for the Halloween season. Once again, not all of these stories feature the holiday, but all of them will be appropriately themed for Halloween.
From this point on, spoiler warning.
Today’s comic book offering is Dracula.
From Dark Horse Comics and Universal comes this adaptation of the classic monster movie. Again, part of the series that released Creature From the Black Lagoon adaptation that was featured on day 2 of this list. https://detective651.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/31-halloween-comics-2-creature-from-the-black-lagoon/
Written by Dan Vado with art by Jonathan D. Smith comes this comic book of the Bela Lugosi starring film. Like the Creature before, if you’ve seen the 1931 movie, you know what the story is here.
Vado’s script follows the tale of Count Dracula as he leaves his home for Carfax Abbey in London. With Renfield in tow, and under his control, they arrive at their destination. Once there, Dracula embarks on a spree of attacks. Meanwhile, Renfield delves ever deeper into madness. Eventually the Count encounters Dr. Van Helsing who ends his rampage with a stake through the heart.
The script by Dan Vado is solid and does a good job of reworking the original movie. As with most comic book movie adaptations, page count dictates the amount of story. Here though, Vado has accommodated the tale and had condensed the script well.
Smith’s artwork is unfortunately not on par with the previous installment by Arthur Adams. The painted work brings a nice tone to the book, but seems perhaps too rushed. Lugosi’s likeness is there but most of the issue feels like it needed more time or care. Since painting takes longer than traditional pen and ink comic book artwork, it is plausible that Smith didn’t have sufficient time to complete the work. Interestingly, he has chosen to color Dracula’s skin gray. With his mostly black outfit, the Count appears to be a black and white figure traveling through a color world. This hearkens back to the original movie and makes Dracula a more terrifying presence.
Overall, this is a good, fun book to read for Halloween and a unique take on a legendary film.
Come back tomorrow (blood sucking fingers crossed) for another comic book tale for the Halloween season.