In this new age of monsters, with vampires running rampant across the world’s big screens, and hundreds of novels featuring those ancient bloodsuckers, it was only natural that the comic book medium saw a rebirth of the classic vampire mythos. Marvel brought back Dracula and a plethora of vampire followers, organized in some kind of cults… but it was not the only publisher to delve into the vampire field.
BOOM! Studios, less than a year ago, gave comics’ superstar Kurt Busiek the chance to create his own vision of a new, modern world of Dracula, and thus Dracula: The Company of Monsters was born.
As an avid Busiek fan, I decided to jump at the chance to review the last issue of the series, and though I found its pace a bit slow, it read very fluidly. Maybe it’s just that the issue suffered from the classic “in-the-middle of an arc” syndrome, because otherwise it had a spectacular double-page spread at the end with a last page that felt like the perfect way to entice readers to get the next issue — which, if I’m not mistaken, will feature an inevitable showdown between Dracula and Conrad, the two vampires fighting for dominance.
If there’s something I really enjoy about this book, it’s the desperation that comes with the lack of knowledge of what’s happening around you. That’s how Evan, now inevitably tied to Dracula, feels throughout the whole issue, being the connective tissue among the supporting cast — most of them showing their true allegiances for the boy’s surprise.
And though the vampire manipulations could be felt throughout the issue — poor Evan’s mom is now one of “them”, as well as a pretty scary Corinna — it wasn’t until the very end of it that Dracula made his bold move against the powerful vampire Conrad.
All of these really well rendered by Scott Godlewski, who masters the looks of horror, lust and desire that any good vampire comic book needs.
Do you want to see a new take on one of humanity’s oldest mythos?
Do you want to see a dark metaphor of today’s corporative greed?
Do you want to see how vampires take over?
Then you want to read this issue… or die trying.