Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Complete Dracula #1

The Complete Dracula #1 - Comic of the DayThe tale of Count Dracula has been told over and over. Beyond just Dracula, vampire stories have been wildly explored from the movies Underworld and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to books such as the new comic American Vampire and the classic, Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer (as you were reading the title you were thinking it, i know...a modern day Iliad). The fact is, the vampire is a vessel for great stories. Yet with so many stories altering the original 1897 (thank you Wikipedia) Bram Stoker Dracula novel, how many of us actually know how the original story unfolded? Well, rather than read the original novel, I decided to pick-up the pictured Cliffsnotes in the form of Leah Moore, John Reppion and Colton Worley's, The Complete Dracula.

Leah Moore and John Reppion adapt Bram Stoker's novel using the narrative journal-esk form used in Stoker's Dracula. As the book begins a funny feeling of dread and "Oh damn...I know where this is leading" comes over me. I've seen enough movies and read enough books to know that going off a set path, exploring a dark old castle and hanging out with a "Count" is bad for your health. I know where the comic of the day is going, but I still linger on Dracula's intentions and just what the heck is going on at his castle.

Plus what's up with crawling up and down the castle walls? Is that really an easier way to get around. I know he is the lord of the undead but even his highness must care about dirty clothes: constantly rubbing up against the old stone and weather worn walls. It's just not sanitary.

Oh and the mirror tick... Dracula has such a strange reaction to not seeing himself in a mirror. In The Complete Dracula #1, the Count grabs the mini mirror from his visitor and tosses it out the window, after hissing at it, of course. Where as the cross may hurt his damned soul causing a cowering reaction from Dracula, it seems the lack of a reflection causes emotional harm. The pain of never seeing what other's see must be unbearable.

Walking around all day with a leaf in your hair at boarding school.

"What? What's everybody looking at?"

"Hey Dracula! Why don't you make like a tree and get the hell out of here!"

"One day Biff! I'm gonna...I'm gonna..."

"Gonna what?"

Dracula runs off crying under his umbrella and hooded cloak. Kids can be so cruel.

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