Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Anno Dracula #3

   You'd be hard pressed to find an issue more packed with famous literary characters than the Anno Dracula series, which is an adaptation of a beloved novel.

   Some are identified - the ones in public domain, like Dracula himself - and others they're a bit more discreet with, like the oriental mastermind Fu Manchu, who are still under copyright protection.

   It's a fun mix of classic horror characters (like the gentleman on the cover), literary and film characters, all set in an alternate history where Dracula has taken control of Great Britain - and a rebellion is growing (if the rebels can survive the experience).

   The adaptation is by the novel's author, Kim Newman, and the art (which is wonderful) is by Paul McCaffrey and Bambos Georgiou.

   It may be a difficult story to pick up at this point - it's complex and includes a growing cast of characters - but I'd definitely recommend the collected edition (or, if you can find the back issues, jump in now).

   It can be challenging to keep it all straight, but the rewards are worth the effort. Recommended!

Grade: A-


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