Ever since Bram Stoker wrote his masterpiece â€œDraculaâ€ there have been plenty of retellings and stories based around this character. â€œThe Curse of Draculaâ€ by Marv Wolfman, his first ever vampire story, is one of the better stories out there.
Taking place in the modern day, Dracula is secretly helping a politician get elected as president. Meanwhile, Jonathan Van Helsing and a crew of vampire hunters go to San Francisco to investigate a string of grisly murders. These murders, of course, are done by Draculaâ€™s minions.
The best way to describe this comic is that itâ€™s â€œCSIâ€ meets â€œCastlevania.â€ Thereâ€™s plenty of mystery and political intrigue here. Itâ€™s pretty entertaining. Seeing Dracula help a politician win an election is a pretty ingenious idea. Wolfman handles that angle well and without resorting to any shortcuts or cheap tricks.
The â€œCasltevaniaâ€ part is that, besides it being Dracula, there are vampire hunters with plenty of personality. Youâ€™d love them the second you see them. The only problem with these characters is that, though they are well developed, they are a little underused. Take, Hiro, the blind half-vampire for example. She has the most interesting back story and the fact that sheâ€™s blind couldâ€™ve had plenty of possibilities. Instead she really doesnâ€™t do much and we see very little of her vampiric powers.
The other problem is the ending. It feels rushed and that thereâ€™s so much more to the story that it just wasnâ€™t resolved at all.
Gene Colanâ€™s art and Dave Stewartâ€™s colors greatly help give the comic its charm. The characters fit into this macabre style that makes them look grim and grisly and the clever use of colors sets the comicâ€™s mood nicely. The shading also helps with giving that Dracula feel that brings in readers.
â€œThe Curse of Draculaâ€ is one of the better Dracula stories out there. The story is well written with interesting characters even though they were a bit underused and it has some awesome art. Disappointing ending aside, this oneâ€™s worthy of Bram Stokerâ€™s blessing.
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