GRAPHIC NOVELS

Dracula, Motherf**ker

Image. Oct. 2020. 72p. ISBN 9781534317000. $16.99. Rated: Mature. HORROR
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In 1974, neon-drenched Los Angeles, fashionable movie star Bebe Beauland reaches a new level of immortality when she removes the wooden spikes that have bound Dracula in his coffin for 85 years. The carnage left behind from Dracula’s gory resurrection feast attracts journalistic nightcrawler Quincy Harker. His photographer’s lens captures the horrors of the crime scene but also draws him deeper into the unnatural world of Dracula’s brides. After the crafty vampire trio correctly deduced how Dracula drained and maintained power, they stalked, slashed, and staked him into his coffin for eternity, or so they thought. Using tricks learned under his leathery wings, they have established their own undead self-sufficient sovereignty, but their fanged progenitor’s reemergence is the ultimate threat to their continued existence and cannot be ignored.
VERDICT Amazing neonoir expressionistic art by Henderson (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) is unfortunately fatally drained of lifeblood by undernourished characters and the uneven narrative of de Campi (Archie vs. Predator). Still, die-hard Dracula fans and enthusiasts of the award-winning creators may want to give this a try.

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