The Essential Tomb of Dracula, Vol. 1

Essential Tomb of Dracula, Vol. 1Essential Tomb of Dracula, Vol. 1 by Marv Wolfman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There are a lot of reasons why I shouldn’t have liked this collection. It’s extremely text heavy for a comic. The plots are repetitive. The prose is ultra-purple. Characters needlessly narrate in dialogue the action that’s happening right there in the panel. Blade, one of only two main characters of color, speaks mostly in jive. The other, Taj, doesn’t speak at all. And yet…I kind of loved it. There’s an unintentional campiness to the pervasive gothic atmosphere that I very much enjoyed. It’s worth a look if you can get past its shortcomings. It definitely made for some fun Halloweentime reading.

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