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"Dracula, Motherf*cker!" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics

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Written by Alex de Campi
Illustrated by Erica Henderson
2020, 72 Pages
Graphic novel released on October 7th, 2020

Review:

After his brides seemingly put Dracula down in Vienna in 1889, his coffin makes its way to Los Angeles where he's awoken in the mid-‘70s to a different world, but with the same hunger for blood. How will this lord of darkness handle the Hollywood scene? What will his brides do when they find he's returned? How will crime scene photographer Quincy Harker survive?

Now, you might be looking at this and wonder if we need another adaptation or continuation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. The answer is an emphatic “Yes”, particularly with this creative team of Alex de Campi and Erica Henderson. I was in after hearing about the team, but the title is also pretty intriguing. This is a bold new take on the monster that puts him in a different light. He's treated like the beast he is, manipulating others around him to get what he wants, but his tactics don't necessarily work the same on the strong women he encounters in this day and age.

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Henderson's artwork is absolutely superb and a perfect fit for this story. She expertly captures the look and feel of 1974 Los Angeles with some brilliant color work. The whole comic takes place at night, so the shadows loom all around, cut by the eerie lights of the city. Yellows, oranges, and blues swirl together in a gorgeous tapestry.

Then there's Dracula. This is not Bela Lugosi lumbering forward in a high-necked cloak. This is a being of darkness made of eyes and teeth. It consumes its prey completely, wrapping itself around its victims. It's incredible, powerful, and so very terrifying. As scary as Dracula is, he's matched, if not surpassed, by his wives.

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Every aspect of Dracula, Motherf*cker! is deliberate and works to amplify the overall story. For example, the font changes when the vampires or Dracula issue a command, showing the strength behind the words.

Dracula, Motherf*cker! is a refreshing take on the age-old vampire. It's also a fantastic comic that is absolutely engrossing from beginning to end. The story and visuals work perfectly together to pull you in from the jump. This is a book I will read over and over again, pouring over every single detail, allowing the fantastic artwork to really sink in.

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Overall: 5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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