Horror, history and Count Dracula have long been the specialism of genre expert Kim Newman. His long-running Anno Dracula series, which imagines an alt history with Drac as the Crown Prince of England, hits graphic novel format with a vibrant splash of ghouls and gore. In issue one we meet the female protagonists – journalist Kate, socialite Penny, gangland heiress Far Lo Suee and revolutionary princess Christina, every one of them cool and kick-ass – as well the underground anarchists who oppose Dracula’s deathly reign.
The first issue tantalisingly sets the Soho scene and teases fantastic beasts including a giant squid, killer mermaids and a certain creature from a lagoon. Newman’s writing is witty and distinctive, while McCaffrey’s panels bring lurid London to life. It’s a killer start that’s left us baying for more.