Anno Drac­ula

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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.

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