Bookends About Dracula… The Graphic Novel

Actually, I’ve gone on a bit of a Dracula spree, so in addition to a review of the sequel, I also have short reviews of a re-telling and a sequel coming up tonight 🙂

Title: Dracula (All-Action Classics)
Author: Michael Mucci, Ben Caldwell, Bill Halliar, Bram Stoker
Source: library
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary: This was basically Dracula, with a few simplifications, a little enhanced drama, and some great pictures.

I would never consider a graphic novel adaptation a substitute for the book, but this was definitely a great supplement. The story was very close to the original. There were very few embellishments and I was happy with the events that were included. The order in which things happened was changed a little, but always in a way I felt preserved the heart of the original while streamlining the story. I liked this much better than my first experience with a graphic novel, perhaps because knowing the story already erased any difficulty I might have following a story in this format. Finally, the drawing. It was perfect! Just cartoony enough, but not over the top except for the occasionally resemblance of the Count to Cruella de Vil. The color was also fantastically well done. As long as you’re not going to be bothered by the occasional small change or embellishment, I would highly recommend this to any fans of the original novel.


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