When it comes to characters whose stories have been told throughout the decades no one truly rivals Dracula. His story, which is based on a real person, is so regaled with lore it can be difficult to know what is true. There are a ton of legends connected to Vlad the Impaler. His most known is his connection to being the most famous vampire. Just about every country in the world has a vampire legend.
One of my favorite interpretations was Luke Evans’ inspired, yet rarely seen or talked about, Dracula Untold. It gave viewers, a different look at the ruler. Unfortunately, the movie never spawned a sequel but left an indelible portrait of this vaunted figure. In a similar retelling of this icon, Roy Thomas and Esteban Maroto give us Dracula, Vlad The Impaler, giving readers a dense look at the legend.
We are introduced to Dracula, as the world knows him, as he serves as our narrator, though his origin story. As we find Vlad the Prince of Wallachia, and the son of Vlad the Dragon, a ruthless tyrant who ruled Transylvania with an iron hand. He and his brother would travel to Galllpoli with their father on a conquest, which lead to them being wards of the sultan of Turkey. The sultan would eventually kill his father and install Vlad as the new regent, but make him beholden to Turkey. He would eventually get revenge on those who betrayed his father, and would grow weary of the hold the sultan, leading him to wage war with the Turkish Empire. He was soon turn to supernatural means to gain victory, a path which leads him to be even more ruthless than his father , becoming what world knows him now, Dracula . By book’s end, he is eventually defeated, only to brought back from the dead by his son years later.
Overall, Dracula, Vlad The Impaler is an excellent graphic novel that gives readers a more multifarious look at this legend. The story by Thomas is engrossing. The art by Maroto is simply, legendary. Altogether, one of the best telling of this classic monster. It’s one that is sure to inspire new tellings.
Story: Roy Thomas Art: Esteban Maroto
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review