Thursday, June 14, 2012
Dracula World Order
Artists: Rashan Ekedal, Declan Shalvey, Gabriel Hardman, & Tonci Zonjic
Company: Self Published
Vampires. Out of the many monsters of cult fame, your zombies and creatures from the Black Lagoon, vampires are and always will be, my favorite. Chalk it up to watching things like Lost Boys and reading John Steakley's Vampires and Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire, I guess. It's been shown over the years that you can do so much with them, place them in any genre, and get a result that works. I'm partial to the, "I'm gonna rip out your throat and suck you dry 'till the cows come home," type of vampires, but like I said, there's a vampire out there for everyone. Ian (Darkwing Duck) Brill's take on the fanged femoral feeders is both classic and served up with a twist.
That twist is that his Dracula only wants the top 1% of humanity, the ones that hold the most sway in the land of the humans. The rest are fodder, the delicious snacks that are snuffed out when the midnight munchies take hold.
All kidding aside, Dracula World Order is a collection of short vignettes that form a loose tapestry of a world that has been taken over. The world building is smartly done and a lot is accomplished in the span of these short stories. Brill also tackles a lot of different themes at the same time, themes such as: Family, Experimentation, and Revenge. Instead of having Dracula be the main man behind the comic, Brill instead utilizes Dracula's son, Alexandru, as our eyes as ears. The decision allows a few glimpses that we normally don't get to see, like a peak behind the curtain of villainy.
The only problem with the book that I can find is that the availability for the issue is rather limited. For a list of brick and mortar stores that have the issue, visit: http://draculaworldorder.tumblr.com/about_DWO. For those inclined towards the digital frontier, I know that it is also available on the Comixology app. Other than that, Dracula World Order provides a heck of a lot of entertainment. The building blocks for a kick ass world are there and I can't wait to see more from Brill and the artists that he wrangles up.