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Retelling Bram Stoker's tale of Gothic horror, this work collects Stoker's Dracula numbered 1-4.


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Retelling Bram Stoker's tale of Gothic horror, this work collects Stoker's Dracula numbered 1-4.

30 review for Stoker's Dracula

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jokoloyo

    It is a faithful adaptation, not a "cheap" thrill of vampire hunting stories (I believe if you want a vampire hunting full action story, Marvel comics provides 'Blade'). There is 'it is me not you' issue: I found cursive handwriting letters on comic text boxes are distracting. I understand the adapters want to present epistolary atmosphere in the story with the cursive letters, but still... oh well, as I said, it is my issue.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lena Tumasyan

    I bought this book in Borders, during its going-out-of-business clearance sale. I am very sad to see Borders go, as it was more then a bookstore to me. It was a social hub, a place of high school memories, and a great escape from the craziness of home. But alas...nothing I can do. I've read Bram Stoker's Dracula many times. Who hasn't? I'm sure everyone has seen one of the many Dracula movies made in the last century. And with vampires being incredibly popular nowadays, I figured what else can th I bought this book in Borders, during its going-out-of-business clearance sale. I am very sad to see Borders go, as it was more then a bookstore to me. It was a social hub, a place of high school memories, and a great escape from the craziness of home. But alas...nothing I can do. I've read Bram Stoker's Dracula many times. Who hasn't? I'm sure everyone has seen one of the many Dracula movies made in the last century. And with vampires being incredibly popular nowadays, I figured what else can they come up with? Well, the answer is this comic book, by Marvel Comics. MAKE NO MISTAKE. Marvel's Dracula is not just a silly little comic book. It Is NOT a summary of Dracula or a spin off. This comic book IS Dracula, the way Bram Stoker might have wanted to tell it had he the ability to create such an art form. This book is gloriously detailed and follows the original narrative thoroughly. I REALLY have to give them credit that they seriously devote a full third, if not half of the book, to John's capture by Dracula in his castle. While most movie retelling skim this part, Marve's comic doesn't. In fact, the pace throughout the book is great, really keep up with the story and doing a good job of telling the story through the multiple outlets (journals, newspapers, voice recording) of each character. Further, I note that it was very easy to know exactly whose journal I was "Reading" or where the information came from. In fact... it was VERY MUCH easier then the original Dracula novel. The art was magnificent. Very beautifully done. Lovely, attractive characters, great color choice (red for alive, grays for dead). The frames were easy to follow. I like that they actually showed Dracula change from ugly, pale, white in the beginning, to attractive, dark, mysterious in the end. The artist rending of period clothing, homes, carriages, and more was all very delightful. When I think back to Dracula and the movies, it's easy to see how the book just LENDS itself to a visual format. With such grotesque and beautiful settings and characters, the imagination can run wild. Which is why I wonder HOW COME THIS COMIC WAS NOT MADE SOONER? I read all the background information and I learned that it took 30 years to make this book! 30 years! Wow! I'm just glad that it is finally made. In fact, seeing the story come to life in a visual format make it MUCH easier to understand then the original novel! I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it to everyone, ages 13 and above. The art work is great, the story telling is great, there is a lot to see and read, and it keeps yours interest. I'm very happy to add this book to my library. This version is my TRUE Dracula!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    In 1897, Draculawas first published by Bram Stoker. In 1975, comic book legends Dick Giordano and Roy Thomas began working on a comic book adaptation of Dracula for Marvel Comics. Unfortunately, the project was cancelled. Thirty years later, the two reunited to complete the book. Next to Dracula The Graphic Novel: Original Text Illustrated by Staz Johnson, and Bram Stoker's Dracula adapted and illustrated by Fernando Fernandez....this is the second best adaptation. The text of Stoker's novel is In 1897, Draculawas first published by Bram Stoker. In 1975, comic book legends Dick Giordano and Roy Thomas began working on a comic book adaptation of Dracula for Marvel Comics. Unfortunately, the project was cancelled. Thirty years later, the two reunited to complete the book. Next to Dracula The Graphic Novel: Original Text Illustrated by Staz Johnson, and Bram Stoker's Dracula adapted and illustrated by Fernando Fernandez....this is the second best adaptation. The text of Stoker's novel is about 90% preserved within the book. Most of the characters are visually depicted the way Bram Stoker described them...except for Van Helising...who looks like Colonel Sanders... Aside from the KFC vampire hunter, the artwork is beautifully done, in a photo-realistic style. One thing that bugged me though is that the artist's style changes halfway through the book. It's slightly more cartoony in the second half with less spotted blacks. Of course, Dick Giordano admits this in the afterward. Dracula is a story which I will continue to revist for years to come, and makes for a perfect graphic Novel!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    I had this on my shelf waiting to be read, so I figured Halloween was a great time to read it. This is a fantastic adaptation of the novel, and does the original work great justice. The art (Giordano) perfectly captures the mood and lends a "period" feel to the whole thing. The HC version is bound nicely, but there is some gutter loss which is a bit frustrating. If you've read the novel this is worth a read especially for the art. I always like to start with the original work before venturing on I had this on my shelf waiting to be read, so I figured Halloween was a great time to read it. This is a fantastic adaptation of the novel, and does the original work great justice. The art (Giordano) perfectly captures the mood and lends a "period" feel to the whole thing. The HC version is bound nicely, but there is some gutter loss which is a bit frustrating. If you've read the novel this is worth a read especially for the art. I always like to start with the original work before venturing on to adaptations, so take that for what it's worth.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sariah

    Borders was closing and this is one of the graphic novels I picked up for 80% off - I am a huge fan of the original novel and was curious. It is very faithful to the novel and the graphics make it even MORE creepy, if that is possible. I also find it very satisfying that Dracula could rip out Edward Cullen's throat and eat him for breakfast. How come there isn't a graphic novel about that? I'd buy that at full price.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    I loved this edition of Dracula. Though I have not finished the novel itself, I have friends who have and they assured me that this does not leave much out. The story itself was quite interesting. As one of the first full vampire novels, I can see how others have drawn inspiration from this book. There were parts that I was not a fan of, that felt rushed, but as these are journal entries and letters, there would not be the drawn out narratives that would be there were it someone's novel. The art w I loved this edition of Dracula. Though I have not finished the novel itself, I have friends who have and they assured me that this does not leave much out. The story itself was quite interesting. As one of the first full vampire novels, I can see how others have drawn inspiration from this book. There were parts that I was not a fan of, that felt rushed, but as these are journal entries and letters, there would not be the drawn out narratives that would be there were it someone's novel. The art was very well done. I loved the color uses and the playing with shadows to make it seem more foreboding. It was beautiful. That being said, in this particular edition, some of the text was difficult to see. Because the artists were differentiating the writers by color and font, this made some of the combinations difficult to read. In particular, I found it difficult to read Mina's writing. Since it was pink on pink with a cursive type font, everything looked jumbled together and was just, in general, difficult to read. That is the main reason I gave it two stars off, though I actually give this book a 3.5. I liked the story and I am excited to actually pick up and read the full novel, hopefully soon, to see if I can mark the differences between the two.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carl Nelson

    This is a faithfully creepy adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic tale of vampires that excels both in the text and the illustrations. The dialog and narration are fluid, and in graphic novel format the number of different narrators (Jonathan Harker's diary, Mina Murray's letters, Dr. Seward's phonograph recordings, et al.) stand out as different voices. The artwork is bold yet still nuanced, and it manages to maintain detail even in predominantly dark frames. If I have one complaint, it's that the This is a faithfully creepy adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic tale of vampires that excels both in the text and the illustrations. The dialog and narration are fluid, and in graphic novel format the number of different narrators (Jonathan Harker's diary, Mina Murray's letters, Dr. Seward's phonograph recordings, et al.) stand out as different voices. The artwork is bold yet still nuanced, and it manages to maintain detail even in predominantly dark frames. If I have one complaint, it's that the characters sometimes look like garish, modern interpretations of what Victorians looked like; many appearances ring false. From Lucy Westenra's, shall I say, endowments, I can only conclude that there was at least one darn good cosmetic surgeon back then, and the Count's porn 'stache is truly noteworthy!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rory

    Very solid adaptation to one of my all time favourite classics. The greyscale artwork is astoundingly moody and perfectly creates the gothic tone and the adaptation of the text (since the author didn't exactly 'write' it per-se) was coherent and well done with all that was condensed. Only concern was that I had trouble reading Mina's diary entries, that were written in curly calligraphy (the kind I hate and is unfortunately quite common during this time period in history). It was a bit trying on Very solid adaptation to one of my all time favourite classics. The greyscale artwork is astoundingly moody and perfectly creates the gothic tone and the adaptation of the text (since the author didn't exactly 'write' it per-se) was coherent and well done with all that was condensed. Only concern was that I had trouble reading Mina's diary entries, that were written in curly calligraphy (the kind I hate and is unfortunately quite common during this time period in history). It was a bit trying on my eyes but to be fair it was only a small section of the whole book. So...yep it's very good. :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bill Williams

    Dracula is a long-winded Victorian novel about a prototypical vampire and his quest to add to his un-dead harem. The prose is dense and the action is sparse. The story is a slow-build of a horror tale. This comic book version is faithfully translated by Roy Thomas and lavishly illustrated by Dick Giordano. This version of the classic is a solid adaptation except for the lettering which makes the book very hard to read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sean Goh

    Solid adaptation of the novel (which I haven't read), but the text and graphics combine to bring the novel's story to vivid life. Was actually feeling mildly fearful at points in the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    C.C.Webb

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I want to preface this by saying Dracula is my favorite fictional character. Ever. That said, I've never actually read the original novel. At times, I find it digesting older texts difficult so I thought this graphic novel might be a good way to familiarize myself, first. Make reading and understanding the book a little easier. I...feel like I've been short-changed. Before I get into that, I want to applaud this book for the respect it clearly holds for Stoker's novel. It's easy to claim adaption I want to preface this by saying Dracula is my favorite fictional character. Ever. That said, I've never actually read the original novel. At times, I find it digesting older texts difficult so I thought this graphic novel might be a good way to familiarize myself, first. Make reading and understanding the book a little easier. I...feel like I've been short-changed. Before I get into that, I want to applaud this book for the respect it clearly holds for Stoker's novel. It's easy to claim adaption and take more creative liberties than not. While I, again, haven't read Dracula it certainly felt like I was; the narrative approach and art blended together perfectly. The art, oh the art was stunning: detailed, fluid and crisp, everything you'd expect from gothic horror. If anything, it was even eerier than the story, but I have always been more affected by horror visuals than books. I do wish I had this kind of artistic ability, though...my gosh. The panel layout was a touch confusing sometimes, only because the placement wasn't always linear. However, this only really happened like, three times, so it wasn't a huge deterrent. Honestly, my biggest complaint with the entire thing isn't even Roy Thomas' doing: I'm just more interested in the monsters than those hunting them and halfway through the book Dracula sort of took a back seat. He was always the driving force, but spent the last hundred pages inside a box. When he did reemerge, it was for what, two panels? And then Harker and the other boys made quick work of him. Now, maybe it would've had greater impact in novel form, I know comics can shorten a story due to artistic aid. Nonetheless, I remain disappointed. Although I will say I enjoyed van Helsing's character. I've never known much about the original, and my only real exposure to "professor" van Helsing, as opposed to the hunter, is the 1931 film. (I love that film, but it only touched on the character's resourcefulness.) One other small grievance I have, and it's more a personal thing: I can't read cursive with the same ease as stylized print. Mina's journal entries were a bit frustrating to get through because of that. Just a personal thing, like I said, and I was still able to read them. Just tripped over a few words. I think if you're a fan of the original book, definitely check this out. Or, if you're curious but maybe aren't sure if you want to read the novel, pick this up. It's definitely an experience, and if anything else, it's worth taking in the art.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Edmond Williams

    This is one of my favorites to read around Halloween. The artwork in itself as a "classic." It's a faithful adaptation of the book except for small details which, are not important towards the main plot and a waste of visuals. No one wants to read a graphic novel about Paprika chicken. Learing shadows and strange angles helps add thrills and suspense to the story. Makes me think of the old black and white horror movies and German expressionism. I love the graphic novel because the artist's style This is one of my favorites to read around Halloween. The artwork in itself as a "classic." It's a faithful adaptation of the book except for small details which, are not important towards the main plot and a waste of visuals. No one wants to read a graphic novel about Paprika chicken. Learing shadows and strange angles helps add thrills and suspense to the story. Makes me think of the old black and white horror movies and German expressionism. I love the graphic novel because the artist's style is modest and doesn't go overboard with being Gothic. The only Gothic about the art is the point of view. The mood and how the night sky and landscape are drawn.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nathalia

    Posiblemente hice las cosas en el orden equivocado. Primero vi el musical en el teatro. Luego la película. Y finalmente leí el libro. Pero aún así, disfruté de cada página como si fuera la primera vez que me topaba con la historia. Ahora los vampiros son un chiste que está de moda, pero hay tantas cosas detrás de esta novela que es imposible no considerarla una obra maestra de la literatura.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Don

    Quite good - it moves briskly, as an adaptation should, and the compressed nature requires excising quite a lot of the frustrating bits present in the original (much of Van Helsing's speeches, for instance). The black and white artwork from comics legend Dick Giordano is creepy, alluring and effective. The original is worth reading but eventually outstays its welcome; fortunately, that problem isn't found here.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Liked it didn't love it. The book featured so much action with little consequence from said action. I kept expecting a big change so suddenly as the writer would write, but then when I was least expecting it, the books features would change so much. Decent of Doctor Van Helsing to provide some comedy though.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sharmishtha Basu

    If it is Bram Stoker's Dracula then it is one of my favorite books, not only as a horror but classic as well. The story that Stoker weaved was beyond comparison, no wonder he is still around! Count Dracula has become synonymous to vampires in some places, especially to those who don't read much horror stories, they often mistake count Dracula as a synonym to vampire.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    This is like an illustrated CliffNotes version of the classic tale by Bram Stoker. You miss out on some of the backstories and details, but all the pertinent bits are included and drawn in gorgeous, superdetailed black and white. It doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but it's one of the best summaries I've ever read of Dracula.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I listened to this book in Audio format and it was quite good. I don't know if the experience would have been the same if I had read it. Dr Van Helsing is read by Tim Currey. You can't go wrong with horror read by Tim Currey

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shaima

    I have read this book back in high school to avoid the awkward silence on the bus back to my house. Its amazing! I truly enjoyed it so much to the point that I talked about it nonstop for a whole two weeks!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    I always enjoy reading this book. One of my favorites. I love the style of writing from this time period, the setting, everything. I feel it's very romanticized, but that's what I liked about it. If you like this one I would recommend Frankenstein!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barbie

    Dracula is just a clasic! I admit it took me longer than usual to end it as it is more complex than what I usually read but it was worth it. I finally got to know the real story and get my own conclusion about vampires. I actually liked it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marylou

    Excellent adaptation of the story. Loved the illustrations!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Good adaptation.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andêşe Fethî

    Very true to the original story

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adnana Dason

    You also might be interested in Vlad's original Romanian story: http://bit.ly/XiyE4B

  26. 5 out of 5

    PWRL

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Nandakishore

    I WANT TO READ THS BOOK

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ari Kadaloram

    great book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    One of my fave books. Read so many times.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    Cool art and very true to the original story.

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