Synopsis: ANNO DRACULA 1895: Seven Days In Mayhem #1 On the eve of Dracula’s Jubilee, radical forces gather to oppose the tyrant. Kate Reed, vampire journalist and free-thinker, takes a seat on the revolutionary Council of Seven Days, though she learns that the anarchist group harbors a traitor in its midst. The Grey Men, Dracula’s dreaded secret police, have been ordered to quash all resistance to the rule of the arch-vampire. With intrigue on all sides, the scene is set for an explosive addition to the Anno Dracula series.
Review: Adapted from the much loved Kim Newman Alternate History novels. This first issue of Anno Dracula goes for the jugular and doesn’t let the reader go.
Even though this first issue sets the scene. Its done really well and introduces a whole host of colourful characters. All of which have their own personal agendas.
Kate Reed, who is centre stage in this issue is not only a free thinker and vampire journalist, but she also comes across as a member of the women’s movement, which would have been in its infancy in 1895.
Kim Newman does really well to condense his novel into comic book form. I’ve never actually read the novel series. But I am aware of how thick the books are given that a friend of mine was a fan.
The art work by Paul McCaffrey is absolutely stunning. I loved the mix of sea monsters we see on page 8 in the scene where Dracula uses them to fend off the pending attack of a mixture of forces.
The colour work by Kevin Emhart really pops and enhances the really nice line work of McCaffrey.
This first issue is a real treat and being new to the world of Anno Dracula. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the second issue.
It is my hope that this series proves successful for Titan Comics because it allows new readers to experience what readers of the novels did.