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Dracula: The Company of Monsters #11 – Review

Finally after all the talking, this issue brings the action with some great artwork, but a little too much seems to be going on at one time. There have been numerous characters simply added for fodder with some of the regulars having off personalities, but the story is still pretty solid. Evan has revealed his betrayal of Dracula and the grand battle between Conrad and Dracula finally begins physically with a huge battle ensuing between Dracula, Conrad, Evan, Marta and her band of vampire slayers and some vampires from the old country with great power. Boom! Studios Dracula: The Company of Monsters #11 created by Kurt BusiekDracula: The Company of Monsters #11 delivers what fans want even though it has numerous flaws. After so much exposition it’s surprising that the many characters that creator Kurt Busiek and writer Daryl Gregory add to this are not only skipped over almost completely, but when they are mentioned there is the perfect chance to give the reader a short backstory about them. They could become more frightening if it is explained why they are significant to this battle. Since I have not read the entire series they could have been explained before and I maybe missed it, but it’s always nice to have a refresher for readers, either in the actual comic or a quick summary in the beginning.                 The scene between Evan and Marta was the most entertaining part of the issue. The only moment in the entire series I enjoyed was of Marta, who was Evan’s love interest, despite how sudden and uncharacteristic the relationship seemed. When Marta meets Evan’s ex-fiancée, a vampire, the two go off on each other and provides some comic relief to the issue that gave us a break from the action. The action is good, but so much is happening at one time between so many different characters that the fighting scenes seemed cluttered and disorganized.  Artistically there are other problems that need to be addressed. Being in the middle of an open field around a deserted forest, it is not expected that Scott Godlewski would put much artistic detail into the settings, but instead he focuses his efforts into the characters and violence they take or cause. The violence is something Godlewski has always done well. He has almost full-paged panels of violence that are drawn well and don’t take up a lot of space so we can get more content. However some of that content has numerous poor qualities. None of the characters look very threatening and instead have faces that make them seem cartoonish. Dracula’s eyes on several panels have reduced him from a powerful being with an actual threat to diminishing him into a cartoony vampire I would laugh at before screaming at. The colors from Stephen Downer only help the artwork a little, creating some mist in some of the scenes that give those moments an eerie feel that the rest of the issue could have used. This issue does deliver what it promised: some decent action panels. But it fails to deliver it at a high enough level to make it as great as it could have been. Everything feels clustered and so many characters are added and breezed over that it makes me wonder where all the exposition from the previous issues went. It is frustrating since the creators have talent and are trying to make something great, and while it’s nice to see some action, let’s hope the next issue will have a powerful conclusion that can make up for this mostly bland comic. Overall Score – 5.2/10 *It's a comic, it has colors, art and pages; it's not good but it's not really bad about 85% of books out there fall into this range.* To see the ups and downs of Dracula: Company of Monsters check out our reviews of the series below. Dracula: The Company of Monsters #1 Dracula: The Company of Monsters #7 Dracula: The Company of Monsters #8 Dracula: The Company of Monsters #9 Dracula: The Company of Monsters #10


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