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Dracula: The Company of Monsters #8 – Review

After my harsh review of Dracula: The Company of Monsters #7 I expected nothing from the next issue – but the ending of the last issue did intrigue me enough to try this follow-up and I am pleased (and greatly surprised) to report this issue was great!  The characters are still slightly bland, but the artwork shows its strengths and the story hits a high point followers of the series have been waiting for! Dracula: The Company of Monsters is a modern spin on the tales of Dracula and other vampires.  Evan comes home to discover his mother has been turned and is out for revenge when he finds himself stuck in the middle of the battle between Conrad and Dracula. Kurt Busiek's Dracula: The Company of Monsters #8 Last time in Kurt Busiek’s Dracula: The Company of Monsters Evan and every other character in Busiek’s vampire-inhabited universe came off as bland and underdeveloped.  In this issue we are treated not only to a fully developed Evan that has finally decided to take control of his life which has been spiraling out of control, but also introduces two deadly enemies: Evan’s mother and Corrina, an old ally of Evan’s that was recently vampified.  Evan’s mother’s transformation at the end of #7 failed to show much of the emotional effect her transformation had on Evan.  This issue takes advantage of this event by showing how Evan quickly grows in character after his mother’s untimely death, but does not dedicate the entire story to Evan whining about his mom – Busiek and Daryl Gregory use his emotional distress to help move the story rather than make it the story with greater results. Corrina is also a nice addition to the mix, but is barely touched upon which is a shame. But this leaves her character open to being more thoroughly explored in future issues. The artwork by Scott Godlewski (Codebreakers) is not so much “Godly” (you’re supposed to laugh at my wit now) but has an inspiringly horrific quality that manages to stand out among the droves of gory horror – for the most part. The gory scenes at the beginning of the issue have a cartoonish quality that keeps them from being truly terrifying.  The scenes drawn towards the end of the comic are wonderful though – fading away from the cartoonish quality of Godlewski’s art since it does not focus on his cartoonesque faces, despite these faces nicely portraying the characters’ emotions.  The cartoony faces still do not seem to match with the rest of the violence going on. There is also a lack of backgrounds.  Stephen Downer deserves credit for the quality of the art: his colors make the images in this issue vibrant and full of life when Evan goes to a cabin in broad daylight and the subtle use of red throughout the comic is great.  Despite the last issue of Dracula: The Company of Monsters being a terrible mess that was mostly confusing and showcased only some of Godlewski’s good artwork this issue has a more coherent story, more character development and some great artwork when it doesn’t have that cartoonish quality.  Having read this issue of Dracula: The Company of Monsters and the last issue – this one being pretty great and the last terrible – this series is on a roller coaster for me, but I would suggest picking this up if you’re already familiar with the series and are looking to get back into it. If you’re already a fan… what are you waiting for?  This is the high point of the series that you won’t want to miss! Overall Score – 7.5/10    


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