Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Release date: 1986
This is a hard one to pin. Not exactly a graphic novel, it has prose and paintings alongside each other. It is, of course, based on Stoker’s Dracula - very vaguely.
It begins on the Demeter and the opening seems that it might, perhaps, be based on the 1979 Dracula. Indeed it swaps the roles of Mina and Lucy as that film did. Lucy is the daughter of Dr Seward but he seems to be a general practitioner rather than a doctor in charge of an asylum.
Nosferatu though it has its own special twist.
Yet as curtailed as it might be there is a poetical, almost lyrical quality to the prose. An atmosphere matched with quotes from Poe, Ovid and Baudelaire. I was impressed with Mina’s decent into hysteria as well as vampirism. However it is not the prose that is important.
8 out of 10.