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Review: Bram Stoker’s Dracula Starring Bela Lugosi (2020) Comic Review

A brand new adaptation of the timeless horror novel is combing dark forces with 1931’s face of evil himself, Bela Lugosi. Releasing on November 3rd from Legendary Comics.

Legendary Comics and the Lugosi Estate have teamed up to bring fans the first faithful graphic novel adaption featuring beloved Hungarian screen and stage actor Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. The late actor’s family (Bela G. Lugosi and Lynne Lugosi Sparks) were onboard for the project and expressed a genuine delight at the result, and even wrote the forward for the upcoming graphic novel. Stoker’s relative, Dacre Stoker, who is an author himself, tackled the afterword to surmise the universal satisfaction at seeing two worlds finally collide.

The adaptation was written by Robert Napton, the SVP of Legendary Comics. The graphic novel is faithful to the overall timeline of Stoker’s Dracula and the inclusion of the journal entries really keeps the flavor of the original alive. The plot is quicker in pace and given the nature of the adaption, more focused on action and the prime cuts of the story.

El Garing provided the stunning black and white artwork for the adaptation. They truly captured Lugosi’s iconic stare and his likeness was spot on. The choice to keep the artwork uncolored drove home the homage to the Tod Browning film. The smokiness and ethereal style of the artwork screamed “classic horror” and made the entire read a cinematic experience.

This is going to be a no-brainer purchase for collectors and horror fans. If you’re a Universal Monster fan, a horror reader, or a horror film watcher, this is nearly a packaged deal. The artwork is exquisite, the storyline is condensed for a straight plot, and the opportunity to see Lugosi haunt Carfax Abbey once again is too good to pass up.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula Starring Bela Lugosi will be available on November 3rd. Check your local comic store for availability.

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