Dracula: The Company of Monsters #1
That may sound bad to you; after all, Dracula is the name on the cover. Upon reading though, you will find that is a really good thing.
The reason for that is quite simple; the story has a nice leisurely pace that uncurls slowly as you read. No, I wasn’t surprised at the end, but I did enjoy the characterization that was used to move the story along. This first issue of Dracula: The Company of Monsters is more of a Vertigo-like comic than a slasher flick.
I do not know who to credit fully for this: Kurt Busiek (Astro City, Marvels) is the creator and is credited for the story; Daryl Gregory (Pandemonium, The Devil’s Alphabet) is credited with the words. Sure, Mr. Busiek had this nice plan, but Mr. Gregory–in his first comic book work–seems to have done a nice job of following the blueprints. So who gets the accolades?
Also, the artist, Scott Godlewski (Codebreakers) does a good job here. I especially enjoyed his flashback scenes. Maybe we will get more of those.
As always, it is hard to judge a first issue, except I will say I am interested and I will check out the next book. I hesitatingly give this full price (BOOM! and there $3.99 cover price!).
Bottom Line: $3.99/$3.99