A vampire-flipped Dracula in which mortality means life… and life means death.
Vampires Jonathan Harker, Lucy Westenra, and Mina Murray live in underground London, trying to keep the undead city safe from the rumored mortals above who seek to give them life, only to kill them.
But when the authorities refuse to believe mortals, let alone the mysterious Count Dracula, are anything more than myth, they are on their own to keep their city eternally dead.
ComicBook.comWriters Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon have a real gem on their hands with Mortal Terror, a new must-read for classic horror fans. In the same way that I Am Legend was a major turning point for vampire stories, Mortal Terror has found a corner that it can thrive in and stand out as a great story with a fresh take on the subgenre. Series artist Peter Bergting, aided by colorist Chris O'Halloran, delivers a world that is fully formed from the first panel, piecemealing the reader with all the clues they need about how life in this story functions. Bergting also manages to evoke a great deal of mood throughout, harking back to the work of his former collaborator Mike Mignola.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: I absolutely love this interesting twist on the Dracula story and the use of the familiar characters within that book to create this new and intriguing world. I love the twist in the story as well and wouldn’t dream of spoiling it in this review because I want everyone to pick up a copy and read for themselves. I look forward to seeing how many more twists and turns are in store for this world as well as exploring more of it. The Art: Bergting delivers some beautiful art in the issue. The visuals are dynamic, brilliantly detailed and filled with amazing action and thrills.
Multiversity ComicsAside from not doing much to make the mortals feel too threatening just yet, this entry point is definitely worth sinking our teeth into.
Major SpoilersI love a story that turns a familiar setting on its head, and Mortal Terror #1 delivers on the mythology of Dracula. That the main characters are familiar gives us a touchstone that draws us into the story, and the sense of intrigue gives it some good dramatic tension.
AIPTNo, I don’t think all vampire stories are the same —even if I do think there’s a shared consistency that both helps and hurts books. (And that’s extra true when you’re messing with the OG of vampire stories in Dracula.) That said, this title engages with and fights back against those connections, and what we seem to have so far is a book that lures us in with certain tropes as it tries to push new understandings of this specific kind of story. It remains to be seen if they’ll drain us dry, or if we’ll be begging to meet the sun, but I’ll take another bite all the same.