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Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 (of 4)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.



THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH creators JAMES TYNION IV (W0RLDTR33, Something is Killing the Children) and MARTIN SIMMONDS reteam to tell a new tale of the monster who started it all!

When Dr. John Seward admits a strange new patient into his asylum, the madman tells stories of a demon who has taken residence next door. But as Dr. Seward attempts to apply logic to the impossible… his surrogate daughter Lucy begins to fall under the spell of the twisted Count Dracula!

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33 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Writer and artist shine in this luscious retelling of the quintessential vampire story. Simply put: Don’t wait. Buy this book. Now!

  • 100

    The Convention Collective

    Tynion has leaned into the psychological aspects of this story initially as is expected with the material presented. The first issue is paced methodically and carefully enough to build the backstory and deliver some very tense and disturbing scenes, many of them between Mr. Renfield and the doctor. We start to see John’s fascination with Renfield even as he is warned by his future father in law. We also get a good look at the innocent but curious Mina as she converses with Lucy also about Renfield and shows her somewhat rebellious side. Simmonds’ art is just breathtaking with its vivid colors and his trademark frenetic style. Renfield is just plain creepy. Visually, this might be the most disturbing version of Renfield I have seen. The tones and shades are a spectacle to behold for the eyes alone. I love the reds and blacks that are strewn across each panel like a tapestry of blood and lingering blackness. We’re truly witnessing greatness here. A master at work! These two gentlemen have created a masterpiece with this first issue and I cannot wait to read and digest the next issue. It couldn’t have landed at a better time and you would be hard-pressed to find a better comic book than this to add to your pull list this week! Sink your fangs into this and let the words and imagery slowly drip into your mind. You won’t be disappointed!

  • 100

    Graham Crackers Comics

    In reviewing this title, I stopped by imaginary cable access station WSTV and consulted with late night movie review, Sly Hondo. Together, we both were amazed not only by Martin Simmonds’s eerie painting like panels but his take on the classic characters. Simmonds take on Renfield is especially troubling appearing first as an almost faceless man but then developing some facial features as the tale goes on. And his take on Bela Lugosi is right on the money. Some whole pages are wordless which is exactly how they should be and writer James Tynion IV understands this. Much like the classic Universal Studios black & white film, this part of the story is more about Renfield with Dracula being part of the shadows just out of reach of the characters. Both of us agree that this is the perfect project for this creative team. Equal parts enjoyable and disconcerting, this is perfect Halloween reading!

  • 90


    It’s only the first issue, and I’m already willing to pledge my undying allegiance to these dark masters.

  • 90

    Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 is an adaptation of an adaptation and, as a result, many readers are bound to recognize shades of both Bram Stoker’s novel introducing and Bela Lugosi’s 1931 depiction of Dracula. Yet just as Lugosi and director Garrett Fort updated the story for a new medium, so do writer James Tynion IV and artist Martin Simmonds showcasing this iconic form of terror in comics. Readers with any familiarity will recognize an array of characters from the pathetic, but dangerous Renfield to the flirtatious Lucy Westerna, but those lacking in foreknowledge will not struggle for a second to grasp the setting and stakes. Each of Tynion’s dialogue-oriented sequences overlap characterization, plot, and detail so that Simmonds’ can be unleashed in silent sequences and splashes that make the familiar newly terrifying across the first issue. Renfield’s appearance as a black void occasionally inflicted with silhouettes of flies and spiders is instantly haunting; Simmonds’ update of Lugosi’s old world class juxtaposed with nightmare predatory visions divorces the Count from any camp affiliations. There’s little doubt that this was the ideal creative team to update this familiar legend and reaffirm all of it’s horrifying potential.

  • 90

    Comical Opinions

    UNIVERSAL MONSTERS: DRACULA #1 is a masterful and faithful adaptation of the 1931 classic film. Tynion’s script adapts the source beautifully to match the comic format, but Simmonds’s atmospheric, ethereal art steals the show.

  • 90

    Capes & Tights

    Universal Monsters : Dracula #1 is an excellent adaptation of Bram Stoker‘s classic novel. Tynion IV’s writing and Simmonds’ artwork complement each other, creating a compelling and frightening story that pays homage to the original work while carving its path.

  • 88

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: James Tynion IV crafts a bold and entertaining retelling of the classic tale. I like the perspective the story is being told from and how the characters hover and skitter around the main draw of the story itself, Dracula. I like that the first issue spends more time with Renfield than the others and how Dracula’s connections to them are subtly introduced.

    The Art: Simmonds creates some truly beautiful art throughout the issue. The visual look of Renfield is disturbing and brilliantly executed.

  • 85

    Lyles Movie Files

    It rarely feels like a Tynion and Simmonds’ collaboration fully hits until it’s had some time to simmer in your mind. To appreciate all the nuances and creative decisions that led to this story. Dracula isn’t a flawless read, but it’s got a strong hook with two master storytellers. This is a strong launch for the Universal Monsters series.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    As bad a movie as it was, Tod Browning’s Dracula is starkly iconic and a landmark horror film. There’s something kind of cool about a big two-page title spread that reads “Universal Pictures and Skybound Present…Dracula.” Tynion and Simmonds manage a first issue that feels darkly cinematic while intensifying the atmosphere that feels that much more powerful than that which was committed to film on the Universal Studios Lot in the Autumn of 1930.

  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds create an immersive reading experience with Universal Monsters: Dracula #1. Every character shines in their own that you are fully invested in the parallel journey they will be on. If you are a fan of Dracula or the horror genre this is a comic book to not miss out on.

  • 80

    Nerd Initiative

    Universal Monsters: Dracula Issue 1 captures the essence of classic horror and delivers it in a visually stunning and mysterious package. It’s a must-read for any fan of the Universal Monsters collection and classic horror tales.

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