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Universal Monsters: Dracula #2 (of 4)

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Universal acclaim

Based on 8 critic ratings.

As Lucy Weston suffers from a mysterious ailment, Dr. Seward calls upon Professor Abraham Van Helsing, and Dracula’s thirst goes unquenched…

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    The creative team again delivers an Eisner Award-worthy installment of the classic vampire story. Martin Simmonds’ visuals will be studied and copied for years to come.

  • 100

    Nerd Initiative

    This is working its way into a top 5 book of the year. The way Tynion and Simmonds slowly turn up the heat on this slow burn story creating a shroud of mystery and pulling us deeper into the lore. The pulled deep cuts such as Van Helsing into their story which makes long time fans sure to pop.

    All in all I am really enjoying this story the two creators have seemingly fused into one mind as this is one of the most flawless first two issues to drop this year for a debut story.

  • 90


    We’re only two issues in, and with so much more story still to unfold. And yet I feel like we’ve already had quite the full body experience. That speaks volumes about Tynion and Simmonds’ connection to this story and their painstaking efforts to deliver a version of it like few others before. It’ll terrify and titillate in equal measure, and if you can commit fully to this “process,” then you’re bound to get caught up in the dark magic of it all. Otherwise, you’re missing out on a faithful and forward-thinking take on vampire lore and what these stories really say about us all.

  • 90

    Comical Opinions

    UNIVERSAL MONSTERS: DRACULA #2 is a gorgeously-rendered, faithfully yet creatively adapted take on the classic Universal film. Tynions respect for the source material is palpable, but his version feels fresh enough to stand on its own. And Simmonds gorgeous art is a collectors dream.

  • 90

    Comic Crusaders

    The return of one of the classic characters in all of popular culture to the comic book space is a welcomed one. And it’s exciting to see this new version is off to such a good start. The mood is dark and ominous and doesn’t let up for a page. It hits all the traditional Dracula beats, but in an intriguing new way.

  • 90

    Martin Simmonds’ depiction of Universal’s Dracula is nothing short of stunning in an issue that unleashes the iconic Count upon new victims in splashes that will leave readers with their jaws hanging. Dialogue between Van Helsing and other familiar heroes of Stoker’s novel offers enough context to drive the story forward, but the second issue also seems to acknowledge that the story is sufficiently familiar to take a back seat to Simmonds’ artistic interpretation. Long, silent stretches allow vampiric transformations and attacks to depict a sweeping scale; there’s a dark magic present in portrayals of wolves, bats, and shadows with red eyes weaving all of them together. The textures found within collage-like layouts, specifically the title spread, make the artwork on the page almost as transfixing as Dracula’s voice is to Lucy Westerna. It’s easy to find one’s self lost in the great swaths of darkness and sharp linework as something impossibly evil sweeps through London. Although this story may be familiar, the vision of Dracula found in Universal Monsters: Dracula is stunning in its novelty.

  • 90

    Derby Comics

    This is the perfect story for Martin Simmonds’ art to take center stage. The world of Bram Stoker is beautifully brought to life in all its horrific glory via Simmonds’ distortedly complex designs. James Tynion IV’s writing is no slouch, though the author smartly keeps the words on the page to a minimum and trusts his artist to carry the story visually. This creative duo is clearly well suited for each other and readers should sit back and enjoy this genius output for all it’s worth.

  • 90

    Graham Crackers Comics

    James Tynion’s story continues to creep readers out in all the best ways as the story expands. More familiar faces appear and more familiar scenes with the strange and eerie painting like images of Martin Simmonds. As we get further into the tale of Dracula, there is still a strange focas on Renfield. Still sporting an all white face with oddly applied features, Renfield’s wallowing is almost gut-wrenching. You can’t help but pity this poor semblance of a man, corrupted beyond recognition by the evil of Dracula. Don’t read this one before going to bed.

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