The battle between Dracula and Van Helsing has been re-fought many times since Bram Stoker’s novel was published in 1897. Zenescope Entertainment has re-imagined the two characters in their series Van Helsing vs. Dracula. Liesel, the daughter of famous vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, is on a mission to avenge her father’s death by destroying Dracula. In the previous issue Liesel, her boyfriend Hades and her friend Jonathan find Dracula but are unable to defeat him and save Mina. Hades returns to the underworld for his own reasons while Jonathan and Liesel travel to Rome to find a hunter who may know how to defeat Dracula. A rash of crimes involving blood and teeth are being committed across Rome but things are not always as they appear.
It’s very rare these days to find a comic book series with this kind of intense build up in only three issues that doesn’t feel rushed. Dracula vs. Van Helsing does just that. Pat Shand is phenomenal as a writer and every title he writes is a hit. The story carries well and even though it was more crime-solving than vampire-slaying, it was still intense and exciting.
You know a comic book has great artists when you see an image and pray to yourself you don’t get nightmares from it. Michele Bandini’s art and Walter Pereyra’s colors did just that. One of the characters was drawn so well, it made me flinch at how creepy it looked. The blood scenes, as they are in any Zenescope title, are not overly graphic or explicit but it’s enough to get the reader’s attention. I am proud to be able to review Zenescope titles because they have something for everyone and they are solid, quality work.
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)