With Worley returning to the art, The Complete Dracula stands as three-fifths of the best telling or retelling of Stoker’s Dracula… far better than the novel itself, even with the occasional adaptation quibbles. The book immediately returns to the multimedia presentation, the artwork again becoming a mix of painted landscapes and domestics and half-static, half-moving painted live action. It’s a lovely thing to look.
Thanks to the source novel, the story has problems. Stoker couldn’t write characters with distinct voice, he plotted poorly (Dracula’s been wanting to “invade” England for hundreds of years and runs off because of some saps?), so those problems remain. But Moore and Reppion, who might appreciate the novel a little too much to truly make it work, get past them overall.
It’s a lovely close to a troubled series. It’s unfortunate Dynamite thought a fill-in artist was the way to go.
Writers, Leah Moore and John Reppion; artist and colorist, Colton Worley; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.