Titan Comics 2016
Based on the series by John Logan
Story by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Andrew Hinderaker & Chris King
Written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Illustrated by Louie De Martinis
Lettered by Rob Steen
Previously...In a lonely house on the Essex coast, Sir Malcolm, Vanessa and Sembene
finally met the only person who could give them some insight into Mina’s disappearance – her husband, Jonathan Harker. With tempers running high, and a narrow escape from a brutal attack behind them, the shaken party seeks refuge as they try to regroup – and Vanessa tries to piece together the sequence of events that stole away her dearest friend...
Oh my goodness first things first Louie’s work on the interiors can what the television programme cannot and that’s use the pages to instill the atmosphere for this book that the show no matter what filters can never achieve. There’s a dark forbidden romantic element to the work he does here that is alluring, compelling and dangerous all at the same time. It truly represents the horror genre in ways i’ve never seen in comics before. The use of colours, bleeding and light sources are amazing! That blue in the church and then the wedding yeah I’m in love with them so, already this has the edge on an already incredible source material.
The story itself is quite familiar, Bram Stoker wrote it after all, only this time around Vanessa is in the picture. By infusing her into these classic horror film franchises and using her as a catalyst to tie them all together in this sensible and plausible universe is so impressively well done.
The way this is unfolding like the way you condense a book into cliff notes is brilliant. We all know the basics of the story it’s just how they fit into this new reality that we need to learn and Krysty does that with style, grace and seeming ease. Vanessa and Jonathan working in concert to tell this story was a nice use of her powers and how she sees things. Also it gave us a chance to get some characterization in on all the characters present as everything happened.
The really great thing here is that Krysty takes the characterization from the series and keeps true to that while expanding on the characters here. This kind of medium allows for more intense characterization through dialogue, actions and story (not to mention the artwork) than actors have a chance to portray in their 45 minutes of an hour episode. I’ve never felt i’ve known Vanessa as well as I am now through these two issues and that’s some strong writing people.
This is an amazing compliment to the series, it doesn’t try to rehash everything we’ve seen thus far. It takes what we’ve seen and expands upon this world and the characters giving us a chance to see more of the events that shaped them into who they’ve become. With some amazing storytelling and absolutely stunning interior artwork this is a chance to get familiar with the show for the first time or just revel in what we’re missing when it’s not on or filming a new season.