Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Reader's Diary #3013 - Kim Newman (writer), Paul McCaffrey (artist): Anno Dracula 1895 Seven Days in Mayhem

Alternate histories, fan fiction, and steampunk are all things I feel I'd be into if I explored them more. And Kim Newman and Paul McCaffrey's Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem promises hints of all those. Unfortunately, it left me a little flat.

Set in a world and time when Dracula had taken over Britain, the story sees two underground groups who are set on taking the evil vampire dictator down. Both groups, and even members, have their own reasons for wishing to do so, some of which aren't as noble as one might expect. Solid premise.

Alas, the story doesn't get resolved and the over-abundance of characters makes it confusing and hard to root for anyone in particular. Apparently the comic is an off-shoot of a much more successful series of novels by Kim Newman, and the comic at least stirred my interest enough to consider reading those sometime down the road.

Paul McCaffrey's art is serviceable with a style similar to a lot of superhero comics and beautifully coloured by Kevin Enhart. 

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