I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Batman & Dracula: Red Rain

If you're an avid comic book reader then, like me, you're probably sick and tired of crossovers between your favorite superheroes and classic horror villains like Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolfman. (I must not here that the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television program and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight comic portrayed Dracula well. Also, DC portrayed Frankenstein brilliantly in Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers of Victory.) They happened a lot in the '60s, and despite reduction in appearance over time these crossovers continue to pop up here and there.

Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, though taking place in an Elseworlds dimension, is as true of a Batman story as any (and more true than most). Any fool can see the similarities between the Dark Knight and the Prince of Darkness. (Is the difference between Batman and the vampire lord Dracula simply a matter of rank and royalty?) It was only a matter of time before a good Batman vampire storyline came about, and that's exactly what Doug Moench, Kelley Jones, Malcolm Jones III and Les Dorscheid, the creative team on Batman & Dracula: Red Rain deliver.

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