Remember those painted comics of the late ’80s? Books like Elektra: Assassin, Arkham Asylum, and Havok & Wolverine: Meltdown? They offered a dark, moody vibe that’s been largely missing from our favorite medium over the last few decades. Well, it looks like that vibe is making a comeback thanks to artist Martin Simmonds — who’s reuniting with his Department of Truth collaborator, writer James Tynion IV, for Skybound’s Universal Monsters: Dracula. And today we’ve got your first look at the first issue’s stunning interior as well as three of its just-as-jaw-dropping covers. Check ’em out after these official details about Universal Monsters: Dracula #1…
Today Skybound, in partnership with Universal Products & Experiences, revealed a first look at Universal Monsters: Dracula #1, the debut issue of a new extra-length four-part comic book limited series from the best-selling team of Eisner Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (Something is Killing the Children, The Nice House on the Lake) and artist Martin Simmonds (Swan Songs), who have earned multiple Eisner Award nominations for their hit series The Department of Truth. The issue will be available in comic book shops on Wednesday, October 25, 2023.
James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds re-team to tell a new tale of the monster who started it all and inspired by Universal Pictures’ 1931 film – Dracula! When Dr. John Seward admits a strange new patient into his asylum, the madman tells stories of a demon who has taken residence next door. But as Dr. Seward attempts to apply logic to the impossible…his surrogate daughter Lucy begins to fall under the spell of the twisted Count Dracula!
In addition to “Dracula” himself, this series features popular characters from the classic original film, including R.M. Renfield, Mina Seward, Doctor John Seward, Van Helsing, and more. Both long-time and new fans of the Universal Monsters movies can expect new twists, encounters, and a deep dive into the darkest corners of this timeless villain’s narrative.
Universal Monsters: Dracula will be followed by all-new limited series spotlighting iconic Universal Monsters from some of the biggest names in comics. Each series will feature variant covers from some of the best artists working in comics today—Joshua Middleton, Francis Manapul, Julian Totino-Tedesco, and Jenny Frison.
Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 (Lunar Codes below | SRP: $4.99) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, October 25, 2023.
The full list of covers is below:
- Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 Cover A by Martin Simmonds (Lunar Code 0723IM809)
- Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 Cover B by Joshua Middleton (Lunar Code 0723IM810)
- Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 Cover C Blank Sketch Cover (Lunar Code 0723IM811)
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