30 review for Dracula: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I loved this but you really do need to have read the story previously to be able to follow it. Obviously they've had to cherry pick the best bits to put in with the pics and I can see how this could lead to confusion (looking at other reviews this seems to be the case)... ...but for those who already know and love the story then this is a great read! It brought back all my love for all things Dracula... I'm now going to re-watch the film (the 1993 version with Gary Oldman) and season one of the Dra I loved this but you really do need to have read the story previously to be able to follow it. Obviously they've had to cherry pick the best bits to put in with the pics and I can see how this could lead to confusion (looking at other reviews this seems to be the case)... ...but for those who already know and love the story then this is a great read! It brought back all my love for all things Dracula... I'm now going to re-watch the film (the 1993 version with Gary Oldman) and season one of the Dracula series with Jonathan Ryhs Meyers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    WWOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT WAS A TRULY AWESOME READ!!!!!!!!! BETTER THAN I EXPECTED!!! I LOVE GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COMIC BOOKS, AND BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA JUST HAPPENS TO BE MY FAVORITE BOOK!!!!!!!! SO I GOT TWO TREATS PUT TOGETHER, KIND OF LIKE A REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP!!!!!!!!!! I WISH I COULD HAVE GIVEN THIS THING TEN FUCKING STARS IT'S SO DAMNED GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE REA WWOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT WAS A TRULY AWESOME READ!!!!!!!!! BETTER THAN I EXPECTED!!! I LOVE GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COMIC BOOKS, AND BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA JUST HAPPENS TO BE MY FAVORITE BOOK!!!!!!!! SO I GOT TWO TREATS PUT TOGETHER, KIND OF LIKE A REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP!!!!!!!!!! I WISH I COULD HAVE GIVEN THIS THING TEN FUCKING STARS IT'S SO DAMNED GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE READING COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS...BUT ENJOY READING THE ORIGINAL NOVEL BY BRAM STOKER...THEN YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *Okay....SPOILER WARNING. Usually, when I put spoilers in a review I use that HTML formatting thing that lets you hide spoilers. But I'm choosing not to do that this time because I feel that the "spoilers" that will be in here will not be too "spoilery". So it's not going to be too much of a big deal so I would like you to continue reading this, but if you are really concerned about it then...be careful I suppose.* Okay, this is a graphic novel adaptation of Dracula put out by a company called "CLASSICAL COMICS LTD.". They have also taken books like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the classic works of Shakespeare (which are not books, but are actually supposed to be referred to as plays), Charles Dickens, and even Charlotte Bronte and adapted them all into graphic novels. They are basically meant to be used by teachers as teaching aids, and the idea is most likely to get kids to enjoy reading (you know...cause kids love comic books. I wish these were around when I was a kid.....LOL). I FUCKING LOVED IT!!! Well, they did a beautiful job with this. I guess what really attracted me to it (other than the fact that it's "Dracula The Graphic Novel") was that it is primarily illustrated by Staz Johnson. I have been a fan of his for a long time, he's done some awesome stuff for DC comics. I loved his Catwoman run. So I just began to salivate when I first saw that he was doing Dracula! And he did do a spectacular job of penciling and inking it. Of course, the colorist and letterer did bang-up jobs too, and how could I forget to praise Jason Cobley for taking Bram Stoker's original text and scripting it. My hats off to him!!! Okay, despite my several paragraphs of ranting and raving....it's good but not perfect. The last graphic novel adaption of Dracula I read was by Roy Thomas and Dick Giordano. They also tried to remain faithful as possible to the original material and were able to fit more of that into their version because they had more pages to work with. This one was limited to 144 pages....but it is still awesome. Keep in mind that I have read Bram Stoker's novel five times in my life, so I'm going to be a bit nit-picky with this. There is an afterward which gives you a short bio of Bram Stoker, list of films based off the book, and a thing about how this whole thing was put together. Now they said that Staz Johnson wanted the characters, Count Dracula in particular, to look like the way Stoker described them and not base them off any of the Hollywood interpretations. Which they did. However, certain liberties were taken, some of which obviously came from the films. For instance, Lucy Westerna does not have red hair in the book, that comes from some of the movie versions. The part towards the end where they find a guy that had his throat ripped out by Dracula, they show Dracula do that in half man/ half wolf (almost werewolf) form...and that obviously came from the 1992 film, Bram Stoker's Dracula directed by Francis Ford Copolla where he had Count Dracula transform into an actual wolfman instead of a large wolf. Towards the very end when they chase Dracula back to Transylvania (which I always thought was the most exciting part), they find him in a wooden cube-like box which he bursts out of at sundown, much like in Copolla's movie. That's not exactly how it goes down in the book. Also, after Dracula is killed and turns to dust, a large pinky ring hits the dust covered ground very much like what happens at the end of Horror of Dracula with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Yeah, I suppose when trying to be faithful to the original material, a few creative liberties can be taken. Like after Drac attacks Mina and the band of vampire hunters burst in they have Van Helsing use a crucifix instead of a Eucharist wafer to drive him away, and they have Quincey Morris firing two western style six-shooters at the Count, having no effect on him of course before he flees the room. Oh yeah, and why not have Quincey Morris punch out a gypsy with brass knuckles...that's badass! Again, maybe I shouldn't be too nit-picky. I loved how Staz Johnson drew this thing and laid out the pages. That's the most important part. I think one of the problems with Dracula and reasons it's been done over and over again on screen is because it's a hard story to translate visually. One thing I did like, is how they inserted the newspaper clippings from the book into the panels in certain pages with the action overlapping them so that they become part of the page layout. Johnson really did make Count Dracula look like the way I pictured him when I first read the book, or as close as you can get him at least. Besides the Roy Thomas and Dick Giordano version, this has been done a few more times. Once in the eighties by a Spanish artist in beautifully painted pages. There is a kiddish, animation style version. Most recently by Dynamite Comics and also by Ben Templesmith who was the artist on 30 Days of Night. And last time I was in Barnes & Noble...there was another one. I have not read any of those yet, but I highly recommend this one. Like I said.... EVEN IF YOU DON'T READ GRAPHIC NOVELS BUT ARE A FAN OF DRACULA, THEN YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!!!!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Craig Maxwell

    I don't think I've ever been so bored reading a graphic novel, from a story that's completely all over the place, so the utter confusion as to what the over arching storyline or point of the plot is. Perhaps reading the actual novel would be a lot better, well it can't be worse than this, extremely disappointing. I don't think I've ever been so bored reading a graphic novel, from a story that's completely all over the place, so the utter confusion as to what the over arching storyline or point of the plot is. Perhaps reading the actual novel would be a lot better, well it can't be worse than this, extremely disappointing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nithusa

    No offence to vampire lovers but this book was BORING. I'd rather have someone tell me the story. No offence to vampire lovers but this book was BORING. I'd rather have someone tell me the story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Georgina

    16.01.20 3.5 STARS I actually really enjoyed this short comic book adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic Dracula! Although I have to admit, while I DO infact have the original hardback book on my shelf, I actually have never read it... It has been on my list for a long time, but it's just so heavy going that I never picked up. I will though, in the future... I promise. ANYWAY back to the graphic novel version. I have seen some reviews that say they weren't a fan of the artwork, whereas I personally 16.01.20 3.5 STARS I actually really enjoyed this short comic book adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic Dracula! Although I have to admit, while I DO infact have the original hardback book on my shelf, I actually have never read it... It has been on my list for a long time, but it's just so heavy going that I never picked up. I will though, in the future... I promise. ANYWAY back to the graphic novel version. I have seen some reviews that say they weren't a fan of the artwork, whereas I personally thought it fitted the story perfectly! It was so well drawn and the colours were very moody and dark, but let's be honest, Dracula is a particularly dark vampire centered novel. So I especially thought all of the blue hues and darker tones that were used suited exactly what was happening. I for one especially loved one of the scenes towards the end with Van Helsing and Mina (there are a lot of characters to get your head around but it does click eventually who everyone is) in the forest. It was stunning and the colours were beautiful. I will say it can be hard to follow in places, but that I think would also be true of the actual novel as it is simply the way it is written. Yet they clearly had to pick the bet parts out in order to create this comic adaptation, otherwise it would have been ridiculously long! The whole point of a graphic novel though is that the story can be told through the pictures as well, so you really don't need as many words. That being said, there's still a lot of words in this particular graphic novel and it took me a little longer than expected to read through. Also, I absolutely love that they have multiple copies! This one is the "original text" version, so everything that is copied over is exactly how it was written in the original. They also do a "quick text" and a "modern text" version if you prefer something a little easier to read, which I think is just plain AWESOME! There are many other books that they have adapted too, including Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights - both of which I have read so I will definitely be adding these versions to my bookshelf soon. All in all I thought it was a really solid adaptation and they had as much detail as they possibly could without making it much too long or wordy. The creativity of the drawings and how they portrayed the story all on their own was beautifully well done. I would recommend this if you are a fan of graphic novels in general and would like to read this chilling classic.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christine Whittington

    This graphic edition of Bram Stoker's "Dracula," like other titles published the Classical Comics imprint, is designed to be appealing to students, thus getting them to read classic literature. It was enjoyable to experience Dracula in yet another medium, having read the novel several times, listened to the audiobook at least twice, and seen a half-dozen or more film versions. Although few of the characters were as I pictured them while reading the book and the appearance of some was not consist This graphic edition of Bram Stoker's "Dracula," like other titles published the Classical Comics imprint, is designed to be appealing to students, thus getting them to read classic literature. It was enjoyable to experience Dracula in yet another medium, having read the novel several times, listened to the audiobook at least twice, and seen a half-dozen or more film versions. Although few of the characters were as I pictured them while reading the book and the appearance of some was not consistent throughout the book (Mina especially) the drawing and inking was effective and some plates, such as the last with Castle Dracula in the sunset, were evocative and dramatic. Because the series is educational, there is a section at the back that explains and illustrates the work of script adaptation, drawing, inking, coloring, and lettering. This is the "original text" version; there is also a "quick text version" with "quick modern English for a fast-paced read" in case you would want such a thing. (Not me--I love Stoker's langauge.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    n ❀

    i got this in the mail from a very special someone during my birthday month & it's taken me far too long to delve into the classical tale of "dracula" & finish it. bram stoker's novel is compelling. i've passed it a number of times @ barnes & noble, but never got around to it. i still to this day can't believe i've never invested some time into the little gem, but i'm glad i have a graphic depiction of something absolutely phenomenal to keep me occupied as the story continues. if i'm being honest i got this in the mail from a very special someone during my birthday month & it's taken me far too long to delve into the classical tale of "dracula" & finish it. bram stoker's novel is compelling. i've passed it a number of times @ barnes & noble, but never got around to it. i still to this day can't believe i've never invested some time into the little gem, but i'm glad i have a graphic depiction of something absolutely phenomenal to keep me occupied as the story continues. if i'm being honest though, it could've been better. from what i've gathered, the journal entries were harrowing. & it's not startling discovery to know i absolutely love the count. if it wasn't 2:31AM, a week into my small vacation while lost plays in the distance, & my inability to fall asleep, i don't think i'd have finished this piece tonight.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pre Metoyer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I believe it was a fascinating book of history and horror into 1 book. All the stories about Dracula makes this book different. Since they have him knowing English in some stories but in the book they show that he used a humongous library to learn "The English/British" tongue to speak their language. They also had Vampire Priest Hunters that hunted and took down 3 Vampiric Sisters and hunted another down in a crate from their search and hunt to kill all the Vampires in the area so the whole town I believe it was a fascinating book of history and horror into 1 book. All the stories about Dracula makes this book different. Since they have him knowing English in some stories but in the book they show that he used a humongous library to learn "The English/British" tongue to speak their language. They also had Vampire Priest Hunters that hunted and took down 3 Vampiric Sisters and hunted another down in a crate from their search and hunt to kill all the Vampires in the area so the whole town will be safe.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicke Pearson

    I love that this publisher prints these classic novels in both original text or quick text so that the reader can choose according to their taste. I love this story so much, the world, the characters, the atmosphere! To see the story brought to life in drawings was just amazing and allowed me to delve into the story again! I borrowed my copy from my library but you bet I’m buying my own copy to keep!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katy Faure

    What great fun it was to see a classic in this way. It was faithful to the novel and didn’t sacrifice too much, instead bringing it to life with the visuals. This is one where someone wouldn’t need to have read the book to understand what was happening. Great for me as I’m just beginning my foray into the world of graphic novels!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Not a bad 'modern language' adaptation of the novel. I think this might be a little different from the actual novel, but do not quote me on that considering it's been a few years since I read it. Rather enjoyable nonetheless! Not a bad 'modern language' adaptation of the novel. I think this might be a little different from the actual novel, but do not quote me on that considering it's been a few years since I read it. Rather enjoyable nonetheless!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Benham

    Many books are helped by graphic novel format. It can allow new readers to access the material. This story is nearly there. I feel the format rushed the story a bit. Beyond that the art was amazing and you do get all of the plot. Overall, would read again.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rick Powell

    A great graphic novel adaptation. The original text follows the illustrations smoothly. Perfect for any Dracula fan!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    Pretty cool graphic novel version of the original novel. Really liked the artwork too.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Not perfect, but a great adaption of the novel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carrie-Anne

    A really great way to enjoy one of the classics, which so much entertainment is inspired by.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    I will never read the original classic.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Jones

    Nice short read to prepare for the Halloween season.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    This is NOT a replacement for the original novel, but it DOES add to it and clarify some scenes.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Destiny

    disappointingly boring😔

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nomy

    Great summary of the book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I liked the adaptation of this classic story.  It makes it more accessible for a more modern audience and for those who have a hard time with classics.  The art was really nice, and I liked the usage of the original text in the version that I read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Camille Dent

    I loved this! I have yet to read the original Dracula text so I cannot offer a comparison, but the graphic novel is beautiful. It was well-paced and easy to follow. I knew that Dracula was written as a collection of various documents, and I think this adaptation emulated that style exceedingly well. Everything about the artwork is gorgeous. My only complaint is that the text bubbles/boxes are not well-edited. There are some places where words seem to be missing and several instances of inconsist I loved this! I have yet to read the original Dracula text so I cannot offer a comparison, but the graphic novel is beautiful. It was well-paced and easy to follow. I knew that Dracula was written as a collection of various documents, and I think this adaptation emulated that style exceedingly well. Everything about the artwork is gorgeous. My only complaint is that the text bubbles/boxes are not well-edited. There are some places where words seem to be missing and several instances of inconsistent grammar. At first I just assumed that they were intentional English mistakes since I mostly noticed them in Dutchman Van Helsing's speech (and some of them may have been. Again, I have not read the original text), but there were also a few similar mistakes from English native speakers as well.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Frances

    I really like the idea of these 'Classic Comics', an easy, accessible way to catch up on the classics you should have read, or the classics you know and love. Dracula, for me, was a book that I should have read but hadn't. It's one of those books that has become so richly entwined with our culture that you know most of the story anyway, which is why I loved that the original text has been used and put into a great graphic novel form rather than ANOTHER re-writing of this tale. The artwork is grea I really like the idea of these 'Classic Comics', an easy, accessible way to catch up on the classics you should have read, or the classics you know and love. Dracula, for me, was a book that I should have read but hadn't. It's one of those books that has become so richly entwined with our culture that you know most of the story anyway, which is why I loved that the original text has been used and put into a great graphic novel form rather than ANOTHER re-writing of this tale. The artwork is great and pulls together the characters well in this, what appears to be, quite confusing novel. The novel is different journals from different characters so I imagine a little hard to follow but with this abridged version (losing the repetitive Victorian style)and the Dramatis Personae at the front I found it easy to follow. I would definitely recommend it and I might try other 'Classic Comics'.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emelie

    This story takes place in England, where a group of friends face the treacherous vampire Dracula. When Dracula decides to buy an estate in England, the group is distressed when certain members start to get bitten, and they decide they must figure out a plan to get Dracula and his vampire brides to leave their country. The graphic novel was a very quick read, in fact I finished it in just over 40 minutes. I enjoyed the novel, which is a major reason to why I was able to read it so quickly. The gr This story takes place in England, where a group of friends face the treacherous vampire Dracula. When Dracula decides to buy an estate in England, the group is distressed when certain members start to get bitten, and they decide they must figure out a plan to get Dracula and his vampire brides to leave their country. The graphic novel was a very quick read, in fact I finished it in just over 40 minutes. I enjoyed the novel, which is a major reason to why I was able to read it so quickly. The graphics were done very well and the dialogue was made in a way that made it extremely easy to understand what was going on. The only downside was that it was sometimes hard to differentiate certain characters from each other as they were all introduced in a bundle. Overall I really enjoyed the graphic novel. It was the perfectly intense and you didn't want to stop once you'd started.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Khoadinh

    Tis is great novel from famous horror writer Bram Stoker, the thing I like about this book is that it have beautiful drawing, beautiful use of language. Illustrate a big picture about Dracula, the most brutal and mysterious in history of man kind. The great thing about having drawing in novel is to help reader figure out, even they have no idea what is happening. Story about young man have a job at place really far away from his home, he accept it and work there, when he came here he already not Tis is great novel from famous horror writer Bram Stoker, the thing I like about this book is that it have beautiful drawing, beautiful use of language. Illustrate a big picture about Dracula, the most brutal and mysterious in history of man kind. The great thing about having drawing in novel is to help reader figure out, even they have no idea what is happening. Story about young man have a job at place really far away from his home, he accept it and work there, when he came here he already notice that there are something strange is happening here that people here are really afraid of landlord who are devil in human form. He work there and he want to escape right away because many terrible things happen here and what is it you need to find out by read this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Shumate

    It was good. Sometimes the characters were confusing because from far away they looked the same. The graphic novel made me want to read the original version. It was drawn quite well and quite easy to follow.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Snyder

    Wonderful written and horrifyingly and beautifully illustrated graphic novel that is true to Bram Stoker's masterpiece. A great way to engage and convert young adult and adult non readers! Thank you for the loan Franklin Public Library! Wonderful written and horrifyingly and beautifully illustrated graphic novel that is true to Bram Stoker's masterpiece. A great way to engage and convert young adult and adult non readers! Thank you for the loan Franklin Public Library!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zoë

    Nice adaptation from a novel to a graphic novel, I loved the art style. Though felt I should have gone for the more modernised adaptation as it was hard for me to read it in one go. Still, I'm glad I have finally read Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. Nice adaptation from a novel to a graphic novel, I loved the art style. Though felt I should have gone for the more modernised adaptation as it was hard for me to read it in one go. Still, I'm glad I have finally read Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beatriz Pleités

    Loved it, and my little bro was so happy when I read this to him

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