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Through A Monitor, Darkly

Hello Ghouls and Boils,

Tonight we have yet another phantastic column from Marc Nocerino. I have no idea how he finds such interesting webcomics, He has unearthed yet another great one, but I will let him tell you all about it. As always – Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Covert

Hello readers, and welcome to another installment of Through A Monitor, Darkly. This month, I take a new look at an old character in Dracula: The Company Of Monsters, a webcomic created by Kurt Busiek, written by Daryl Gregory, with art by Scott Godlewski and Damian Couceiro. Well, OK, technically it’s a print comic, but the creators did something great by putting all of the Volume One online in webcomic format, releasing only one page a day until the entire 88 page arc was concluded.

Dracula: The Company Of Monsters takes an interesting and critical look at modern corporate greed. Evan Barrington-Cabot is a bright young man working in the family business, owned by his uncle Conrad. Evan’s exact job description is a little mysterious, even to Evan himself. He spends his days translating ancient Romanian texts for what Evan assumes will be a merger or takeover of a foreign company. Eventually Conrad has him researching occult rituals — none of which seems to have any place at Barrington Industries, which is on the surface a non-descript corporation. Amidst round after round of layoffs and location closures, Evan’s job appears to be one of the few that is secure.

It isn’t long before Evan learns the truth of his position, though; when Conrad confides in his nephew that he has found the body of none other than the legendary Vlad Tepes, aka Dracula. All of Evan’s research into the ancient and esoteric texts his uncle gave to him were designed to give them control over one of the bloodiest monsters in all of Western history. But to what end?

Spoilers are not my style, so I won’t say much more about where the story goes from there. Suffice it to say, the rituals work and Dracula is raised from his slumber.

The name of the comic itself is at least a triple entendre, and probably the most clever and apropos title I have seen for a story in a long time. I tip my hat to whoever came up with it.
The artwork is dark and moody, but with a very “traditional comic book” feel to it. Even the lettering fits the overall mood of the comic’s theme. If I had to sum it all up in one word, that word would be “Professional”. Great story, great art, great character arcs, great lettering. Dracula: The Company Of Monsters hits all the marks.

Final Thoughts:
Dracula: The Company Of Monsters is a fun, dark, violent, and witty comic. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and my only complaint would be that I wish it were longer. I give it a blood-soaked 5 out of 5 tentacles.

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