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    • A Conversation With Craig Yoe August 1, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, Today I was fortunate enough to sit and have a chat with the wonderfully fascinating creative genius, Craig Yoe. Craig and I met at HeroesCon this summer when he accepted an award at The Inkwells on Steve Ditko‘s behalf (sort of). I was beyond thrilled when this incredible talent agreed to […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh —- The Review! July 29, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day seven of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director – Edward Martin III – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and Thursday’s interview with Sean Strauss […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh: Interview (/Happy-Hour) With Actress Tara Walker July 28, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day six of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director –Edward Martin III – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and Thursday’s interview with Sean Strauss – […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh: An Interview With Director of Photography Ryan K. Johnson July 27, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day five of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director – Edward Martin II – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and Thursday’s interview with Sean […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh – Zombies Need Love Too July 25, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day four of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director – Edward Martin III – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and yesterday’s interview […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh – An Interview With Documentarian and Location Manager Sean Strauss July 24, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day three of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director of the film and yesterday’s article written by yours truly!  Today we will be talking with […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh – Through The Eyes of the 2nd Assistant Director – Madness, Mayhem, and Love July 23, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, Welcome to day two of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out yesterday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director of the film.  Today you get to hear me ramble on about my time on the set. […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh – An Interview With Writer/Director Edward Martin III July 21, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, Those of you who know me personally and professionally have probably at one time or another been regaled with the stories of my time on the Flesh of my Flesh movie set. For those who are not aware, I was 2nd Assistant Director (amongst other things) of a feature film shot […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • So Long For Now and Hello Again! July 11, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, Today is both a sad and joyful day for us at She Never Slept. Our Assistant Editor Sean Lee Levin has stated he would like to step down for personal reasons… we hate to see him go, but we wish him the best of luck in all of his endeavors and […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival – 20 Years of Madness – The Stars Are Right! July 9, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, I know… I know… it’s been a very long time. I hope you have all kept wicked! Have no fear my fiends, She Never Slept is back now, and we are ready to get rolling again. For those of you who do not follow my personal FaceBook page, I am back in Portland […]
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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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