Universal Monsters: Dracula #1
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Martin Simmonds
Colors by Martin Simmonds
Letters by Rus Wooton
The Rundown: Dr. Seward works to heal the disturbed Renfield while his master gains more power.
Dr. Seward’s patient Renfield rambles in a London mental hospital and his ramblings make their way through Seward’s circle of friends and family after the man’s exploits on a ship from Europe make the news.
What no one suspects is that Renfield is devoted to his dark master. A dark master who has made his way to shore and has begun to grow his power by preying on the unsuspecting citizens of London.
The Story: James Tynion IV crafts a bold and entertaining retelling of the classic tale. I like the perspective the story is being told from and how the characters hover and skitter around the main draw of the story itself, Dracula. I like that the first issue spends more time with Renfield than the others and how Dracula’s connections to them are subtly introduced.
The Art: Simmonds creates some truly beautiful art throughout the issue. The visual look of Renfield is disturbing and brilliantly executed.