Anno Dracula - 1895
Collecting the critically acclaimed comic series based on the best selling Anno Dracula novels by Kim Newman. Written by creator Kim Newman, with art by Paul McCaffrey

Anno Dracula - 1895 Details

TitleAnno Dracula - 1895
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 14th, 2017
PublisherTitan Comics
ISBN-139781782763000
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Paranormal, Vampires, Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy, European Literature, British Literature

Anno Dracula - 1895 Review

  • Sean Gibson
    January 1, 1970
    If you loved Newman’s absolutely brilliant (and, to paraphrase Mike Mignola’s on-point comment in the forward to this graphic novel, overstuffed in a good way) Anno Dracula, you will…well, you might like this a little. Because it’s all right. My knickers are not aflame, nor are my minds blown (yes, I have more than one, unlike you pathetic humans, with your single-mindedness)…but, neither is my gag reflex active (I do only have one of those, albeit an exceedingly strong one—and no comments from If you loved Newman’s absolutely brilliant (and, to paraphrase Mike Mignola’s on-point comment in the forward to this graphic novel, overstuffed in a good way) Anno Dracula, you will…well, you might like this a little. Because it’s all right. My knickers are not aflame, nor are my minds blown (yes, I have more than one, unlike you pathetic humans, with your single-mindedness)…but, neither is my gag reflex active (I do only have one of those, albeit an exceedingly strong one—and no comments from the peanut gallery). Chronologically, this tale picks up shortly after Anno Dracula and details a conspiracy that journalist Kate Reed is at the center of, one that seeks to bring down Dracula. McCaffery is a solid artist and technician, but, for me, his style doesn’t mesh well with the Victorian/horror setting, and the end result is something that wasn’t nearly as enjoyable as I thought it was going to be. It’s a little bit like when you feel a massive sneeze building up and you’re psyched to unload that thing, and then, after a big, should-raising inhale, nothing happens, and you spend the next five minutes hoping that it will come back, but it doesn’t, so you exhale and get on with your life. That said, I hope Newman continues to pursue graphic novel stories in the Anno Dracula universe; there’s a lot of possibility here.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Dracula is my most favourite vampire, ever. End of. He’s a legend for a reason and immortal in the literary world. He does not take centre stage in Anno Dracula, though. Not in a sense that you’ll see him baring his fangs on every page and panel… No… He already has Britain, the Royal Navy and the Special Branch of law enforcement. The struggle in this GN is in between the side who fights to keep this power and the side rebelling against it. Dracula is too big of a bigwig to grace us with his pre Dracula is my most favourite vampire, ever. End of. He’s a legend for a reason and immortal in the literary world. He does not take centre stage in Anno Dracula, though. Not in a sense that you’ll see him baring his fangs on every page and panel… No… He already has Britain, the Royal Navy and the Special Branch of law enforcement. The struggle in this GN is in between the side who fights to keep this power and the side rebelling against it. Dracula is too big of a bigwig to grace us with his presence… it would be unheard of to see a country’s president fighting on the front lines. But add a threesome of women into the picture and he may just have an offer to make… 😉The spotlight in this GN is on Kate Reed, aka Wednesday, member of the Council of The Seven Days. Also, Irish. And a hippy vampire. So… yeah, even though she is ultimately the one that comes with sass and probably saves the day, I didn’t really like her that much. Just shows.. if she would have been, say, Friday in the Council of The Seven Days, I bet you, I would have liked her a whole lot more. Kate is the ultimate goody-two-shoes. She’s a vampire but not once do you see her sinking her fangs into someone, not even the bad guys…Same cannot be said for Penelope Churchward. Now, she is a female I can root for… as a socialite, she is used to taking what she likes and even if it gets messy she still comes out from the other side looking like a lady. Yeah, she’s totally a bit of a ‘mean girl‘ but hey, don’t hate the achiever!Anyway… Kate and Penny don’t really mix well… they’re just too different and the ‘opposites attract’ doesn’t work in their favour here. That is until political conspiracies and traitorous acts push the women to put their differences aside. Somewhat…Of course, Kate and Penny aren’t the only characters in this GN… there are so many others and they’re all cool… even the evil ones. And here, massive respect and admiration to Paul McCaffrey for those sublime illustrations that brought each and every character, each and every scene to its maximum potential. Artwork is one of the first things I look at when considering a graphic novel and I don’t often come across something that manages to capture me straight away (hence why I don’t read them that often) and yet, McCaffrey’s talent made me stop on some pages for a good while just to take it all in. The colours, the perfection, the effect that made everything come to life as if in 3D… In this graphic novel the artwork truly works seamlessly with the story for 100% enjoyment. There is a whole ton of action in this GN and the storyline coupled with the art, plus that little bit of ‘whodunnit‘ AND the occasional nicely served chuckle- well, I was fully engrossed!But back to the characters for a sec, the Council of The Seven Days has, yep, you guessed it, seven members…. I won’t go into detail about them all, because I do believe you should be left with a certain degree of discovery. I do so like how they were all, rather stereotypically, imagined and they even matched their respective days of the week. Stereotypes are normally something to wave one’s fist at, but guys, it really worked here. My favourite of the lot was Peter the Painter aka Friday. I mean, come on, who doesn’t like Fridays? Rough around the edges, happy to jump into a brawl… and Russian. “Die pigs!”- have to love that temperament!There was one little thing that made me roll my eyes, and that is the use of the ‘ancient’ joke around sparkling vampires. “We do not approve of vampires who sparkle.” – is it just me, or is that joke/quip getting seriously old? I mean, at this stage die-hard Twilight fans have gotten over it, why can’t everyone else just bury the 8236565 variations of the sparkly vampire phrase and move on? That aside, won’t be spillint a hair and down rating this little gem of a GN. A couple of hours well spent, if I do say so myself.
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  • Gianfranco Mancini
    January 1, 1970
    Read as individual issues I just love Kim Newman's "Anno Dracula" novel series, an awesome alternative history mash up with almost ALL vampires ever appeared in books, movies, tv series (in Bloody Red Baron you can spot Nick Knight from Forever Knight!) and much more (in Dracula Cha Cha Cha there are characters from Addams Family and Diabolik italian comic, just saying), a sense stunning orgy of tributes, homages and references (in the end of issue #5 you can spot Drac's bat-armour from Francis Read as individual issues I just love Kim Newman's "Anno Dracula" novel series, an awesome alternative history mash up with almost ALL vampires ever appeared in books, movies, tv series (in Bloody Red Baron you can spot Nick Knight from Forever Knight!) and much more (in Dracula Cha Cha Cha there are characters from Addams Family and Diabolik italian comic, just saying), a sense stunning orgy of tributes, homages and references (in the end of issue #5 you can spot Drac's bat-armour from Francis Ford Coppola's movie and... Lurch, Addams Family's butler!).Sadly the ending of this comic book miniseries was just underwhelming to say last, and the too much cartoonish artworks were in desperate need of some few shadows.Still a must read if you are a completitionist and a fan of Anno Dracula saga, vampires and graphic novels "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"-style.
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  • Comics Alternative
    January 1, 1970
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  • Tiffany Fox
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem #1Creator: Kim NewmanArtist: Paul McCaffreyColorist: Kevin EnhartLetterer: Simon BowlandPublisher: Titan Comicsdate: 3/22/2017If you have heard and/or read the books Anno Dracula then this is another part of that tale. Unfortunately, I've had those books on my to read list for some time now and still have not been able to get to them. I don't think that you necessarily need to read those first to be able to follow and understand what is going on in Title: Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem #1Creator: Kim NewmanArtist: Paul McCaffreyColorist: Kevin EnhartLetterer: Simon BowlandPublisher: Titan Comicsdate: 3/22/2017If you have heard and/or read the books Anno Dracula then this is another part of that tale. Unfortunately, I've had those books on my to read list for some time now and still have not been able to get to them. I don't think that you necessarily need to read those first to be able to follow and understand what is going on in this comic series, but I do feel as though there are things that I have missed out on already. I enjoyed the artwork, although, it did feel a bit on the cartoonish side and reminded me of a darker Magic School Bus feel. The story line or lines were a bit hard for me to follow. This first issue seemed overwhelming. There are several different lettering styles and as much as I understand them to be out loud dialogue , inner monologue and reporting events after the fact, it seemed all over the place to me, with no clear break between. It took me reading through the issue two times before fully understanding and grasping everything that was going on. Now with all of that said, I do LOVE me some Dracula/vampire story telling. I have always loved anything to do with vampires and history. Perhaps I will be able to give a higher rating after reading the Anno Dracula book series, but for the now I have to give this first issue a three stars. I just felt a bit jumbled after the first read through.
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  • Pamela Scott
    January 1, 1970
    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...(copy provided by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed)Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem is an enjoyable graphic novel.I really liked the art-work. The art-work was so well done that there were several pages with no text at all because the images conveyed all the necessary information. I have zero artistic skill and am really impressed by people who illustrate graphic novels and the like. The illustrator(s) of Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in M https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...(copy provided by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed)Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem is an enjoyable graphic novel.I really liked the art-work. The art-work was so well done that there were several pages with no text at all because the images conveyed all the necessary information. I have zero artistic skill and am really impressed by people who illustrate graphic novels and the like. The illustrator(s) of Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem did a great job.The story element of Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem is also hugely enjoyable. The book is filled with sheer madness. Imagine a world where Dracula is the Prince Consort and in charge of the British Empire? What a brilliant and sort of terrifying idea. Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem is fantastic. Well worth a read for the illustrations alone.
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  • Loki
    January 1, 1970
    Kim Newman's Anno Dracula finally makes it into comic book form, and it's nothing short of wonderful. In fact, it's a story that works better as a comic than it would in prose - although if you're not already familiar with Anno Dracula, probably not the best place to start.
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  • Cate
    January 1, 1970
    I love anno Dracula, and this is well drawn and fun. Also most of the important people, good and bad, are women.
  • Paul Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    Book started out slow for me but then by the end I enjoyed it and the characters.
  • Shawn Manning
    January 1, 1970
    An absolutely fantastic addition to the series.
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