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Dracula (All-Action Classics #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  392 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Before the dozens of night stalkers slain by Buffy, there was the first and the best: "Dracula." And now everyone's favorite bloodsucker is back, and captured in a thrillingly told, spine-tingling graphic novel. Originally written by Bram Stoker in 1897, "Dracula" gave the world one of literature's most compelling characters. Michael Mucci translates the tale and Ben Caldw ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Sterling (first published 1897)
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For years I read and watched adaptations of Bram Stoker’s Dracula before I even read the book. Beforehand I did not have the original to compare to, but now that I do, I still find myself enjoying them and not being overly critical, if I am critical at all sometimes.

This adaptation I couldn’t help myself though because even though the amount of the original story used is far better than expected there’s still something to be desired. It isn’t so much what has been cut out from the original, but
Sep 29, 2014 Allison rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teacher, Students
This graphic novel adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula is a great introduction--and possibly substitute--for the original. I wrote my thesis on Dracula, so I am very picky. Michael Mucci's writing both preserves Stoker's style and tone, and, when possible, lifts from directly from the book. Many of the elements that help Dracula stand out in Victorian literature are also preserved: the characters' anxiety over the "old" world tainting modern, technologically and morally advanced England; superst ...more
When I saw this at the library I thought it might be a good introduction to the story of Dracula. I feel like it wasn't quite as good as I thought it would be. My biggest issue is actually with the font. It matched the old time setting of the book, and it looked great. But, it was a little hard to read! The artwork is nice and colorful, which I love. There was a lot of text in this graphic novel, yet I feel like there wasn't a lot of storytelling. I'm not sure what, but it just felt like somethi ...more
Orrin Grey
I'd never heard of this before I saw a copy at the Half Price bookstore, but flipping through that copy totally sold me so I picked it up. I was familiar with Ben Caldwell mostly through his Action! Cartooning books, and his style actually fits the subject matter here remarkably well, making the book both suitably Gothic and still approachable. The "tapestry" pages that tell Dracula's history would have been worth the cover price all by themselves.

It's been many long years since I read the origi
Katie/Doing Dewey
I would never consider a graphic novel adaptation a substitute for the book, but this was definitely a great supplement. The story was very close to the original. There were very few embellishments and I was happy with the events that were included. The order in which things happened was changed a little, but always in a way I felt preserved the heart of the original while streamlining the story. I liked this much better than my first experience with a graphic novel, perhaps because knowing the ...more
Sep 21, 2008 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Folks with eyeballs
Amazingly beautiful.

I've always been a big fan of Ben Caldwell's deceptively simple-looking linework, but in all deference to his penciling and Bill Halliar's superb inking, Ben's coloring in this book is what takes the cake. I'm so insanely jealous of his ability I might have to kidnap him and lock him in my camping closet.


Michael Mucci does an excellent job of capturing the flavor of Bram Stoker's original work in the limited space of this graphic novel. If you're a teacher with students
Bram Stoker Dracula
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The Dracula story is adapted by Michael Mucci, drawn by Ben Caldwell and Bill Halliar.

The art is great. I like Ben Caldwell's character designs. The dark colour palette used throughout creates a good Gothic feel for the story. However, the story wasn't as thrilling as I hoped it to be. Maybe it's written that way.

Nice comic nevertheless.

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I didn't enjoy this as much as I wanted to. The Wizard of Oz adaptation was fun and cute and this one... fell a little short. It's still a decent adaptation of Dracula (which I still need to finish reading) but I found the lettering to be a little difficult to read (I didn't much care for the font they used), which lead to fairly confusing panels and the art being covered up a little too much for me in places. That and the art was rather dark which, makes sense given that this is about the bigge ...more
I love this book! I don't normally like Graphic Novels and I don't support the movement that they should count as real books, but this one is special! The pictures within it are amazing! The characters in this book really looked how I pictured them to look, Dracula, Mina, Lucy, especially! The story moves along and it is not hard to follow like some graphic novels. It has just the right amount of text and pictures to convey this classic horror story! I would recommend this to anyone not quite re ...more
Visuellt sett är denna serieadaption av Bram Stokers klassiska 1800-talsroman väldigt tilltalande och Ben Caldwell gör ett väldigt bra jobb. Däremot håller inte inte volymen som helhet på grund av att språket brister. Medan en del av problemen mycket väl kan ligga Michael Muccis axlar, så står det tydligt klart att åtminstone en avsevärd mängd av dem är översättarens ansvar. Vid ett flertal tillfälle ryckte jag bokstavligen talat till vid läsningen och tänkte inombords att Katarina Nordli omöjli ...more
Jessica at Book Sake
Jessica - I think this is a great way to get young readers to experience the classics. While a lot of the story is cut out to make it fit into one graphic novel it still has enough there to grab onto. The idea to make classics into graphic novels is ingenious as it will surely draw people in and it seems that then they will be more likely to read the original format of the book. It’s done that to me, it also makes me want to watch the movie version of the book again as well. I like the artwork b ...more
A faithful adaptation. Well, as faithful as you can get to Stoker's epistolary novel in a graphic form. I don't think readers would enjoy a bunch of hand-drawn letters.
I really love the artistic style. I love the bold lines and colors and generally how "clean" the illustrations are, as opposed to being mucked up with too much detail.
Cecilie Blomberg
I love graphic novels. Especially when they are book adaptations.
The art was lovely in this one. Really catching the creepy feels. *shudder* I liked it. :3
I enjoyed the not-manga art of this book. Admittedly, it seems to have some, but not too much; it is original art. This is a graphic novel version of Bram Stoker's Dracula, and it stays pretty loyal to the original. The art is crisp, the characters obviously well liked by the artist, and the story is well told. Good action scenes, great landscapes/ full page art, and good color and mood. I really liked this one. I can't even remember if there was anything that bothered me...oh, yes, that houseke ...more
I found it while digging through my nephew's treasure box. Visually, this is great and welcomes hesitant readers to transition into reading Classics. In general, in my opinion, Graphic novels are also a great alternative reading material in the classroom. This version of Dracula is the first graphic novel based on a novel classic that I have read and frankly, I would truly need to find a way to convince anyone to read it. I'd use this graphic novel as a supplement teaching resource. It is an eas ...more
Precious Hodson
makes me want to finish the actual Dracula
ahhhhhhhhhhh I just love this story!!!
Genre: Old Time “Juvenile” Fiction
Aug 11, 2014 Nathan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sarah
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I thoroughly enjoy reading books from the Victorian Era in England. Dracula was one of the novels I taught during my student teaching. I love the graphic adaptation as an introduction to the story. Bram Stoker's original used correspondance to tell the story -- Jonathan Harker's journal, telegrams, newspaper clippings, letters. Mucci's adaptation takes the big events and makes them visually stunning. The colors he uses are dark and subdued, giving the graphic novel a gothic feel that mirrors the ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Beckiezra added it
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Enjoyable read that made me want to check out Bram Stoker's original, but likely as an audiobook rather than actually reading it because it was a little dry at times. I'm sure it took out a lot of explanations about Dracula's past or traveling that were in the book that didn't have much action to draw. I liked the art style and appreciate the idea of being able to read classics in comic book form. I didn't like the font at first, it was a little unnecessarily hard to read, but I got used to it.
Well, this is never fun. I hate to say it, but I really did not enjoy this book. I wasn't a big fan of the illustrations nor the font. I found that as I read the book, I anticipated the ending. When reading you should dread the ending because the book is so good and you wish it could last forever. This wasn't the case with this read. The only good thing that I can say is that this book has convinced me that maybe I should read the Original classic.
If I hadn't read Bram Stoker's work, I don't think this book would have been 3 stars - it was my vivid memory of the original that kept me interested. What I do like is that this is an entry point for kids to read a classic story, with the hope that they will then want to read the classic story when they are ready for it. A lot is missing from this graphic novel interpretation, but you'd probably have to leave a lot out for this medium.
Nov 12, 2008 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: vampire fans
The graphic novel version of the book that started our fascination with vampires--Bram Stoker's Dracula, originally publishd in 1897. The classic novel is absolutely worth reading in its entirety, but it's not an easy read. Michael Mucci's graphic version captures the thrills and chills of the original while making this classic accessible to readers of all ages. The illustrations are gorgeous and detailed.
a girl becomes a vampire by dracula. A man doesn't want The girl to be killed. The people decided to kill the vampire and dracula with a wood thing. By:Danny Nhim Pages: 158
Even though it's a comic book, and not necessarily my cup of tea, it's still worth five stars.
The drawings are good, it (for the most part) follows the real Dracula story, but it seems to add a little more adventure into it.
A good read. I reccomend it to the very visual people out there.
It is truly amazing how tight and action-packed the plot of this gothic classic is, and Mucci’s rendering proves it by using the graphic elements as effectively as any I’ve seen to portray all the descriptive elements necessary to the book, freeing up the plot and making this a quick and exciting read.
HEy! Had no idea this would be here! I didn't understand much of the storyline since there were just well-drawn pictures and little words, and because I haven't actually read the orignial Bram Stoker classic novel. Been a little busy with Inkheart.
Sep 16, 2008 Aimée rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Dracula, junior high English teachers
This is an excellent age-appropriate graphic interpretation of the classic. I'm ordering a classroom set to use it to teach Gothic novels and graphic novels as two genres. Well done! I can't wait to introduce my students to this!
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