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Ben Templesmith's Dracula (Marvel Classics Comics #9)

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When Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet with the mysterious Count Dracula, he ends up enslaved by the vampire who wants to learn about England. Leaving Harker for dead, Dracula travels to London where he begins to menace Harker's fiancee, Mina, and her beautiful friend, Lucy. After escaping from Dracula's castle, Harker returns to London where he meets Abraham ...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by IDW Publishing (first published 1976)
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Quentin Wallace
Jun 24, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it it was amazing
A true classic! Let me start by saying this version of the book is the exact, unabridged original Dracula by Bram Stoker. My volume is a hardcover. Artist Ben Templesmith has done 27 paintings for this version, 1 for each chapter. The paintings are great and really do live up to the novel.

Now, as for the novel itself. This is one of my all time favorites. Over the years I've read many abridged versions, pastiches, comics, and saw many Dracula movies. The original novel of course has been lost i
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Inga
After reading the original Bram Stoker novel I also found this graphic novel and thought it would be an interesting comparison. It is the complete story and follows the style of the original in showing us different documents by various people. The drawings are dark and surreal, some pictures seem photorealistic, others are more comic style/abstract. The colours are very dark too, even the parts taking place in daylight are dark and forbidding. The colour red is only used for emphasis. This all ...more
Nicola Mansfield
I like most adaptations from this series "Graphic Revolve" but must say this did not please me. I love Stoker's Dracula, but this left so much out of the plot that it was bare bones at that. No Renfield! The book starts with Dracula as a vampire and everyone knowing it from the beginning, then it's wham, bam, thank ya mam; now you are one too. Bang, bang. They are all dead. The ending isn't even the same. Boo.
Katharina
Feb 16, 2010 Katharina rated it liked it
I can definitely understand why this book is a classic, but MY GOD MAN, GET TO THE POINT. Ben's art, of course, is amazing.
Zim
Jan 22, 2014 Zim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bloody good adaptation! :-)
Katy Jane
1. I immediately wanted to look up the etymology of words. I wanted to know if Transylvania was always synonymous with vampires or if it was because of Bram Stoker's book. It was the latter. I looked up the name Dracula. Dracul comes from the Romanian Drac (“devil”), itself deriving from the Latin draco (“dragon”).
2. I kept looking at the Dracula Wikipedia page for more details. I should just read the real book.
3. Lucy was actually engaged to three men, not two.
4. I love the More About Vampires
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Stacy
Nov 16, 2016 Stacy rated it it was ok
I read A LOT, and this book bored me to tears. I don't give up on many books, and I have read many classics and horror stories. Having never been a fan of Victorian novels, I should have known better.
Isabella
Oct 19, 2016 Isabella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 i liked so much althought when i finished i thougth like "that all?" serously? but ok.
Veronica Wolkan
Title: Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Author: Retold by Michael Burgan
Illustrator:
Genre: Graphic Novel
Theme(s): Friends, Working together, Problem solving
Opening line/sentence: “Deep in the heart of Transylvania, in the middle of Europe…”
Brief Book Summary: While on a business trip, Jonathan Harker stays at a creepy castle. However, he doesn’t stay at just any castle, but Count Dracula’s! A lot of odd things and behaviors start to happen, Harker discovers that the Count sleeps in a coffin! Harker tries t
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Daniel Kaine
Aug 20, 2011 Daniel Kaine rated it liked it
The first thing you notice upon opening this book is that it is written in the form of journal entries and telegraphs from one character to another. I found this a rather interesting way of conveying the story, and the headings at the beginning of each kept it clear whose thoughts I was reading. However, I was a little confused sometimes by the dates of the entries. Not every part of the story is told in exact chronological order. A couple of times I found myself wondering whether something had ...more
Khoadinh
Mar 01, 2015 Khoadinh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tis is great novel from famous horror writer Bram Stoker, the thing I like about this book is that it have beautiful drawing, beautiful use of language. Illustrate a big picture about Dracula, the most brutal and mysterious in history of man kind. The great thing about having drawing in novel is to help reader figure out, even they have no idea what is happening. Story about young man have a job at place really far away from his home, he accept it and work there, when he came here he already ...more
Angie
Dracula is a classic novel that may be a little too much for some middle grade readers. This adaptation by Michael Burgan does a good job of bringing the story to a level that young readers can understand and enjoy. Does it include everything from the original? Of course not as it is a 70 page graphic novel! However, it does hit most of the high points of the story. It is a bit scary and creepy enough that I think younger readers will enjoy reading it. I did feel like the story seemed a bit ...more
Yifan
Apr 27, 2012 Yifan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book to read because Dracula was a famous vampire. However, maybe I choose the wrong version, this one seemed a little boring to me... A man went to Dracula's castle to do business(what is he thinking about?), then he found Dracula was a vampire, but he survive because of the crucifix the couple gave to him. He escaped from a vampire and went back to London. Her girlfriend's friend was harmed by a vampire or wolf then they started to hunt Dracula and dramatically succeeded. It ...more
Jennifer
Oct 18, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Towards the start I very much enjoyed this book, especially the parts in Whitby as I know the place and have visited many times.

I started to flag at around Page 300. The story was taking too long to go anywhere. I think it would be a much better tale if 100 or so pages were chopped out.

The artwork by Ben Templesmith was fantastic, the reason I read this version was the artwork.

However I did find it a bit strange that the art didn't really match the words. For example on Page 26 is a description
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Jax Holt
Oct 09, 2013 Jax Holt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
In the spirt of this month I thought I would read Dracula, the graphic novel version.

The graphic novel follows a man from London named Count Dracula. Everything seems to be fine until Jonathan finds out that he has been staying with a dangerous vampire. Jonathan returns to London only to have Count Dracula there with him. What will happen to him and his friends?

The graphic novel was short and sweet. The storyline was good, not the best and it wasn't that gripping. I liked it but the ending was a
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Yvensong
Oct 03, 2009 Yvensong rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dracula buffs
This adaptation has captured most the action from the original novel, yet misses all the wonderful tension built up through the letters and journals. It's captivating and a very quick read; in fact, once I started I couldn't put it down until done.

The drawings worked pretty well, and I especially liked how creepy Dr. Van Helsing was drawn. I always thought that the rather strange doctor was almost as creepy as Dracula, and sometimes more so.
Aaron
Jan 07, 2013 Aaron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it was technically Dracula. It explained things that happened without really emoting the events. There was no real set way to draw nearly everyone, as faces regularly elongated and contracted from window to window. I would expect this from a straight manga, but not really from a classical remake. I'm not expecting Prince Valiant type art (dead on the page), but a little consistency wouldn't have hurt.
Tom
Sep 09, 2010 Tom rated it it was amazing
This is what a vampire should be like. Dark, otherworldly, using people as nothing more than puppets and sources of food. No glittering, no being emo, not even falling in love (or stalking, really). Just good old fashioned blood sucking, weather controlling, anamorphic vampirism. Add in Ben Templesmith's dark and twisted artwork, and you have a great new version of a classic story.
Stephen Snyder
Wonderful written and horrifyingly and beautifully illustrated graphic novel that is true to Bram Stoker's masterpiece. A great way to engage and convert young adult and adult non readers!

Thank you for the loan Franklin Public Library!
Frederic Raymond
Dec 08, 2009 Frederic Raymond rated it it was amazing
Le classique de la littérature d'épouvante illustré par Ben Templesmith. Les illustrations sont superbes.
Mandy
May 05, 2015 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this. I thought that the artwork fitted the story perfectly. I only deducted one star because some of the text was so small that I struggled to read it.
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Mark
Mark rated it it was ok
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Lexi
Lexi rated it liked it
Jun 10, 2011
Abby Rolly
May 25, 2012 Abby Rolly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not very detailed. Written on a child's level.
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He was born Abraham Stoker in 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent – then as now called "The Crescent" – in Fairview, a coastal suburb of Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham Stoker and the feminist Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornely. Stoker was the third of seven children. Abraham and Charlotte were members of the Clontarf Church of Ireland parish and attended the parish church (St. John the Baptist ...more
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