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All-Action Classics No. 1: Dracula [Paperback]

Bram Stoker , Michael Mucci , Bill Halliar , Ben Caldwell
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March 4 2008 All-Action Classics (Book 1)
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 Caldwell adds action-packed images—with meticulous attention paid to the finer details in each piece of art, from facial expressions to the historical accuracy of costuming, architecture, and heraldry. Young readers will love it.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Adaptation April 25 2009
Format:Paperback
I've read the original story of Dracula twice now, and this version of the story once, and I think it does a pretty good job of capturing the sort of disturbing, alluring quality that we receive in the novel.

Mucci follows the story very well, without simply taking everything word for word, and had a pretty good idea of what scenes to shorten, which to dwell on and which to change.

I'm sure there are those who might call Caldwell's artistic style simplistic, and maybe it is, but it still brings the characters to life (and death...and undeath, for that matter) and there are some scenes that actually appear scarier than they were when I first read them, so I think he did a very good job.

That in mind, there were so drawbacks here and there. First off, one of my favourite scenes in the novel, where Jonathan Harker sees the Count crawling lizard-like down the side of his castle to his tomb, was badly portrayed. We were shown the act from a distance, I had to look over it several times before I could be sure what they were trying to show us. And another thing: Dracula is supposed to get younger as he feeds, and although we do see some really cool (and monstrous) sketches of him in his youth, these are shown in flashbacks. I personally would have liked to see the Count as he got younger and younger. That would've added just another creepy coin to the coffer for me.

I realize I've written in more detail about the bad than the good, but don't let that deter you. If you're looking for an animated version of the classic story, for you or for someone else, I highly reccommend this.

Just remember, the dead travel fast, and as you're reading, don't be surprised if you start to feel something behind you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the artwork July 24 2011
By Treefox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've read the novel Dracula by Brom Stoker. This comic is faithful to it. The artwork is inspiring. I have other books by this artist and they are all good. I enjoy his style very much. I also like how this book is artfully colored. I highly recommend this book for artists and fans alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! Jan. 29 2010
By Norm Dwyer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the most accurate adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula novel in any visual medium. I've just re-read the novel for the 4th time and have been watching every Dracula DVD I can get my hands on. So many movies deviate so far from what is the heart of novel. In truth Dracula, IMHO, shares the same theme as Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring. A group of friends and adventurers band together on an epic quest to rid the world of a great malevolence. Most adaptation just make this a simple vampire story or worse yet a weak romance, but this comic book nails it. It also makes me long for an animated film version of Michael Mucci and Ben Caldwell's work. Disney, get these guys signed up!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIRST CLASS! Give it to a Goth you love! March 10 2008
By The Mystic Eye Of The Hipster - Published on Amazon.com
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Charmingly illustrated & well-written, this is an excellent Graphic Novel adaptation of Stoker's novel.

Mucci's writing carries over the original novel's text, mood & themes VERY well. This is harder to do than it seems.

And Caldwell is an extremely talented Illustrator & Cartoonist. I predict great things for him in the future.

Any teenager would love this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great way for kids to read the Classics April 17 2010
By Book Sake - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
- 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 better in this graphic novel than in many others I've seen aimed at the younger crowd. I didn't have any problem following along or remember who was who as each character was drawn distinctly different.
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than the actual book! Feb. 19 2014
By Supercalafragilisticexpealadocious - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Personally, I found this to be much better than the Bram Stoker novel, which for me, was an unfinishable read. This book is bot perfect, but it is really entertaining and interesting pictures, I mean this would be an interesting animated movie even! *wink, wink*, I recommend this to anyone in their teens or people that dislike the original, or if you just like graphic novels, comic books, etc. This is a good read!

All-Action Classics No. 1: Dracula **** out of *****

Violent Content: 3/10 - Moderate Horror Violence.
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