Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem #1 – Review
Written by Kim Newman
Art by Paul McCaffrey
Colors by Kevin Enhart
Lettering by Simon Bowland
Published by Titan Comics
The year is 1895, Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for a decade. Vampirism has become a standard way of living throughout all levels of society. Kate Reed is a vampire journalist but also a member of the revolutionary Council of Seven Days, an anarchist group with a traitor amongst them. Dracula’s secret police The Grey Men have been ordered to exterminate all resistance to the rule of Dracula himself. Fatalities ensue.
The comic starts with a note from the journal of Doctor Van Helsing talking about the progression of Dracula. It is an ominous read which clearly illustrates what is to come.
We then follow two of the leading ladies Kate Reed and Penelope Churchward, both members of the Council. It seems Dracula cannot stand opposition to his rule and is willing to do anything to extinguish any such opposition.
It is an exhilarating read, even more so of you are a fan of the vampire lore. The comic also has a steam punk vibe to it which meshes well with the story.
The art is sublime, the characters are very well drawn, from the normal to the grotesque all seem to have found a place within this world. A great attention to detail has been paid in the surrounding scenery, clothing, locations, architecture and modes of transportation. It is great to see a comic with such minute details. The colors are vibrant and add a level of life to the drawings, which is also reflected in the cover gallery. Also interesting to note is the constantly changing of the lettering depending on who is telling the story at that particular point. Very interesting visual aid.
The comic comes with an introduction to the leading female members of the tale, a cover gallery and a timeline (a chronological list of the Anno Dracula Titles). Which enhances the reading experience.
The next periodical as they are called is due in April 2017.
So in my opinion, this is a comic you must delve into if the vampire lore is your thing, you will find what you seek in those pages.