RandoMonday: The Tomb of Dracula #4

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

The Tomb of Dracula (1991) #4 by Marv Wolfman (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Lovern Kindzierski (colorist), Chris Eliopoulos (letterer),  Mark Powers (asst. editor), Terry Kavanaugh (editor), and Gene Colan (cover)

I had often read and heard how good the 1970s Tomb of Dracula series was, and in the early 1990s, I had a chance to experience at least some part of it with this Epic Comics miniseries by Wolfman and Colon. I have to say, based on what I’d heard about the original series, I was disappointed with this sequel. It was an ok read, and some of the imagery was neat, considering the moody and dark subject matter, but I just wasn’t all that impressed overall. Mostly, my displeasure about this series had to do with the wordy (and at times flowery) narration, and the Colon art. I know I’m probably speaking heresy to many out there, but I never really cared for his work. I remember reading my friend’s Batman comics when Colon was going the art–my first exposure to Colon–and I never took to it. However, the story in issue 4 certainly has some drama to it. One of the women, Marly, is under Dracula’s thrall, though her husband seems somewhat oblivious. Dracula himself was beaten, but not destroyed, in the events of the previous issue, but he comes back stronger than ever. His lust for power ends up dooming him, however, and it appears that Dracula is no more.

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