How does Dracula manage to take over the world? And now that he has, who fights back? This Major Spoilers review has some answers, and more questions!
DRACULA WORLD ORDER
Writer: Ian Brill
Artist (Chapter1): Tonci Zonjic
Artist (Chapter2): Rahsan Ekedal
Colorist (Chapter2): Stephen Downer
Artist (Chapter3): Declan Shalvey
Colorist (Chapter3&4): Jordie Bellaire
Artist: (Chapter4): Gabriel Hardman
Letterer: Josh Krach
Cover Artist: Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire
Publisher: Ian Brill
Previously in Dracula World Order:Not much considering this is a stand-alone first issue. The name implies the most important part, Dracula rules the world.
SON OF DRACULA
To answer the question of who fights back when Dracula wins, his son. Alexandru has decided to free the last vampire hunter and a few other oddities to fight back. The team he puts together consists of interesting experiments the vampires were doing on normal humans, turning them into monsters. Chapter does set up two quite intriguing points on the world; the first is the “birth” of Alexandru as the son of Dracula. The other is how Dracula comes to power. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the first is a good spin on vampire mythos and the second is a brilliant idea/commentary on society. The story itself is well paced, though I am unsure on Alexandru’s motivation, and the finale was really quite surprising.
Four different chapters each having their own art team it makes the overall work hard to judge, but each piece does look good. While the first chapter doesn’t mesh well, the other three do feel like part of a cohesive whole. Zonjic’s work on the first chapter was far too monochromatic for my tastes. While the color did change throughout, no panel had more than two colors, and then only one did, and only at one point did it make sense. The other three chapters look great all the way through, so I can’t complain too much.
BOTTOM LINE: TRY IT OUT
When I started Dracula World Order I was expecting another general vampire story, the likes of which we have been over inundated with as of late. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Dracula World Order runs with the tropes it wants and ignores what it doesn’t need to present us with a solid and interesting story that earns 3 out of 5 stars. Even if you’ve had your fill of vampires lately, the potential here and promise of a larger world is worth a quick read.