‘Blood Queen vs. Dracula #1’ Comic Review
Blood Queen vs. Dracula features the King of the Vampires encountering a new challenger to his throne. Dracula is in a pretty comfortable place. He leads his troops, destroying anyone who might dare challenge him with bloody fury. Upon return from his most recent battlefield victory, Dracula hears word of a new conqueror—a Queen, making waves as she defeats foes and woos supporters. This piques the warlord’s interest so he goes to investigate this Blood Queen’s kingdom. What he finds surprises him. Dracula discovers both a girl containing more magic than he has ever encountered, and a strange, intriguing proposal from the Blood Queen herself.
Troy Brownfield creates a well-written and well-paced story. He hooks us with the battle scene at the beginning, and fills us in on Dracula’s current dynamic as intelligent and loved. He gives us a few surprises and wrinkles along the way with the story of the Blood Queen’s current husband and the plight of the magical girl. Finally, he leaves readers wanting to read more after Dracula’s first meeting with the Blood Queen. He characterizes Dracula both with dialogue and actions which allows him to be multilayered as a protagonist and still be a badass as the King of the Vampires.
Kewber Baal draws the story of the meeting of Vlad Tepes and the Blood Queen. He delivers some nice visuals of Dracula, both in action and at rest. There are a few downsides to the comic’s art, however. Baal’s pencils feel rushed in a few instances and lose some detail on the medium panels, as if the inking didn’t quite get all the time it deserved. The coloring also feels a bit uneven at times. Still, Baal makes great use of space, composes his panels well, and even pulls off some nice epic visuals.
Overall, Brownfield and Baal deliver a decent first issue; it gives readers everything they could ask for. Fans of Dracula should enjoy the story and will hopefully check out the rest of the series.