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arbre_rieur ([personal profile] arbre_rieur) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2010-09-27 03:00 am

A vampire king in corporate America (2)

This week saw the release of issue 2 of Dracula: The Company of Monsters, Boom! Studios' new ongoing about corporate bloodsuckers versus literal ones. Story by Kurt Busiek and Daryl Gregory, art by Scott Godlewski.

After much difficulty, our protagonist Evan has managed to resurrect the Impaler Prince, a.k.a. Dracula. Next step: Get the secrets of the Scholomance out of him.

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[personal profile] stig 2010-09-30 10:18 pm (UTC)(link)
The art seems to bright and basic (compared to, say, the cover) for a horror-themed comic, and that final page could have done without the speech bubbles. I myself would have kept the top panel, and gone very close on Dracula's eyes in the final panel. One eyebrow up, the other down. Pinpricks of blood in the centre of his pupils.
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[personal profile] jlroberson 2010-10-01 06:00 am (UTC)(link)
You say what I can only think. I mean, I'm spoiled--to me Colan is the standard in comics for this guy. But I'm so tired of this lazy open outliney look where the colors don't so much interact with the art as simply use it to contain them. And all of it is too damn bright for this subject.

I recall Bissette & Totleben's dense, at times Finlay-like style was Totleben's reaction to what he called a "coloring-book style," with a lack of mood and personality, that he felt dominated in comics at the time, and so with this. It's lazy. Spot your blacks like a man, I say! Take authoritah over your art and don't leave everything to the colorist and their paint bucket.
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[personal profile] fyborg23 2010-09-30 10:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Does anyone think that the date boxes ("Wednesday, 11 AM") are a little bit too 1990s?

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[personal profile] sherkahn 2010-09-30 11:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Vlad speaks English?
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[personal profile] suzene 2010-09-30 11:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Busiek, you say?

Vlad there getting all huffy over the degenerate state of the world strikes me as more humorous than horrifying. Reminds me a little of the Joker telling Great White that he's the worst man he's ever met. Still, I want a look at this, at least.

[personal profile] lonewolf23k 2010-10-01 01:53 am (UTC)(link)
Vlad would probably be wondering why the West hasn't wiped out the Middle-East by now. Vlad Tepes had no love for Muslims.
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[personal profile] cainofdreaming 2010-10-01 05:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Though he grew up with them, and was championed for his throne by the sultan. On a couple of occasions. But true, he didn't give those things much thought when the political situation pitted them against each other. Not that he had much love for Austria-Hungary either, even if there was the occasional alliance/vassalage situation. He did get captured and imprisoned by them when they thought they had a better keeper for the Wallachian 'buffer zone' between the rest of the Europe and Ottomans.

Eh, what I'm trying to say that I don't totally buy the whole image Vlad has been given as the fiery sword of God, fighting infidels at the border. To me he just comes off as more of an political opportunist, who didn't care too much if his allies were Christians or Muslims as long as it got him what he wanted.
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[personal profile] yaseen101 2010-10-01 07:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Which would be the total control of his homeland of Wallachia if I got my vampire history straight.

I always saw Vlad as a ruthless thinker and strategist with the ability to use fear to sundue his enemies and keep his subjects in-line.
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[personal profile] yaseen101 2010-10-01 10:54 am (UTC)(link)
Hmm, not a fan of the art, I liked it in the earlier scans posted but here it does nothing for me.

As for Dracula's look, personally I would have gone for having him be completely pale white. Long hair which almost covers his forehead giving the hint of a connected every brow and almost covers his eyes, I would have given him a full beard which is unkempt as befits someone who can't see himself in the mirror. Going back to the eyes, I would just highlight the glowing pupils to give a more inhuman look to the Count.
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[personal profile] darkblade 2010-10-01 05:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Art is rather meh.

As for the basic premise and Dracula's personality. Fuck yes! This is what we need more of. Things like this, Hellsing and Dresden Files. Less brooding anti-heroes or Heaven forbid severely outdated romantic arctypes and more complete monsters.
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[personal profile] yaseen101 2010-10-01 07:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Agreed! :D

(away another Hellsing fan, woohoo!)

Bring that Dark Stuff not the 'Rise and Fall Arsenal/Stroke!Titans' bucket, the other dark and gooey stuff and put it where it belongs!
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[personal profile] darkblade 2010-10-01 07:22 pm (UTC)(link)
I was more refering to the treatment of vampires in recent years.
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[personal profile] yaseen101 2010-10-01 07:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Which would be, that they are not being treated as being sparkling romantic, hence my 'dark, gooey' comment, which meant 'bring back the darkness and horror that made the vampires great in the first place and by darkness I do not mean ones mixed with bad writing ala Rise and Fall of Arsenal'.

Get it?
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[personal profile] darkblade 2010-10-01 07:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah that makes much more sense.
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[personal profile] yaseen101 2010-10-01 07:32 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] midnightvoyager 2010-10-03 12:40 am (UTC)(link)
There IS some inherent sensuality and romanticism in the Dracula story, but everything these days seems to whoosh right past the point and zero in on that.

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[personal profile] darkblade 2010-10-03 12:49 am (UTC)(link)
I always got more of a rapist vibe than any kind of romantic sensuality from Dracula.
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[personal profile] midnightvoyager 2010-10-03 12:49 am (UTC)(link)
Well, it's VICTORIAN "romantic sensuality."

So, er, yes. Victorian "romance"... kinda... was creepy sometimes.
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[personal profile] midnightvoyager 2010-10-03 12:51 am (UTC)(link)
...Ironically, Twilight firmly held on to that while ENTIRELY missing the point that it was kinda creepy.

Oh well.
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[personal profile] darkblade 2010-10-03 12:53 am (UTC)(link)
And then it references better novels that didn't miss that point and used it for creepiness as counterparts to the romance.