Characters Appearing: Anton Lupeski, Blade, Blade Doppelganger, Domini, Dracula, Frank Drake, Hannibal King, Harold H. Harold, Rachel Van Helsing
Tomb of Dracula #49
Issue(s): Tomb of Dracula #49
But the main plot has a mentally ill mystic (or mutant?) who constructs an alternate reality for herself and populates it with "friends" from literary works like The Three Musketeers and Tom Sawyer. She's always wanted to include Dracula amongst her friends but always had trouble with that until now, when she unknowingly pulls in the real Dracula. Dracula obviously isn't happy about that...
...so he winds up fighting the other characters until the woman eventually sends him away.
The most potentially interesting thing is that among the woman's "friends" is a Frankenstein Monster, and of course he also exists in the Marvel universe (and i didn't point it out, but we saw in his series that Mary Shelley's book exists also, just like Bram Stoker's Dracula). So you might think that he would also be pulled in like Dracula. But Dracula confirms that this version is just a replica.
We're seeing more guest stars in this series than we did in the earlier half (Brother Voodoo and Dr. Strange so far, Silver Surfer and Hellstorm coming up), and i almost wonder if this issue with the hodgepodge of literary adventure heroes is a parody of that.
In our subplots, Blade continues to fight his doppelganger...
...who claims to be "created from you. I was born and nurtured from the seed planted when my master murdered your mother".
The two become merged together as they fight, and eventually the real Blade is subsumed into the doppelganger.
I briefly wondered if this merging would result in Blade becoming the half-vampire that i know him as (mainly from the movie version), but that actually happens much later.
And Frank and Harold try to infiltrate the Church of Satan but immediately get captured.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Subplots continue directly from last issue and into next issue, but as with last issue i'm keeping this in a separate entry.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Tomb of Dracula vol. #2
Zorro the Fox! I saw that and my first thought went to Thin Lizzy's "Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed". Talk about obscure! Also, Colan does a pretty freaky-looking Frankenstein's Monster and a somewhat sinister Robin Hood.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | May 27, 2017 11:05 PM
Looking back on this issue where Zorro introduces himself as "Zorro the Fox", considering the English translation of his name, he's saying that he's "Fox the Fox"! Which, coincidentally, is a lyric line from Peter Gabriel's "Shock the Monkey": "Fox the fox"/"rat the rat"/"you can ape the ape"/"I know about that!"
Posted by: Brian Coffey | April 1, 2018 11:59 PM
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