Giant-Size Dracula #3
Issue(s): Giant-Size Dracula #3
It turns out that Turoc was not immediately killed by Dracula. Instead, his daughter Elianne came back to find that he was a vampire, slaughtering his family and Elianne's fiance.
She killed him and then spent a year working to become a Black Sorceress, culminating in sacrificing a child and her eyesight to become immortal.
She's now gathered a band of paramilitary mercenaries, and kidnaps Quincy Harker, thinking that she has the Montesi Formula that can destroy Dracula.
Quincy claims to not know it, even after being tortured. He subsequently manages to cause a car accident while he's being transferred (because, let's face it, Quincy Harker is a badass)...
...and when Dracula comes to investigate why his archenemy was being kidnapped, Harker, under hypnosis, tells him what he knows.
Dracula is driven away by the police before he can kill or turn Quincy, but he heads to Saracen Associates where Elianne is based.
Elianne and her group have arranged for Dracula to have to fight his way through a series of death traps...
...but, thanks to the fact that Dracula had the foresight to enthrall a technician at the company prior to entering, he survives and makes his way to Elianne.
Elianne turns out to be another in a long line of Marvel's "blind but i can see" characters...
...but Dracula is able to defeat her.
And not just defeat her but enthrall her and begin the process of turning her into his immortal slave.
He leaves her to turn into a vampire and become his slave in 3 days. However, thanks to Kate Fraser, that won't happen. Kate is investigating what happened to Quincy (who may be a badass but has taken a lot of abuse lately; first the attack from Lilith and now hospitalized after the car crash).
It's not said why Kate has to wake poor Quincy instead of using her psychometric powers to find out what happened to him.
Her questioning of Quincy gets her to Saracen Associates, where she finds Elianne's corpse. She uses her powers to find out what is happening, and gets Inspector Chelm to hand her a stake so she can prevent Elianne from rising from the dead as Dracula's vampiric slave.
One other point of interest. While Dracula is thinking to himself about how great life is since Harker and the other vampire hunters think that he's dead, he comes up with the idea of turning Rachel Van Helsing into a vampiric slave.
This is something that Claremont will ensure that Dracula actually does, some 8 years later in an Uncanny X-Men annual. This scene therefore seems extra creepy to me. On top of the slavery talk with regard to Dracula's turning of Elianne, it's a further example of Claremont's seeming fascination with bondage and domination. Perfectly in-theme for a vampire, of course.
The final two issues of Giant-Size Dracula are by David Anthony Kraft, but they take place prior to Marvel Comics #1 so they're not included in my project.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Essentials trade places this issue between Tomb of Dracula #28-29. But issue #29 begins with Dracula in a rage over the fact that Shiela Whittier left him at the end of #28, so it doesn't make sense for this issue to be placed in between. Sometimes we have to accept stuff like that, but in this case there's no reason why this story couldn't be placed in the same gap as Giant-Size Dracula #2. This definitely takes place while Harker's crew still thinks that Dracula is dead.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Tomb of Dracula vol. 2
"The vampire's got away...anyone got a good look at him?" Oh, who does he THINK it is?
Is it really accurate to call Dracula a Magyar? I thought the Magyars settled primarily in Hungary, west of Transylvania/Romania.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 30, 2015 5:05 PM
Why does Elianne think "the infidels say suicides are eternally damned"? She's Muslim- Islam says suicides go to hell also. And why should a Muslim care what Christians think? Besides, Islam also says people who engage in child murder and black magic go to hell.
Posted by: Michael | January 30, 2015 7:39 PM
Mark, many Hungarians live in Transylvania. Hungarian princes traditionally ruled Transylvania. Whether Transylvania should be part of Hungary or Romania would be one of the great political conflicts/tragedies of the 20th century. Many of the Transylvanian Hungarians are members of the Szekely subgroup. And in the book Dracula, Bram Stoker made Dracula a Szekely, not a Wallachian as in real history. Here is a quote:
‘We Szekelys have a right to be proud, for in our veins flows the blood of many brave races who fought as the lion fights, for lordship."
Posted by: Chris | December 21, 2015 1:55 PM
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