Characters Appearing: Angel O'Hara, Dracula, Lilith (Dracula's Daughter)
Tomb of Dracula Magazine #5
Issue(s): Tomb of Dracula Magazine #5
Dracula returns home to Transylvania, where the vampire servants that he won back from Torgo are living.
Dracula rewards the vampires by kicking them out of the castle just as dawn breaks. His decision seems in part based on his new status, as an entity that lives between Heaven and Hell, that was bestowed on him in Tomb of Dracula #68.
As Dracula's vampires all die, Dracula's daughter Lilith lands in the area.
We then flash back and find that Lilith had been hanging out with a Viktor Benzel, a direct descendent of the Romani woman that raised Lilith. Viktor is not a magician, but he knows enough of the old ways that he's able to perform a rite that separates Lilith from her Angel O'Hara persona.
This means that Lilith has her own body for the first time in the modern age.
By the way, there are a lot of boobies in this issue, all covered up in the Essentials reprint.
Dracula, meanwhile, is having his own flashbacks, first of the abuse he heaped on his first wife (Lilith's mother) and then of his second wife, Maria, who he truly loved. While he's thinking about Maria, he wanders down a wing of Castle Dracula that survived the explosion, into Maria's bedchambers. But when he pulls back the bed curtains, he finds his hated daughter.
Dracula and Lilith battle it out for a while, with Lilith retaining the upper hand.
But Viktor Benzel, who is in love with Lilith and wants her to give up her vendetta against her father, interferes in the fight and winds up getting killed. This prompts Dracula to allow Lilith to kill him, but she suddenly finds that she can't do it.
And Dracula (who claims he knew it all along) says it's because the parameters of the curse that brought Lilith back require her to pursue Dracula for all eternity, and she can't do that if he's actually dead.
Issue #6 has another Lilith story, also by Ralph Macchio and Lynn Graeme (without Roger McKenzie), but it's not included in the Dracula Essentials.
The Peter Gillis story has Dracula biting a ballerina, turning her into a vampire. But even as a vampire she's so dedicated to dancing that she tries to go on...
...even as her vampirsm causes her to lose her ability to appreciate music.
She uses the vampiric ability to transform into animals to enhance her performance...
...although Dracula interferes, forcing her to turn into a more vampire-appropriate animal, the bat.
She therefore kills herself before Dracula gains full control of her. The audience thinks it's all part of the show, and at least sends the dancer off knowing that she gave a well received final performance.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Tomb of Dracula vol. #4
Let me get this straight, marvel essential. So, violence, blood-sucking, stakes through the heart, violence against children, ravished by an ameoba demon, etc. these are all fine.
But boobies- that's too far. cover that smut up.
WTF is the point?
Posted by: kveto | February 5, 2015 9:40 AM
Because in America, we're not allowed to see boobs. Boobs are the devil!
Posted by: Bill | February 5, 2015 2:08 PM
According to Comics Feature #1, the last issue of this series was supposed to have a Dracula Vs. Dr. Doom story by Colan.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 30, 2017 11:11 AM
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