Issue #1 (October 1997)
Regular cover - John Bolton $5.95
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Limited Edition cover - David Mack (750 copies) $19.95
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Part 1: Necromance
Story - Warren Ellis : Art - Mark Beachum
The police investigate a grisly murder, and from the diary of the
victim they learn he was killed by his lover. Vampirella arrives
and admits the murder, explaining that the victim was a serial killer
and then warns the police detective that she knows that he is a
murderer too, and will be back one day for him.
Part 2: The New European
Story - Alan Moore : Art - Gary Frank, Cam Smith
An American helps arrange transport to America for an aging Balkan.
In the middle of the night he is attacked and drained by the three
female members of Mr. Dragonsun's family. Weak but determined he
kills the three vampires and sets out for America.
Too late, he arrives home to discover that his wife and her best
friend are now vampires under the thrall of Dracula. He kills his
wife's friend but Dracula and his wife walk away into the night.
Part 3: Vampirella vs. Dracula
Story - James Robinson : Art - Rick Mays, David Mack
In a library two men sit opposite each other, both researching
bats. It turns out that both are writing about vampires, or to be
precise a particular vampire. One is Archie Goodwin writing about
Vampirella, the other Bram Stoker writing about Dracula.
As they talk, they are watched from the shadows by their creations,
who also discuss the strange reality them seem to be in. Dracula
decides to kill Bram Stoker and Archie Goodwin in an attempt to
increase his power. Vampirella saves the day, and has a few poignant
words for Archie Goodwin.
All three stories in this book are completely unrelated. A Dracula
story, a Vampirella story and a Vampirella and Dracula story.
The first two stories are fine, but the third one is a little "out
there". As escapist fantasy goes this is a beauty, but it is
a very clever tribute to Bram Stoker, without whom we would have
missed a century of classic gothic horror in a wide range of media.