The names Van Helsing and Dracula have gone hand-in-hand since Bram Stoker published “Dracula” way back in 1897. Fast forward 119 years to the present and Zenescope has put a new spin on the age-old story. Liesel Van Helsing encounters Dracula in London where she has one chance to save her friend Mina and end the vampire’s terror and bloodlust once and for all. Mina is under Dracula’s control as are many citizens of London. According to Astral, projecting through Marian, the only way to save those under Dracula’s control is to drain him of all of his blood. Liesel pleads for Marian, Robyn and the others to get to London as soon as possible. She engages in a bloody battle with Dracula while Jonathan tries to help Mina before she hurts herself or worse.
Pat’s story was excellent and compelling. We see Liesel not only fighting Dracula but also her feelings. She loves Hades but is afraid to tell him knowing one or both of them may be killed at any time. She must also fend off Dracula’s verbal jabs at her late father’s failure to destroy him. I like that Robyn Hood, Marian and Hades are in this issue because it connects the worlds of Grimm and Zenescope. He even pays homage to the novel by naming the couple Mina and Jonathan. Michele Bandini’s artwork and Walter Pereyra’s colors bring the story to life and make the supernatural look as real as these words. The ending page had a great quote by Bram Stoker and was a fitting end to the series. “How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.”
When it comes to Pat Shand and the Zenescope team, you’re guaranteed to get a comic that is different and enjoyable to read. It is always a thrill to review their material because it is so much fun and I get immersed in the world of Grimm or Wonderland or even right here in New York. If you love Van Helsing and other Zenescope titles, you can find previous issues at shop.zenescope.com or on comixology comixology.com. I highly recommend getting your hands on as many Zenescope titles as possible because they are all excellent.
Written by Pat Shand
Artwork by Michele Bandini
Colors by Walter Pereyra
Letters by Jim Campbell