Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem

Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem

Collecting the critically acclaimed comic series based on the best selling Anno Dracula novels by Kim Newman. Written by creator Kim Newman, with art by Paul McCaffrey...

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Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem Reviews

  • Liz

    Dracula is my most favourite vampire, ever. End of. He’s a legend for a reason and immortal in the literary world. He does not take centre stage in Anno Dracula, though. Not in a sense that you’ll see him baring his fangs on every page and panel… No… He already has Britain, the Royal Navy and the Special Branch of law enforcement. The struggle in this GN is in between the side who fights to keep this power and the side rebelling against it. Dracula is too big of a bigwig to grace us with his pre

    Dracula is my most favourite vampire, ever. End of. He’s a legend for a reason and immortal in the literary world. He does not take centre stage in Anno Dracula, though. Not in a sense that you’ll see him baring his fangs on every page and panel… No… He already has Britain, the Royal Navy and the Special Branch of law enforcement. The struggle in this GN is in between the side who fights to keep this power and the side rebelling against it. Dracula is too big of a bigwig to grace us with his presence… it would be unheard of to see a country’s president fighting on the front lines. But add a threesome of women into the picture and he may just have an offer to make… 😉

    The spotlight in this GN is on Kate Reed, aka Wednesday, member of the Council of The Seven Days. Also, Irish. And a hippy vampire. So… yeah, even though she is ultimately the one that comes with sass and probably saves the day, I didn’t really like her that much. Just shows.. if she would have been, say, Friday in the Council of The Seven Days, I bet you, I would have liked her a whole lot more. Kate is the ultimate goody-two-shoes. She’s a vampire but not once do you see her sinking her fangs into someone, not even the bad guys…

    Same cannot be said for Penelope Churchward. Now, she is a female I can root for… as a socialite, she is used to taking what she likes and even if it gets messy she still comes out from the other side looking like a lady. Yeah, she’s totally a bit of a ‘mean girl‘ but hey, don’t hate the achiever!

    Anyway… Kate and Penny don’t really mix well… they’re just too different and the ‘opposites attract’ doesn’t work in their favour here. That is until political conspiracies and traitorous acts push the women to put their differences aside. Somewhat…

    Of course, Kate and Penny aren’t the only characters in this GN… there are so many others and they’re all cool… even the evil ones. And here, massive respect and admiration to Paul McCaffrey for those sublime illustrations that brought each and every character, each and every scene to its maximum potential. Artwork is one of the first things I look at when considering a graphic novel and I don’t often come across something that manages to capture me straight away (hence why I don’t read them that often) and yet, McCaffrey’s talent made me stop on some pages for a good while just to take it all in. The colours, the perfection, the effect that made everything come to life as if in 3D… In this graphic novel the artwork truly works seamlessly with the story for 100% enjoyment. There is a whole ton of action in this GN and the storyline coupled with the art, plus that little bit of ‘whodunnit‘ AND the occasional nicely served chuckle- well, I was fully engrossed!

    But back to the characters for a sec, the Council of The Seven Days has, yep, you guessed it, seven members…. I won’t go into detail about them all, because I do believe you should be left with a certain degree of discovery. I do so like how they were all, rather stereotypically, imagined and they even matched their respective days of the week. Stereotypes are normally something to wave one’s fist at, but guys, it really worked here. My favourite of the lot was Peter the Painter aka Friday. I mean, come on, who doesn’t like Fridays? Rough around the edges, happy to jump into a brawl… and Russian. “Die pigs!”- have to love that temperament!

    There was one little thing that made me roll my eyes, and that is the use of the ‘ancient’ joke around sparkling vampires. “We do not approve of vampires who sparkle.” – is it just me, or is that joke/quip getting seriously old? I mean, at this stage die-hard Twilight fans have gotten over it, why can’t everyone else just bury the 8236565 variations of the sparkly vampire phrase and move on? That aside, won’t be spillint a hair and down rating this little gem of a GN. A couple of hours well spent, if I do say so myself.

  • Pamela Scott

    (copy provided by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed)

    Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem is an enjoyable graphic novel.

    I really liked the art-work. The art-work was so well done that there were several pages with no text at all because the images conveyed all the necessary information. I have zero artistic skill and am really impressed by people who illustrate graphic novels and the like. The illustrator(s) of Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in M

    (copy provided by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed)

    Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem is an enjoyable graphic novel.

    I really liked the art-work. The art-work was so well done that there were several pages with no text at all because the images conveyed all the necessary information. I have zero artistic skill and am really impressed by people who illustrate graphic novels and the like. The illustrator(s) of Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem did a great job.

    The story element of Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem is also hugely enjoyable. The book is filled with sheer madness. Imagine a world where Dracula is the Prince Consort and in charge of the British Empire? What a brilliant and sort of terrifying idea.

    Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem is fantastic. Well worth a read for the illustrations alone.

  • Loki

    Kim Newman's Anno Dracula finally makes it into comic book form, and it's nothing short of wonderful. In fact, it's a story that works better as a comic than it would in prose - although if you're not already familiar with Anno Dracula, probably not the best place to start.

  • Dan

    Anno Dracula makes it's comic book debut in this volume which takes us right back to the early days of the series. Dracula has been in power for ten years and Penelope Churchward is hired to organise the Jubilee celebrations. Meanwhile Kate Reed is on the council of Seven Days who are plotting to overthrow the Prince of Darkness and his jubilee seems a good time to do it.

    This is a truly great story. Kate Reed is one of my favorite characters from the Anno Dracula universe and she's at her best

    Anno Dracula makes it's comic book debut in this volume which takes us right back to the early days of the series. Dracula has been in power for ten years and Penelope Churchward is hired to organise the Jubilee celebrations. Meanwhile Kate Reed is on the council of Seven Days who are plotting to overthrow the Prince of Darkness and his jubilee seems a good time to do it.

    This is a truly great story. Kate Reed is one of my favorite characters from the Anno Dracula universe and she's at her best here. The other six members of the council are essentially lunatics. One of them is Christina Light, who makes a more significant appearance in the latest novel One Thousand Monsters, and she's certainly not someone you want to mess with.

    This is one of the best written comic books I've ever read. Newman uses narration really well and at times it feels like a comic book from fifty years ago. Yet at the same time he knows how to use the art to tell the story too and it's great how he plays around with what the medium can do in order to tell his tale.

    As usual, there's a plethora of references from a range of culture here. Chasuble, the reverend from The Importance of Being Earnest pops up as does the junkyard from the very first episode of Doctor Who. There's even a spoof poem in the style of William McGonagall, regarded as one of the worst ever poets, which matches his style superbly- on that alone Newman should be applauded. There are no doubt countless more I've forgotten or failed to spot.

    I was a little concerned about my favorite characters appearing visually- what if they don't look like they do in my head? But Newman has always describe them well and Paul McCaffrey's art gets them just right. Indeed he is the perfect artist for this story, really making all the characters look right no matter how far away from human they are. I can't think of another artist who could have brought this world to life as well.

    A real joy in every way and I hesitate in this final statement but I think it might well be my favorite Anno Dracula work so far.

  • Michael Norwitz

    An original story which takes place before Dracula's downfall in Kim Newman's original novel, and features Kate Reed amidst a collection of literary horrors. I found it hard to get into at the beginning (and the violence is quite graphic, being portrayed full-on rather than merely being described) but things picked up considerably once the shape of the various overlapping conspiracies became clear.

  • Quentin Wallace

    I have read about the Anno Dracula series, but never read any of the books so this comic series was my introduction to the series. I have to say I enjoyed it. Going by this series, it's set in an alternate universe where Dracula survived the events in the Bram Stoker novel and eventually took control of Europe, especially England. The series is set in 1895, and many other characters from literature show up. It's similar to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but the characters are more obscure fo

    I have read about the Anno Dracula series, but never read any of the books so this comic series was my introduction to the series. I have to say I enjoyed it. Going by this series, it's set in an alternate universe where Dracula survived the events in the Bram Stoker novel and eventually took control of Europe, especially England. The series is set in 1895, and many other characters from literature show up. It's similar to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but the characters are more obscure for the most part.

    We have England ruled by vampires but there's an underground resistance working against him, and he's also at war with the rest of the world. Things go from there and we have a plot to kill Dracula, but there are traitors involved, etc.

    The art fit the story great, and overall I thought this was an imaginative story. Fans of the book series may have seen faults that I couldn't spot, but overall this was a good read.

  • Gianfranco Mancini

    I just love Kim Newman's "Anno Dracula" novel series, an awesome alternative history mash up with almost ALL vampires ever appeared in books, movies, tv series (in Bloody Red Baron you can spot Nick Knight from Forever Knight!) and much more (in Dracula Cha Cha Cha there are characters from Addams Family and Diabolik italian comic, just saying), a sense stunning orgy of tributes, homages and references (in the end of issue #5 you can spot Drac's bat-armour from Francis

    I just love Kim Newman's "Anno Dracula" novel series, an awesome alternative history mash up with almost ALL vampires ever appeared in books, movies, tv series (in Bloody Red Baron you can spot Nick Knight from Forever Knight!) and much more (in Dracula Cha Cha Cha there are characters from Addams Family and Diabolik italian comic, just saying), a sense stunning orgy of tributes, homages and references (in the end of issue #5 you can spot Drac's bat-armour from Francis Ford Coppola's movie and... Lurch, Addams Family's butler!).

    Sadly the ending of this comic book miniseries was just underwhelming to say last, and the too much cartoonish artworks were in desperate need of some few shadows.

    Still a must read if you are a completitionist and a fan of Anno Dracula saga, vampires and graphic novels "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"-style.

  • Sean Gibson

    If you loved Newman’s absolutely brilliant (and, to paraphrase Mike Mignola’s on-point comment in the forward to this graphic novel, overstuffed in a good way)

    , you will…well, you might like this a little. Because it’s all right. My knickers are not aflame, nor are my minds blown (yes, I have more than one, unlike you pathetic humans, with your single-mindedness)…but, neither is my gag reflex active (I do only have one of those, albeit an exceedingly strong one—and no comments from

    If you loved Newman’s absolutely brilliant (and, to paraphrase Mike Mignola’s on-point comment in the forward to this graphic novel, overstuffed in a good way)

    , you will…well, you might like this a little. Because it’s all right. My knickers are not aflame, nor are my minds blown (yes, I have more than one, unlike you pathetic humans, with your single-mindedness)…but, neither is my gag reflex active (I do only have one of those, albeit an exceedingly strong one—and no comments from the peanut gallery).

    Chronologically, this tale picks up shortly after Anno Dracula and details a conspiracy that journalist Kate Reed is at the center of, one that seeks to bring down Dracula. McCaffery is a solid artist and technician, but, for me, his style doesn’t mesh well with the Victorian/horror setting, and the end result is something that wasn’t nearly as enjoyable as I thought it was going to be.

    It’s a little bit like when you feel a massive sneeze building up and you’re psyched to unload that thing, and then, after a big, should-raising inhale, nothing happens, and you spend the next five minutes hoping that it will come back, but it doesn’t, so you exhale and get on with your life.

    That said, I hope Newman continues to pursue graphic novel stories in the Anno Dracula universe; there’s a lot of possibility here.

  • Ron Turner

    I liked the art. I like the idea of a world where Dracula has won. I liked all the literary references. But I just can't get into the pulp adventure writing style of the Anno books. It's just too silly for me.

  • Dakota Morgan

    After reading Mike Mignola's introduction, I gotta say, I was stoked for some vampire action. The great Hellboy author praised Kim Newman

    for his ability to transition from novel-writing to comic-writing without a loss of clarity.

    Allow me to

    disagree. A glance at any page will show you a good nine panels packed with dialogue and narration boxes. This is possibly the densest comic book I've read. The word count has to be at least at novella level.

    And even though a handful of

    After reading Mike Mignola's introduction, I gotta say, I was stoked for some vampire action. The great Hellboy author praised Kim Newman

    for his ability to transition from novel-writing to comic-writing without a loss of clarity.

    Allow me to

    disagree. A glance at any page will show you a good nine panels packed with dialogue and narration boxes. This is possibly the densest comic book I've read. The word count has to be at least at novella level.

    And even though a handful of narrators are working overtime to explain what's going on, the end product is still pretty baffling. To be clear: I haven't read any of the novels in the Anno Dracula series. That said, this volume goes out of its way to bring in new readers, providing ample character introductions and backstory. So, I understood that journalist Kate Reed and her pals were trying to bring down Dracula, who is now the supreme leader of England. Their plans were so easily foiled, though, and ultimately seemed quite silly. And so much time was spent on admin work that the plot could have made molasses look fast-moving.

    Somewhere buried in all the text is an intriguing story. A recommendation for the next volume, perhaps: how about including Dracula in the story? Spoiler alert, he shows up in one panel here. Maybe not smart to leave your title character in the shadows.

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