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Ruins of Ravencroft: Dracula #1
Writer: Frank Tieri
Artist: Angel Unzueta (Modern Day); Stefano Landini (Flashback)
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: January 22, 2020
John Jameson and Misty Knight have found many secrets of the old Ravencroft Institute, but there are stranger things ahead that may or may not involve Dracula!
Creatures of the Night Roam in Ruins of Ravencroft: Dracula #1
Look you put Dracula fighting Captain America on the cover of a comic book and you have got my attention! That is also exactly what Ruins of Ravencroft: Dracula #1 delivers. This is the final installment of this mini-series heading into the main Ravencroft 5 issue mini-series at Marvel. We once again find Misty Knight, John Jameson (Man-Wolf) and their crew going through Jonas Ravencroft’s journal. It seems Marvel’s resident asylum was host to some pretty spooky, gruesome things over the years. With Dracula involved it only gets crazier!
I mostly know Frank Tieri’s writing from Jughead: The Hunger over at Archie Comics. He did some pretty wacky cool things with that series, so I am happy to see him doing the same craziness over here at Marvel. This whole Ruins of Ravencroft series has been bonkers, but this last issue just might take the cake.
Tieri continues our team’s discovery of what actually lies beneath the ruble of what was once the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane. Finding Jonas Ravencroft’s journal has only expanded the weirdness. Tieri digs deep in adding some new myth and lore to the Marvel Universe: he has really built up, for lack of a better word, a good “foundation” for the new Ravencroft building and series coming up.
Tieri just writes a really fun issue here. It is fun, and a little silly, yet still very creepy all at the same time. I mean, again, I am not going to complain, when I get a werewolf character in John Jameson interacting with some of my favorite Marvel Heroes, and I won’t ever grow tired of Captain America fighting a Dracula!
Two artists are on board for Ruins of Ravencroft: Dracula #1. Angel Unzueta handles the “modern day” part of the story. Unzueta has a pretty “clean” type style. The lines are tight and everything looks “correct”. It does feel like a very “standard” style, which works well for the “modern” day story, but also nothing of note really stands out from a visual perspective. It looks good but, again, nothing to really note either.
Stefano Landini does the “flash back” part of the story, and it looks fantastic. Landini does a great job of catching that throwback feel while still keeping in some nice details. I like the little looser line work with the inks; it adds a nice flair visually. Landini also does an excellent job with the classic Captain America costume; it looks terrific.
The real art award goes to Rachelle Rosenberg on colors. She catches the modern day and flash back stories perfectly with her coloring work. Rachelle adds this enchanting washed out brown/yellow hue to the flashback story and it works tremendously well. The faded out colors work perfectly and really sell the story.
Look, I am not saying you are going to have an outer body experience, our make a huge revelation about yourself after reading Ruins of Ravencroft: Dracula #1. What I am saying is that if you can’t have fun reading a comic book about Captain America fighting Dracula – and I am talking “old school” Marvel Dracula Dracula, like Count Dracula Bela Lugosi style – then something might be wrong with you. Also the flashback story is framed a bit like Bram Stokers Dracula novel and that was just delightful.
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