It seems that the Heroic Age will not only be about Heroism, but also Vampires? No, this is not Marvel's move to attract the Twilight fangirls (and boys,) but rather their way of expounding upon an already existing concept and integrating it into their present story lines...or so they say.
In a few short weeks, (June 30th, to be exact) Marvel will release their anticipated Death of Dracula one shot. Many of you might pass over the book at your local shop, but Marvel seems pretty adamant about letting you know exactly why you shouldn't look over this one! According to writer Victor Gischler and Vice-President Executive Editor Axel Alonso, the Death of Dracula will impact the entire Marvel Universe and will set the stage for the future of Vampires in marvel comics.
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Not only will Marvel be revamping Dracula and giving him a brand new look (courtesy of talented artist Giuseppe Cammuncoli), but the one shot will highlight the way that Dracula's death will affect the entire Marvel Universe, beginning with the X-Men.
Death of Dracula is not the end, but the beginning. [With the] One shot we are looking to explain and organize the vampire universe for future use. Just like we redesign characters and teams- there are a lot of questions regarding the level of unification of the vampires all over the globe- who holds leadership positions and etc. Who fills the power vacuum, what is their agenda and what do they do? We are looking to answer that in this one shot and of course the major incident is the death of Dracula. We found out there are a lot of different vampire sects, and that they may not necessarily get along.
So how will the Vampires affect the rest of the Marvel Universe? According to Vischler, the Heroic Age banner atop the upcoming Death of Dracula one shot is very appropriate and should signal to fans that this event will touch all many areas of the Marvel Universe, beginning with the X-Men.
We wanted Dracula to be cool, to be a badass. We wanted to preserve the vampire at its core that is Dracula, but still give him a cool, hip and bad-ass look. We veered away from the Gene Colan look, and eventually sort of wound up with Vlad the Impaler. We already had tribes of vampires; Atlantis vampires, the Nosferatu, etc. [There already existed] this idea of different tribes. We wanted to shape the world and the Vampire hierarchy. We wanted to make the Vampires a lot more modern and hip..
Whether or not you have had your fill of Vampires in the media, you have to agree that the concept art for the upcoming one shot is pretty stunning, and that Dracula's new look is really incredible. How do you feel about integrating all these vampires into Marvel's storylines? Are you looking forward to picking up the Death of Dracula?
What will emerge is the war of the vampires, this war will unify the vampire nation in the marvel universe. The first stop will be San Francisco, where they will take on the X-Men.