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Marvel Discusses Death of Dracula Storyline

Marvel writer Victor Gischler reveals why Death of Dracula is essential to your reading


 
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.
 
 == TEASER ==

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.

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. 

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..

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.

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.

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? 

44 Comments
Posted by SimplySal

his armor resembles Penances armor from the thunderbolts .

Posted by ArtisticNeedham
I think Dracula sounds interesting, not so sure about the X-men unless it fits into the Dracula story too.  Since Storm has that vampire stuff in her past.  Maybe they can make it seem like they aren't just trying to cash in.  Could be good.
 
I think I'll miss Dracula looking like this:
Posted by Caligula

vampires are overplayed. just like zombies were a few years back.

Posted by Anthony Robson92

I've been slightly dreading the upcoming spotlight on vampires but somehow this makes me feel a little better about it, Dracula does look very cool and this does seem like it could be done well if tied effectively.

Posted by CellphoneGirl

Now i see why the X-Men will be fighting Vampires.

Posted by Freddy.Mercurial

Come now Babs, SURELY u are not tryin' to insinuate that Marvel is doing this for ANY OTHER reason than to capitalize on the current Vampire frenzy?  Do u ACTUALLY believe that OR were u given an ULTIMATUM (pun intended) by Joe Quesada:  "Type this article or we pull your Avengers card & ship u off to the Negative Zone"???  I'm gunna go ahead & assume the latter...  :)

Posted by The Sadhu

I am curious to see how the death of Dracula will effect the entire Marvel Universe!
Edited by FoxxFireArt

Oh wow, a vampire dying. Dracula even. Well, never heard of that. **eyes roll**
 
I lost interest in vampires about the year before I graduated high school. I only like one vampire character in one series I read, and they hardly ever even play up that she is a vampire.
 
Feels more like it will be some event where nothing major will change in any series they touch. Which makes it feel even more like a gimmick.

@Babs said:

" 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. 
 
In a few short weeks, (June 30th, to be exact)  "

I beg to differ. I just looked it up. June 30th is the release date of the next Twilight movie.
 
I'm not too impressed with the concept art. Though that Heroic Age promo image of Dracula impaled is rather nice. That's about it. Let's just get this over with and move on with our comics.
Posted by Timm

But Blade will starve... and maybe die.

Posted by No_Name_

Does anyone else think that Dracula looks a lot like the Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula the movie?

Posted by Dontgetit

Didn't Dracula died in the last arc of Captain Britain and the MI:13? Didn't Dracula already tried invading the Earth, specifically United Kingdom, with a unified Vampire force from their moon-based? I am sorry, but this does not make any sense to me. This sounds very, very stupid, and it is frustrating to see this being played, over and over, and over again. Let's hope that they will explain why the other vampire tribes did not involve themselves in Dracula's war against United Kingdom

Posted by FoxxFireArt
@Babs said:
" Does anyone else think that Dracula looks a lot like the Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula the movie? "

The armor he is wearing looks like early in the movie.
Posted by KingLoki

I can't turn this down
 
Dracula is too awesome

Posted by Rosebunse
@Dontgetit:
Um, Dracula doesn't die. He just gets killed OVER AND OVER again by Blade. I am excited to see this, if only for Blade. Beacause Blade is worth a potentially teribble cross-over. On the other hand...I want more Morbius.
Posted by rlmay3
@Babs:   I see a Gary Oldman vibe there. Also, nice unintentional (or intentional) pun with " Not only will Marvel be re-VAMP-ing Dracula..."  
Posted by darkxman123

ok so we dont hear of dracula for ages then you bring him back just to kill him why ?

Posted by Black Lantern Mar-vell

I say bring in Vampirella (Babs in costume) in a cross over to help Blade kill Dracula!
Posted by Caligula
@Babs said:
" Does anyone else think that Dracula looks a lot like the Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula the movie? "
technically it looks like Vlad the Impaler's armor. cause that's who Bram Stoker's Dracula was based on. It's more of a historically accurate look.
Posted by No_Name_
@rlmay3 said:
" @Babs:   I see a Gary Oldman vibe there. Also, nice unintentional (or intentional) pun with " Not only will Marvel be re-VAMP-ing Dracula..."   "
Thank you!
 
@Caligula said:
" @Babs said:
" Does anyone else think that Dracula looks a lot like the Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula the movie? "
technically it looks like Vlad the Impaler's armor. cause that's who Bram Stoker's Dracula was based on. It's more of a historically accurate look. "
Well I know that, silly goose! They even mentioned it being inspired by Vlad the Impaler in the interview above! I was talking about that craaaazy hair! :)
 

Edited by Duo_forbidden

Ehh. The only vampire I had an interest in Marvel was Morbius.......and that was a very long time ago when Spider-man the animated series came on. Other than that, I can care less about this. Hopefully, this event won't turn out to be Marvel's answer to Blackest Night.

Posted by Nerd Of A Hero
WAIT A MINUTE! If Dracula die's, won't the X-Men fight vampires anymore?! LMAO.  

 
Edited by Ryonslaught

I shall indeed pick this one up, Marvel's vamps have needed a "re-vamp" no pun intended :P
for years! Here's hoping this will make them relevant again in modern marvel.
 
p.s Drac's new design reminds me of kain from soul reaver :P

Posted by csimon

I this Idea it will be one hell of a RIDE And I trust Marvel  to do it ride

Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy

I hate the new look. I like the classic 'Bela Lugosi' look.

Posted by spystreak

finally some real F@#ING VAMPIRES instead of those damn sparkling wannabes
Posted by ComicMan24

I like this new look.

Posted by RavenDark

Hey it looks like "Dracula meets the Lothar from Voltron" LOOK!

Posted by riri4life

Hope Bloodstorm is somehow incorperated in this story.
Posted by EdwardWindsor

now i finally get why there was the vampire xmen images from way back , very intrested in how this will work out. And Babs good call on the amrour its alot like the bram stoker movie amrour.

Posted by nick7913
 - 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.
 
Nope, never seen this particular plot in any vampire movies in the last decade... Vampires not getting along, struggling for leadership, different sects etc. For god's sake, American Vampires isn't even 3 issues in and this is supposed to be an original move by Marvel? No, Marvel isn't a huge cash cow...
Posted by ComicMan24

Does this mean that now his daughter Lilith can die?

Posted by Trackz
@nick7913 said:
"  - 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.  Nope, never seen this particular plot in any vampire movies in the last decade... Vampires not getting along, struggling for leadership, different sects etc. For god's sake, American Vampires isn't even 3 issues in and this is supposed to be an original move by Marvel? No, Marvel isn't a huge cash cow... "
marvel's vampires have long been in disarray, i hardly see a problem with marvel finally attempting to establish order....not sure how we can comment on the orginiality when the first issue is't even out and we have no clue in what direction they're going to take this.
Posted by InnerVenom123

How fitting that he would die during the Heroic Age.

Posted by uroboros

vampires have already existed in the marvel world so i don't see it as a band wagon thing, it's a nod to some classic moments in marvels past that haven't been touched on for ages..i am psyched!

Posted by Dontgetit
@Rosebunse: Clearly you haven't read Captain Britain and the MI13: Vampire State arc.  Dracula died ten months ago. They made Dracula into a Doom like character in that arc. Dr. Doom was in that arc, helping Dracula. They show that he is Doom, but not Dr. Doom. Black Knight and his Apprentice fought against Dracula, and won. Blade was in that arc. Blade was awesome in the series. Dracula was wearing his traditional clothes in that arc. I am taking crazy pills? How can people forget about this arc? Sure, the title was cancel, but people had to be at least aware of it! The series was nominated for a Hugo! A Hugo! Hugo is a pretty big award ceremony in literature world.  Err, poor timing. Poor timing, indeed. Another reason why Paul Connell went to DC, a dump on his work for Marvel.  
Posted by Trackz
@Dontgetit said:
" @Rosebunse: Clearly you haven't read Captain Britain and the MI13: Vampire State arc.  Dracula died ten months ago. They made Dracula into a Doom like character in that arc. Dr. Doom was in that arc, helping Dracula. They show that he is Doom, but not Dr. Doom. Black Knight and his Apprentice fought against Dracula, and won. Blade was in that arc. Blade was awesome in the series. Dracula was wearing his traditional clothes in that arc. I am taking crazy pills? How can people forget about this arc? Sure, the title was cancel, but people had to be at least aware of it! The series was nominated for a Hugo! A Hugo! Hugo is a pretty big award ceremony in literature world.  Err, poor timing. Poor timing, indeed. Another reason why Paul Connell went to DC, a dump on his work for Marvel.   "
not true at all haha, paul cornell is helping this movement along by bringing spitfire and blade to the U.S.
Posted by Dontgetit
@Trackz:   Sure, Paul Cornell had an offer that he could not refuse; I was wrong about that. Bringing Spiltfire and Blade to the US, instead of expanding their super heroes world wide. Making America more important than other countries,by taking international superheroes and putting them in the Avengers to fix America.You don't see any problems with that?.Look at Alpha Flight,Japan's Big Hero 6, the MI:13, and Chinese Superhero team which Slott introduced in Mighty Avengers, but people never jumped up on (yet, I hope). Of course, the series have not come out yet, so I will not know until I read it. However, from what I had read, they better included why the other vampires have not been in Dracula's campgain. However, knowing Marvel, nope, Not. Going.To.Happen! 
Posted by strangeling

"  We wanted to make the Vampires a lot more modern and hip." 
 
I don't think "hip" is modern.

Posted by copymanrules

just urber terrible, reminds of Anne rice book queen of the damn where they kill the vampire queen whats her name and now they are attacking their overlord then chop off his head you know that dracula is gona come back in another story. hate to one of them when he does. please let this story be good and I like the art though.

Posted by Trackz
@Dontgetit said:
" @Trackz:   Sure, Paul Cornell had an offer that he could not refuse; I was wrong about that. Bringing Spiltfire and Blade to the US, instead of expanding their super heroes world wide. Making America more important than other countries,by taking international superheroes and putting them in the Avengers to fix America.You don't see any problems with that?.Look at Alpha Flight,Japan's Big Hero 6, the MI:13, and Chinese Superhero team which Slott introduced in Mighty Avengers, but people never jumped up on (yet, I hope). Of course, the series have not come out yet, so I will not know until I read it. However, from what I had read, they better included why the other vampires have not been in Dracula's campgain. However, knowing Marvel, nope, Not. Going.To.Happen!  "
1. spitfire is just doing a mission in the U.S., she is still very much a part of MI:13. 
2. Avengers isn't just an american team, they help wherever they can, they only took captain britain, who is stil stationed in england (and in fact will be fighting thor in one of thor's titles when he trespasses) 
3. Dracula had thousands of vampires at his command, all of which were a part of one sect, as we can see in the meeting in the preview, there are vampire from other sects which did not participate, there reasoning will no doubt be touched upon seeing as we have dracula's son tryign to establish a vampire state similar to his father.
Posted by Dontgetit

1)Sure, that makes sense. However,just showing that America is the only country with problems or the main source of problems is in America. 
2)Sorry guy, but Avengers has not been an international team in a long time. Mighty Avengers was the world team, but the title had been cancelled. This Avengers is still part of Shield. Unfortunately, Shield has been declared an American organization, instead of an international organization; blamed Civil War.Thor vs. Captain Britain, huh?  Nothing drive me crazier than reading another superhero vs. superhero battle. I guarantee you it will be the same, trite match, and will be completely and utterly superfluous.What will that future issue be different from any other similar issues? Nothing. Besides, Thor is not stupid to challenge another nation. I can already tell you that issue will be pointless. Of course, I haven't read it,so it is speculation. 
3)Yeah, but  Dracula is Lord of the Vampires, why would there be just a single vampire sect under his command?Dracula has a world class intellect in strategy, there has to be a reason why he used a single vampire sect. Why is this Dracula has to be different from Vampire State Dracula?Also, why killed Dracula again, while it will be just easier if they just introduced Dracula's son without the kill? The son could take up his father's campaign by examining what went wrong with Dracula's invasion against the U.K, and acquired ancient vampires (Atlantis vampires) to join his army. The more I hear about this event, the more pointless it will be.Were we already introduced to Dracula's children already? All of the sudden, Dracula had another son, who wants to claim his title as Lord of the Vampires? Sounds o' so very trite. How about something original?I am pretty sure how this event will play out:Dracula will died. Vampires will caused mayhem among the Brotherhood of Mutant's hometown. Vampires want to help the Brotherhood of Mutants, by assimilating them in their group, because they will have an evolutionary argument how vampire are the strongest naturally selective creatures, and want to help the Brotherhood of Mutants to be better and embracing the vampire side.Then they will be some big fight. Brotherhood of Mutants will probably win the first round, then Dracula's son will come with some of the ancient vampires to help even up the odds. Second time around,  Brotherhood of Mutants will win, but barley;will suffer one or two consequences. Dracula's son will plot to get revenge. However, they will reveal Dracula to be alive at the end of the event, plotting against his son, by assimilating his own army of unknown vampires; thus, it will bring all kind of vampires in the world.  Again, this is speculation. 

Edited by MetatronDaDon

Vampire Skrulls; it explains everything
 
lol jk I want to read the series and judge afterwards, lets not be too harsh if its bad storytelling we can say that but i think this is looking to set up some lomgterm relationships/ramifications
 
Personally I think this is going to help Blade go more "mainstream superhero" as far as frequent teamups and ditching the loner theme

Posted by MetatronDaDon

oops just read the whole article,
 
I think they're going for the Underworld theme which I like, the hierarchy/tribes of vampires vying for power. I think we should see vampire hinters who know about this vampire tribalism
 
If Hannibal King and Blade having interacted with these guys in the past, it would make more sense
 
not just expand the vamp universe without Blade and his demon hunting friends not knowing about it
 
this arc will be tricky but I know Marvel will not dissapoint (>Optimism<)

Posted by james_tebby

How did he come back? the only explination we have is Xarius saying he doesn't want Dracula's followers sweeping up his ashes and bringing him back again. most if not all of dracula's followers were killed in vampire state when they tried to get into Brittan without an invite pluss Dracula was slayed vy Excalibur in his castle on the moon and we're expected to believe MI13 just left his remains there knowing that he can be ressurected? marevl really are dropping the ball with regards to the characters latly, Dracula, Psylocke, Marvel Girl, Valeria and Franklin richards if they need to use characters then they need to pay attention to the backstory and not just ignore it because it doesnt fit in with what they want