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Dracula vs. King Arthur #2

Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2005
By: John Hays

Writer: Adam Beranek, Christian Beranek
Artist: Chris Moreno

Publisher: Silent Devil (Yep that sounds appropriate)

Announcer: “Alright folks! Welcome to fight night!

In this corner, it’s the little squire that could, he pulled the sword and now he’s king, the hometown hero... King Arthur!”

Crowd: “Yaaaay!!!”

Mordred: “You suck!”

Announcer: “Arthur is flanked by those closest to him, his shining knight Lancelot and his lovely lady Guinevere! Well… he WAS… now where did those two run off to?

And in this corner, we have the Prince of Darkness, the Lord of the Night, old Vlad the Impaler himself, it’s Dracula!”

Crowd: “Booh! Hiss!”

Dracula: “Who among you wishes to be next?”

Crowd: (silence)

Alright, so King Arthur and Dracula don’t actually ENCOUNTER each other in this issue of Dracula vs. King Arthur, but if they HAD, it could have played out JUST like that! Yeah! Actually, Arthur is much too busy on his old Holy Grail quest to bother himself with Dracula trying to take over and all that. I mean, you have to have priorities, right?

Meanwhile, Lance is trying to get some action from Guinevere, since, y’know, the definition of irony is Arthur marching off on a quest of faith while Guinevere forgets the meaning of the word. Standard Camelot stuff, nothing new there.

HOWEVER, since there are only a thousand Camelot stories out there already, all playing on the same basic story, the Beraneks (yeah, Beranek writing about Dracula… that’s good enough right there) decide to throw Dracula into the mix, and actually manage to weave him fairly seamlessly into the mythology.

Dracula essentially sees that Mordred is rather pathetic, and makes him his new Renfield, having him capture Guinevere and lure Lancelot into his trap. This is actually very believable, since their love has already blinded them to right and wrong regarding Arthur, and thus once again blinds them to the point of giving in to Dracula’s temptations.

This comic was quite different than what I had expected, but was very well done. The writing, as mentioned, was surprisingly seemless, and the art fit the forboding mood quite well. While I’m not sure if I will continue with the series, I would definitely suggest picking it up if you are a fan of either mythology.

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