Great Blend of Horror and Mystery
I’ll be honest, when I sat down to read Second Sight Publishing’s “Cult of Dracula” #1 by Rich Davis, I didn’t exactly know what to expect. Mostly because I’ve never been a fan of horror, scary stories, or really anything having to do with that type of thing. So, what did a non horror fan think of a horror comic? Let’s find out.
The first few pages had me hooked instantly. There were no words on the first few pages, but the art by Henry Martinez really caught me. Colors by Trevor Richardson only add to this solemn and reflective motif. The art style alone was enough to captivate and provoke thought without any dialog or exposition. That’s impressive!
While we don’t know much about the characters yet, this opening issue lays the groundwork for an engaging mystery. Mina’s character in particular has a certain mystique about her which should be a fun story to watch unfold. Overall, the characters each benefit from a unique realness. They’re people more than representations of people. Each seems to have secrets, motivations and stories I wanted to explore more.
First issues of any comic are difficult. Cult of Dracula #1 is very well paced. I got the gist of the story without lingering too long. I never felt like the story should be advancing. Davis’ script got to the point and moved on when necessary. He really knows how to keep a story moving.
The art by Martinez compliments the issue very well. When there’s no dialog, his art gives the reader all they need to know. Martinez has a gift for displaying a depth of emotion. It’s easy to feel what they feel just by looking at their faces. These expressions helped establish the reality of each character. I felt a connection to almost every character. The character Renfield, introduced only as “Papa” in this issue, was a beautiful example of this. The way he is drawn, you can just feel his thoughts. There’s emotional depth to each character.
All in all, this is a very good debut for this book. It flows so well from page to page. Both the story and the art leave you wanting more in the best possible way. It doesn’t feel like it’s skimping in the storytelling, it just does exactly enough. If you’re a fan of horror at all, this is definitely a book that you need to read. Even as someone who isn’t a fan of horror, really interested to find out what’s coming next. That is a credit to this book.
Overall score: 8.5/10