Just in time for spooky season, Skybound Entertainment, the Image Comics imprint responsible for books like The Walking Dead and Invincible, just announced that it’s partnering with Universal Studios & Experiences to give the immortal vampire Dracula another stab at the four-colored world of comics. Written by Something Is Killing the Children‘s James Tynion IV and art by Swan Songs‘ Martin Simmonds, Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 goes on sale October 25th and will draw inspiration from the Universal Pictures‘ film from 1931. The comic follows Dr. John Seward, whose surrogate daughter falls prey to the wiles of the notoriously-cunning creature of the night. Tynion and Simmonds are powerhouses in the world of comic books, so their collaboration on a Dracula tale is deservedly highly-anticipated.
Check out the official press release below, as well as gorgeous art and pages from Universal Monsters: Dracula #1!
Today Skybound, in partnership with Universal Products & Experiences, debuted new interior pages from Universal Monsters: Dracula #1. The highly anticipated limited series comes from the best-selling team of Eisner Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (Something is Killing the Children, The Nice House on the Lake) and artist Martin Simmonds (Swan Songs), who have earned multiple Eisner Award nominations for their hit series The Department of Truth. The debut issue of the extra-length four-part comic book limited series will be available in comic book shops on Wednesday, October 25, 2023.
When Dr. John Seward admits a strange new patient into his asylum, the madman tells stories of a demon who has taken residence next door. But as Dr. Seward attempts to apply logic to the impossible…his surrogate daughter Lucy begins to fall under the spell of the twisted Count Dracula!
Inspired by Universal Pictures’ 1931 film, Tynion IV and Simmons’ return to take fans new and old into the darkest corners of Dracula’s timeless narrative. In addition to Dracula himself, this series features popular characters from the classic original film, including R.M. Renfield, Mina Seward, Doctor John Seward, Van Helsing, and more.
Universal Monsters: Dracula will be followed by all-new limited series spotlighting iconic Universal Monsters from some of the biggest names in comics. Each series will feature variant covers from some of the best artists working in comics today—Joshua Middleton, Francis Manapul, Julian Totino-Tedesco, and Jenny Frison.
Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 (Lunar Codes below | SRP: $4.99) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, October 25, 2023.
The full list of covers is below:
Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 Cover A by Martin Simmonds (Lunar Code 0723IM809)
Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 Cover B by Joshua Middleton (Lunar Code 0723IM810)
Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 Cover C Blank Sketch Cover (Lunar Code 0723IM811)