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Batman & Dracula: Red Rain Paperback – November 1, 1992
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Wayne's dreams are tortured by haunting images of beautiful-yet-doomed women, but even more disturbing are the mysterious scars on his back when he awakens. Soon, as the title subtly hints, Batman is matching fists (and to a lesser extent, wits) with good old Dracula himself.
This is a very violent take on the Batman saga, with more emphasis spent on blood and carnage than Batman's detective skills. Several panes offer horrifying visions of Batman's world, and it's safe to say that this is a story for older Batman fanatics.
While the look of this pulp is fantastic, the story lacks a bit of heft. After all, we're talking about the leading comic hero taking on one of the leading villains in Western Civilization . . . and yet Dracula comes across as a rather pedestrian nasty than world-class. There's also an unsatisfying clank of deus ex machina in Batman's climactic fight against the Old Count Dracul, and is not worthy of either our hero or our villain.
Still, "Batman versus Dracula" is an entertaining, if brief tale, and is sure to thrill fans of Batman to their core. Worth a read, but not worthy of the pantheon of great Batman tales.
Put all that aside. There is no cheese here. I am well acquinted with vampire lore, and this is just as good as any other modern interpretation. Consider how well vampire lore fits into the idea of Batman and the construction of his character. It really adds something.
Plus, it *is* an Elseworld's tale. And like all Elseworlds tales, you should let yourself go, knowing that none of this actually happened, and enjoy the alternative history. Let it get a little crazy.
The artwork is really top notch, and the story is great. My only complaint would be that the story moves too fast, and some parts (Batman's love interest...the characters dealing with *vampires* in the city) are not examined in enough detail. The work suffers from that. There *is* the sequel, though, which examines some of these concepts in more detail.
"Red Rain" sets up the storyline, bringing the Dark Knight from his usual stomping grounds (and reality) into a world where, (to quote "Bloodstorm"), deduction has become meaningless, for the rules are now random. This book focuses on the sacrifices of Bruce Wayne for his beloved Gotham City. [The second book focuses on the Batman's sacrifices for Gotham, and the third book focuses on the sacrifices of those who love Batman for the sake of Gotham].
Some complain this book is boring; I disagree. Since we are at the beginning of the trilogy, Batman is all cool calm and control, even with those bat-wings and eventually fangs. It is the beginning of Batman becoming his own namesake, a true "Bat-man" who is the ultimate nightmare form of the Dark Knight ...incarnate. We get to watch him be stripped of his cool calm, his reason and deduction, his belief in "how the world is," his house, wealth, fortune, life, and even his humanity ...yet he continues the fight, altered as he is, holding fast to his ideals even as he continues to become something he doesn't recognize anymore.
Tell me that Batman doesn't seem like a man pretending to be a creature of the night, a vampire who doesn't kill. Well here, he becomes what he pretends to be. Onward to the second book to determine what happens when we become what we have so long pretended to be!
Set in a Gotham I've never seen before--there are mentions made of Oprah and Elvis, yet all the buildings look like old English castles and the Batmobile looks like a roadster out of a 60s movie--Red Rain is the story of an unseen evil in Gotham City. The homeless are turning up dead, their throats slashed. So far 4 have been reported, but Batman and Commissioner Gordon soon learn the count is actually closer to 20.
Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne is having the same dream night after night. A woman comes to him, whispering to him, "real, we're real".
When Batman finally catches one of the murderers in the act, he's surprised by the strength of the woman. "Even on uppers or devil-dust, NO woman of her size should be that powerful . . . stronger than anyone I've ever faced." He chases her around a corner, into a dead end, but she's gone. The mysterious killer, and the double puncture wounds in the victims neck, lead him to begin researching vampires. The search leads him into the sewers where he finally comes face to face with the evil behind the deaths in Gotham. From beneath a pile of rotting bodies, something stirs, then climbs out of the mess. Batman is chased by vampires only to be saved by even more vampires, these "Others" working on the side of the good, sporting stake-shooters and led by the woman Bruce has been dreaming of, Tanya.
Why is it always a band of renegade vampires equipped with stake-shooting guns? And it's always the same story. I was a vampire. I got off the junk. I developed an antidote to my bloodlust, now I hunt vampires.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great illustrated novel of Batman vs. Dracula illustrated by Kelly Jones and written by Doug MoenchPublished 4 months ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
The art in this book is quite strong, using both gothic and post-apocalyptic imagery add atmosphere to the book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. D. Varn
In this elseworld tale, DC capitalized on the new breath of the vampire myth. We must travel to the early nineties, when movies like "Bram Stoker's Dracula", "Interview with the... Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by Anibal Madeira
good book. very good storyline to follow from start to finish...shows the strength of the writers and animators...would recommend highly..Published on December 8, 2012 by scforbes
I love graphic novels but I do not have a great deal and do not follow the caped crusaders life avidly but I deeply enjoyed this comic. Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by Kelly Moyer
This is one of Batman's "Elseworlds" adventures, as opposed to the "real-life" Batman adventures. As you might guess from the title, Batman meets Dracula. Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by jonathan briggs
The majority of reviews sum up why this book is so great so I won't go into detail and rehash what has already been said. Read morePublished on November 8, 2010 by dirt55
I have the whole trilogy, beginning with this graphic novel (Red Rain), and I can't recommend these enough. Read morePublished on July 18, 2010 by Mike L.