2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2012
John Harker is a real estate agent visiting Transylvania to try and wheel and deal with a "Count Dracula," attempting to sell him some property in Harker's home--England. Harker doesn't realize that Dracula is a blood-thirsty ancient creature who Hungers after Harker's friends. Gary Reed's adaptation is absolutely wonderful. I'm an English major and still haven't read the full-length novel. However, I read the book in less than half an hour, and all it did was made me want to read the original. It's a spoiler, of course, because it's basically a summarized version of the book, but you get all the main-points and principles of the original story. If anything, I'll understand the novel better when I do read it. As a student going into the educational field, I'd say this book is appropriate for any child 10+, maybe younger if they understand the idea of Dracula. the drawings are not graphic or disgusting--they are tastefully done. As I said earlier, this book is a teaser and will make you want to read the original classic by Bram Stoker--the real "vampire" novel (I've never read/seen Twilight, nor do I plan to). Also, if you're interested, Gary Reed has another adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
As a collector of Dracula editions, annotated and/or illustrated, I cannot express my disappointment in the version of the novel. Cloonan's art is horrible - terribly childish. Her later work CAN be better but not always is. This one was a waste. Her Illustrated Classics edition of Dracula is considerably better but it, strictly speaking, is not a "graphic" novel.
Adaption of the text is typical - comparable with most other editions.
Bottom line - pass on this one.