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Santa vs. Dracula Perfect Paperback – November 15, 2013
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Dracula is invading the North Pole, and it's up to Santa to stop him!
And the battle is on! Fur will fly! (Not to mention ninja throwing "snowflakes" and tiny elf limbs!)
Who will win the ultimate WAR ON CHRISTMAS?
This holiday fantasy showcases gorgeous artwork. There's a healthy dose of yuletide violence, sprinkled with witty fun:
--When a witch is dispatched by a tossed beer, she cries, "Help me! I'm MALTING!"
--Dracula vows vengeance on the woman who created the "Twilight" books.
--The leader elf's battle cry? "LET'S GET TOLKIEN ON THEIR ASSES!"
While I was not absolutely crazy about the ending, there are two epilogues. The second offers up a slightly brighter forecast and features some awesome tricked out holiday mascots.
Please, oh, please...let this one be the sequel!
P.S. I still miss Squishy.
take two the most popular public domain characters, (Santa) and
(Dracula) and write a book about them. Santa and his Xmas
inspired minions like Frosty and Jack Frost face off against the
'sparkly' wannabe vampire hordes of Dracula.
Ed Power gives us a darker more earthy Santa and fights between
good and evil characters where you don't know who is going to win.
Melissa Dejesus' art is beautifully crisp and is always enough but
not more than what is needed to tell the story.
Since Dracula (usually) cannot enter a home without an invitation he wants Santa's power to enter any home in the world. So he wages war on the North Pole.
There's a lot of dark humor. There's a parody on Avengers with an elf named Nick Frosty who leads a team called the Silent Knights. Dracula's army consists of emo teens lead bit a girl named Debbie who has changed her name to Demona (with one of those cheesy Mary Sue character style last names).
There's a running gag of both Dracula and Santa having learned tricks from renting Lost Boys on Netfix (Though Dracula is embarrassed to admit it). "No one must know Count Dracula has a netflix account."
One of my favorite scenes is when the Frankenstein Monster fights a snow man. The Frankenstein monster waits while reading a book. He looks like the Universal stuidios version but speaks like and has the back story of the Mary Shelley novel. "You're more literate than I gave you credit for!" and he replies with "Yes, I should really sue universal studios." He gives the literary backstory of how he came to the North Pole to die but adds the twist that he found his solitude invaded by singing elves. When the snow man tried to use fire against the Frankenstein Monster he replies with the classic "FIRE BAD!" And then "No, wait. Fire good. Want to know something great about working for a vampire? The free hypnotherapy for your phobias!"
I was glad that though they gave him the Universal studios monster look that they had actually referenced the events of the Frankenstein novel and the creature's intellect in the novel. They get points for that.
An alcoholic Rudolf the red nosed Reindeer (turns out that's not his real name) fights Edward Hyde.
It's a very dark, twisted graphic novel but it was a fun read. You have to take it for what it is. It's essentially a parody but I would love to see this turned into an animated feature perhaps for Adult Swim.