AWESOME-tober-fest 2015: Scarlet in Gaslight (1987)
This week, instead of the Invisible Man, I am revisting some of my earlier AWESOME-tober-fest themes. Today I’m looking back at Dracula, whom I covered back in 2011.
The comic Scarlet in Gaslight was released by Eternity Comics in 1987-1988.
This comic is a Sherlock Holmes mystery where the detective meets the Prince of Darkness, Dracula. It was written by Martin Powell and drawn by Seppo Makinen. If they sound familiar these are the guys who did the Sherlock Holmes vs Invisible Man comic I talked about earlier, A Case of Blind Fear. They actually did this Dracula comic a few years before they did the invisible man mystery.
In style and execution this comic is very similar to A Case of Blind Fear. Only, sadly, it isn’t quite as successful. The story tries to incorporate Sherlock Holmes into the events of the Bram Stoker novel which, like in A Case of Blind Fear, would cause changes to the novel’s events as well as the outcome. In the comic you see Lucy suffering in her room where Dracula has been visiting her. You see Van Helsing trying to help her by covering the room in garlic. We also see Dracula has the look from Stoker’s novel with the mustache, but it just isn’t working as well for me as it would a few years later with A Case of Blind Fear.
Lucy gets a bigger part and you see Sherlock having lots of issues with all of the supernatural things going on. He even has sort of a breakdown in the middle of the comic because his precise mind can’t process what it sees. This stuff is interesting but also, in the full run of the comic I was mostly bored reading. I just couldn’t connect to this comic the same way I connected with the later invisible man story. A lot of that may be my issues I have with the Bram Stoker novel itself, but I can’t be sure. Taken at face value, some of this comic is pretty cool, it just has trouble keeping that coolness flowing throughout the four issue story.
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