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Unlimited Highlights: Vampires

You'd best break out your turtlenecks because Vampires have taken over this week's Unlimited Highlights!

By Ben Chabala

Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.

This week, to tie-in with DRACULA #1 hitting comic store shelves, we've painstakingly prepared a whole host of stories that shed some light on these devious denizens of the night! 


TOMB OF DRACULA #1 cover by Neal Adams

Our tale begins in the rainswept countryside of Transylvania, as three American tourists attempt to make their way to the most prolific of monuments in the region, Count Dracula's Castle!  Their leader, Frank Drake, actually owns the castle and hopes to reinvigorate his floundering fortunes by turning the medieval relic into a tourist attraction.  Little does he know that one of his companions hopes to sabotage his plans and keep the castle and the tourist money for themselves.  But what of Count Dracula? Will the bumbling gold diggers awaken the undead draconian monarch?  Will Dracula stalk the night once more?


BLADE #8 cover by Marko Djurdjevic
BLADE #8 (2006)
Blade just died at the hands of the extremely powerful vampire priest Draconis.  But what breed of bloodsucker could take down the baddest hunter in the biz?  How about a vampire immune to the warding powers of the crucifix as well as the righteous blaze of both holy water and sunlight?  This super vamp matches Blade's power set every which way, so after getting resurrected, Blade phones in a favor.  Soon after, Hannibal King steps foot on British soil, ready to kick ass and take names.  Now the unlikely vampire/daywalker duo needs to take down the most powerful vamp in all of England.


Morbius the Living Vampire lies in a dark alley hoping to become a dead vampire. But after the formula he created transformed him from human into something akin to the undead, can he ever really pass on?  The more important question might be if he can't, can he ever hope to truly live?  Will he continue to hide in the shadows with the homeless and the vagrants and the junkies, or will he rise to become something more?  Add to that a tale of Dracula and his daughter Lilith, and you've got a comic that can't be beat!



GHOST RIDER #27 cover by Marko Djurdjevic
GHOST RIDER #27 (2006)
Deep in Tennessee's Smoky Mountains a tortured soul guns the throttle of his motorcycle and burns rubber to meet his destiny.  His name is Johnny Blaze, better known as Ghost Rider, the spirit of vengeance, and he wants some information from his old pal Caretaker.  Unfortunately when he finally reaches Caretaker's cemetery, the old man's bleeding out and all his books and in them, the answers Johnny needs, have gone up in flames.  To make matters worse, if Blaze hopes to get to them, he'll need to go through the vampire Blackout.  Is the information worth your life, Johnny?

CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13 #10 cover by Stuart Immonen
Somewhere on the moon, far far away from the petty squabbles of lesser men, Vlad Tepes, Dracula and Victor Von Doom talk diplomacy.  If the good doctor agrees not to intervene when the King of Vampires takes Great Britain, he will aid Victor if he ever requires assistance. Dracula wants Britain as a new nesting place for his bloodsucking progeny and he means to take it by any means necessary.  But first he needs to remove Pete Wisdom, Captain Britain and the rest of MI13 from the equation, and he intends to do just that, by using an orbital vampire bombardment!


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