By Jim Beard
Mark July 8 on your comics calendar, as that's when the future of the vampire race to unfold-or possibly unravel. DEATH OF DRACULA #1 and X-MEN #1, both by writer Victor Gischler, will both descend upon an unsuspecting populace on that day as events take place that will ultimately envelope not only the X-Men, but the Avengers and every other hero in the Marvel Universe.
We asked Gischler how he quantifies the true legacy of the legendary Count Dracula:
"Honestly, I think Dracula is meant to be the ultimate Lord of Vampires," he says. "The fact that he's number one means he constantly has a target on his back-hence DEATH OF DRACULA."
That target's come under the baneful aim of a surprising member of
|DEATH OF DRACULA preview art by Giuseppe Camuncoli|
"I think both of them want what is best for the vampire people, as does Dracula in his own subtle way," he explains. "But Janus is more thoughtful whereas Xarus is an impatient upstart."
Gischler will attempt to define Marvel vampires for the turbulent days ahead and claims much admiration for recent vampire events, such as Dracula's campaign against England in CAPTAIN BRITAIN & MI:13, which paved the way for his sprawling epic.
|X-MEN #1 preview art by Paco Medina|
Other vampire tales of Marvel yore still skulk about in bloodsucking skulls, but whether they exist as lessons learned or something else entirely remains to be seen when the sun sets and DEATH OF DRACULA #1 and X-MEN #1 rise to make their mark on the world and set in motion what's to come for Earth's Mightiest.
"It's cumulative, I think," Gischler says of past attempts to destroy the undead. "These vamps are acutely aware of their relationship with humanity. Some elements in the vampire community are looking to play hardball because of it."
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