By Ben Chabala
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This week, to mark the dual release of DEATH OF DRACULA #1 and X-MEN #1, we're bringing out our dead for all to see. Or rather our undead, and standing chief among them: Dracula, the King of Vampires! Watch as he rises from his tomb time and again to plague the world of men.
Our tale begins in the rain-swept 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, owns the estate and hopes to reinvigorate his floundering fortunes by turning the medieval relic into a tourist attraction. But what of Count Dracula? Can anyone so evil ever truly die?
Amidst the freezing snow blanketing the streets of London, Dracula stalks the city on silent, deadly wings, hoping to slake his undying thirst on an unwitting young maiden. But the girl he strikes happens to be the daughter of Quincy Harker, he who hunted the Vampire King alongside Abraham Van Helsing. Now those that would destroy the Lord of Darkness convene on London, and with Harker's awesome new array of vampire hunting armaments, the forces of good just might stand a chance.
Jack Russell, better known as the Werewolf by Night, and his mysterious girlfriend Topaz ride the rails to Transylvania. The two young lovebirds find the local inn less than hospitable, however, and after a little tussle with a touchy-feely sailor, Jack's inner demon enters the fray. As the wolf man and swarthy sailor trade blows they find themselves outside, falling right into the pasty palms of Dracula himself. Prepare for a mythic monster mash-up as only Marvel can provide!
Hundreds of years ago Vlad Tepes met his end at the hands of Apocalypse and his horsemen. Now, just shy of the 20th century's dawn in London, a series of strange murders has the local police baffled. All the victims have been drained of their blood and were all part of the Clan Akkaba, an ancient cult dedicated to Apocalypse. It seems that something's hunting Apocalypse's followers, something with a score to settle. It's the grudge match you never saw coming: Apocalypse vs Dracula!
Somewhere on the moon, far away from the petty squabbles of lesser men, Dracula and Doctor 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. The Prince of Evil wants England as a new nesting place for his bloodsucking progeny and he means to acquire it by any means necessary. But Captain Britain and the rest of MI13 don't intend to go quietly into the night. Dracula's in for the fight of his undead existence!
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