This weekend's reviews both feature lettering by friend of the show and awesome artist and writer Steve Wands.
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Dustin Nguyen
More history is given on Dracula, the first of the line of Carpathian vampires. We learn the extent of his powers, a little of his history (and that he's not actually Vlad the Impaler) and, more importantly, what he hopes to do.
When I picked up #1 I had some worries about this story. I didn't really want to have Snyder dabble in the Dracula lore. I was afraid that his attempt to incorporate such an iconic vampire into his mythology would fail. After all, there's so much already established (and re-established) about him that I feared he would be hamstrung in redefining him.
Boy, was I wrong! Snyder not only gives us a reasonable background, but establishes a truly scary vampire who truly will live up to the name "Lord Of Nightmares"!
Writer: China Mieville
Artist: Mateus Santolouco
This series still has me reeling because it is so out of left field. Nelson has teamed up with Manteau, who is searching for the shadow on the line. She teaches him a little more about the history of the dials and how famous inventors were in touch with the mysterious "O", who exchanged knowledge for .... something.
There's just a pinch of dark humor in this, when Nelson turns into Baroness Resin, a female, and considers his dial (which Manteau just jerry-rigged) broken (or "bust", as his Freudian self calls it).
The issue ends of a cliff hanger when someone new arrives and things look even more grim! And I'll be back next month to see what's next.