The great Alexander has stepped on the Holy land of India. One king defiantly stands against the Macedonian King’s plans of total invasion and that is Paurav Raj also called Porus. However, Porus is defeated and impressed by his valor Alexander appoints him as a satrap to one of his conquered lands. This is history as we know it.
Enter a mysterious stranger from faraway lands, a stranger who exhibits supernatural powers and has a never-ending thirst for blood.
Who is this stranger? Where does he come from and what role will he play in an interesting era of Indian history? Find out in Dracula: Battle of Three Kings.
STORY – 7/10
Clash of the Titans. The prince of darkness vs the Great Macedonian Lion. A What-If story, that merges Indian history with the legend of Dracula.
What if, after losing the battle of Hydapses, Porus is aided by Dracula to take down Alexander once and for all. What will be the outcome? How will the history change? And upto what extent? How will the domino effect unfold? Well, this series has got the answers.
It’s a re-imagination of the Dracula in a historic Indian setting. How he was created? Why did he become a part of a battle which is not his to fight? A bit of history shakes hand with imagination to give rise to this interesting series. This is the first installment of the series, and so far, although it’s apparently, a one-shot, the last page of this issue builds enough to tease us about what’s coming next.
The pacing is a bit too fast. Not enough pages were alloted to develop the character of the protagonist, i.e, Vlad, the Dracula himself. But other important characters like Prous and Alexander got plenty of room for their own character exploration. The story moved quite fast and raced towards the ending and rushed endings leave a bad aftertaste.
It’s pretty gripping actually. You’ll definitely finish this in one sitting. Because of the fast pace, the story progresses rapidly and you’ll not be bored, hence grip won’t be lost.
The concept is thought provoking. Dracula is a subject which has been explored and reimagined, time and again in the past, but nothing quite like this has ever been made before. At least, I personally haven’t come across anything like it. Although it was quite enjoyable, the ending didn’t make much sense and that kinda dulled the impact. But the last page did manage to peak the readers’ interest and curiosity about what’s going to come next, in the upcoming issues.
DIALOGUES – 9/10
Just the correct amount of narration and dialogue exchanges were used for the storytelling. It didn’t feel overdone at all, and there was plenty of room to enjoy the artwork. The language used was lucid enough and some conversations were really intriguing.
ARTWORK & COLORING – 8/10
Art was done by Deepjoy Subba and he did a commendable job, considering the fact that he’s quite new in the industry. The art style is classic, some panels were exceptionally well-drawn, the sense of perspective is spot-on, but some panels does suggest that the anatomy might need some work. So, there’s enough room for improvement and I guess, we’ll see how he blooms into a finer artist in the years to come.
The colorist Mauricio is on another level altogether. His coloring hides the minor flaws of the artist effortlessly and also enhances the beauty of the art manifold. Overall, the complete artwork in general, is quite pleasing to look at.
GRAPHIC DESIGN & LETTERS – 9/10
The design fits perfectly with the genre and tone of the story. It does not get much better than this. And the lettering is done with extreme professionalism too. There is not much room to complain about, in these aspects of the issue.
- Writer – Sudeep Menon
- Artist – Deepjoy Subba
- Colorist – Mauricio
- Letterer – Mandar Gangele
- Graphic Design – Gaurav Gangele
- Editor – Raviraj Ahuja
- Cover Art – English – Laura Zuccheri
- Cover Art – Hindi – Zoheb Momin
- Special Thanks – Sameer Ramesh Zade
- Number of pages – 32
- Price – ₹249/-
- Language – Hindi, and English
- Cover type – Paperback
- Page type – Glossy
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Dracula: Battle of Three Kings Review
The great Alexander has stepped on the Holy land of India. One king defiantly stands against the Macedonian King’s plans of total invasion and that is Paurav Raj also called Porus. However, Porus is defeated and impressed by his valour Alexander appoints him as a satrap to one of his conquered lands. This is the history as we know it. Enter a mysterious stranger from faraway lands, a stranger who exhibits supernatural powers and has a never-ending thirst for blood. Who is this stranger? Where does he come from and what role will he play in an interesting era of Indian history? Find out in Dracula: Battle of Three Kings.