James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds on Taking A Bite Out of the Universal Monsters in New Skybound Dracula Series
Universal Monsters: Dracula is a four-part comic book series coming our way from Skybound Entertainment in collaboration with Universal Products & Experiences. The series is brought to us by the creative powerhouse of acclaimed writer James Tynion IV, known for his Eisner Award-winning works such as Something is Killing the Children and The Nice House on the Lake. Joining Tynion IV is the incredibly talented artist Martin Simmonds, who has garnered multiple Eisner Award nominations for his work on The Department of Truth.
This is only the latest in a long line of collaborations between Skybound Entertainment and Universal. Universal Monsters: Dracula will be followed by a series of all-new limited editions spotlighting other iconic Universal Monsters. These subsequent series will showcase variant covers by some of the industry’s top talents, such as Joshua Middleton, Francis Manapul, Julian Totino-Tedesco, and Jenny Frison.
We had the opportunity to speak with Tynion IV and Simmonds about their upcoming venture into the bloody world of the most iconic characters in literature and film. The interview was brought to you in a collaborative effort and hosted by our good friends from Blake’s Buzz and Metal Ninja Studios. You can get all the details on the recently released debut issue by checking out the full interview below and be sure to subscribe to both Blake’s Buzz and Metal Ninja Studios to catch all the Buzz and comics knowledge from some of the top forces in the industry.
Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 takes inspiration from Universal Pictures’ iconic 1931 film and delves into a new narrative centering around the legendary count himself, Dracula. The story unfolds when Dr. John Seward admits an enigmatic patient into his asylum, who begins recounting chilling tales of a demonic presence residing nearby. As Dr. Seward struggles to reconcile these supernatural claims with his logical mindset, his surrogate daughter Lucy becomes entangled in the seductive web of the sinister Count Dracula.
Not only does this series feature the menacing character of Dracula, but it also introduces characters from the original film, including R.M. Renfield, Mina Seward, Doctor John Seward, and Van Helsing, among others. Whether you are a long-time fan of the Universal Monsters movies or a newcomer to the universe, Universal Monsters: Dracula
Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 is available at your favorite local comic shop and digitally today!
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