Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem by Kim Newman and Paul McCaffrey

Oh hell yes we are counting graphic novels!

I don’t tend to read graphic novels that are tie-ins to some other series, but this is new material for the Anno Dracula universe.

For the record, I adore Anno Dracula and The Bloody Red Baron, but I’ve found the later instalments to be subject to the law of diminishing returns (except for the Andy Warhol joke, that’s just great).  When Newman was guesting at Bristol Horror Con last year he mentioned that he was writing some material set in that world but back in the 19th century and this graphic novel was part of that new material.

It didn’t really do much for me, even though it follows the adventures of Kate Reed, one of my favourite characters.  She’s part of a group of revolutionaries who each have a code name for a day of the week (thus seven days).  Dracula has been on the throne for ten years and is planning a big celebration when special branch get word of a plot to disrupt it.

There’s too much going on here (there’s too much going on in Anno Dracula too, but in novel format you have more time to take it in), and two weeks on from when I finished it I can’t really remember much about it.  Newman is bringing out two more Victorian Anno Dracula novels set in 1899 and I’m now really not convinced.  Thankfully public libraries are a thing.

The artwork doesn’t suck, though.

And that’s me done for tonight.  I promise to bring you up to date tomorrow.

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