- Written by: Marv Wolfman
- Artist: Mike Ploog
- Inker: Frank Chiarmonte
- Letterer: John Costanza
- Colourist: Petra Goldberg
- Editor: Roy Thomas
- ‘As seen in Werewolf By Night: In The Blood (2009)’
This issue is a continuation from the story told in Tomb of Dracula #18. If you have not read my review on that issue, please follow the link below to read it before continuing with this issue review.
This issues continues the story told within Tomb of Dracula #18, as Jack and Topaz continue their struggle to unlock the diary found in the library of Jack’s family home.
After many tries, Jack and Topaz are able to unlock the book and read it’s secrets. The reader is given the backstory to how Jack ended up with the werewolf curse, which dates back to his great, great, great Grandfather, who was the first in the family to be cursed, and we learn that the curse has been passed on through the generations. We also learn how the werewolf curse ties in with Dracula, who continues to search for Topaz, to discover why his powers have no effect on her.
Meanwhile, Drake and Van Helsing are approaching the castle, preparing to hunt down Dracula and kill him for good. We see that Dracula can not only turn into a bat but can also become a mist, and whilst in this form, he can still cause damage.
Similar to what I said in the previous review, this issue continues the bright colour palette of the the 70’s comics, despite it being defined within the ‘horror’ genre.
The use of heavy shadows brings the pages and panels to life, and really make all of the characters jump out of the pages and draw your attention.
I love that in the narration of the story Jack refers to himself and the werewolf as two separate entities, and the art for both of these beings portrays that. There are no similar features between Jack and the Werewolf that portrays them as one being, which really helps bring the characters to life.
This comic is a great continuation of the story and continues to excite the reader with it’s action and drama, before leaving us on yet another cliffhanger that leaves us wanting more.