TheGeek bites into Fear Itself: Hulk vs. Dracula #1! Is it worth it? Read on and find out!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Story by: Victor Gischler
Art by: Ryan Stegman
Cover by: Gabriellel Dell'Otto
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: Wed, September 14th, 2011
Another miniseries spins off of Fear Itself, this time pitting a Worthy Hulk against the Lord of Vampires! It's Fear Itself : Hulk vs. Dracula #1, and it's the showdown of the century!
Well, just short of one anyway.
Hulk vs. Dracula does a good job bringing people like me up to speed on what Dracula's been up to as of late. No longer the suave mofo in the cape and tuxedo, Dracula now sports blood-red armor and long, white hair. Not only that, the Lord of Vampires is now more Chief Operating Officer than Lord, with an army of vamps at his bidding...along with minions who amount to fanged secretaries and research assistants. Dracula, Inc.? I like the sound of that.
However, I like the sound of 'Hulk and Dracula punching and clawing each other to death' better, and I was hoping that a book named Fear Itself: Hulk vs. Dracula had that in spades. Writer Victor Gischler does give both combatants some room to flex their muscles, so to speak, as they size each other up before the big showdown. You bear witness to Hulk's strength (Worthy-fied because of Fear Itself) as he tears vampires a new one, and to Dracula's intelligence and cunning in his search for the Hulk's weakness. Girschler then stirs the pot with the wildcards called The Forgiven, renegade vampires with an agenda all their own, and it's interesting to see where he takes it from here.
However, this being the first in a three-issue mini, two guys sizing each other up for an entire issue is the most we'll get. What we do get is fun enough, even if most of it is a little too exposition-y. Series artist Ryan Stegman does a good job making the most of what we have, as he makes both guys look good, and his action scenes are adequately exciting.
As a side story that's only tangientally-related to the biggest Marvel event of the year, Fear Itself: Hulk vs. Dracula #1 didn't need to blow anyone's faces off, but it would have been appreciated. Unless you're, like, die-hard into vampires, you won't be missing much if you leave this at the shop.
Review by: TheGeek