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From the best selling world of Kim Newman's Anno Dracula comes this all-new comic book sequel to his best selling novel, Anno Dracula. Following the further exploits of Count Dracula, now the Prince Regent of Queen Victoria and ruler of the British Empire. 1895. Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for ten years, spreading vampirism through every level of society. On the From the best selling world of Kim Newman's Anno Dracula comes this all-new comic book sequel to his best selling novel, Anno Dracula. Following the further exploits of Count Dracula, now the Prince Regent of Queen Victoria and ruler of the British Empire. 1895. Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for ten years, spreading vampirism through every level of society. On the eve of Dracula's Jubilee, radical forces gather to oppose the tyrant. Kate Reed, vampire journalist and free-thinker, takes a seat on the revolutionary Council of Seven Days, though she learns that the anarchist group harbors a traitor in its midst. The Grey Men, Dracula's dreaded secret police, have been ordered to quash all resistance to the rule of the arch-vampire. With intrigue on all sides, the scene is set for an explosive addition to the Anno Dracula series. Collecting the critically acclaimed comic series. Written by creator Kim Newman, with art by Paul McCaffrey.


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From the best selling world of Kim Newman's Anno Dracula comes this all-new comic book sequel to his best selling novel, Anno Dracula. Following the further exploits of Count Dracula, now the Prince Regent of Queen Victoria and ruler of the British Empire. 1895. Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for ten years, spreading vampirism through every level of society. On the From the best selling world of Kim Newman's Anno Dracula comes this all-new comic book sequel to his best selling novel, Anno Dracula. Following the further exploits of Count Dracula, now the Prince Regent of Queen Victoria and ruler of the British Empire. 1895. Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for ten years, spreading vampirism through every level of society. On the eve of Dracula's Jubilee, radical forces gather to oppose the tyrant. Kate Reed, vampire journalist and free-thinker, takes a seat on the revolutionary Council of Seven Days, though she learns that the anarchist group harbors a traitor in its midst. The Grey Men, Dracula's dreaded secret police, have been ordered to quash all resistance to the rule of the arch-vampire. With intrigue on all sides, the scene is set for an explosive addition to the Anno Dracula series. Collecting the critically acclaimed comic series. Written by creator Kim Newman, with art by Paul McCaffrey.

30 review for Anno Dracula: 1895 - Seven Days in Mayhem

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    If you loved Newman’s absolutely brilliant (and, to paraphrase Mike Mignola’s on-point comment in the forward to this graphic novel, overstuffed in a good way) Anno Dracula, you will…well, you might like this a little. Because it’s all right. My knickers are not aflame, nor are my minds blown (yes, I have more than one, unlike you pathetic humans, with your single-mindedness)…but, neither is my gag reflex active (I do only have one of those, albeit an exceedingly strong one—and no comments from If you loved Newman’s absolutely brilliant (and, to paraphrase Mike Mignola’s on-point comment in the forward to this graphic novel, overstuffed in a good way) Anno Dracula, you will…well, you might like this a little. Because it’s all right. My knickers are not aflame, nor are my minds blown (yes, I have more than one, unlike you pathetic humans, with your single-mindedness)…but, neither is my gag reflex active (I do only have one of those, albeit an exceedingly strong one—and no comments from the peanut gallery). Chronologically, this tale picks up shortly after Anno Dracula and details a conspiracy that journalist Kate Reed is at the center of, one that seeks to bring down Dracula. McCaffery is a solid artist and technician, but, for me, his style doesn’t mesh well with the Victorian/horror setting, and the end result is something that wasn’t nearly as enjoyable as I thought it was going to be. It’s a little bit like when you feel a massive sneeze building up and you’re psyched to unload that thing, and then, after a big, should-raising inhale, nothing happens, and you spend the next five minutes hoping that it will come back, but it doesn’t, so you exhale and get on with your life. That said, I hope Newman continues to pursue graphic novel stories in the Anno Dracula universe; there’s a lot of possibility here.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Dracula is my most favourite vampire, ever. End of. He’s a legend for a reason and immortal in the literary world. He does not take centre stage in Anno Dracula, though. Not in a sense that you’ll see him baring his fangs on every page and panel… No… He already has Britain, the Royal Navy and the Special Branch of law enforcement. The struggle in this GN is in between the side who fights to keep this power and the side rebelling against it. Dracula is too big of a bigwig to grace us with his pre Dracula is my most favourite vampire, ever. End of. He’s a legend for a reason and immortal in the literary world. He does not take centre stage in Anno Dracula, though. Not in a sense that you’ll see him baring his fangs on every page and panel… No… He already has Britain, the Royal Navy and the Special Branch of law enforcement. The struggle in this GN is in between the side who fights to keep this power and the side rebelling against it. Dracula is too big of a bigwig to grace us with his presence… it would be unheard of to see a country’s president fighting on the front lines. But add a threesome of women into the picture and he may just have an offer to make… 😉 The spotlight in this GN is on Kate Reed, aka Wednesday, member of the Council of The Seven Days. Also, Irish. And a hippy vampire. So… yeah, even though she is ultimately the one that comes with sass and probably saves the day, I didn’t really like her that much. Just shows.. if she would have been, say, Friday in the Council of The Seven Days, I bet you, I would have liked her a whole lot more. Kate is the ultimate goody-two-shoes. She’s a vampire but not once do you see her sinking her fangs into someone, not even the bad guys… Same cannot be said for Penelope Churchward. Now, she is a female I can root for… as a socialite, she is used to taking what she likes and even if it gets messy she still comes out from the other side looking like a lady. Yeah, she’s totally a bit of a ‘mean girl‘ but hey, don’t hate the achiever! Anyway… Kate and Penny don’t really mix well… they’re just too different and the ‘opposites attract’ doesn’t work in their favour here. That is until political conspiracies and traitorous acts push the women to put their differences aside. Somewhat… Of course, Kate and Penny aren’t the only characters in this GN… there are so many others and they’re all cool… even the evil ones. And here, massive respect and admiration to Paul McCaffrey for those sublime illustrations that brought each and every character, each and every scene to its maximum potential. Artwork is one of the first things I look at when considering a graphic novel and I don’t often come across something that manages to capture me straight away (hence why I don’t read them that often) and yet, McCaffrey’s talent made me stop on some pages for a good while just to take it all in. The colours, the perfection, the effect that made everything come to life as if in 3D… In this graphic novel the artwork truly works seamlessly with the story for 100% enjoyment. There is a whole ton of action in this GN and the storyline coupled with the art, plus that little bit of ‘whodunnit‘ AND the occasional nicely served chuckle- well, I was fully engrossed! But back to the characters for a sec, the Council of The Seven Days has, yep, you guessed it, seven members…. I won’t go into detail about them all, because I do believe you should be left with a certain degree of discovery. I do so like how they were all, rather stereotypically, imagined and they even matched their respective days of the week. Stereotypes are normally something to wave one’s fist at, but guys, it really worked here. My favourite of the lot was Peter the Painter aka Friday. I mean, come on, who doesn’t like Fridays? Rough around the edges, happy to jump into a brawl… and Russian. “Die pigs!”- have to love that temperament! There was one little thing that made me roll my eyes, and that is the use of the ‘ancient’ joke around sparkling vampires. “We do not approve of vampires who sparkle.” – is it just me, or is that joke/quip getting seriously old? I mean, at this stage die-hard Twilight fans have gotten over it, why can’t everyone else just bury the 8236565 variations of the sparkly vampire phrase and move on? That aside, won’t be spillint a hair and down rating this little gem of a GN. A couple of hours well spent, if I do say so myself.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    Read as individual issues I just love Kim Newman's "Anno Dracula" novel series, an awesome alternative history mash up with almost ALL vampires ever appeared in books, movies, tv series (in Bloody Red Baron you can spot Nick Knight from Forever Knight!) and much more (in Dracula Cha Cha Cha there are characters from Addams Family and Diabolik italian comic, just saying), a sense stunning orgy of tributes, homages and references (in the end of issue #5 you can spot Drac's bat-armour from Franc Read as individual issues I just love Kim Newman's "Anno Dracula" novel series, an awesome alternative history mash up with almost ALL vampires ever appeared in books, movies, tv series (in Bloody Red Baron you can spot Nick Knight from Forever Knight!) and much more (in Dracula Cha Cha Cha there are characters from Addams Family and Diabolik italian comic, just saying), a sense stunning orgy of tributes, homages and references (in the end of issue #5 you can spot Drac's bat-armour from Francis Ford Coppola's movie and... Lurch, Addams Family's butler!). Sadly the ending of this comic book miniseries was just underwhelming to say last, and the too much cartoonish artworks were in desperate need of some few shadows. Still a must read if you are a completitionist and a fan of Anno Dracula saga, vampires and graphic novels "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"-style.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    I have read about the Anno Dracula series, but never read any of the books so this comic series was my introduction to the series. I have to say I enjoyed it. Going by this series, it's set in an alternate universe where Dracula survived the events in the Bram Stoker novel and eventually took control of Europe, especially England. The series is set in 1895, and many other characters from literature show up. It's similar to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but the characters are more obscure fo I have read about the Anno Dracula series, but never read any of the books so this comic series was my introduction to the series. I have to say I enjoyed it. Going by this series, it's set in an alternate universe where Dracula survived the events in the Bram Stoker novel and eventually took control of Europe, especially England. The series is set in 1895, and many other characters from literature show up. It's similar to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but the characters are more obscure for the most part. We have England ruled by vampires but there's an underground resistance working against him, and he's also at war with the rest of the world. Things go from there and we have a plot to kill Dracula, but there are traitors involved, etc. The art fit the story great, and overall I thought this was an imaginative story. Fans of the book series may have seen faults that I couldn't spot, but overall this was a good read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Anno Dracula makes it's comic book debut in this volume which takes us right back to the early days of the series. Dracula has been in power for ten years and Penelope Churchward is hired to organise the Jubilee celebrations. Meanwhile Kate Reed is on the council of Seven Days who are plotting to overthrow the Prince of Darkness and his jubilee seems a good time to do it. This is a truly great story. Kate Reed is one of my favorite characters from the Anno Dracula universe and she's at her best Anno Dracula makes it's comic book debut in this volume which takes us right back to the early days of the series. Dracula has been in power for ten years and Penelope Churchward is hired to organise the Jubilee celebrations. Meanwhile Kate Reed is on the council of Seven Days who are plotting to overthrow the Prince of Darkness and his jubilee seems a good time to do it. This is a truly great story. Kate Reed is one of my favorite characters from the Anno Dracula universe and she's at her best here. The other six members of the council are essentially lunatics. One of them is Christina Light, who makes a more significant appearance in the latest novel One Thousand Monsters, and she's certainly not someone you want to mess with. This is one of the best written comic books I've ever read. Newman uses narration really well and at times it feels like a comic book from fifty years ago. Yet at the same time he knows how to use the art to tell the story too and it's great how he plays around with what the medium can do in order to tell his tale. As usual, there's a plethora of references from a range of culture here. Chasuble, the reverend from The Importance of Being Earnest pops up as does the junkyard from the very first episode of Doctor Who. There's even a spoof poem in the style of William McGonagall, regarded as one of the worst ever poets, which matches his style superbly- on that alone Newman should be applauded. There are no doubt countless more I've forgotten or failed to spot. I was a little concerned about my favorite characters appearing visually- what if they don't look like they do in my head? But Newman has always describe them well and Paul McCaffrey's art gets them just right. Indeed he is the perfect artist for this story, really making all the characters look right no matter how far away from human they are. I can't think of another artist who could have brought this world to life as well. A real joy in every way and I hesitate in this final statement but I think it might well be my favorite Anno Dracula work so far.

  6. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Bunce

    Originally published November 14, 2017, at BORG.com. Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula 1895 story a thrilling expansion of his parallel world Review by C.J. Bunce Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula is a series of novels and short stories that began in 1992, showcasing an elaborate and detailed parallel history of Earth set between 1888 and 1990 (so far), where Bram Stoker’s Dracula is seen as a true biographical account of the real Count, and the Count controls England by winning the hand of Queen Victoria. Anno Dr Originally published November 14, 2017, at BORG.com. Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula 1895 story a thrilling expansion of his parallel world Review by C.J. Bunce Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula is a series of novels and short stories that began in 1992, showcasing an elaborate and detailed parallel history of Earth set between 1888 and 1990 (so far), where Bram Stoker’s Dracula is seen as a true biographical account of the real Count, and the Count controls England by winning the hand of Queen Victoria. Anno Dracula is a steampunk mix of fictional characters and real people spanning a century in a bit of a The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Legenderry construct. Gunga Din, Fu Manchu, Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, Lestat de Lioncourt (from Interview with the Vampire), Prince Mamuwalde (from Blacula), Doctor Moreau, Allan Quatermain, and even Carl Kolchak from The Night Stalker all show up in Newman’s fantasy world, alongside real people of the past like Billy the Kid, Catherine the Great, Joseph Merrick, William Morris, Beatrix Potter, and Orson Welles. Newman’s entirely new story is in the form of a comic book series, Anno Dracula–1895: Seven Days in Mayhem, published by Titan Comics and illustrated by Paul McCaffrey, and it is now available in a collected trade edition from Titan Comics. As Dracula’s tenth jubilee approaches, an assassination plan is underway from radical forces in Great Britain. Newman’s powerful lead Kate Reed–journalist, free thinker, and vampire–has joined a council of revolutionaries, but when Dracula’s secret police come crashing in she turns to a familiar old friend to try to save herself and the Count himself, but she must first get through Count Graf Von Orlok of Nosferatu fame. As with past entries in the series, this is not a tale about Dracula, but more about every other living and fictional famous face of the day. And my favorite piece of a Kim Newman story is his use of fantastic characters and historical figures sometimes only for a single page or, as with his new graphic series, in a single panel, but always for a reason, and often for a joke (Twilight books, you are not exempt). So keep a lookout for a steampunk cyborg Thomas Edison and a ship captain with a striking similarity to Lon Chaney’s Phantom of the Opera. Artist McCaffrey’s artistry is a great pairing with Newman’s classic prose. Few authors have a such a command of their subjects as Newman has of vampire lore and film. Check out my interview with Newman back in 2013 at borg.com, as well as my reviews of his sequels to the novel Anno Dracula: Dracula Cha Cha Cha and Johnny Alucard. Fans of Alan Moore’s several adaptations of classic characters will love Newman’s works, but be prepared: Where Moore puts a few characters together to have an adventure such as in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Newman has deftly woven easily more than a thousand into his world. Anno Dracula–1895: Seven Days in Mayhem is proof that the entire Anno Dracula series should be adapted to the graphic novel format. An exciting, rousing tale, it’s too good to pass up. The new trade edition of Anno Dracula–1895: Seven Days in Mayhem includes all the variant cover art from the comic book series, with a foreword by Mike Mignola and an afterword by Newman hinting at his next story coming soon and getting ever closer to the present: Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    After reading Mike Mignola's introduction, I gotta say, I was stoked for some vampire action. The great Hellboy author praised Kim Newman specifically for his ability to transition from novel-writing to comic-writing without a loss of clarity. Allow me to strongly disagree. A glance at any page will show you a good nine panels packed with dialogue and narration boxes. This is possibly the densest comic book I've read. The word count has to be at least at novella level. And even though a handful of After reading Mike Mignola's introduction, I gotta say, I was stoked for some vampire action. The great Hellboy author praised Kim Newman specifically for his ability to transition from novel-writing to comic-writing without a loss of clarity. Allow me to strongly disagree. A glance at any page will show you a good nine panels packed with dialogue and narration boxes. This is possibly the densest comic book I've read. The word count has to be at least at novella level. And even though a handful of narrators are working overtime to explain what's going on, the end product is still pretty baffling. To be clear: I haven't read any of the novels in the Anno Dracula series. That said, this volume goes out of its way to bring in new readers, providing ample character introductions and backstory. So, I understood that journalist Kate Reed and her pals were trying to bring down Dracula, who is now the supreme leader of England. Their plans were so easily foiled, though, and ultimately seemed quite silly. And so much time was spent on admin work that the plot could have made molasses look fast-moving. Somewhere buried in all the text is an intriguing story. A recommendation for the next volume, perhaps: how about including Dracula in the story? Spoiler alert, he shows up in one panel here. Maybe not smart to leave your title character in the shadows.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Scott

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy provided by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed) Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem is an enjoyable graphic novel. I really liked the art-work. The art-work was so well done that there were several pages with no text at all because the images conveyed all the necessary information. I have zero artistic skill and am really impressed by people who illustrate graphic novels and the like. The illustrator(s) of Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in M https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... (copy provided by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed) Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem is an enjoyable graphic novel. I really liked the art-work. The art-work was so well done that there were several pages with no text at all because the images conveyed all the necessary information. I have zero artistic skill and am really impressed by people who illustrate graphic novels and the like. The illustrator(s) of Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem did a great job. The story element of Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem is also hugely enjoyable. The book is filled with sheer madness. Imagine a world where Dracula is the Prince Consort and in charge of the British Empire? What a brilliant and sort of terrifying idea. Anno Dracula - 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem is fantastic. Well worth a read for the illustrations alone.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Good, short of great. It was nice to see the series return to its Victorian roots, but I found the vibrant and colorful art style completely at odds with Newman's gruesome material. Furthermore, writing for a graphic medium gives Newman less chance to sprinkle in little clues about which copyrighted characters he is including in his alternate history, which is always part of the fun with his novels. I would read another Anno Dracula graphic novel, but it would be out of respect for the series as Good, short of great. It was nice to see the series return to its Victorian roots, but I found the vibrant and colorful art style completely at odds with Newman's gruesome material. Furthermore, writing for a graphic medium gives Newman less chance to sprinkle in little clues about which copyrighted characters he is including in his alternate history, which is always part of the fun with his novels. I would read another Anno Dracula graphic novel, but it would be out of respect for the series as a whole, and not this entry.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michael Norwitz

    An original story which takes place before Dracula's downfall in Kim Newman's original novel, and features Kate Reed amidst a collection of literary horrors. I found it hard to get into at the beginning (and the violence is quite graphic, being portrayed full-on rather than merely being described) but things picked up considerably once the shape of the various overlapping conspiracies became clear. An original story which takes place before Dracula's downfall in Kim Newman's original novel, and features Kate Reed amidst a collection of literary horrors. I found it hard to get into at the beginning (and the violence is quite graphic, being portrayed full-on rather than merely being described) but things picked up considerably once the shape of the various overlapping conspiracies became clear.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Loki

    Kim Newman's Anno Dracula finally makes it into comic book form, and it's nothing short of wonderful. In fact, it's a story that works better as a comic than it would in prose - although if you're not already familiar with Anno Dracula, probably not the best place to start. Kim Newman's Anno Dracula finally makes it into comic book form, and it's nothing short of wonderful. In fact, it's a story that works better as a comic than it would in prose - although if you're not already familiar with Anno Dracula, probably not the best place to start.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ron Turner

    I liked the art. I like the idea of a world where Dracula has won. I liked all the literary references. But I just can't get into the pulp adventure writing style of the Anno books. It's just too silly for me. I liked the art. I like the idea of a world where Dracula has won. I liked all the literary references. But I just can't get into the pulp adventure writing style of the Anno books. It's just too silly for me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sean Goh

    A fun read, with nice art, though I'm not sure how Dracula is still in power after the events of Anno Dracula 1888. A mini anarchist plot plotline serves at the meat around which side characters from the 1888 novel coalesce. A fun read, with nice art, though I'm not sure how Dracula is still in power after the events of Anno Dracula 1888. A mini anarchist plot plotline serves at the meat around which side characters from the 1888 novel coalesce.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Lopez Rogers

    Tis the season for spooky reading! I love the idea of Dracula changing the course of world history.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    A fun addition to the series, but I wouldn't call it a 'must read'. A fun addition to the series, but I wouldn't call it a 'must read'.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    Dreadfully boring.

  17. 4 out of 5

    San Frazier

    I really like this story. I am unsure of how old it is but I do hope I find out what happens next. I have been reading so many comics and graphic novels... it feels glorious!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Anno Dracula graphic novel. Mediocre art and disjointed dialogue make this a completist's read only. Not much happens. Anno Dracula graphic novel. Mediocre art and disjointed dialogue make this a completist's read only. Not much happens.

  19. 5 out of 5

    JM

    I kind of went about this back-asswards by accident, because I read "One Thousand Monsters" when it came out and then I read the recent "Daikaiju" a few weeks ago before I found out that there was a first volume that came out as a graphic novel, so I tracked it down. The story's simpler since the space is limited in comparison to a full-length novel, but Kim Newman does a good job within the constrains of the medium. I've seen complaints that it has too much text for a comic book, but it didn't s I kind of went about this back-asswards by accident, because I read "One Thousand Monsters" when it came out and then I read the recent "Daikaiju" a few weeks ago before I found out that there was a first volume that came out as a graphic novel, so I tracked it down. The story's simpler since the space is limited in comparison to a full-length novel, but Kim Newman does a good job within the constrains of the medium. I've seen complaints that it has too much text for a comic book, but it didn't seem so to me. I'm sure I've read wordier comic books. It was also nice to get to see visual representations of many of the characters in his Anno Dracula stories, and this time there are visual easter eggs in addition to the literary easter eggs. For example, in a scene that takes place in Buckingham Palace when some of the characters are taken before Dracula's presence, if you pay attention, they walk along a hallway and there's Dracula's armor from the Francis Ford Coppola movie. It was good, but I felt it wasn't as good as Newman usually is. It was cool to go back and see the actual events that sparked the plot for the following two novels, though.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cate

    I love anno Dracula, and this is well drawn and fun. Also most of the important people, good and bad, are women.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Love the interest in politics, history and the fantastic

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Ducote

    DNF. Not my cup of tea.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Via DPL and hoopla.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    A thoroughly gripping and entertaining read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sebastien

    Not sure if it is because i didn't read the novels . I didn't related or get attached to the characters. The world seem interesting Not sure if it is because i didn't read the novels . I didn't related or get attached to the characters. The world seem interesting

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Henderson

    A fun fast read. I enjoy the continued exploration of how British society would change (and not) if Van Helsing et al had failed and Dracula had succeeded in establishing himself in London.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Not a bad read. I was a bit confused at times, but think I'll go on to read the original novels. Not a bad read. I was a bit confused at times, but think I'll go on to read the original novels.

  28. 5 out of 5

    May

  29. 5 out of 5

    J Herdman

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

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