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Graphic novel fans won't be able to resist as Dracula comes to make Gotham City his dark dominion, first preying on the homeless and then amassing an army to take on the good citizens of Gotham. Batman must forge an alliance with the undead to defeat this unholy foe in a duel that stretches beyond the boundaries of death.


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Graphic novel fans won't be able to resist as Dracula comes to make Gotham City his dark dominion, first preying on the homeless and then amassing an army to take on the good citizens of Gotham. Batman must forge an alliance with the undead to defeat this unholy foe in a duel that stretches beyond the boundaries of death.

30 review for Batman & Dracula: Red Rain

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    I’m stunned once again by how much Batman work Doug Moench got in the ‘90s considering what a shockingly bad writer he is. Was there really no-one else capable enough - was he the best of a bad bunch? Red Rain is the first of the Batman: Vampire trilogy Moench did with Kelley Jones. It’s an Elseworlds book (meaning it happened somewhere in the Multiverse outside of DC canon). Dracula comes to Gotham, turns some people into vampires, Batman fights the vampires and Dracula. Jaysis the commissioning I’m stunned once again by how much Batman work Doug Moench got in the ‘90s considering what a shockingly bad writer he is. Was there really no-one else capable enough - was he the best of a bad bunch? Red Rain is the first of the Batman: Vampire trilogy Moench did with Kelley Jones. It’s an Elseworlds book (meaning it happened somewhere in the Multiverse outside of DC canon). Dracula comes to Gotham, turns some people into vampires, Batman fights the vampires and Dracula. Jaysis the commissioning editors were lazy back then! Batman fights Dracula? Yeah why not, let’s green light everything Batman-related! Batman takes a dump? Can we make it a two-parter? He has to break out the Bat-plunger! Red Rain should be more fun than it is but it isn’t. It’s soul-crushingly shit aka the Doug Moench Special! The story and characters are so flat and unexciting. Dracula is like the traditional Count except he’s slightly younger. You know Batman will beat Dracula and he does. The usual stake stuff. There’s no imagination or wit here. Predictable plotting, boring dialogue. It’s less than 100 pages long but it’s such a depressingly bad comic it took me several attempts to get through it. I’m not much of a Kelley Jones fan either. His Batmobile is pitiful – it looks like a carnival bumper car. Was he going for comedy? – while his Bruce looks weirdly proportioned like we're seeing his reflection in a warped mirror. And his Alfred is awful. The poor guy looks like he’s got two golf balls stuffed in his cheeks at all times (mouth cheeks that is)! I actually have the rest of the Vampire trilogy but after Red Rain, I don’t think I’ll put myself through the torture that will inevitably be the rest of the series. This baby’s being donated to the charity bookshop! You want to read a good Batman comic? Stay away from the ones with Doug Moench’s name on the cover!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicolo Yu

    Visually, very Gothic and influential; artist Kelley Jones' take on the Dark Knight is very striking that it came to define 90's Batman as he went on to do the covers of the Batman books for most of that decade. Also, Vampire Batman has become an official variant of the hero in one of the 52 worlds that comprise the DC multiverse. In away, Batman is influenced by Bram Stoker's Dracula and to have writer Moench pen his fateful encounter with the king of vampire was a great idea. Though this a grea Visually, very Gothic and influential; artist Kelley Jones' take on the Dark Knight is very striking that it came to define 90's Batman as he went on to do the covers of the Batman books for most of that decade. Also, Vampire Batman has become an official variant of the hero in one of the 52 worlds that comprise the DC multiverse. In away, Batman is influenced by Bram Stoker's Dracula and to have writer Moench pen his fateful encounter with the king of vampire was a great idea. Though this a great horror comic, I dare you to read this at midnight, it has an unexpected environmental theme. A great read and one of the better Batman stories.

  3. 4 out of 5

    C.

    How do you follow up the well-received, and well-done, Gotham by Gaslight where Batman meets Jack the Ripper? With Red Rain where he faces yet another of history's killers: Dracula. Set in a Gotham I've never seen before--there are mentions made of Oprah and Elvis, yet all the buildings look like old English castles and the Batmobile looks like a roadster out of a 60s movie--Red Rain is the story of an unseen evil in Gotham City. The homeless are turning up dead, their throats slashed. So far 4 How do you follow up the well-received, and well-done, Gotham by Gaslight where Batman meets Jack the Ripper? With Red Rain where he faces yet another of history's killers: Dracula. Set in a Gotham I've never seen before--there are mentions made of Oprah and Elvis, yet all the buildings look like old English castles and the Batmobile looks like a roadster out of a 60s movie--Red Rain is the story of an unseen evil in Gotham City. The homeless are turning up dead, their throats slashed. So far 4 have been reported, but Batman and Commissioner Gordon soon learn the count is actually closer to 20. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne is having the same dream night after night. A woman comes to him, whispering to him, "real, we're real". When Batman finally catches one of the murderers in the act, he's surprised by the strength of the woman. "Even on uppers or devil-dust, NO woman of her size should be that powerful . . . stronger than anyone I've ever faced." He chases her around a corner, into a dead end, but she's gone. The mysterious killer, and the double puncture wounds in the victims neck, lead him to begin researching vampires. The search leads him into the sewers where he finally comes face to face with the evil behind the deaths in Gotham. From beneath a pile of rotting bodies, something stirs, then climbs out of the mess. Batman is chased by vampires only to be saved by even more vampires, these "Others" working on the side of the good, sporting stake-shooters and led by the woman Bruce has been dreaming of, Tanya. Why is it always a band of renegade vampires equipped with stake-shooting guns? And it's always the same story. I was a vampire. I got off the junk. I developed an antidote to my bloodlust, now I hunt vampires. Maybe in 1992 this wasn't such a played out idea, but 10 years later, it's been done to death. So anyway, to make a long story (and at 96 pages, this was a long story) short, Tanya, the leader of the rebel vampires, explains to Batman how she's been coming to him every night for a month, giving him what he needs in order to prepare him for his showdown with Dracula. What she brings are increased strength and some very cool wings growing from Bruce's shoulders. The showdown at the end was great, full of action, and even beautifully-drawn, despite Kelley Jones as artist. In the end, underneath all the action and plot twists and the big names of the characters, perhaps there's a bigger story here. Because it's all well and good to see Batman fighting Dracula, one bat against the other, but we might stop and ask how did it happen in the first place? How did Dracula survive for so long without being noticed? As Tanya explains to Bruce, "It was never possible for him to prey, undetected, on such a vast scale--but now, in a large modern city, with "normal" blood atrocities so prevalent, so accepted, horrible death as a way of life, and with so many homeless making such easy victims . . ." So maybe it's a story warning us against our own contempt or indifference for those less fortunate. After all, if the crimes had been detected sooner--like on victim #4 instead of 20--maybe everything could have ended differently (and believe me, despite the victory in the end, things didn't go smoothly and there were many losses suffered). Maybe things wouldn't have gotten so out of control. But, after all, it was only the homeless, and what difference do they REALLY make in our daily lives? That's just a thought. More than likely, though, it was just a story about Batman meeting Dracula. The story was well-written, thought out and brought to life. The art, however, is a different story. I've never been a big fan of Kelley Jones, even when he was doing Sandman, but there are certain times during Red Rain where his heavy-shadow style are suited to the story being told. As far as "Elseworld" stories go, this may not have been the most original idea in the world, but it was still one of the better-executed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    This sucked donkey dick. The story was standard vampire drivel, and many of the story elements were very predictable. The only slightly creative parts were batarangs made of silver and a scene when Batman drew an image of a cross on a wall using his own blood so that it both compelled and repulsed Dracula, causing him to be immobile (why the story didn't end right there, I don't know). Other than that one scene, however, this is a stupid version of Batman - he intentionally starts multiple fist This sucked donkey dick. The story was standard vampire drivel, and many of the story elements were very predictable. The only slightly creative parts were batarangs made of silver and a scene when Batman drew an image of a cross on a wall using his own blood so that it both compelled and repulsed Dracula, causing him to be immobile (why the story didn't end right there, I don't know). Other than that one scene, however, this is a stupid version of Batman - he intentionally starts multiple fist fights with someone stronger than him and who can mentally control him after he was bitten by a vampire himself. Dumb. Regarding the art, I think someone should call DC Comics and suggest to them that they re-make this comic book, similar to the way movies are we re-made a few decades later, because this thing definitely needs to be redrawn completely! You, whoever you are reading this review, you could draw better than Kelley Jones even if you were quadriplegic and you had to draw with a pencil in your mouth. You would think that I comic about Dracula and batcaves and deserted scary alleyways in Gotham would be dark, but it's not! You would also think that a professional artist would know how to draw things like a car, or human anatomy, but you would be wrong in this case. story sucks, check artist sucks, check inker sucks, check colorist sucks, check editor sucks, check Need I say more?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Panos

    BATMAN & DRACULA: RED RAIN (5/5) “In Elseworlds, heroes are taken from their usual settings and put into strange times and places. Some that have existed, or might have existed, and others that can’t, couldn’t or shouldn’t exist .The result is characters that are as familiar as yesterday seem as fresh as tomorrow.” Hell of an intro, right? It’s included in such tales along with the special imprint. When you see that weird star thing on the cover, you know the book is free from its main charact BATMAN & DRACULA: RED RAIN (5/5) “In Elseworlds, heroes are taken from their usual settings and put into strange times and places. Some that have existed, or might have existed, and others that can’t, couldn’t or shouldn’t exist .The result is characters that are as familiar as yesterday seem as fresh as tomorrow.” Hell of an intro, right? It’s included in such tales along with the special imprint. When you see that weird star thing on the cover, you know the book is free from its main character’s continuity, free to take him/her to dazzling trips to the vast “maybe”. You see crazy things happening? Your favorite hero is dead by the end of the story? Don’t sweat it; it happened somewhere far away from here. Pretty clever idea actually. Take a character of Batman’s magnitude, hand him over to some talented writer and give the man permission to do whatever he wants to in order to write an entertaining story. Though “Elseworlds” didn’t last more than a decade and were abandoned with the coming of the 21st century, they left a grand legacy behind. Even if the events they describe never took place. This story in particular is probably the best of its kind. Though not the first to be published, it did come out pretty early (1991), kicking off the trend with its sheer awesomeness. As crazy and impossible as an “Elseworlds” is supposed to be, while always maintaining a touch of realism (mainly by not altering the classic characters’ nature) and never crossing the line and becoming ridiculous. Perfect balance. The devil comes to Gotham city. Actually scratch that last, Dracula does instead; although, given the way the famous bloodsucker is portrayed here, there isn’t much of a difference between the two. So, the lord of vampires himself abandons Transylvania (or wherever the hell he lives) and decides to pay a visit to America. And what better place to start his tour than cheery old Gotham? Naturally, he does more than just sightseeing; excuse the horrible joke, I don’t know what’s wrong with me in this review. (Come to think of it, I’m not even sure if Gotham has any sights worth-seeing, except maybe Crime Alley or that Ace Chemical plant.) Anyway, Dracula decides he likes Gotham after all and starts spawning his family of vampires by targeting homeless people and slurping their blood. With no one from the official authorities caring enough to pay attention to the nature of the killings, our villain gets his minions in no time. And as far as the unofficial authorities are concerned, the Dark Knight investigates every single murder but gets no close to an answer; besides the obvious one which he does not want to admit. Doug Moench writes a tale so unbelievably epic that there are really no words to describe it. How to describe the steady, overwhelming pace, the amazing script you want to read twice or the engaging mystery that piques your interest?... All that while flawlessly handling two of the greatest characters of global literature. And let’s not forget the artist, Kelley Jones. I swear to God, this man was born to draw Batman (and keep in mind this is coming from an atheist). Dark, gothic, beautiful and unreal. Picture that, if you can. Forget today’s Batman, full of toys and wearing super soldier suits. This is Batman as he is meant to be, a true Bat-man, a terrific figure of the night, an urban legend. Also, observe the way he draws the Batmobile. You might not like it (although it matches the general artistic tone), but you just have to admit; this is the epitome of originality. Simply iconic. If you want to get a taste of what “Elseworlds” were, look no further than here. Read this masterpiece and you’ll have learnt all you need to know.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I have the hardcover edition, but couldn't find an adequate description on goodreads, so... Batman & Dracula: Red Rain is a 1991 graphic novel by Doug Moench and Kelley Jones, in DC Comics' Elseworlds line of alternate reality stories. It spawned two sequels by the same creative team; Batman: Bloodstorm and Batman: Crimson Mist. Investigating a series of murders of Gotham's homeless, the victims' throats having been slashed, Batman discovers that the murders are being committed by a family of I have the hardcover edition, but couldn't find an adequate description on goodreads, so... Batman & Dracula: Red Rain is a 1991 graphic novel by Doug Moench and Kelley Jones, in DC Comics' Elseworlds line of alternate reality stories. It spawned two sequels by the same creative team; Batman: Bloodstorm and Batman: Crimson Mist. Investigating a series of murders of Gotham's homeless, the victims' throats having been slashed, Batman discovers that the murders are being committed by a family of vampires led by Dracula himself, still "alive" and well. With the aid of a rogue vampire called Tanya—who was once a member of Dracula's brood until the sight of an innocent child drove her to flee from him, creating a "blood substitute" to spare her from the cycle of death and murder—Batman, himself bitten by a vampire (Tanya herself, who seeks his aid in defeating Dracula as all Vampires created by Dracula are powerless against his abilities and mental powers), is able to acquire the strength necessary to stand against Dracula's minions while still retaining his humanity. Determined to destroy Dracula's minions, Batman lures them into the Batcave, where Tanya and her followers keeps them occupied until Batman detonates multiple explosive charges, destroying Wayne Manor and exposing the cave to sunlight, destroying all the vampires within it. Using his new bat-like wings, Batman flies to confront Dracula, eventually impaling the vampire lord on a tree that has been destroyed by lightning, but at the cost of the last of his humanity as Dracula drains the last of his blood. However, after his "will" has been read by Alfred, Batman assures his old friend that he has nothing to fear. Bruce Wayne may be gone, but the Batman, thanks to his vampiric powers, will now go on forever.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Jonathan Briggs

    This is one of Batman's "Elseworlds" adventures, as opposed to the "real-life" Batman adventures. As you might guess from the title, Batman meets Dracula. DC probably had to step carefully to avoid treading on Marvel's copyrights on the Dracula character, and that results in a seriously underwhelming villain. The art, heavily influenced by Bernie Wrightson (and I'm being very kind here), is interesting, but Kelly Jones has never learned to draw human beings in proper proportions: Thalidomide fli This is one of Batman's "Elseworlds" adventures, as opposed to the "real-life" Batman adventures. As you might guess from the title, Batman meets Dracula. DC probably had to step carefully to avoid treading on Marvel's copyrights on the Dracula character, and that results in a seriously underwhelming villain. The art, heavily influenced by Bernie Wrightson (and I'm being very kind here), is interesting, but Kelly Jones has never learned to draw human beings in proper proportions: Thalidomide flipper limbs sprout off mutant musclebound torsos, and bodies twist around in knotted, impossible contortions. Doug Moench apparently never got the memo that comix grew up, so he continues to write florid, overwrought funny book prose. One character even throws his head to the sky and bellows, "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!" The balloon-breasted heroine, for no good reason, wears a skintight one-piece and thigh-highs. Nothing about this book elevates it from geeky juvenilia.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    This alternative storyline to the Batman franchise was surprisingly interesting. "Red Rain" tells the story of how Batman must face off against Dracula and the overwhelming influx of vampires invading Gotham City. While the dialogue is a bit dated, the story that unfolds is engaging, gory, and even sensual. Dracula is indeed a foe that challenges Batman, and there are interesting parallels between the two that the comic touches upon rather nicely. Certainly when Batman finds himself infected and This alternative storyline to the Batman franchise was surprisingly interesting. "Red Rain" tells the story of how Batman must face off against Dracula and the overwhelming influx of vampires invading Gotham City. While the dialogue is a bit dated, the story that unfolds is engaging, gory, and even sensual. Dracula is indeed a foe that challenges Batman, and there are interesting parallels between the two that the comic touches upon rather nicely. Certainly when Batman finds himself infected and turned into a vampire - that ups the ante for both the action and the engaging premise. "Red Rain" is the first book in a three part series. I felt immersed enough within the scheme of events to want to keep reading more of the series. For now, taken as a stand alone story, I liked the progression and the artwork as well. Overall score: 3.5/5

  9. 3 out of 5

    Patrick

    Boy, Batman and Dracula, one would think it was a match made in, um, well, heaven. BUT, turns out it is just an average read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Francisco Juárez

    Una de las mejores historias de Batman que he leído. Me encanta el ambiente que le imprime Kelley Jones con su arte. Batman contra Drácula... ¿Hace falta decir más? Mucha sangre y mucho horror corporal en este cómic. Recuerdo que cuando lo compré, la señora que atendía me dijo que no era bueno que un niño leyera algo así... tengo la teoría de que pensó que era un libro de magia negra, debido a la contraportada que mostraba una calavera con una vela derretida encima. ; )

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bookworm Amir

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Batman is a vampire, or rather, becomes the next Dracula. The caption :Vampires are real...but not all are evil; Captures Batman perfectly. This book breaks tradition, it being an Elseworld publication (amazing series, really, they take characters and put them into new places, settings or times ... like imagine bringing Superman in the time of the dinosaurs that kind of thing). So this books takes Dracula, from Europe, to Gotham City. He prays on the many homeless people, that many Gothamians hate ( Batman is a vampire, or rather, becomes the next Dracula. The caption :Vampires are real...but not all are evil; Captures Batman perfectly. This book breaks tradition, it being an Elseworld publication (amazing series, really, they take characters and put them into new places, settings or times ... like imagine bringing Superman in the time of the dinosaurs that kind of thing). So this books takes Dracula, from Europe, to Gotham City. He prays on the many homeless people, that many Gothamians hate (one rich person called them lazy lots!) and with them as an army (Dracula bites em' all, including destitute women), they are on the verge to take Gotham into Dracula's 'care'. What's awesome and crazy is that Batman dies, destroys his manor to capture and kill all the vampire followers, loses his romantic interest - a good vampire who does not suck human blood but on animals and plasma - and that he himself GROWS BAT WINGS. He becomes the next Dracula, you'll see his fangs. Even though Bruce Wayne is over, The Batman still lives (in the shadows!). Good meaningful read. Nice plot twists, and imaginative characterization.

  12. 4 out of 5

    C. Varn

    The art in this book is quite strong, using both gothic and post-apocalyptic imagery add atmosphere to the book. This gives the book a heaviness as well as a pulpy feel that works with the subject matter. That said, the pacing is too quick, and Dracula, in particular, feels undeveloped. Furthermore many elements of the plot are essentially a series of dues ex machinas that undermine the normal resourcefulness of Bruce Wayne character. As an Elseworld series, I know that Doug Meonch did interesti The art in this book is quite strong, using both gothic and post-apocalyptic imagery add atmosphere to the book. This gives the book a heaviness as well as a pulpy feel that works with the subject matter. That said, the pacing is too quick, and Dracula, in particular, feels undeveloped. Furthermore many elements of the plot are essentially a series of dues ex machinas that undermine the normal resourcefulness of Bruce Wayne character. As an Elseworld series, I know that Doug Meonch did interesting things with this premise in later returning to this setting; however, this particular version is more style than story. I would read Batman: Vampire, which compiles more of this Elseworld run, and Batman: Gothic for better takes of Batman in a 90's style gothic setting.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Tammy

    Batman has always been my favorite super hero. I think part of that is because he doesn't have super powers like most other super heroes and his to use his brains and his own strength and determination. But his dark gothic nature has also always appealed to me as well. I also enjoy vampire stories a lot. In spite of this, I had never considered what if Batman fought a vampire --- what if he fought THE Vampire, Dracula?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    This was my first time reading this book since my teens, well over a decade ago. I definitely appreciate the story more now then I did the first time around. A very bleak and dark story--even for Batman. Moench and Jones present a very compelling gothic horror story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tobyann Aparisi

    This is a thought provoking, different take on Batman, that I really appreciated and enjoyed. the art is dark and impressive at the same time. the story is really one for batman fans to read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Dumb. Three stars for the concept/art but storywise it ends up being like a Batman/Blade crossover with a female vampire taking the place of Blade. I need to resist the Amazon daily deals sometimes.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Matt Graupman

    The offerings from DC’s Elseworlds imprint have always been a little hit-or-miss. Depending on the adaptability of the character, dropping them into a new world can come off as revelatory, adding a new layer to an established persona, or it can seem like a craven cash grab. Thankfully, Batman is about as malleable a superhero as there is. His origin and motivations are so basic, elemental, and primal that they translate to other kinds of stories with remarkable ease. Throw in a nest of vampires The offerings from DC’s Elseworlds imprint have always been a little hit-or-miss. Depending on the adaptability of the character, dropping them into a new world can come off as revelatory, adding a new layer to an established persona, or it can seem like a craven cash grab. Thankfully, Batman is about as malleable a superhero as there is. His origin and motivations are so basic, elemental, and primal that they translate to other kinds of stories with remarkable ease. Throw in a nest of vampires and you’ve got something special. What works so well in “Batman & Dracula: Red Rain” is that writer Doug Moench really plays up the horror angle of The Dark Knight, something that a lot of writers downplayed to make him seem more grounded and realistic. Freed from those constraints by the Elseworlds format, Moench makes Batman darker and scarier than he’s been before. He’s a creature of the shadows, a nightmare, and he’s terrifying. It doesn’t hurt that artist Kelley Jones gives him an angular, spiky look that would practically become canon for a big chunk of time at the end of the 20th century. It works especially well against the Victorian-style streets of this version of Gotham (although, Jones’ women are kind of anachronistic, with their big manes of curly ‘80s hair and awkward pin-up poses). Pitting Batman against Dracula feels natural, though, as the vampire king acts as an extension of the Joker; in fact, this theoretical match-up is the most consequential battle that Bruce Wayne has had in a long time. Moench and Jones really understand the character at a molecular level and this grim, bloodsucking spin on Batman feels as shocking as it does inevitable. “Red Rain” is a classic alternate-universe Batman comic for a reason. While it’s not perfect - some of the exposition can be clunky and, as I’ve said before, the art feels a touch dated in places - it’s still exciting and eye-opening all these years later. Good guy? Bad guy? Sometimes the difference is just a subtle shade of the same darkness.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fellipe Moscardini

    Wow... That was something! I think this may have been the first Batman Elseworlds story I’ve ever read. It is definitely weird, though not exactly in a bad way. The art is good (from the same artist who drew some issues of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman), but it did not age very well. There is a lot of the late 80s/ early 90s in this book. Take one of the characters, for example. A female vampire who was bitten by Dracula and then turned rogue vegan vampire— yeah, you read that right— who is so over se Wow... That was something! I think this may have been the first Batman Elseworlds story I’ve ever read. It is definitely weird, though not exactly in a bad way. The art is good (from the same artist who drew some issues of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman), but it did not age very well. There is a lot of the late 80s/ early 90s in this book. Take one of the characters, for example. A female vampire who was bitten by Dracula and then turned rogue vegan vampire— yeah, you read that right— who is so over sexualized to the point of being almost embarrassing considering today’s standards. Different times, I guess. The story is well written and intense. The vampires are creepy and scary. The way they look is disturbing to say the least, and that’s where the artist’s art style works best. The end is very cheesy, but come on, this is Batman and Dracula for Pete’s sake! I guess what I’m trying to say is that it could’ve been much worse than I thought it would be and that I kind of liked it. Also, I’m a sucker for everything Batman and this was much better than the last book I read. So, 3/5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Centauri

    maybe I am too much of a critic, or maybe because I do not like vampyrs, but I did not feel this was good story. why was dracula in gotham? why did the female vampire bite bruce? how did she know it would aid in her fight and not hinder? how did batman think there were only 4 killings when gordon positively stated there were 20? the story seemed rush, not allowing for any character development. I know, it is batman and dracula, but it was a new tale in an odd universe, and the backstory we know a maybe I am too much of a critic, or maybe because I do not like vampyrs, but I did not feel this was good story. why was dracula in gotham? why did the female vampire bite bruce? how did she know it would aid in her fight and not hinder? how did batman think there were only 4 killings when gordon positively stated there were 20? the story seemed rush, not allowing for any character development. I know, it is batman and dracula, but it was a new tale in an odd universe, and the backstory we know about them did not fit well in this tale. I think the animated television series The Batman did a far better version of these icons meeting; for one, it was far more plausible

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    This was good, entertaining. It mixed up a lot of elements of differents lore about the vampires (saw a lot of stuff that reminds me of the Anne Rice books), the twist in the end about Batman is interesting (but predictable in some form). The only thing I truly didn't like was the lettering. God, so painful to read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    AJ Maese

    Great concept and artwork. Mediocre story/character development. There's enough set-up though to keep one interested in continuing with the next installment in the trilogy. I'm also not a fan of the cursive lettering (hard to read), but it fits the genre I suppose.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    A dark, dark Batman Elseworlds. One of the best from the series. Well written, and Jones’ style is a perfect match to the material. A good example of a comic not made for kids.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ill D

    As far as a one-off crossover this one is pretty good.

  24. 3 out of 5

    J.

    This was, perhaps to its detriment, exactly what I expected it to be. It's solid enough, but almost completely unsurprising.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Yas

    what a poetic language???

  26. 5 out of 5

    Miguel Poveda

    Batman y vampiros... Creo que con eso está ya dicho todo. Una pampirolada de mucho cuidado, historia pobre, previsible a más no poder y hasta aburrida. Malo a rabiar.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    This was a good idea but one executed, at least, not to my liking. I mean not completely. That is why I gave it two stars. Maybe I'm being nit-picky here, but I didn't like the fact that Dracula looked like a regular dude. And I'm not a big fan of Kelley Jones' art. I'm aware that a great many people like him and that he had some success with other Batman stories in the nineties, it's just not my thing. And what's up with the title? Why not "Batman VERSUS Dracula" instead?? It would have been bet This was a good idea but one executed, at least, not to my liking. I mean not completely. That is why I gave it two stars. Maybe I'm being nit-picky here, but I didn't like the fact that Dracula looked like a regular dude. And I'm not a big fan of Kelley Jones' art. I'm aware that a great many people like him and that he had some success with other Batman stories in the nineties, it's just not my thing. And what's up with the title? Why not "Batman VERSUS Dracula" instead?? It would have been better if the team behind Superman # 180 were behind this. That was only a one issue story, but it was good. Other than that, the original idea does make sense. Bob Kane and Bill Finger admitted that one of the influences for the inception of the character of Batman besides Zorro and many others, was Dracula. So why not do a story where they fight. I suppose the story was okay, and I did actually like the ending. Close but no cigar.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Justyn Rampa

    I walked into this one a little hesitantly. After starting it, I thought for sure that I was not going to like it which would be disappointing because it would be the only Elseworlds Batman that I haven't rated 5 stars. Well, as you can see I did not give it five stars, but I did end up loving it nonetheless. The book starts off a bit ridiculous and then gets AWESOME!!! Like serious, fanboy Batman VS. Dracula AWESOME!!! In the end, that is what redeemed it. For the most part, the story is well th I walked into this one a little hesitantly. After starting it, I thought for sure that I was not going to like it which would be disappointing because it would be the only Elseworlds Batman that I haven't rated 5 stars. Well, as you can see I did not give it five stars, but I did end up loving it nonetheless. The book starts off a bit ridiculous and then gets AWESOME!!! Like serious, fanboy Batman VS. Dracula AWESOME!!! In the end, that is what redeemed it. For the most part, the story is well thought out and articulated. I struggled a little bit with why Dracula ends up in Gotham and the art was not my favorite, but really those are the only weaknesses. Also, the tradition of artists drawing Bruce Wayne Bat Ass Nekkid continues. Seriously, does this happen with other superheroes or just Batman? lol! If I had a nickel for every time... So yeah, 4 stars...not sure it would make my list but it definitely deserves a place on IGN's list.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Jesus

    Un interesante cruce entre dos mitos, el vampiro por excelencia, y el hombre murciélago. No está dentro de la continuidad de Batman, lo que lo hace más interesante, explorando la personalidad y motivaciones del personaje con más libertad, tanta, que sorprende, sobre todo en la última historia. El libro se compone de tres historias, Lluvia Roja, Tormenta de Sangre y Niebla Carmesí. La mejor de las tres, es la última, Niebla Carmesí, que es la culminación apoteósica de las otras dos. En conjunto, Un interesante cruce entre dos mitos, el vampiro por excelencia, y el hombre murciélago. No está dentro de la continuidad de Batman, lo que lo hace más interesante, explorando la personalidad y motivaciones del personaje con más libertad, tanta, que sorprende, sobre todo en la última historia. El libro se compone de tres historias, Lluvia Roja, Tormenta de Sangre y Niebla Carmesí. La mejor de las tres, es la última, Niebla Carmesí, que es la culminación apoteósica de las otras dos. En conjunto, las tres están bien, aunque la primera flojea bastante en algunos de sus planteamientos (la cazadora de vampiros, con su disfraz genérico enseñando chicha, desentona), y en la segunda historia, Catwoman estorba más que contribuye, hasta el punto de que el fragmento en el que interviene es lo que menos me gustó. Un Batman MUY diferente a lo que solemos ver... o no tanto.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Bethany

    Three and a half stars. A simple story (and perhaps a bit rushed), but very atmospheric. The blending of Batman and Dracula could have been horribly cheesy, but it works here. Very similar to Bram Stoker's Dracula in tone, which fits well into the world of Gotham. I have mixed feelings about the art. The settings and tone are well expressed and the coloring definitely contributes to the book's Gothic feeling, but the characters seem to suffer from "shifting face syndrome" (especially Alfred--the Three and a half stars. A simple story (and perhaps a bit rushed), but very atmospheric. The blending of Batman and Dracula could have been horribly cheesy, but it works here. Very similar to Bram Stoker's Dracula in tone, which fits well into the world of Gotham. I have mixed feelings about the art. The settings and tone are well expressed and the coloring definitely contributes to the book's Gothic feeling, but the characters seem to suffer from "shifting face syndrome" (especially Alfred--the artist seems unable to decide whether he's drawing the bumbling Golden-Age Alfred or the thinner contemporary version). Also, I can't imagine the thought process behind Tanya's costume, especially given her history (but this was created in the late nineties, so perhaps I should give that a pass). But all in all, a solid Elseworlds story.

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