When last we spoke with British comic book writer Tony Lee, he was hard at work scripting the comic book adventures of beloved science-fiction hero Doctor Who. This October, another of Lee's projects hits shelves—and this time around, he's tapped into an even more well-known and much-loved universe: the vampire-filled world of Bram Stoker's "Dracula."
Titled "From The Pages Of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula': 'Harker,'" Lee's upcoming graphic novel follows the cast of Stoker's 1897 novel as they attempt to put their lives back together in the aftermath of Count Dracula's death. However, unlike other stories that tap the well of vampire mythology, "Harker" has a very unique seal of approval.
"This is the first-ever graphic novel that has an endorsement from the Stoker family," said Lee of the book, which will feature an introduction by Dacre Stoker, the great grandnephew of Bram Stoker.
According to Lee, "Harker" is set six months after the conclusion of the main story arc in "Dracula" but before the final chapter in which Jonathan and Mina Harker's son is born. The project will also feature a host of returning characters from the original novel.
"The hunters have come back to Victorian London to regroup, Mina's now pregnant with the child we know is going to turn up because he's alive in the end note of 'Dracula,'" explained Lee. "Jonathan gets a ghostly message from Quincey Morris informing him that, although they killed Dracula, they didn't get them all. The fourth bride of Dracula, the Countess Dracul, is on her way to London to get revenge on the people who killed her husband."
The 112-page novel will feature art by Peter-David Douglas and Neil Van Antwerpen, and feature an introduction by Dacre and Ian Holt, a Dracula historian with whom Dacre is co-writing a sequel in novel form.
"When i first started doing 'Harker,' I spoke to Dacre because I heard he was doing his sequel," said Lee. "We discussed it all, and discovered there was no major crossover in our stories. Following that, Dacre ended up involved with everything since that point."
"From the Pages of Dracula: Harker" hits shelves in October from AAM/Markosia.
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