Marvel Vice-President Executive Editor Tom Brevoort revealed new details on the upcoming vampire movement that will be ripping through the Marvel Universe this Summer at a press conference this morning to reporters. Inside you can get a look at the new artwork that the VP revealed as well as the details on what Marvel is planning for the bloodsucker. Read on for the skinny.
“We have to be cryptic about this because vampires have come up in at least one and a half [Marvel creative] summits, and we have a long-term plan we’re shaping that’s coming into focus.”
“And we’ve done this sort of thing before. ‘Death of Dracula’ is one brick in the road, and ‘Curse of the Mutants’ is the next brick in that road,” Brevoort said. “There are at least two or maybe three other bricks beyond that. It’s still too early to get into details…The story starting out in ‘X-Men’ is really only the tip of the iceberg. We’re going to see new sects of vampiric characters flow out. We’ll be seeing them in Avengers titles in the months to come and other places, though it’s a little premature to talk about that. Really, the message we’re sending here even though there’s little we can say tangibly about it is that it all goes back to this one-shot that seems like it could fly under a lot of people’s radars. But that will be the sort of book that people looking back in six months or nine months will be clamoring for and going, ‘We must have it now!'”
“We’re looking to explain and organize the vampire universe for future use,” Alonso explained. “Just like we redesign characters and redesign teams, there’s a lot of questions about vampires around the globe – the level of unification, who they are, what the leadership is, who’s at the top of the pyramid. We’re looking to answer that in this one-shot, and of course the inciting incident is the death of Dracula. The big question is: who fills that power vacuum and why? What’s their agenda and what do they do?
“What we’re looking to show is that there are vampires around the globe. They don’t necessarily get along. They don’t necessarily dance to the same drumbeat or answer to the same leader. What’s going to emerge is warlord of the vampires, and this warlord is going to take a unified vampire nation into the Marvel universe. And as you can see from the solicitation materials, the first stop is going to be San Francisco for an encounter with the X-Men.”
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“DEATH OF DRACULA” Issue #1
WRITTEN BY: VICTOR GISCHLER
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
COVERS BY: GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI & MARKO DJURDJERVIC
“He is the legendary Lord of the Vampires. Dracula. Who would dare attempt to overthrow him? Only Dracula’s son Xarus, a ruthless and clever upstart with the bold ambition to unite all the world’s vampire sects under one flag. But Xarus’s older brother Janus isn’t sure he likes the idea of a new regime and seeks allies to oppose Xarus. The ultimate battle to control Earth’s Creatures of the Night unfolds, with the future of the vampire race and possibly the Marvel Universe at stake.”
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