Penny Dreadful Vol #1 Capsule Review

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Title: Penny Dreadful Vol #1

Publisher: Titan Comics

Writer: Kristy Wilson-Cairns, Andrew Hinderaker & Chris King

Artist: Louie De Martinis

Letterer: Simon Bowland

Cover Artist: Shane Pierce, Guillem March & Tulay Lotay

Review: ★★★★☆

Imagine my excitement when I got to read the Penny Dreadful prequel. I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into with this story. Penny Dreadful’s thing was to infuse itself into more popular horror culture. This volume was tied directly to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Sir Malcom Murray headlines the story as this begins his quest to recover his daughter from the prince of darkness. The best way to experience this story is to watch the movie since it tends to mirror the film from 1992. The writer captures the voices of the characters perfectly. I can simply hear Timothy Dalton’s voice in every sentence. The storytellers also give a nice backstory on Murray, which speaks to his character in precision.  What makes this read work really well is the artwork. If the artist doesn’t draw the characters life-like, then it doesn’t work as well as it could. The painted style is gorgeous and haunting like the show.  As stated, it’s a prequel and you can watch the first show right after reading this book.  Being a prequel and it’s incredible art mean this is a great title for fans of the show or even if you’re entering Penny Dreadful for the first time.

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