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Tomb of Dracula #14: Review

Nov 1973
Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan

Story Name:

Dracula is Dead!

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4 stars

Tomb of Dracula #14 Review by (September 22, 2020)

Review: This issue centers on a guest star, a revivalist having a crisis of faith as he witnesses poor returns for his efforts. This is a not uncommon situation for a minister to find himself in but most usually call a friend or mentor for counseling rather than praying for a miracle. This guy gets into more trouble when he wanders into the middle of a horror comic and unwittingly revives a vampire. To be honest, I’m not sure what Josiah Dawn thinks he’s doing in all of this but he does recognize a vampire when he sees one and acts accordingly. Yeah, he loses the battle but wins the war as he is able to remind Dracula that there is no eternal hope waiting for him: Drac is doomed and he knows it, though he clearly won’t admit it. Which may also explain the most puzzling bit: Drac telling Josiah that he isn’t following God but his “own twisted hate.” But when did Drac see enough of Josiah to pass such a judgment on his motives? The reader has seen Josiah’s words and deeds from the beginning and we didn’t see any evidence of bigotry or hatred (at least I didn't). So, it seems clear that Drac is projecting onto Josiah, perhaps to discredit, in his own mind, this servant of the Lord who has pronounced his doom. 


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Tomb of Dracula #14 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Vampire hunters Blade, Quincy Harker, Rachel van Helsing, and Frank Drake stand amazed over the body of Count Dracula, slain by Blade in the melee at the end of last issue. But the townspeople, hypnotized by Dracula into being his servants, storm the castle and make off with their master’s body before the heroes can cut off his head, killing him permanently. As they follow the procession, they find Taj Nital alive and well, having been hurled into the river in the fight. As Dracula’s body decays in his coffin, his control over the townies wanes, and soon they abandon the coffin and flee….

The servants of Doctor Sun bring the body of Lucas Brand to Professor Morgo, who runs a series of tests and concludes that Brand is indeed a vampire, such as Doctor Sun seeks….

Nearby, Father Josiah Dawn of the Church of the Forever Resurrected is having a crisis of faith: his revival tent meetings are poorly attended and he thinks only a miracle can break through people’s hard hearts. He then spies the coffin with Dracula and feels the spiritual power residing in it and so three nights later he is promising the crowds they will witness a resurrection. At the meeting, after whipping the crowd into a frenzy he seeks to remove the knife from Dracula’s body. The vampire-hunters, having seen Father Josiah’s advertisements and recognized the corpse, rush in to stop him but are too late. Dracula is restored to life and Father Josiah recognizes the vampire as a thing of evil, attacking him with a large crucifix. Dracula soon finds himself surrounded with the crosses carried by the congregation and calls down a storm to escape in. Dracula calls him a hypocrite motivated by hate and calls down lightning to strike the crucifix in Josiah’s hand, killing him. Dying, Josiah tells the mocking vampire that his own soul is at peace with the Lord, something Dracula will never know. Dracula denies this with a hint of panic as he flies off….

Gene Colan
Tom Palmer
Tom Palmer
Gil Kane (Cover Penciler)
Frank Giacoia (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: John Costanza.


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