I once read that ToD was not only the best horror comic ever, but arguably the best comic of the 1970's.
Big words. Surprisingly ... the latter is very accurate.
The first few issues were nothing great in my opinion as Dracula would show up and someone would unsuccessfully try and kill him. Dracula would then laugh and fly away.
As issues progress, events unfold, characters develop, and you actually start to care for the monster known as Dracula
Marv Wolfman's writing is also really good. I tend to admire art way before writing. I usually only notice writing if it is particularly bad. In this case, I have found myself saying, "Man, that line was so descriptive." or "Aww Geez, I can believe she is falling for Dracula" or "Wow! These characters are so believable. The writing in this comic is awesome!"
(Stuff like that)
He paints pictures with his words and Gene creates poetry with his brush. They are a great team!
An ongoing trend in my "reviews" is to also scan other elements of the issue.
There's another guy, Dr. Sun, who I don't know much about, but I already want Dracula to kick his but. Lilith, his daughter also is trying to kill him.
Her story is quite tragic, and you feel bad for her too. (Good job Marv!)
Dracula is really mean to her, and it's those times, you begin to hate him.
Everyone is after him. Bad guys, good guys, and men stuck in the middle. There is a human element that is hunting him down consisting of Quincy Harker, Rachel Van Helsing, Dracula's descendant Frank Drake and a tall mysterious Indian mute. Oh yeah, and Harker's dog, Saint.
Blade shows up now and then. Also, Hannibal King and the unknown threat known as Dr. Sun.
Strangely, there are also characters, like Sheila that care for him and even offer him protection.
She barely makes her way to Blade's house who is the only one who believes her story.
Ewwww! It's all yellow! I started using color correction when I scan images from my comics. I forgot this time and I was too lazy to go back and redo it.
Dracula is trying to figure out why his power is waning, and the whereabouts of Dr. Sun.
A bitter woman named Miss Von Wilkinson has this info and will trade it to Dracula for services.
She is a fashion designer. Early in her career she was burned by four different men. They stole her designs and made lots of money without ever crediting or helping her.
If Dracula kills these four men, in return, she will give him the information he desires.
She will also help feed him while he completes this sinister job.
Yes, Dracula "killed" them, but he also turned them into Vampires. Little did she know he would tell each of them her name.
After reading this issue I was kind of shocked. Cleverly written, and savagely brutal!
Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
As I stated earlier, the Art, writing, tone and characters is really great. I recommend going back and checking it out.