Dracula Everlasting is a new OEL manga by writing team DeFilippis and Weir, known for their prior series Amazing Agent Luna. In commentary the authors have expressed the desire to tell the story of the biggest bad boy vampire himself, Dracula, as a counterpoint to the now popular bishie boys from teen chic lit like Twilight and Vampire Knight. Using elements from Braham Stoker’s original manuscript, DeFilippis and Weir have integrated Dracula into a modern high school setting, inviting readers to experience the emotional conflicts of such a powerful possession.
The Gist: (from publisher) Nicholas Harker is an average teen who has just lost his parents in a tragic accident. But when he learns he is the sole heir to a vast estate from a mysterious ancestor he never knew he had, his life will never be average again. Together with his new friend, Jill Hawthorne, who has relocated from London, Nicholas discovers that he is a direct descendant of Lord Dracula, and what’s worse, Dracula’s spirit is beginning to exert control over him.
Under the spell of Dracula, Nicholas’ first order of business is to rebuild Castle Dracula stone by stone in the outskirts of Boston. There are those from Dracula’s past who will stop at nothing to destroy Nicholas, and those who come to his aid and urge him to embrace his destiny. Only one loves him; the rest want to use him–in a dark war where Nicholas’ very soul is the battleground.
While the characters are cookie cutter stereotypes, the artwork’s visual telling makes the story easier to ingest. Vampire fans will enjoy it, just don’t expect Dracula to be sparkly!