on 16 March 2011
This is a humorous re-imagining of F.W Murnau's classic vampire horror film "Nosferatu". This graphic novel basically follows the same story and theme of the original film except that it has given it a modern day setting and made some intriguing changes to the characters. Most notably the characters Thomas Hutter and his wife Ellen. In this graphic novel they are a young lesbian couple who go by the names Tommy Hutter and Elle. Another notable change is the character of Bullner. In the original film he was a vampire hunter but in this he is portrayed as a government agent who tackles germ warfare.
Successful photographer Tommy Hutter is sent to Germany by her employer Nox to meet the reclusive Count Orlock and photograph his castle. While staying with the Count she realises his true nature and that he intends to travel to the USA to spread his evil plague and claim her super model girlfriend Elle for himself.
To be honest I had my doubts about this graphic novel before I bought it because I really enjoy and respect the original film but I have to say that this re-imagining is thoroughly enjoyable. Christopher Howard Wolf's writing is fast paced and witty and I think that his decision to use a same sex couple as the main protagonists of the story was a really good idea. Unlike many other writers who might have gone for a sleazier approach Wolf portrays Tommy and Elle as a young,playful energetic couple with a genuinely deep affection for one another.
Wolf also manages to make his characters play off of each other brilliantly. The scenes in Orlock's castle between Orlock and Tommy are great. The way that Tommy's bright and enthusiastic personality clashes with Orlock's moody and sombre personality will leave you grinning like a Cheshire cat.
Justin Wayne's cartoonish artwork perfectly suits the tongue in cheek humour of the story. If Wolf had decided to go with a darker, moodier re-imagining he would probably have needed a different artist but as it is Justin Wayne was definitely the right artist for this story.
Over all this is a fast paced, darkly humorous graphic novel which I think vampire fans and horror fans will enjoy immensely.
on 2 October 2014
Surprisingly enjoyable, with fun characters and good dialogue.
I'm always a bit wary of comicbooks (or graphic novels as some want to be called) as the artist is often more interested in showing off rather than allowing the story to flow. This was a pleasant exception, the art style never tried to overpower the plot, the characters were interesting and the way the story flowed never got over-melodromatic.