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Castlevania: The Belmont Legacy Paperback – 3 Nov 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (3 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933239190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933239194
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.8 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,030,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ok, im a big Castlevania fan, so I thought i'd enjoy this graphic novel. However it is seriously flawed. Firstly there is next to no narrative, with some pages containing only one small speech bubble. The story itself has no plot, or rather lacks an interesting one, just Dracula rises, steals Heros woman, kills people gets killed. There is almost no explanation or information given about the rich history of the series, and the novel (pah, more like short story) can be flicked through in about ten minutes.
On the plus side, the artwork is well done, but nothing special.
Overall, if the book were cheaper, it recommend it, but it really isnt worth it.
I was expecting a detailed adventure based on the rich history of the CastleVania series, instead its a shallow, easy read that is not worth time or money.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97d992a0) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97da3678) out of 5 stars Wasted potential . . . 12 Jan. 2006
By T. Sparks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Words cannot express how excited I was to learn that a Castlevania comic book miniseries existed. Castlevania, for me, has always been one of the highlights of video gaming--a series renowed for its sweeping story telling, incredible action, and deep characters.

Unfortunately, such praises cannot be placed on this book.

I suppose that IDW publishing was hindered before they started; after all, "The Belmont Legacy" is a re-telling of "The Castlevania Adventure," easily the weakest game in the entire Castlevania mythos. That being said, it's sad that they were unable to take that story and improve upon it.

Oh, the book starts off well enough, with a future vision of the vastly superior "Belmont's Revenge" game. Dracula, in this vision, is a positively evil being, one bent on revenge against the protagonist. But, unfortunately, it proved to be only a vision and a hint at a good story.

The book quickly reverts back ten or so years, with the protagonist (that being Christopher Belmont) getting married. Alright. So far, ok. Dracula is then reborn out a blood ritual. And then reborn in a blood ritual again a few pages later.

Woah. Back up. We see Dracula getting born twice. Was once not enough? Did he need more power? What's the significance of this act, other than the fact that Dracula somehow fails to find clothing for the entire run of the series?

Yes. You heard me right. Dracula, the prince of darkness, the evil vampire portrayed by Bela Lugosi, the villian of so many movies and books--is butt naked. And seems remarkably uninterested in clothing himself, either.

That's strike two.

Another problem that abounded throughout the story was an over-abundance of characters that truly meant nothing to the comic. Take, for example, the evil countesses' father, who spends all of the first 1/6th of the comic plotting to resurrect Dracula, and then quickly disappears after his daughter gives him a push to the floor.

The book quickly degenerates into a near-unintelligble montage featuring Christopher's party getting eaten, being turned into vampires, getting killed, coming back, and getting killed again, coupled with some damsel in distress scenes, all silly-puttied together with some wonky transitions.

The dialogue, likewise, is ultimately sophomoric. There are few thought bubbles. IDW didn't even get the period costumes right.

Essentially, IDW had a blank slate with which to finally add some depth to "The Castlevania Adventure." At this, they failed.

You have been warned.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97da36cc) out of 5 stars Unfortunately weak...... 5 May 2011
By Dane McGolerick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love Castlevania I'm a huge fan of the series and when I saw this I knew I had to own it. Well after reading it, I wish I hadn't bought it. As a fan of the games it's nice to have in the collection, as a comic book fan it shouldn't be in my collection.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97da3b04) out of 5 stars People are way too hard on this 21 Nov. 2010
By Leif Nar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Honestly, I loved this comic. I am a huge fan of the Castlevania series and I really felt that this comic did the franchise justice. It has a classic adventure feel that I feel the Castlevania series is meant to invoke.

When I read the reviews for this I considered not buying it. But, having an obsession with the series, I decided to give it a chance. I really don't know why other reviewers felt the need to bash this so badly.

The comic adds some points of interest to the Castlevania continuity. For one, people in the comic are initially skeptical about Dracula's power. Trevor Belmont would have been the last Belmont to battle Dracula before this story. Christopher Belmont wonders if the legends were completely exaggerated. Other Castlevania games have implied that the curse of Dracula is covered up by the Church. So this story is in keeping with that.

Also, this is the only Castlevania story to REALLY show just how brutal Dracula is. There's a picture of a dead guy impaled through the mouth and out the....you know what. So it's not hard to imagine why so few people are willing to face Dracula.

I also bought the Curse of Darkness manga. I will go review that soon. But I will say right here that this comic alone is far better than both volumes of CoD put together.

Buy this. And let IDW know that they need to make more of these.

Oh, and, Pascha is hot.
By Miguel Rivera Jr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It makes me want to read the rest of it. I'm a huge fan of castlevania so I might give it more credit than it deserves
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97da3eb8) out of 5 stars This was intense! 9 Jan. 2007
By Joshua Shane Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was expecting to get a cool comic to read, but what I got instead was something like a hardcore manga. It was awesome and all, just more mature then I had expected it to be. So for those of you out there thinking of purchasing this for your little boy/girl to read- think again! If though you would like to keep it to read for yourself, I definitely believe that this book is worth looking into.
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