Castlevania: The Belmont Legacy Paperback – 3 Nov 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
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.