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Book Title: Batman & Dracula: Red Rain|
Date of issue: November 1st 1992
ISBN 13: 9780446394659
The author of the book: Doug Moench
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 411 KB
Edition: DC Comics
Read full description of the books Batman & Dracula: Red Rain:I’m stunned once again by how much Batman work Doug Moench got in the ‘90s considering what a shockingly bad writer he is. Was there really no-one else capable enough - was he the best of a bad bunch?
Red Rain is the first of the Batman: Vampire trilogy Moench did with Kelley Jones. It’s an Elseworlds book (meaning it happened somewhere in the Multiverse outside of DC canon). Dracula comes to Gotham, turns some people into vampires, Batman fights the vampires and Dracula.
Jaysis the commissioning editors were lazy back then! Batman fights Dracula? Yeah why not, let’s green light everything Batman-related! Batman takes a dump? Can we make it a two-parter? He has to break out the Bat-plunger!
Red Rain should be more fun than it is but it isn’t. It’s soul-crushingly shit aka the Doug Moench Special! The story and characters are so flat and unexciting. Dracula is like the traditional Count except he’s slightly younger. You know Batman will beat Dracula and he does. The usual stake stuff. There’s no imagination or wit here. Predictable plotting, boring dialogue. It’s less than 100 pages long but it’s such a depressingly bad comic it took me several attempts to get through it.
I’m not much of a Kelley Jones fan either. His Batmobile is pitiful – it looks like a carnival bumper car. Was he going for comedy? – while his Bruce looks weirdly proportioned like we're seeing his reflection in a warped mirror. And his Alfred is awful. The poor guy looks like he’s got two golf balls stuffed in his cheeks at all times (mouth cheeks that is)!
I actually have the rest of the Vampire trilogy but after Red Rain, I don’t think I’ll put myself through the torture that will inevitably be the rest of the series. This baby’s being donated to the charity bookshop! You want to read a good Batman comic? Stay away from the ones with Doug Moench’s name on the cover!
Read information about the authorDoug Moench, is an American comic book writer notable for his Batman work and as the creator of Black Mask, Moon Knight and Deathlok. Moench has worked for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics and many other smaller companies; he has written hundreds of issues of many different comics, and created dozens of characters, such as Moon Knight. In 1973, Moench became the de facto lead writer for the Marvel black-and-white magazine imprint Curtis Magazines. He contributed to the entire runs of Planet of the Apes, Rampaging Hulk (continuing on the title when it changed its name to The Hulk!) and Doc Savage, while also serving as a regular scribe for virtually every other Curtis title during the course of the imprint's existence. Moench is perhaps best known for his work on Batman, whose title he wrote from 1983–1986 and then again from 1992–1998. (He also wrote the companion title Detective Comics from 1983–1986.)
Moench is a frequent and longtime collaborator with comics artist Paul Gulacy. The pair are probably best known for their work on Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu, which they worked on together from 1974–1977. They also co-created Six from Sirius, Slash Maraud, and S.C.I. Spy, and have worked together on comics projects featuring Batman, Conan the Barbarian and James Bond.
Moench has frequently been paired with the artist and inker team of Kelley Jones and John Beatty on several Elseworlds Graphic Novels and a long run of the monthly Batman comic.
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