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Despite its presentation as a graphic novel, the comic holds to the basis of Bram Stoker’s original story. Though the comic book is much shorter than the novel, it does not omit important scenes; the same sequence of events is kept without any of the theatrical interpretations that are so often seen in movies. The character roles are also preserved in this latest version, allowing readers to view the real relationship between Mina and Jonathan, as well as the multiple suitors for Lucy. Van Helsing is portrayed as the wise and brave doctor that Stoker always intended Helsing to be. And, although Dracula may appear more distant and mysterious than fans are accustomed to, his character stays true to Stoker’s original depiction. The story is presented in bright colors and vivid sketches – a great addition from the perspective of a graphic novel. Although the original novel tries to be as detailed as possible, often the hyperbole of the old fashioned writing can feel long-winded and unnecessary, which can be a bit stifling for some of us readers, who do not speak the way Stoker wrote (he did write it in the 1890’s, after all). Dare I say that the comic book is an improvement of the original story of Dracula? I mean no disrespect to Bram Stoker, especially since the basis of his story was such an inspiration to the horror genre; however, Thomas and Giordano did an excellent job of cutting the fat from the novel and keeping the juiciest meat of the story. Halloween or not, almost any time is a good time to catch up on a classic, even if it is in comic book form.