Thursday, October 4, 2012

Longbox of the Damned: Dracula vs. Zorro



Longbox of the Damned 04. ‎

33 comments:

Ozaline said...

Well I assume given how vampires are usually hurt by holy icons, that the a holy relic from the crucification would do a major number on them.

This comic does look fantastic especially compared to some of the other "X vs Dracula" books out there... I mean some are good, but it can get rather stale.

Fantastic vid, once again.

Daniel T. Stack said...

AS Diego DeLavega says himself in Disney's Series. There are many who would gladly wear the mask. Zorro may not be immortal as one man but you can find his spirit living on against injustice even in real life today.

This and many other Zorro comics are why I have been hoping for The Fox to appear on Attop the Fourth Wall. I just despair that I have never found a BAD one. And more I get depressed that I may never find them all. Its not like I have been able to purchase any of the ones I found yet.

Looking forward to the net tale from the Long Box

DarkSeraphim said...

I'm definitely enjoying this series! Creepy opening and all...*shifty eyes*

Dracula vs. Zorro...not exactly something I admit I ever thought of. Interesting to say the least...I prefer the zombies though *nods* Zombies!!

De-Ji said...

I enjoyed yesterday's LOTD, as well as today's of course. However, I barely know anything about comics. Learning fast thanks to you and G0069 though!

Also, it must be really annoying putting all the face paint and make-up on and doing a video that's only a few minutes long then taking it off again. Kudos to you, good sir!

LucasChad said...

The comic looks great! Even though you spoiled the ending, I love it when a vampire turns to dust like that. It's enough to make me want to track down the comic. The crown of thorns thing kinda reminds me of the end of Satanic Rites of Dracula where the Count was weakened by a thorn bush before being staked to the heart once again. Both of those deaths I think are unique and different from other Dracula deaths we've seen before.

Speaking of Dracula, I love the use of Swan Lake for the episode that opened the classic 1931 Universal horror film. Fun fact, Universal also used the music as the main title for Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Mummy (both released in 1932).

Just one question for you. Do you have a favorite Dracula? Mine is Christopher Lee overall because of the red eyes, the sexual prowess, and his commanding presence he brought to any movie he was in.

Tyler said...

This comic sounds like something your were planning for ATFW, but was better than you thought.

Tori said...

That was awesome! Definitely will have to check out that comic. I guess the Crown of Thorns makes sense as a vampiric-bane being a holy artifact and all.

Also, I think I figured out Moarte's catchphrase:

"Bwahahahahahaha!"

Which is different from Linksano's catchphrase which is like,

"Meeheeheeheeee"

But I love both, and I love this new series =3

Paul S. said...

Topps Zorro comics were a lot of fun even though most people remember them for Lady Rawhide. (Topps attempt at jumping onto the Bad Girl fad.) Topps also published a really fun Jason vs Leatherface mini-series that would also make for some prime material for a future Longbox of the Damned.

unacomn said...

If you're going for the complete accent, don't pronounce Dracula with a "q" it's a "cu" as in "cool"

Anonymous said...

There is another book I am adding to my list. I guess it's a good thing that Dracula can't truly die, otherwise we would have these amazing stories. The ending sounds pretty clever two. It actually reminds me of a doctor who episode I recently saw that says it isn't the item that hurts the vampire, but your faith in what the item represents taking to form of energy. So the crown of thorns would have a lot of energy.

Dragons Dusk said...

Oh I hope my comic shop gets their move completed sooner rather than later. This is so getting added to my list. I'll admit, I wasn't huge into Zorro until The Mask of Zorro in um, 1998(?) but I did watch a lot of movies with Aryl Flinn on VHS with my Grandma when I was a hatchling, (And there's a good chance I spelled that wrong, if I did my apologies)so sword fighting for honor, truth and the hand of the maiden is still very cool.

The set up for these two to meet is damn interesting and I think very cool and like that there first contest of physical battle ends in a draw because both know they can't reveal themselves.

Also interesting Dracula gets a mark on Zorro, since Zorro is usually the one to leave a mark on his adversaries, was a nice touch.

Can't tell if I want to get this one first or still find the issues mentioned in LOTD 1, the bar where drinks are paid for with stories sounds so damn cool.

Anyway, killer episode.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you're familiar with the musical of Dracula or even the original book, but I have just been cast as Arthur Holmwood in my local production of the musical. This is actually my first time learning anything about this story and it is glorious, along with the songs.

Anonymous said...

I'm enjoying longbox of the damned. Keep it up I hope you bring this back for next October. Also nice work on Marvel Zombies.

Frosty said...

I -did- like Marvel zombies too, Mr. Moarte, don't be upset! :3

I'm actually looking forward to seeing comics with dark endings myself. A good horror gives you the creeps even after it's over! (Even if movies have made these kind of endings a tad cliché...)

Movie-Brat said...

0_0 I didn't think that comic existed. It looks cool really.

And by the way, I have an interest in Marvel Zombies and really, the concept sounds cool and besides, how do you sya no to that crossover featuring Ash Williams?

Anonymous said...

Gotta say, normally you wouldn't think that someone could cross Zorro and Dracula over well. The two seem so different that you'd think it would work as well as crossing Silent Hill with Lovecraft.

LeeshaJoy said...

So I'm curous--does the Longbox contain only "mainstream" comics or will we see the likes of Jhonen Vasquez or Junji Ito in there?

Malken said...

I was hoping this mini-series would come up on the Longbox of the Damned, and this review really does it justice!

Dracula vs Zorro is a great exemple of what crossovers should be! Both characters are shown to be formidable in their own rights, and neither side ends up downplayed due to favoritism from the writer.

The story uses quite a few elements one would expect from a vampire story, but the characters' motivations and intelligence in light of the situation prevents it from feeling cliche.

I also really liked that the conflict between the two had a bit more substance to it than the standard crossover slugfest, leading to battles that are as much idealogical as they are physical.

The art is very dynamic, and there's a few panels throughout that really channel Guy William's expressions from Disney's old Zorro show. The inking and coloring are superb, setting up the mood perfectly and give reader a great contrast between the characters' natural environments.

Honestly, the only negative thing I can think of for this story is that it should have gotten a third issue to really give itself a chance to breathe. As it is, it feels a little condensed at times, and since the plot has to be resolved within 2 issues, some of the dialogue becomes convenient exposition dump for the characters to progress along.

Anyways, I'm really enjoying these reviews, and I can't wait to see what Moarte comes up with next time!

Lizard-Man said...

Alright, definetely did not expect that one for sure. I mean it makes sense when you think about it, but I wouldn't have thought about it myself. Clever idea probably worth the look.

Zorro fighting vampires, I mean why the hell not? Sounds classy and I always loved the old Zorro theme song.

Nick Michalak said...

VERY nice episode! Each one seems better than the last. "Dracula vs. Zorro" looks like one sweet comic to grab a hold of. Definitely a classy, intriguing idea to put together.

If you're looking for any good, lesser known Dracula films, I'd HIGHLY suggest the 1979 film starring Frank Langella. Not so much a fright fest, but very classy and seductive. It also stars Sir Laurence Olivier and Donald Pleasance.

Phantom Roxas said...

I'm surprised this comic was written. It sounds like it was a really good story.

Moarte continues to be a fun character. Hopefully we get to seem show up on AT4W once Longbox of the Damned is finished.

Arianne said...

Oh, this one looks like a old school classic. Zorro with a extra R is someone I wasn't expecting to show up here from what I know about the fox. I wonder how many Vs Dracula comics are there?

Daniel T. Stack said...

Errol Flynn was never Zorro in even one movie but Douglas Fairbanks was the first Filmed Zorro in 1920. Fairbanks and Guy Williams from the Disney TV series more or less defined everything we know about the character.

Taylor -Schmitty- Scheid said...

I wanna track this comic down and read it now. It honestly sounds fascinating.

Thibaud said...

Thank you for that ! And congratulations for the authors of this comic for showing their work : the Crown of thorns is, indeed, guarded in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, since 1239 (http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/spip.php?article339).

starofjustice said...

Still sounds better than that time Zorro fought evil surfers.

Le Messor said...

LucasChad:
"Speaking of Dracula, I love the use of Swan Lake for the episode that opened the classic 1931 Universal horror film."

Wasn't that 'The Sleeping Beauty Waltz' playing through this episode?
Or have I got my Tchaikovski ballets confused again?

boooratt said...

This one does sound like a col idea! I'm shocked that this wasn't done sooner in like the 30s as a serial or something!
I do wonder how close to the Bram Stoker's novel it is as a lot of concepts of Dracula most know are totally wrong! Like sunlight doesn't kill Dracula it only weakens him!

Anonymous said...

After researching Romanian folklore (since I'm a geek) I think I figured out what Moarte is...en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strigoi

Anonymous said...

I really like this episode. Especially on how ticked off Moarte sounds when talking about good winning in the end, especially on how he sounds in the opening. Although unlike other parts of the fandom, I don't consider Moarte a total villain, more like chaotically neutral. Though this is a man that (at least in the tumblr canon anyway) killed a man out of jealousy and received a supposedly demonic artifact (what? It's called Longbox of the Damned!). But enough of my charcter analysis on someone who sided with Dracula.

Also once again Dracula has been defeated by the Power of God!

Anonymous said...

Wait that actually happened? @_@

Anonymous said...

"...Zorro is nothing but a man in a mask. But Dracula!!! Dracula is forever. *more manical laughter*"

I just like the sound of that ending line, very nice performance with this guy. Good luck on Longbox 2013 (wow very ironic for this show's second year)

Anonymous said...

The fox is a symbol of justice and as Diego says on the mask of Zorro, there are thousands who would wish to use the Mask of Zorro.
Like dracula also known as Vlad Tepes once also defended their homeland from injustice.