The GeeksverseTomb of Dracula Presents: Throne Of Blood

Tomb of Dracula Presents: Throne Of Blood
Published on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 by

Written by: Victor Gischler
Art by: Goran Parlov w/ Dalibor Talajic
Colors: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Jeff Eckleberry
Cover Art: Bryan Hitch w/ Paul Mounts
Assistant Editor: Sabastian Girner
Editor: Daniel Ketchum

There have been teasers and hints that the character introduced in this story will be a major one for Marvel. This is the origin story of Raizo Kodo. It starts in 1535 Japan. The basics is that Raizo and his brother kill a rampaging warlord that turns out to be a vampire. This vampire, Jakkaru, bites the brother and the brother in turn infects the whole Kodo clan. Raizo takes it upon himself to eradicate his family but he is biten. Just as he’s about to kill himself he passes out and wakes up a vampire.

From what Dracula says Raizo has his own code of honor and is dedicated to his goal. The story opens with the Klaw sect wanting Dracula’s permission to hunt down Raizo because he “left” the clan. It turns out that Raizo was in line to be Legate of the Kreiger clan but turned it down. He’s a man seeking something.

The story itself is good. It’s a nice tale. But there is nothing in these pages that show Raizo to be a major character. There’s no reason to even care about him beyond it being a vampire origin tale. What are we supposed to get out of this?

Would have figured, with the teasers and hints, that part of this story would have involved the modern MU and showed why this character is going to be significant. But there is none of that here.

In a way, despite the strong story, it ends up being a disappointment.

I don’t normally think of Gischler as a strong writer, but this story was well done. The script is strong. The tale, such as it is, is a good one. We care about Raizo and his crusade to eradicate the infection. We don’t care about Raizo after that.

Parlov’s art is good. He’s got a nice style. He shows a strong grasp of storytelling. The art reads and flows well with no jumps in pacing. He’s got a good sense of the style of the time period.

Tomb of Dracula Presents: Throne of Blood receives
3.5 out of 5

A solid story but it comes across as just a vampire tale with no hints or reasons why this is a new major character.

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