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Batman & Dracula: Red Rain

(Batman: Vampire #1)

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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  2,565 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Graphic novel fans won't be able to resist as Dracula comes to make Gotham City his dark dominion, first preying on the homeless and then amassing an army to take on the good citizens of Gotham. Batman must forge an alliance with the undead to defeat this unholy foe in a duel that stretches beyond the boundaries of death.
Paperback, 90 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by DC Comics (first published 1991)
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Sam Quixote
Aug 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
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Nicolo Yu
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comixology
Visually, very Gothic and influential; artist Kelley Jones' take on the Dark Knight is very striking that it came to define 90's Batman as he went on to do the covers of the Batman books for most of that decade. Also, Vampire Batman has become an official variant of the hero in one of the 52 worlds that comprise the DC multiverse.

In away, Batman is influenced by Bram Stoker's Dracula and to have writer Moench pen his fateful encounter with the king of vampire was a great idea. Though this a grea
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C.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
How do you follow up the well-received, and well-done, Gotham by Gaslight where Batman meets Jack the Ripper? With Red Rain where he faces yet another of history's killers: Dracula.

Set in a Gotham I've never seen before--there are mentions made of Oprah and Elvis, yet all the buildings look like old English castles and the Batmobile looks like a roadster out of a 60s movie--Red Rain is the story of an unseen evil in Gotham City. The homeless are turning up dead, their throats slashed. So far 4
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Stephen
Jul 08, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This sucked donkey dick.

The story was standard vampire drivel, and many of the story elements were very predictable. The only slightly creative parts were batarangs made of silver and a scene when Batman drew an image of a cross on a wall using his own blood so that it both compelled and repulsed Dracula, causing him to be immobile (why the story didn't end right there, I don't know). Other than that one scene, however, this is a stupid version of Batman - he intentionally starts multiple fist
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Panos
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
BATMAN & DRACULA: RED RAIN (5/5)


“In Elseworlds, heroes are taken from their usual settings and put into strange times and places. Some that have existed, or might have existed, and others that can’t, couldn’t or shouldn’t exist .The result is characters that are as familiar as yesterday seem as fresh as tomorrow.”

Hell of an intro, right? It’s included in such tales along with the special imprint. When you see that weird star thing on the cover, you know the book is free from its main charact
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Paul
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I have the hardcover edition, but couldn't find an adequate description on goodreads, so...

Batman & Dracula: Red Rain is a 1991 graphic novel by Doug Moench and Kelley Jones, in DC Comics' Elseworlds line of alternate reality stories. It spawned two sequels by the same creative team; Batman: Bloodstorm and Batman: Crimson Mist.

Investigating a series of murders of Gotham's homeless, the victims' throats having been slashed, Batman discovers that the murders are being committed by a family of
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Jonathan Briggs
May 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is one of Batman's "Elseworlds" adventures, as opposed to the "real-life" Batman adventures. As you might guess from the title, Batman meets Dracula. DC probably had to step carefully to avoid treading on Marvel's copyrights on the Dracula character, and that results in a seriously underwhelming villain. The art, heavily influenced by Bernie Wrightson (and I'm being very kind here), is interesting, but Kelly Jones has never learned to draw human beings in proper proportions: Thalidomide fli ...more
Rose
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Batman fans who want a gritty, alternative storyline in the paranormal vein
This alternative storyline to the Batman franchise was surprisingly interesting. "Red Rain" tells the story of how Batman must face off against Dracula and the overwhelming influx of vampires invading Gotham City. While the dialogue is a bit dated, the story that unfolds is engaging, gory, and even sensual. Dracula is indeed a foe that challenges Batman, and there are interesting parallels between the two that the comic touches upon rather nicely. Certainly when Batman finds himself infected and ...more
Patrick
Aug 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Boy, Batman and Dracula, one would think it was a match made in, um, well, heaven. BUT, turns out it is just an average read.
Francisco Juárez
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Una de las mejores historias de Batman que he leído. Me encanta el ambiente que le imprime Kelley Jones con su arte. Batman contra Drácula... ¿Hace falta decir más? Mucha sangre y mucho horror corporal en este cómic. Recuerdo que cuando lo compré, la señora que atendía me dijo que no era bueno que un niño leyera algo así... tengo la teoría de que pensó que era un libro de magia negra, debido a la contraportada que mostraba una calavera con una vela derretida encima. ; )
Bookworm Amir
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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C. Varn
Nov 22, 2015 rated it liked it
The art in this book is quite strong, using both gothic and post-apocalyptic imagery add atmosphere to the book. This gives the book a heaviness as well as a pulpy feel that works with the subject matter. That said, the pacing is too quick, and Dracula, in particular, feels undeveloped. Furthermore many elements of the plot are essentially a series of dues ex machinas that undermine the normal resourcefulness of Bruce Wayne character. As an Elseworld series, I know that Doug Meonch did interesti ...more
Tammy
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Batman has always been my favorite super hero. I think part of that is because he doesn't have super powers like most other super heroes and his to use his brains and his own strength and determination. But his dark gothic nature has also always appealed to me as well. I also enjoy vampire stories a lot. In spite of this, I had never considered what if Batman fought a vampire --- what if he fought THE Vampire, Dracula?
Matt
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading this book since my teens, well over a decade ago. I definitely appreciate the story more now then I did the first time around. A very bleak and dark story--even for Batman. Moench and Jones present a very compelling gothic horror story.
Tobyann Aparisi
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a thought provoking, different take on Batman, that I really appreciated and enjoyed. the art is dark and impressive at the same time. the story is really one for batman fans to read.
Patrick
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Dumb. Three stars for the concept/art but storywise it ends up being like a Batman/Blade crossover with a female vampire taking the place of Blade. I need to resist the Amazon daily deals sometimes.
Matt Graupman
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The offerings from DC’s Elseworlds imprint have always been a little hit-or-miss. Depending on the adaptability of the character, dropping them into a new world can come off as revelatory, adding a new layer to an established persona, or it can seem like a craven cash grab. Thankfully, Batman is about as malleable a superhero as there is. His origin and motivations are so basic, elemental, and primal that they translate to other kinds of stories with remarkable ease. Throw in a nest of vampires ...more
Ben Truong
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Batman and Dracula: Red Rain is an Elseworlds imprint. Written by Doug Moench and penciled by Kelley Jones. It deals with Batman's encounter with the most popular vampire – Count Dracula. It is the first part in a trilogy based on old Universal Picture and Hammer Film Production horror films.

In this world, while Batman investigates a series of murders of homeless people of Gotham City whose throats have been slashed had discovered that a coven of vampires led by Count Dracula is the culprits beh
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Fellipe Moscardini
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Wow... That was something!

I think this may have been the first Batman Elseworlds story I’ve ever read.
It is definitely weird, though not exactly in a bad way. The art is good (from the same artist who drew some issues of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman), but it did not age very well. There is a lot of the late 80s/ early 90s in this book. Take one of the characters, for example. A female vampire who was bitten by Dracula and then turned rogue vegan vampire— yeah, you read that right— who is so over se
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Centauri
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
maybe I am too much of a critic, or maybe because I do not like vampyrs, but I did not feel this was good story. why was dracula in gotham? why did the female vampire bite bruce? how did she know it would aid in her fight and not hinder? how did batman think there were only 4 killings when gordon positively stated there were 20?
the story seemed rush, not allowing for any character development. I know, it is batman and dracula, but it was a new tale in an odd universe, and the backstory we know a
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Tony
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was good, entertaining. It mixed up a lot of elements of differents lore about the vampires (saw a lot of stuff that reminds me of the Anne Rice books), the twist in the end about Batman is interesting (but predictable in some form).

The only thing I truly didn't like was the lettering. God, so painful to read.
AJ Maese
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Great concept and artwork. Mediocre story/character development. There's enough set-up though to keep one interested in continuing with the next installment in the trilogy. I'm also not a fan of the cursive lettering (hard to read), but it fits the genre I suppose.
Drew
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A dark, dark Batman Elseworlds. One of the best from the series. Well written, and Jones’ style is a perfect match to the material. A good example of a comic not made for kids.
Ill D
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
As far as a one-off crossover this one is pretty good.

Ben
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.9
J.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: local-library
This was, perhaps to its detriment, exactly what I expected it to be. It's solid enough, but almost completely unsurprising.
Yas
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, uni-read, 2018
what a poetic language???
Miguel Poveda
Feb 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Batman y vampiros... Creo que con eso está ya dicho todo. Una pampirolada de mucho cuidado, historia pobre, previsible a más no poder y hasta aburrida. Malo a rabiar.
Justyn Rampa
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I walked into this one a little hesitantly. After starting it, I thought for sure that I was not going to like it which would be disappointing because it would be the only Elseworlds Batman that I haven't rated 5 stars. Well, as you can see I did not give it five stars, but I did end up loving it nonetheless.

The book starts off a bit ridiculous and then gets AWESOME!!! Like serious, fanboy Batman VS. Dracula AWESOME!!! In the end, that is what redeemed it. For the most part, the story is well th
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Doug 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 ...more

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