Just announced by Skybound, James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds, the dynamic duo behind the smash-hit The Department of Truth, will launch Universal Monsters: Dracula, a four issue mini-series releasing this October. According to the press release, this is the next step in the continuing relationship between Skybound and Universal, and is only the first in a number of limited series starring the Universal Monsters.

The title will focus on adapting the story from the 1931 film starring Bela Lugosi, but will also twist and deviate with some new wrinkles in the classic tale of Count Dracula. A main cover will be provided by Simmonds, along with a variant by Joshua Middleton and a blank variant. 

Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 Cover by Martin Simmonds

Here’s Skybound’s description of the upcoming title:

The comic book miniseries will unfold over four suspenseful issues, with the first installment plunging readers into the eerie world of Dr. John Seward after he admits a seemingly delusional new patient to his asylum. Recounting chilling tales of a demonic entity residing next door, the skeptical doctor attempts to rationalize the unexplainable, but his adopted daughter Lucy mysteriously succumbs to the malevolent influence of the enigmatic Count Dracula. 

Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 Variant by Joshua Middleton

Tynion was thrilled to come aboard the series, and is looking forward to injecting new life into this story of the undead:

“A few times in my life I’ve had the pleasure of writing about one of the great pop culture icons, but there is something singular about Dracula that made this opportunity too good to pass up. The challenge in front of Martin and I is to take the bloody heart of the Universal Pictures classic and find a bold new way to bring the character to life. It’s been one of the most exciting creative challenges of my life, and I am phenomenally excited for you to see the horrors we have in store for you.” 

Simmonds was similarly enthusiastic about the upcoming series and the opportunity to dig into this world:

“Dracula has always been a horror favorite of mine, so to get the chance to work on an exciting new interpretation of this character alongside my Department of Truth Co-creator, James Tynion IV, was one I couldn’t pass up,” said Martin Simmonds. “I’m so excited for readers to experience our version of Universal’s classic monster–and I hope you enjoy the direction we take the story.” 

Universal Monsters: Dracula #1 will be available in comic shops and digitally on Wednesday October 25th, 2023.


  1. There’s a special place in my heart for all of the universal monsters! Looking forward to this one, and hopefully many more titles based on other classics.

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