The whole impaling thing had to start some somewhere, right? Before Vlad Tepes dipped his bread in the blood of fallen Turk soldiers and nailed hats on priests who didn’t tip theirs, he and his brother Radu had to make their bones. Aftershock Comics’ upcoming The Brothers Dracul, will fill in the details of what is sure to be a moving coming-of-age story. The Brother Dracul hits stores in April, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Brother Dracul was written by Cullen Bunn (X-Men), with artist Mirko Colak (The Punisher), colorist Maria Santaolalla, and letterer Simon Bowland, the team that rendered Unholy Grail onto pulp.
“I’m thrilled to be working on Brothers Dracul, a 15th century horror tale that explores the ‘true’ history of the infamous Vlad the Impaler,” Bunn told Heat Vision, via THR. “We had so much fun telling a horror story with King Arthur as its central figure, we had to get the gang back together for this story, featuring one of the most shocking icons of horrific history.”
“I am from Serbia, and the location where the story takes place is only a few hours away from me, so I’m very familiar with the legend, and I’ve always had a desire to do adaptations of the story,” Colak added.
The Transylvanian-Wallachian scourge of the Turks wasn’t exactly a teenaged vampire.
“The legend of Vlad the Impaler is the stuff of nightmares,” reads the official synopsis. “The inspiration for the most iconic of monsters—Dracula—Vlad tortured and murdered thousands of victims. But what turned him into such a depraved killer? The truth lies in his teenage years, when Vlad and his brother Radu were held hostage by the Ottoman Empire. During this time, the brothers learned many things—archery, riding, the art of combat, matters of court…and how to stalk and slay vampires.”
It appears the king of vampires started out as a royal Buffy.
“This is the story of the events that turned Vlad Dracul into Vlad Tepes,” Bunn told Heat Vision, via THR. “What we know of Vlad’s history is that during his teenage years, he and his brother Radu were captured and held prisoner by the Ottoman Empire. During that time, they were treated as royal prisoners. They were trained in art, history, horseback riding, archery, and — oh, yeah! — vampire slaying. Of course, these aren’t the smooth, black-caped, charming vampires of the movies. These are nasty, blood-drinking, flesh-eating monstrosities. The terrifying adventures of the Brothers Dracul will change both of their lives forever.”
The Brothers Dracul No. 1 will hit comic book stores and be available digitally on April 11.