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Holmes, Watson and their new associates Professor Van Helsing, Dr. John Seward, Quincey Morris, and Jonathan Harker settle back in 221B Baker Street after disposing the vampire plague carriers where Holmes and Watson learn of their friends' connection to Dracula.

Appearing in the 1st Story

Featured Characters:

  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Dr. John Watson
  • Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Flashback and main story)
  • Dr. John Seward (Flashback and main story)
  • Quincey Morris (Flashback and main story)
  • Jonathan Harker (Flashback and main story)

Supporting Characters:

  • Mycroft Holmes


  • Vlad Dracula (Flashback and main story)
  • Lucy Westenra (Flashback and main story)
  • Brides of Dracula (Flashback and main story)

Other Characters:

  • Lord Godalming (Flashback and main story) (Dies)
  • Mina Murray (Dies in flashback)


  • 221B Baker Street
  • Severndroog Castle, Shooters Hill


  • None


  • None

Synopsis for the 1st Story

Holmes, Watson and their new associates Professor Van Helsing, Dr. John Seward, Quincey Morris, and Jonathan Harker settle back in 221B Baker Street after disposing the vampire plague carriers where Holmes and Watson learn of their friends' connection to Dracula.

Months ago, Harker was sent to visit Count Dracula in his remote Transylvanian castle to provide legal advice with regards to a number of properties he'd purchased in England. It was there that he slowly started to realize the true nature of the Count and his vampiric brides. He was kept alive to finalise the legalities of his purchase before being planned to be disposed in which Harker barely escaped and found refuge in a convent - where he was founded by his fiancee Mina Murray and married her. It was then that Dracula traveled to Exeter on the Demeter and somehow preyed on Mina's friend Lucy Westenra, who was being courted by Morris, Seward, and Arthur Holmwood. Seward, in desperation over Lucy's health, went to his friend and mentor Professor Van Helsing for help, who then understand of Lucy's transformation into a vampire. After Lucy's death, Van Helsing proposed in staking her before she was resurrected; however, Arthur Holmwood, also known as Lord Godalming, sided with Dracula and warned him. Lucy escaped her preemptive death, and because of the men's absence, Dracula took Mina as one of his own kin. Mina, knowing of Dracula's brides and Lucy's befalling, chose suicide than becoming a vampire by bathing in sunlight as she turned to ashes in her husband's arms.

Holmes then asked Van Helsing on the nature of Dracula. The professor explained of the Count's history as a Romanian knight of the Sacred Order of the Dragon, his war against the Muslim Turks during the 15th century, and his brutal executions; all prior to becoming a vampire, in which how he became to be varies in different accounts. After learning this, Holmes then raise several questions: how did Dracula, in his remote bastion, know of a firm of provincial Exeter solicitors; turning Westenra for coincidentally being friends with Mina; and most importantly of Arthur Holmwood's role in this. Mycroft Holmes then suddenly arrive and answers to Holmes' questions as Holmwood works for him - he was an agent of the Diogenes Club. Mycroft further tells that after the rise and fall of Professor Moriarty's revenants, certain quarters of his government decided Britain should be with its own arsenal of the supernatural. Agents of the empire, Holmwood among them, were then dispatched worldwide to leads on myths, legends, and folktales: all of which proved ultimately fruitless except for Dracula. Holmwood had traveled to Dracula's castle and aligning himself with the vampire in which he suggested to Dracula of using Harker's employers and using Exeter, a distant city, to draw less attention. As of present, with the plague destroyed Holmwood hadn't been seen since his visit to Buckingham Palace where he audaciously introduced Dracula to Queen Victoria; in which Van Helsing is shocked about this as according to vampire lore, vampires cannot enter any place uninvited, and Dracula's invitation into the Palace would allow him to return there whenever he wish.

Sherlock then question about vampires' relationship with daylight, in which Van Helsing clarify that vampires do exist in daylight but are actually weaken by it. Sherlock then sees this as the right time to move against Dracula and request Watson to bring out the current city maps and then pinpointing the known locations of the boxes that were shipped to based on Harker's notes and Billington's manifest. Mycroft deduce the likely location of Dracula's sanctuary based on the Count's strategic mindset: Shooters Hill.

Meanwhile, Holmwood argues with Dracula telling him that their plans were to create a serum from Dracula's blood and inoculate into Victoria's progeny, who are the heirs of Europe's nations, and being at the thrall of Dracula. Instead, Holmwood criticizes the Count's rash actions in using plague carriers, in which Holmwood wasn't even previously aware of the crates' actual contents, and exposing themselves to their enemies, especially with Sherlock involved. Dracula, having enough of Holmwood, grasp Holmwood by the neck and tells him he is no use to him anymore in which he have Lucy feast on her former suitor.

Holmes and his allies later arrives at Shooters Hill and enters Severndroog Castle. They find Holmwood's corpse in which Watson examines his body and finding it exsanguinated and noticing his neck is savaged instead of a fanged bite as according to Van Helsing. They then find three boxes containing emptied coffins in which they realize they are belong to Dracula's brides - the Count had brought them along on the Demter which explains the ship's crew "disappearance". As the men wonder of where the brides are, the said brides and along with Lucy look them from above the ceiling.


  • This is the first issue of the series to be publish under the DC banner.


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