Red Rain ..must read Batman stories …9


red rain

No character has starred in more Elseworlds tales than Batman. The Dark Knight has been Green Lantern, a Victorian vigilante and even a true knight. However, all of these fantasy tales pale in comparison to Red Rain, which pits Batman against the one and only Dracula.

For centuries, Dracula has operated covertly, avoiding revealing his presence to the public. Having grown tired of playing it quiet and cool, Dracula has become aggressive. He’s taken up residence in Gotham City and is spawning his own vampire legion to take over the city from its only protector, the Batman. Fortunately for Bats, not all vampires are evil. He has allies in this war — allies who know the only way Batman can defeat Dracula is if the Dark Knight becomes one of their own.

Red Rain is full of the unexpected. Just about every page offers a new twist, a fun surprise. And though you never know what’s going to happen next, you’ll never get lost along the way. And when Bats grows wings, well, it really starts kicking ass at that point.

The first of a vampire trilogy, Red Rain is the only one that is truly excellent. There are no known Batman baddies clogging up the panels, no Joker or Two-Face — it’s just Batman versus the greatest threat he’s ever known. Kelley Jones’ art is very controlled in Red Rain, with just enough exaggerated physiology to make it all seem like a horrible living nightmare. The follow ups, Bloodstorm and Crimson Mist are fun stories, but Jones runs rampant in these.

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