Happy birthday to Ed Wood!
The first of these, Red Rain, shows us what happens when the Batman's turf is encroached upon by Dracula himself. following a tense encounter that nearly leads to Batman's demise at the hands of the vampire lord-- which culminates in Batman using his own blood to hold Dracula at bay in a novel way-- Batman equips himself to deal with such a powerful adversary, as well as his growing spawn. Naturally, the Dark Knight triumphs in the end, destroying the vampire king for all time, but not without a heavy price: as the story ends, Batman has become a vampire himself.
Bloodstorm chronicles Batman's struggle to retain his humanity as his new vampiric nature threatens to obliterate the man he was. Adding a were-cat Selina Kyle and depraved vampiric Joker into the mix only complicates matters further.
one of the earliest Batman stories involved his battle with a vampiric adversary. These tales take us to some dark places, but it never seems they are being sadistic for the sake of being sadistic; it always serves the story and raises the stakes for the characters. Moench's dialogue is rather clunky at times, but the overall story makes up for any deficiencies in the prose.
Kelley Jones's art is not for everyone, but it is perfectly suited to these stories. Many people focus almost exclusively on how he draws the characters, but his rendering of Gotham City is often ignored. The Gotham he creates here is rather different from what we're accustomed to, although it evokes a similar mood. This is a Gotham with cobblestone streets and an architectural style that is evocative of 19th century London. Much of the credit for the success of these stories must be given to the art team, and Jones's designs of Gotham are a large part of that. His character designs are memorable, including some truly nightmarish versions of classic villains such as the Riddler and the Scarecrow.