Hoo-rah! Dracula makes an appearance in Scott Snyder's excellent Vertigo series. Ok, not exactly an appearance. We never do see him in the series. But his malevolent presence sure is felt.
I love the wide catalog of vampires that Snyder's created in this and the main American Vampire series. There's a lot of new ideas he's brought to the vampire genre, and fortunately none of them involved sparkling skin and fetid romance stories. Although, if anyone could make that genre of vampire story interesting, I'd bet on Snyder. By the end of the miniseries Felicia is back in the VMS fold. Looks like Gus will soon be one of their top agents, too.
More puzzling was Gus's age. Hobbes says right in the first issue that it's been 15 years since Felicia took Gus from the VMS. That was my calculation, too, because Survival of the Fittest took place in 1939. That would mean that Gus is a minimum of 15 years old, more likely 16 or 17 because he wasn't an infant in 1939. Despite that he's portrayed as an elementary age kid, at most 10 years old, and more likely 8. Now, maybe his aging is somehow retarted by his vampirism, but it's never stated in the course of the story. Hopefully the next installment will explain it. Maybe we'll have a young man Gus in swinging 1960s San Francisco or something. Whatever it is, I'll be anticipating it.