Cover Date: September 1977
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artists: Gene Colan & Tom Palmer
Letterers: Joe Rosen
Colorist: Marie Severin
Editor: Marv Wolfman
Main Characters: Dracula, Domini, & Lilith
Synopsis: Dracula's son Janus is dead, killed by a silver bullet meant for Dracula. Now, the Lord of the Vampires is gripped by a powerful rage that no one can calm. Dracula warns his wife Domini to leave before he turns his wrath towards her. Dracula walks through the church he sought to establish as a foothold against mankind and realizes that it was the church that led to the death of his son Janus. Enraged, Dracula begins smashing the church apart. As he does, he sees the painting of Christ that hangs in the church and he acknowledges that heaven is the one power that he cannot overcome.
As Dracula stands in the church, he thinks back to his first wife, a union arranged by Dracula's father for political purposes. Dracula hated his wife and tormented her. He tells himself that he was another man back then and not responsible. Then he sees his daughter Lilith and she tells him that Dracula cannot separate himself from her. Dracula then realizes that she is nothing more than an illusion.
Thinking of Lilith, Dracula recalls a time when he was thirsty for blood and Lilith tormented him by taking his victim before he could feed on them. This went on for five nights with Dracula gradually going weaker. Finally, the Lord of the Undead came up with a plan and lured Lilith to London's Big Ben. There, in human form he confronted Lilith, surprising her and pushing her off of the clock until she fell and was impaled on a cross below.
Dracula leaves the church and summons a thunderstorm that is as powerful as his rage. Elsewhere, the Drac Pack witness the thunderstorm and Quincy Harker tells his colleagues that the storm is Dracula's wrath at the death of his son.
As he stands outside in the midst of the storm, Dracula recalls the death of his beloved second wife Maria at the hands of a Turkish foe. Dracula slew the Turk but that was little consolation. Dracula recalls how he took his and Maria's son and turned him over to gypsies to raise. In the end, Dracula's son tried to slay him and began a legacy of each of his descendant's trying to kill him.
Thinking of his situation, Dracula blames mankind for his problems. If only they would leave him alone to feed on them, he would grant them immortality. Instead, they hunt him down.
Dracula is in need of blood and he soon finds it in a man and then a woman. As he preys on the woman, he sees a young boy, mistaking him for his son Janus. Dracula is so distraught with grief that he sees the young boy as Janu until he finally comes to his senses.
Overcome with emotion, Dracula ascends to the top of a building and laments that without hope, even a vampire's unlife becomes a futile existence. As he stands atop the building, he asks God to end his life. Dracula does not get his wish and realizes what a fool he was to humble himself before God. However while he has suffered a setback, Dracula vows to renew his war against humanity. He realizes that while he's lost a son, he still has his wife Domini.
Elsewhere, at a small cemetary in Cambridge, Domini stands over Janus' grave. As she lays flowers at the grave site, she says that she knows that Janus will return to his mother and father. She pleads with her son not to hate him or seek his death. Instead, she says, love him as jhe lovs you. She promises to return tomorrow and that they will be back together.
NOTES: Here we get to see Dracula enraged as never before. The loss of his son Janus has impacted the Lord of Vampires deeply, causing him to examine himself and recall his own tragic family history, beginning with his first wife and culminating in a line of descendants that have vowed to kill him. Here, we see Dracula driven to despair, to the point where he asks for God to slay him. It is fascinating to see how someone as powerful as Dracula can still be brought to his knees by the loss of someone he loves.
While Dracula copes with the loss of Janus, Domini seems to know that she and her husband have not seen the last of her son. The air of mystery around Domini provides suspense and stirs the reader's curiousity.
This issue includes an appearance by Dracula's daughter Lilith. Their hateful relationship is explored in an account of how Lilith tried to starve Dracula to his demise. Although Lilith's appearances in TOD were rare, they were always memorable.