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Brothers Dracul is an Aftershock comic book series written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Mirko Colak, revolving around the teenage adventures of Vlad the Impaler and his brother Radu the Handsome.

In 1442, the forces of Vlad II Dracul are defeated by the Ottoman Empire and his two sons Vlad and Radu are taken as hostages by the Sultan. During their time as royal prisoners, they are trained in combat, horse-riding, archery, art... And vampire hunting for they are tasked with body-guarding Prince Mehmed as part of the secret Ottoman tradition to hunt vampires. However, these adventures will forever change the two brothers and transform Vlad into the infamous figure we know today.

Brothers Dracul provides examples of:

  • Historical Domain Character: Vlad III Dracula, Radu the Handsome, and Mehmed II are the main characters.
  • How We Got Here: The comic opens in 1462 with Radu visiting his brother's castle in Targoviste and sees the impaled bodies surrounding it. When he asks what happened to him and then the story cuts back to 20 years before.
  • Sibling Team: The titular Brothers Dracul, Vlad and Radu.
  • Vampire Hunter: Vlad and Radu are vampire hunters in training. In fact, its Ottoman tradition to have every shehzade (crown-prince) sent to hunt down vampyrs as a test.