"Red Monarch": Sherlock Holmes and his company quickly rides to Buckingham Palace on covered wagon. They arrive at the Palace's gates and are held at gunpoint by the Queen's Guards. Fortunately, Mycroft Holmes arrives and allow his brother and his companions inside, and shows that Queen Victoria
Victorian Undead: Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula #5 is an issue of the series Victorian Undead: Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula (Volume 1) with a cover date of May, 2011. It was published on March 9, 2011.
Appearing in "Red Monarch"
- Dr. John Watson
- Mycroft Holmes
- Professor Abraham Van Helsing
- Quincey Morris (Dies)
- Jonathan Harker
- Dracula (Dies)
- Prince Albert Victor
- Mary of Teck
Synopsis for "Red Monarch"
Sherlock Holmes and his company quickly rides to Buckingham Palace on covered wagon. They arrive at the Palace's gates and are held at gunpoint by the Queen's Guards. Fortunately, Mycroft Holmes arrives and allow his brother and his companions inside, and shows that Queen Victoria is not leaving the Palace for her own safety as she is already hosting a costume ball for an engagement party for her grandson Prince Albert Victor and Mary of Teck; in which the party includes half the crowned heads of Europe. Thus far Mycroft had the building scoured and bolstered the security with Royal Marines, but find no sign of Dracula. Sherlock does not doubt that the vampire is in the midst of the party.
Holmes then deduce a way to draw out Dracula is by having Eucharist wafers provided by Professor Van Helsing administered to every bottle of champagne that is given to the party goers. Mycroft draws out a toast to the Queen in which Holmes and the others are able to find Dracula as the person not drinking his drink, whom is disguised as a red Bedouin. However, before anyone can take out Dracula he quickly tears off his disguise and runs up to the Queen, holding her hostage. Dracula then bites the Queen's throat and escapes through the windows. Sherlock and Quincey Morris chase after him and are able to grab on to him while he transform into a monstrous bat-like creature. Dracula attempts to shrug them off by flying higher, but Morris slice one of Dracula's wings with his silver Bowie knife and causing them to fall into a nearby construction site.
Morris is fatally wounded and gives his knife to Holmes to deal with Dracula. As Holmes confronts the vampire, Dracula lunges him but the detective uses his fast intuition in cutting some ropes which drop a scaffolding that impales Dracula. Sherlock then decapitates Dracula, killing him for good.
Sherlock returns to Buckingham Palace to find Watson failing to do anything to help the Queen as she had already died. After informing of Morris's and Dracula's deaths to Van Helsing and Jonathan Harker, Sherlock reveals to everyone that the Queen was not actually her but her body double, actress Bathsheba Slatterwaite, and the real Queen was safely sound at Windsor Castle. In the aftermath, Sherlock express to Watson that the entire events doesn't spell any end to the fantastic horrors that are emerging in the world as he states it as a "new world of gods and monsters," but while hoping that there is a place for mankind.
- No special notes.
- The real Prince Albert Victor died from pneumonia on 14 January 1892. Victor was married to Mary of Teck on the same year of his death, occurring six weeks after their marriage.
- Queen Victoria's previous assassination attempts are referenced in this issue, in which there had been seven attempts on her life.
- The man seen defending the Queen's double is John Brown, Queen Victoria's Scottish personal servant and favourite.
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