"Barnabas Collins, the centuries have indeed been kind to you -- though the individual years, I might hazard, have not."
Redmond Swann
"Swann's Way"
Dark Shadows Vol 2 4
Dark Shadows
Book One
Title: "Swann's Way"
Volume: 2
number: 4
Cover date: Spring, 1993
Publisher: Innovation Publishing
Editor-in-Chief: David Campiti
Writers: David Campiti; Scott Rockwell
Pencilers: E. Silas Smith
Inkers: E. Silas Smith
Cover artists: E. Silas Smith
Cover inker: E. Silas Smith
Cover colorist: E. Silas Smith
Colorists: E. Silas Smith
Letterers: Vickie Williams
Assistant editors: George Broderick, Jr.; Jim Pierson
Editors: David Campiti; Scott Rockwell
Previous: Dark Shadows: Book One #3

"Swann's Way" is the title to the fourth and final issue of the Dark Shadows: Book One comic book limited series by Innovation Books. Combining all Dark Shadows related comic titles together, it is the thirty-ninth comic book issue released that relates to the franchise. This series is set in the continuity of the Dark Shadows revival series that aired on NBC from January to March, 1991. The story was written by David Campiti and Scott Rockwell. Painted interiors were provided by E. Silas Smith who also composed the cover art illustration for this issue. Lettering was provided by Vickie Williams. The story was edited by David Campiti and Scott Rockwell with George Broderick, Jr. and Jim Pierson as consulting editors. This issue shipped in the Spring of 1993 and carried a cover price of $2.50 per copy (US).

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Redmond Swann has captured Barnabas Collins, |Julia Hoffman and her aunt and uncle, Lara and Vincent Hoffman. Redmond tells the tale of how he is actually over two centuries old, and one of the first settlers of nearby Barrettstown. A preacher – he elected to keep the town free of evil outside influences by forcing its inhabitants to keep the bloodline concentrated to Barrettstown. The result is generation of disfigured inbred ghouls who follow Swann's every command. But now he is on a quest to reclaim all those who descended from Barrettstown and bring them home – including Julia Hoffman.

Redmond Swann and Barnabas have met before and he recognizes that he is a vampire. He places a cross around Barnabas' neck, which begins burning into his chest.

Swann leaves the group under the watchful eye of one of his ghouls, Gregory, while he goes to the church to prepare for their execution. Willie Loomis arrives shortly thereafter and frees them from the ropes. Barnabas forces Gregory to tell him where Swann's congregation is.

They all go to the church and Vincent Hoffman seals all the doors and sets fire to the church. Everyone inside is killed. Barnabas and the others leave Barrettstown.

Later, Angélique finds Barnabas' music box and calls to mind memories of the year 1790, when she first knew Barnabas prior to turning him into a vampire.

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  • Francois Nicole

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Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This is the 1st and last known appearance of François Nicole (1790 flashback).
  • This is the last known appearance of Gregory.
  • The original E. Silas Smith poster art used for the cover to this issue is entitled Angelique's Revenge.
  • This issue contains flashbacks from the early 1600s and the year 1790.

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