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EVELINE O'REILLY

Real Name: Eveline O'Reilly-van Helsing

Identity/Class: Human (late 19th century, before World War II presumably to pre-modern era)

Occupation: Adventurer, monster hunter

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Dracula (Vlad Tepes Dracula)

Enemies: Russoff Trio (Jerome Russoff, Renfield Russoff, Stefan Russoff)

Known Relatives: Mr. O'Reilly (husband, deceased), Abraham van Helsing (father, deceased), unidentified brother (deceased), Boris van Helsing (uncle, deceased), unidentified cousin (deceased), Rachel van Helsing (cousin, deceased), Jeremiah van Helsing, August van Helsing (distant relatives, deceased), Noah van Helsing (adopted into the family, deceased), Rachel "Rache" van Helsing, Mr. van Helsing (ancestors);
    her caretaker may have been a daughter or some other relation (see comments)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: A mansion somewhere in presumably Europe

First Appearance: Bizarre Adventures II#1 (December, 2019)

Powers/Abilities: Eveline was a skilled vampire-hunter, having learned the skills from her famous family. Eveline wielded a sword and a gun, and she sometimes had a silver bullet available. Her sword may or may not have been silver.

    She was scratched by a werewolf, but there is not evidence she ever transformed into one.  

Height: 5'5" (by approximation)
Weight: 130 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Red

History:
(Bizarre Adventures II#1/3 (fb) - BTS) - Eveline, daughter of famed vampire-hunter Abraham van Helsing learned of those who would stalk the night from an early age.

(Bizarre Adventures II#1/3 - BTS) - Eveline married O'Reilly.

(Bizarre Adventures II#1/3 - BTS) - In a tragic event O'Reilly died, thus becoming a widow.

(Bizarre Adventures II#1/3 (fb) - BTS) - Eveline would regularly go out at night hunting for vampires, werewolves and other ghastly creatures.

(Bizarre Adventures II#1/3 (fb) - BTS) - Just before the second World War, Eveline learned the famous Russoff Trio were in fact werewolves and was determined to destroy the beasts.

(Bizarre Adventures II#1/3 (fb)) - Eveline visited the Radium Girl Lounge where the Russoff Trio was set to perform. While making herself familiar with her surroundings she caught the eye of none other than Dracula who was infatuated by her beauty. Introducing himself as Count Orlok, the two made their acquaintance. After making some small talk on the club's balcony Eveline revealed she knew who he was and revealed her maiden-name: van Helsing. Shocked and fearful she would attack him, Eveline merely smirked she'd come to hunt werewolves.

   Just then the Russoff Trio transformed into their true forms, ready to attacked the club's guests. Joined together Eveline and Dracula fought the threesome, it quickly became clear Eveline didn't need the assistance as she easily bested the creatures. In awe of the girl, Dracula watched as she ran away, leaving behind a white rose.

(Bizarre Adventures II#1/3 - BTS) - Years passed as Eveline grew old she was taken care of by an apparent relative who was her spitting image (see comments).

(Bizarre Adventures II#1/3) - Then when Eveline lay on her deathbed, Dracula visited one last time, peeking through the window and left her a white rose in the window.

Comments: Created by Becky Cloonan and Michael Conrad.

    This was such a sweet and fun story, one can't help but wonder if Eveline had any other adventures alongside Dracula.
    It seems likely, as Dracula comments, "we spent a lifetime in dance, the hunter and the hunted, trading back and forth the upper hand...unrequited and locked away in the tombs we made of our hearts."--Snood

    Eveline's timeline isn't really that clear: It's well possible that Eveline and her husband fought those creatures of the night together which would've resulted in his tragic death. Who knows, perhaps even at the hands of the Russoff Trio. Another thing I'm unsure about is if Eveline's daughter comes from her marriage to O'Reilly, one would think that if he'd already died before the war their daughter should've been an elderly woman herself when Eveline passed away. Personally I'd like to think the daughter is from a later marriage.
    The woman caring for Eveline sure has a striking resemblence to Eveline's younger self, but she is not stated to be her daughter. If the main story is meant to take place in the modern era, it is extremely unlikely, as Eveline looked to be at least 20 if not 30+ before World War II, which started in 1939. Assuming she was only 20 and it was actually 1939, that would make her 100 years old at the time the story was published, and a year older as time marches on (so 103 in 2022, as I write this). The daughter looked like she was in her 20's, but even assuming that she was 30 or a little older, that would mean Eveline was 70-73+ when she had the baby. Not impossible, but very unlikely, and less likely with each year. So, if the story takes place in the modern era/sliding timescale, then the caretaker, could be a granddaughter, great-granddaughter, etc. Or maybe the resemblance is coincidental.
    However, if the framing sequence takes place in the past (and the candle/lantern by the bedside and the decor makes it look that way), then the woman could have been a daughter. Eveline certainly looks very old, but people got older earlier in life in the mid-20th century...maybe she was in her 60's and looked older because of poor health...but again, it's all speculation.
    Maybe another story will clarify, as I agree with Luc that Eveline was an intriguing character, of whom I would like to see more.
    --Snood

It's been unrevealed if Eveline is the daughter of Elizabeth van Helsing or Abraham's second wife.

Profile by MarvellousLuke

CLARIFICATIONS:
Eveline O'Reilly has no known connections to


Eveline's caretaker

Eveline's caretaker was her spitting image. She took care of the elderly Eveline until she passed away.

--Bizarre Adventures II#1/3

Note: As discussed in the comments above:

    The woman caring for Eveline sure has a striking resemblence to Eveline's younger self, but she is not stated to be her daughter. If the main story is meant to take place in the modern era, it is extremely unlikely, as Eveline looked to be at least 20 if not 30+ before World War II, which started in 1939. Assuming she was only 20 and it was actually 1939, that would make her 100 years old at the time the story was published, and a year older as time marches on (so 103 in 2022, as I write this). The daughter looked like she was in her 20's, but even assuming that she was 30 or a little older, that would mean Eveline was 70-73+ when she had the baby. Not impossible, but very unlikely, and less likely with each year. So, if the story takes place in the modern era/sliding timescale, then the caretaker, could be a granddaughter, great-granddaughter, etc. Or maybe the resemblance is coincidental.
    However, if the framing sequence takes place in the past (and the candle/lantern by the bedside and the decor makes it look that way), then the woman could have been a daughter. Eveline certainly looks very old, but people got older earlier in life in the mid-20th century...maybe she was in her 60's and looked older because of poor health...but again, it's all speculation.
    Maybe another story will clarify, as I agree with Luc that Eveline was an intriguing character, of whom I would like to see more.
    --Snood


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Bizarre Adventures II#1, p26, pan3 (main image)
Bizarre Adventures II#1, p26, pan5 (alongside Dracula)
Bizarre Adventures II#1, p30, pan1 (on her deathbed)
Bizarre Adventures II#1, p22, pan4 (O'Reilly's daughter)


Appearances:
Bizarre Adventures II#1/3 (December, 2019) - Becky Cloonan (writer, art), Michael Conrad (writer), Jake Thomas (editor)


First Posted: 03/08/2020
Last Updated: 08/06/2022

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