Saturday, April 3, 2010

American Vampire


When most people think comic books they think superheroes...Batman, Spiderman, Superman...and while those are great, to be perfectly honest I'm really not that big a fan of reading them. There are just far too many titles and too many storylines for me to be able to jump in and feel like I know what is going on storywise. What I DO love to read though are comics that are horror/supernatural/paranormal based.

A perfect example is the brand new title "American Vampire." This is like a dream come true for me because it combines two of my favorite things...vampires and Stephen King! That's right, he's one of the writers for the series and I am just thrilled because he is one of my favorite writers. Ever.

The first half tells us the story of Pearl Jones and is written by Scott Snyder, who came up with the idea of doing American Vampire because he wanted to "make vampires cool again." Pearl is an aspiring actress in the 1920's, working a bunch of dead end jobs to make ends meet while trying to break into the big time by working as an extra in films.

Stephen King takes over the writing duties for the next half and takes us to the days of the old west with the story of Skinner Sweet, a bank robbing bad guy who is nabbed and on the train with his captors to go back and face trial. Only things don't exactly go as the good guys planned. Sweet is destined to be the patriarch of the American Vampire hierarchy and this series will focus on him and his victims throughout the ensuing decades and the evolution of vampires and their powers and abilities.

What I LOVE about comics is that they combine the best of two worlds...I get to read incredible writing AND be treated to amazing artwork. And the artwork of Rafael Albuquerque is indeed amazing. And what's really cool is that he adapted the style of his drawings to each story. The art in the 1920's story has a distinctly different feeling from the Old West storyline. Brilliant!!

All in all, a great introduction to what looks to be an amazing new series, can't wait for issue #2!

5 out of 5 Fangs!

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