|I vant to suck your blood cowboy!|
American Vampire, Volume 1
by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, and Stephen King
Published by Vertigo in 2010
American Vampire is not just another vampire rehash. Scott Snyder and Stephen King are co-authors in a one of a kind introduction to a compelling new addition to the modern vampire mythos. King’s narrative illustrates the creation of the first American Vampire, Skinner Sweet, an outlaw who makes enemies of an elite group of Euro-vamps. Snyder’s storyline takes place in 1925, a few decades later, in Los Angeles where would-be actress Pearl Jones’s life is turned upside down by an encounter with the undead. She is given a chance for bloody revenge, however, when she is made vampire by none other than Skinner Sweet. Conflicts between Euro and American Vamps ensue, and the work delightfully lays down some new vampire rules.
Rafael Albuquerque’s crisp lines and colors pop in this graphic novel’s beautifully designed panels. Shocking violence, as well as eerie settings, capture the reader’s attention. American Vampire alternates between storylines, giving a well rounded introduction to the events surrounding the creation of two American Vampires. This volume contains an introduction by King and some interesting back matter, including original concept art, and scripts. An amalgem of the American West and vampires... how could you possibly go wrong?
'...O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!' He chortled in his joy.