Review: American Vampire – Vol 1

Summary (from DC):

From writers Scott Snyder and Stephen King, AMERICAN VAMPIRE introduces a new strain of vampire – a more vicious species – and traces the creatures’ bloodline through decades of American history. This first volume of the critically acclaimed series collects issues #1-5 and follows two stories: one written by Snyder and one written by King, both with art by future superstar Rafael Albuquerque. Snyder’s tale follows Pearl, a young woman living in 1920s Los Angeles, who is brutally turned into a vampire and sets out on a path of righteous revenge against the European monsters who tortured and abused her. And in King’s story set in the days of America’s Wild West, readers learn the origin of Skinner Sweet, the original American vampire – a stronger, faster creature than any vampire ever seen before.

Holy guacamole, guys. I’m late to the party on this series and I hate myself for it.

American Vampire volume one caught me by surprise with how much I enjoyed it. It isn’t super often I can just plow through a trade and feel the need to keep going. I didn’t want to put this one down, even when I had to. Again, really surprised me. Even though I love the writers and Rafael Albuquerque’s art, I wasn’t sure how much interest I’d have in another vampire story, especially one that my brain just immediately chalked up to “cowboy vampires” – I love vampires, don’t get me wrong. I always have. But they don’t excite me as much as they did before the whole Twilight thing happened.

And this is definitely MY type of vampire story.

American Vampire volume one is creatively written, alternating writers and character stories, one happening to Pearl and one explaining the past of Skinner Sweet. Again, I didn’t expect to love that as much as I did, but as I read it I thought it was a brilliant way of filling us in on what we needed to know from past events between Pearl’s story. So we could actually wrap up an issue on Pearl, if you will, and then go into this separate story. Like reading two books that go together at once, and in a really interesting and enjoyable way.

The art is really beautiful as well, but I can’t say I’m surprised by that because hello – Albuquerque’s art is fantastic.

I don’t want to say too much in case you haven’t checked it out and want to, but man. I’m dying to get the next volume for this story.

Have you read American Vampire? What are your thoughts? Or do you plan to go give it a shot? Let me know!


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