I’ve just finished the first trade for American Vampire.
I know basically every vampire-related media nowadays claims to either bring vampires back to their horrific roots or “reimagine” them into something fresher than the blood from a papercut, but I’m pretty sure American Vampire is one of the few books that actually legitimizes both of those claims. The writing and concept is straightforward enough. A trip through American history while following the trails of a “new breed” of vampire, etc. It’s a simple concept, but Snyder and King write it vividly. There are tons of incredible nuances that tie into that basic story that make this so satisfying and so fun to read.
And the art? THE ART? Holy FUCKING shit, Rafael Albuquerque draws the SHIT out of this book. I picked up the more recent issues after a friend suggested it, but it’s great to see that his art isn’t any less expressive and stark in the first trade. He. Draw. The. Shit. Out. Of. This. Book. It makes his run on Blue Beetle look positively stoic.
Can’t wait to get volume 2. For those who aren’t hugely slow fatasses like I am, volume 3 just came out with Sean Murphy’s run on art. Pretty hard to say no to that, unless, of course, you are a philistine and have no appreciation for wonderful things.
Skinner Sweet in a picture that makes me cry when I look at the book next to me because the art is so fucking good aaauuuuuggggggggggggggggggggggghh