American Vampire 1976 #1 Review

by Carlos R. on October 06, 2020

American Vampire 1976 #1 Cover Graphic
Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Rafael Albuquerque
Colors by: Dave McCaig
Lettered by: Steve Wands
Publisher: DC Comics (Black Label imprint)

It has been far too long since a new issue of American Vampire has graced the new comic book day rack. Thankfully, this first issue of American Vampire’s conclusion satiates the thirst and is sure to leave readers ravenous for more.

This issue finds that devilish Skinner Sweet no longer immortal and living as reckless a life as he can. But before he gets the chance to leave this earthly plane in Skinner-Sweet spectacular fashion, figures from his past step in to rally him for one last mission. With the nation splintered, Pearl and Skinner are the only hope of surviving imminitent catastrophe.

Scott Snyder does one heck of a job at tying all the threads together. There’s quite a cast of characters in this issue, from different points of American Vampire’s timeline and it’s thrilling to see their storylines converge. Skinner Sweet is probably one of, if not my favorite, vampires of all time and I’m glad to see that retention of his cocky bloodsucker days, but there’s definitely a shift in his antics. There’s now the slightest hesitation to Sweet’s efforts, almost a desire to sabotage himself. I’m loving this continual development in his nature and can’t wait to see what will become of him by the end of this tale.

Albuquerque, McCaig, and Wands do a fantastic job at creating the environment of this universe and detailing each character. From the way they carry themselves to the shift in their eyes, Albuquerque and McCaig breathe life into each member of this ensemble. There’s so many scenes that stand out, but seeing Travis in a disco is so incredible, I won’t spoil much, but it serves as a reminder as to how fun his character is and McCaig definitely nails the vibe of this scene with his colors. Love the hisses and effects Steve Wands adds to this work, again that disco scene is just so nicely done, and the voices jump off the page through Wands efforts.

This book makes for one darn good read. I’ve been following this series from the beginning and it is one of the best ways to celebrate the spirit of this spooky month.

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