American Vampire #8 - 'Devil In The Sand Part Three' - Snyder & AlbuquerqueStory
- In my review of the first issue of American Vampire for this very site (read it here: http://www.theouthousers.com/index.php/reviews/punch-drunk-reviews/7031-american-vampire-1-review.html
), I focussed a lot on how the Vampire had been twisted into something it was never meant to be by stories like Twilight and True Blood, and that American Vampire was all set to right Edward Cullen's insipid wrongs by returning our Fanged Friends to their roots, but in many ways, I was wrong in that assessment, American Vampire is not exactly a return to old traditions, it's changing vampires just as much as Twilight et al, but it's just doing it in a different way, and this 8th issue, and the 3rd chapter in the book's second story arc, is a good demonstration of that.
Scott Snyder, now going solo without the esteemed Stephen King is creating his very own mythology of Vampires in America, and has developed it wonderfully, and is doing a great job of entwining it with real American History. While the first arc featured stories set in 1920s Hollywood and the Wild West, this second story is all about the building of Las Vegas, and the reveal that the city was built with funding from Vampires is a brilliant bit of business, Las Vegas, a city that comes alive at night, a city of Sin... it's the perfect place for Vampires to get involved, in fact, it's such a great idea that I'm surprised it hasn't been done before. But that's the hallmark of all great ideas isn't it?
This arc has very much been a Historical Crime story with just a hint of Vampires around the edges up until now, with the Young Sheriff Cashel McCogan investigating mysterious deaths that surround the construction of the Hoover Dam, but with this chapter, the Vamps are back in full force, Pearl Jones from the first arc is back, and it's interesting to see how her character has changed and how it has stayed the same, while Skinner Sweet seems fairly unchanging, Pearl is something new, and I can't wait to see what she gets up to next. How Snyder is developing what makes her different is also interesting, it's clear that he has lots of different ideas about lots of different types of Vampires, and when that's revealed it should be very exciting, he has a lot to live up to compared to Chris Roberson's 'Unified Theory Of The Undead' in iZombie, but I'm sure Vertigo has room for both. The development of the Vampire Hunters is also strong here, the Book family was a big part of King's story, so it's good to seem them back in the mix.
American Vampire continues to be one of the strongest comics on the market, Snyder is reinventing the Vampire here, and he's doing it for America, throw in some rock-solid dialogue and a great ending, I can't wait for the conclusion of 'Devil In the Sand' and whatever comes after that.Art
- Rafael Albuquerque continues to be a revelation on this title. Can you continue to be a revelation? I dunno, but if you can, he is. He made the jump from Teenage Superheroes to Horror amazingly, and is just a brilliant fit for this book, managing to tweak his style accordingly for whatever era he's drawing, but also make it a unified whole. Just great.Best Line
- 'Let me get this straight. You want me to tell you how to kill me?'8/10