Our Kindle Comics
editor, Charlie Chang, shares his thoughts on how the American Vampire series
has pumped the blood and horror back into vampiric fiction. Start the series at
the beginning or complete your collection this week with our American Vampire series
sale offering 44 issues for $0.99 each through July 7.
If I say: fanged teeth, pale white skin, a lust for blood,
and a fatal allergy to sunlight, you know exactly who I’m talking about right? The
other defining trait for vampires is death-defying agelessness. Immortality is
a gift (or a curse) granted to select characters in works of fiction and is
also the ability that allows them to experience history by living it.
Driving a wood spike through the Abercrombie model with
pointy teeth, the American Vampire
series has pumped the blood and horror back into vampiric fiction. Creators
Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing)
and Stephen King (Dark Tower, American
Vampire Vol. 1), along with Artists Rafael Albuquerque (Batman, Uncanny X-Force) and Dustin
Nguyen (Batgirl, Justice League Beyond) have brought vampires back from the grave in
one of the best comics from Vertigo in years.
Spread out across the canvas of
time through America’s most iconic decades, the series chronicles two connected
characters from the beginnings of their vampirism to their crusade against the
older European bloodlines that are slowly seizing power in the young United
States. Skinner Sweet, outlaw and antihero from the Old West of 1880 Colorado,
begins as the first American Vampire whose powers surpass his European predecessors,
such as the ability to actually get a tan. Forty five years later, in 1925 Los
Angeles, an aspiring actress, Pearl Jones will have the same curse thrust upon
her. As the pages turn, bloody history
unfolds through 1936 Sin City Las Vegas, tension-filled World War II, growling 1950s
hotrods, and the paranoia age Red Scare.
The characters and plot twists in American Vampirenever fail to captivate and drive the story
forward through time, but it’s the art that truly brings out the horrific and
gory details of the dark world that Snyder has invented. Albuquerque’s art has
a grungy quality that fully realizes the terrifying and deadly vampires of this
series. When Skinner Sweet bares his rattlesnake-like fangs, and stares at you
with his yellow eyes, you’ll know that the most terrifying version of the
Transylvanian creature of the night is an American Vampire.