American Vampire 1976 #1
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Rafael Albuquerque
Colors by Dave McCaig
Letters by Steve Wands
The Rundown: A long dormant evil is preparing to rise and it will take an usual group to stop it.
Skinner Sweet isn’t having the best time living as a mortal. Riding his motorcycle with an obvious death wish and getting stiffed by rednecks makes him yearn for the days of his immortality. When he’s confronted by men out to kill him, he’s saved by a familiar face with a dangerous proposal that is right up his alley.
At the same time, members of the VMS continue their investigation into the rise of the beast with Felicia making a discovery under the ice and Poole tracking down Travis Kidd who has an ingenious new method of taking down vampires.
The Story: The issue has a brilliantly wicked opening that is both ominous and funny. Scott Snyder uses this issue to bring the reader up to speed with the state of the characters. What makes it effective is that if this was your first foray into the world of American Vampire, you get not only a great story to dive into, but the plot engages the reader. You get to know the characters quickly as well as their motivations and both the plot and its stakes make me interested in what happens next.
The Art: Rafael Albuquerque’s art is fantastic. The characters look amazing and the action is fast, detailed and full of energy. A great looking issue from start to finish.