American Vampire 1976 #10
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Rafael Albuquerque
Colors by Dave McCaig
Letters by Steve Wands
The Rundown: The Beast ascends and only an unlikely hero has the chance to save the world.
With the power of the Beast growing, Pearl and the others find themselves fighting for their lives. With only moments before the creature grows to full strength and becomes invulnerable, Skinner leaps in to try to save everyone. Pearl gets a last minute save as well, but the Beast is getting stronger and knows how to get to Skinner where it will hurt him the most.
With the world in the balance, the people under the creature’s influence, including the President continue to work on the Beast’s behalf. Work that will include a possible first strike that could cause devastation to the country and give the creature the power it needs to take over.
The Story: Snyder brings this story to an explosive, action packed conclusion. Besides being full of action and thrills, there is a real heart in the narrative especially with Skinner’s relationship with Pearl. His narration does a great job of giving a bigger, more meaningful context to the intense action and horror of the story itself. The story is brilliantly done with awesome moments that engage the reader. The action is fantastic and everything in the story makes you want to see more from this world and its characters.
The Art: Rafael Albuquerque delivers some beautiful and brilliantly detailed art throughout the issue. The art truly captures the tone and mood of the story. There are so many great action moments to be seen on every page and I found myself going over panels over and over again.