American Vampire 1976 #9
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Rafael Albuquerque
Colors by Dave McCaig
Letters by Steve Wands
The Rundown: With Skinner out of the picture, a small band desperately tries to stop the end of the world.
Skinner has run off leaving his friends behind to fight the Beast that has taken control of his brother. With Las Vegas being overrun and hope failing, the reach of the Beast and his power threatens everyone. With the President flying off to let the world burn, Calvin, Travis and Pearl are seemingly all that’s left to fight the Beast. Fortunately for them, they do have some backup in the form of monsters, vampires and others not connected to the Beast and its plan.
With time growing short in more ways than one, Pearl and her team need to find a way to get close to the Beast and stop it at its most vulnerable. A task that is easier said than done when confronted by the Gray Trader. With their one shot at stopping the Beast slipping away, Pearl and company find hope and help in the most unlikely of places.
The Story: Snyder takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster in this issue. There is an ominous undertone at the beginning of the story that is perfectly maintained throughout via the narration and when the story reaches its peak, the surprises within it are welcome, unexpected and enjoyable. The story is exciting and filled with great character moments that make me anxious to see what happens next.
The Art: Albuquerque delivers some stunning visuals throughout the issue. There are plenty of exciting visual moments and the third act reveal is handled brilliantly.