Release Date: 3/19/14
Words: Scott Snyder
Pictures: Rafael Albuquerque
Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque are back to pick up the tale of Skinner Sweet and Pearl Jones. Long time fans of American Vampire can rejoice as we have been waiting awhile now for more of this sweet addiction. Noobs can pick this second cycle up from this new beginning and be sucked into the American Vampire mythos without problem but once they do I bet they will be overcome with a strong desire to go back and discover everything they missed. Do it. This is one of the best vampire stories in comics now and ever.
I am a junkie who has just gotten her fix and am sighing in happy oblivion. I missed this story so much. I am itching for that red sunflower tattoo all over again.
There is a lot going on in this first book of the new cycle. As the cover suggests, it is the 1960’s and Skinner Sweet and Pearl Jones are still walking their separate paths. Pearl is the Harriet Tubman of vampire runaways in her hometown, the great protector rising from a field of red sunflowers. Not only is she running a safe home and relocating “undesirables,” she is researching and documenting the various vampire species she comes across in her work. Skinner is up to his old ways, doing the wicked thing in Juarez, Mexico, ripping off drug cartel baddies with glee, riding a bike and brandishing a boomstick. Snyder is synonymous with a good story and the vampire mythos he has created here is so gratifying that I am sated. Suck it Twitards and all you other undead knockoffs. This is the real thing.
Albuquerque is back with his unique style. He has a beautiful way with angular lines and shadowing. It is perfect for this kind of story. His attention to the details of facial expressions is just awesome, from the softer human aspect to the harsh look when the beast within takes over. Take the time to appreciate the artist’s hand in these books. You won’t be sorry.