I’d heard so many good things about American Vampire, but it wasn’t until a Comixology sale that I got to try the first volume of the series, and boy am I glad I did!
American Vampire volume 1 is really two stories—one written by Scott Snyder and one written by Stephen King. Each has a solid part of the story told in each issue—while they work within the larger story, it is almost like each issue is two issues!
Both the Wild West and 20s LA stories are great, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the 20s LA story. Just for it’s noir-type atmosphere and the strong female character, I really like the 20s story.
Pearl is an aspiring actress in the 20s. Recently turned into a vampire, in a violent way, she sets off to exact revenge on the vampires from the old country whom abused her. Snyder writes Pearl so well, and the reader is transported into the story of a woman struggling to work on her dream, along with the pressures of the 20s.
King’s story talks about Skinner Sweet, America’s first known vampire, who rises from the grave with rattlesnake fangs and his sweet tooth intact and sets off the era of the American Vampire.
The writing and packing of the stories lend well to the shared aspects. I really loved reading this, and was even more pleased that I was able to snag it for under $3 on sale at Comixology, the only bummer is that I don’t know if I will be able to pick up other volumes at comparable prices. I want to read more!
I fully recommend picking this up at your favorite retailer in your favorite format—if you are a comic reader, or even if you are not—a well written comic has the ability to transcend the format, as Snyder and King do in American Vampire volume 1.