Wednesday, June 13, 2012

American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #1 - Review

Something wicked returns to the world

Agent Hobbes has a meeting with a mysterious stranger outside of a café in London in 1954. Hobbes has his doubts about the vague threats that the stranger makes to him, but he’s soon thrown into a nightmare he couldn’t dream of when a secret containment facility housing one of the most powerful creatures in existence is destroyed. Now mankind’s oldest enemy has been released, and it’s up to half-blood American Vampire Felicia Book to step into the ring.

I’ve said this numerous times about the American Vampire series, but it’s the only vampire story worth reading. The boom of vampire stories in the theaters and in teen paranormal romance books has taken away the glory that the monster once held in the realm of horror. Scott Snyder has effectively brought that monster back to the forefront of horror and pop culture and given it back its terrible fangs.

This new story gives new readers a chance to enter in fresh if they’ve never read American Vampire before, along with giving established readers an expanded base for the main story. The promise of the new villain, based on what we’ve learned about the various vampire species, is going to no doubt be the most fun revival of this classic monster.

The artwork by Dustin Nguyen is well suited to the time period and tone of this book. There’s a real mood of horror that can be found in old movies just set up in his backgrounds and how the characters interact with each other. On top of that the story is laid out and paced so well that I found myself at the end of the issue before I knew it, thirsty for more.

I may roll my eyes at most vampire stories, but Snyder’s work is the only one that I can get excited about. American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares is going to join the ranks of the great vampire fictions, as well as the other American Vampire mini-series in no time at all.

RATING: 8/10

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