Thursday, July 29, 2010

American Vampire #5

Written by Scott Snyder and Stephen King
Art by Rafael Albuquerque

This issue wraps up the introductory arc of this title which means a few things.  1.  Stephen King has finished his back-up feature, and one would presume, his continued involvement in the title.  2.  Subsequent issues will now have 22 pages of story, not 32 like the first five, although the price will remain at $3.99.  I imagine that these changes may have a detrimental effect on sales.  I know that I'm not happy about the price point, especially after this book has trained me to expect a thicker story, but I intend to stick around for a while, as I've really liked what Snyder has done with the comic.

This issue has Pearl finish her quest for revenge in the main story, while the narrator of the back-up story finishes off his tale of Sheriff Book and Skinner Sweet.

This title is poised to go a number of places.  From the solicitation text for the next issue, it appears that the story will be jumping forward ten years, and moving to Las Vegas.  I like that, as it means that there will be plenty of opportunity for Snyder to fill in some gaps as he sees fit, as this issue kind of made things feel like they were finished.

As always, Albuquerque's art on this title is nothing short of phenomenal, and I can't wait to see him draw Vegas in the thirties.

1 comment:

Scott snyder said...

So glad you liked how we wrapped up cycle 1 of American Vampire - worked on that issue! And I know the price is a hit - we tried to do something about it, believe me - but I promise we're working overtime to earn our place on your pull list.