Saturday, October 15, 2011

American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #5

Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Sean Murphy

As Vertigo shrinks as an imprint - a number of titles are being canceled, but we haven't seen them replaced at the same level - it seems to be increasingly focused on creating a few franchise titles.  Fables has spun-off into a few different mini-series, graphic novels, and on-goings, with some success.  Unwritten is going twice-monthly for a while, which is kind of like launching a second book.  And American Vampire was given this mini, which starred two supporting characters from earlier arcs, and showed us one of their missions for the Vassals of the Morning Star.

Cash and Felicia's mission to extract a Nazi scientist who perhaps has the cure for vampirism has gone all to hell, as giant ancient vampires have woken up and are fighting Nazi vampires all around them.  Cash and Felicia need to make their escape, although such things are never simple.

This issue does a good job of wrapping up the series, but also at hinting towards where Felicia's story will take her.  She's an interesting character, and I wonder how long it will be before we see her in the main title again.

The art on this mini has been terrific, and Murphy has outdone himself with this issue.  The scenes where the Nazis fight the old vampires is great, but the best page of the book has to be the silent splash page that comes after Felicia is rescued.  Great stuff all around.

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