Wednesday, November 2, 2011

American Vampire #20

Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Jordi Bernet

This current arc, The Beast in the Cave, explores the history of series villain Skinner Sweet before he became a vampire.  He and his adopted brother, Jim Book, were soldiers in the US army, chasing down some Apache in the West.  The last issue ended with Hole in the Sky, the leader of this small but determined band, climbing a mountain to speak to a spirit who lives in a cave there.

This issue opens with that character's story.  As it turns out, she is a vampire, perhaps one of the first of the American variety, and has been living in that cave cut off from the world by her own choice.  She is of Shoshone heritage, and was turned by a pair of explorers who had taken her from her husband (who was somewhat erroneously referred to as having been from 'the Canadas' at a time when no one would have said that).

Anyway, Spencer takes his time to establish her character despite the fact that we're probably not going to see much of her again after next issue.  It is that attention to detail that has made this comic so enjoyable.  I'm really enjoying this arc, which has guest art by Jordi Bernet, although I find I have to constantly remind myself that I'm not reading an issue of Jonah Hex.

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