Posted by:
Chris Bushley

Review: American Vampire #8


[[wysiwyg_imageupload:81:]]WRITER:  Scott Snyder ARTIST:  Rafael Albuquerque COLORS:  Dave McCraig LETTERS:  Steve Wands COVER:  Rafael Albuquerque PUBLISHER: DC Vertigo RELEASE DATE: November 10th, 2010     It has been three issues since the "Lord of Horror," Stephen King, wrapped up his arc and even though the ballsy, ferocity that he brought to the characters is long gone - it is Snyder's slow-burn story that has kept me intrigued.   I have said it before and I will say it again, the only reason I began purchasing this book was because I am a huge King fan! The first five issues were a combination of Snyder's characters and King's horrific ideas fleshing them out in a split book style written by both men. While Snyder's story revolved around Pearl Jones and her coming to grips with becoming a vampire, it was King's second story that brought about one of the baddest characters, Skinner Sweet, to ever grace the pages of "funny books." Since King has finished his five issue deal, Skinner Sweet has taken a back seat to a new story with new characters. And yes, I have missed the "in your face," irreverent coolness that Skinner brought to the table, but Snyder has numbed the pain by giving us a mystery revolving around murders in Las Vegas. Murders of men contributing to the building of the Hoover Dam, and ones that look too ferocious to be done by the hands of mortal man.   Snyder finally brings back Pearl Jones, who has been living a quiet life in Arrowhead California. She gets a visit from The Vassals of the Morning Star, a group of vampire killers that have been around for hundreds of years, who want to know the secret to killing both herself and Skinner. While back in Vegas we follow Chief McCogan as he tries to deal with the murders and the fact that he has been lied to by people pretending to be federal agents.    Revelations abound in this issue but a keen eye can figure out one of them while I was shocked over the second. Snyder has chosen to fore go the glorified gore that was so prevalent in the first story arc for a richer story that fleshes out both old and new characters. It was a smooth read with Albuquerque's crisp and moody art adding to the overall greatness of the issue. I loved the melding of characters introduced in Stephen King's story with the current one, though Skinner did not appear at all! The only thing that could have made this a better read would have been the inclusion of something Sweet.    So pick up one of the coolest Vertigo reads on the racks but if you have a "Sweet tooth," bring your own because Snyder closed up the candy shop for this one!