Imagine having big dreams, a passion, a goal that you are aiming for, something you would do just about anything to hold in your grasp and know it belongs to you. Imagine aiming so high for that, that you lose your common sense and you forget to protect yourself. The bright lights in Hollywood and empty promises are what lure you in and for your naivety, you are punished. It’s these very things that punish the character of Pearl in the exceptionally gritty yet classy, American Vampire.
American Vampire is a timeline of how the vampire evolves and how they came to be and how they choose to live their lives according to what put them there in the first place. Scott Snyder and Stephen King team up and construct two very different stories of how our two protagonists came to be craving that Type A blood. And while these two stories are very unique, and are both set in two different times, they do crash into each other and the timeline of the American Vampire grows.
We now press play on Stephen King’s dark tale entitled Bad Blood, which focuses on total badass Skinner Sweet and his life in the Wild West. Sweet just loves causing trouble and taking the law into his own hands but it isn’t until blood from fellow vampire Percy accidentally falls into his eye from a brutal fight…and that is how the American Vampire was born. While each of these origin stories are both very different, their goal is the same…destroy the European vampires and make them aware of a new breed that’s out there; a more powerful breed.
Big Break and Bad Blood really do convey real life horror while mixing it up with the supernatural aspect and it works perfectly. There are so many ways this first volume could have gone, as the two stories are very different from each other. However their stark differences are what compliment one another and really add an eclectic flavour to the project. Snyder and King work together and write beautiful yet confronting scenes which have an emotional layer and depth to them, which not many horror comics can do. Most horror comics are just empty calories, while visually they could be stunning, it’s the lack of emotion and respect they have for the characters they create which ultimately let them down. While the vampire myth has taken a battering over the past few years as it has been watered down in a language unintelligent teenagers can understand, American Vampire definitely proves that THIS is how vampire mythology is supposed to be. And just when you think you have heard every kind of vampire story known to man, Snyder and King come together and create something new and fresh but also loyal.
I have only read the first trade of American Vampire, but already it is clear that this is a story which is going to constantly evolve, the timeline between characters will grow until everything comes full circle. This isn’t a boring origin story that sets you up for the next volume, this is something that is in depth and so exciting that you are constantly wanting to know what happens 10 pages in front of what you are currently reading. This is definitely a unique ride, which will keep you enthralled to the very last page which will leave you wanting to pick up the next volume. Do yourself a favour and sink your teeth into the powerful tale that is American Vampire, you won’t regret it.