Does this series bring fresh blood to vampire lore, or is it the final nail in the coffin?
I’m going to be honest here. The only reason I ever discovered the Vertigo franchise American Vampire was because of Stephen King. In 2010, when the first volume came out, I was on a Stephen King binge, and thought it would be worth my while. I knew little about creator and co-writer Scott Snyder and that the only reason Stephen King was attached to it was becuase Snyder had asked him. Little did I know that I was about to discover some of the best writers and artists in the industry today, along with one of the most enthralling vampire tales out there.
American Vampire Volume One tells two tales simultaneously. The first is that of Pearl Jones. Set in the mid 1920’s, Pearl is a sweet and innocent actress who comes to discover the seedy underbelly of the film industry, and how it is being run by ancient European vampires. Attacked and left to die, Pearl is awoken by a shadowy figure, an individual who opens her up to a brand new world – where blood is a source of life and to kill means to survive.