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American Vampire #30 - The Blacklist, Part Three of Six Review

5

The deadly team up with Pearl Jones and Skinner Sweet continues. Don't be fooled, this isn't your ordinary vampire comic.

The Good

It's hard to believe we're only at issue 30 of this series. The characters that Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque created have come a long way and have gone through so much. Of course with the longevity of vampires, decades have passed since those first issues.

This arc is focusing on Pearl Jones, who was turned into an American Vampire (a tough and different breed of vampires) finds herself concerned over her injured and dying husband, a regular human. After being attacked, she had no choice but to team with the Vassals of the Morning Star, a group of vampire hunters in order to find the group of vampires that attacked her home. To make it worse, she's teaming with Skinner Sweet, the (mostly evil ) first American Vampire who was also the one that turned her into a vampire.

What we've been getting is big and crazy action with Pearl and Skinner fighting their way through different groups of vampires in order to find the leader of this group of vampires. The tension and excitement builds and, holy crap, wait until you see the cliffhanger ending.

What more can be said about Rafael Albuquerque's art that I haven't already said many times. He perfectly captures the mood that is required for each scene, whether it calls for extreme action or a more emotional one. Combined with Dave McCaig's colors, the comic is a thing of beauty.

The Bad

I can't get enough of this series.

The Verdict

If you've been reading this series, you know how good each and every issue is. If you haven't been, shame on you. Get your rear in gear and buy the trades to get yourself caught up. When I've spoken to those that haven't been reading the series, it's usually because they've dismissed it as "just a comic about vampires." AMERICAN VAMPIRE is so much more than that. Scott Snyder has been crafting a tale that has been spanning decades and taking us in directions we wouldn't normally expect. With reoccurring characters and situation after situation that completely varies, this is a comic that will always capture your attention. When Rafael Albuquerque is on board with the art, it's a feast for your eyes as well. Each month when a new issue comes out, I know I'm in for a treat.

3 Comments
Posted by zachkastner

This issue is heart-wrenching. I loved it, but man, I wish I had the next part now!

Posted by B'Town

I'm a couple issues behind, I'm catching up TODAY. You're so right Tony this isn't just another vampire book, it has depth full of twists and surprises. So crazy how excited I get, reading them - I have to try and slow myself down so I don't rip through the pages and miss a gem Rafael or Snyder may have put there for me.

Posted by Agent_Prince

It is such as shame that a book of this quality only has two comments. This is probably the greatest issue of American Vampire, there just aren't enough superlatives to describe it's immense quality. No doubt this is Snyder's greatest work thus far, and that ending? Absolutely incredible, I was tingling after I read it, and still do when I think about it. Amazing stuff.