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American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #1 - Lord of Nightmares, 1 of 5 Review

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If you read past issues of AMERICAN VAMPIRE or this is your first, you'll be in for a treat as Scott Snyder teams up with Dustin Nguyen to give us a great take on vampires.

The Good

Where to begin? This AMERICAN VAMPIRE mini-series is by Scott Snyder and Dustin Nguyen. That's reason enough to check this out. Snyder's take on vampires has been great from the beginning. He has created a rich new world with different types of vampires along with various characters and organizations like the Vassals of the Morning Star.

Taking place during 1954, the story focus on Linden Hobbes, the leader of the Vassals. With the focus on him and Felicia Book, you know this series is going to deliver big time action. Just after this first issue, I'm not sure if I like the focus here or Skinner Sweet-related stories better.

I can still recall back before reading the first issue. I couldn't believe Vertigo was going forward with a new vampire series and that Stephen King was doing some of the writing. Little did I know what Scott Snyder was capable of creating. Like many, I had grown tired of the overexposure of vampires in the media but Snyder has created a spectacular and rich world where I can't get enough. I don't know how he can work on AMERICAN VAMPIRE and BATMAN and still have ideas for these mini-series. As long as they keep coming, I really don't need to know how he does it.

Nguyen is a great choice for this. I love seeing him work on a different genre. Snyder either has a lot of pull or has incredible luck with the talented artists he manages to get for each arc.

The Bad

It was a great first issue. I would absolutely love for this to be an ongoing series as well.

The Verdict

This is a mini-series by Scott Snyder and Dustin Nguyen set in Snyder's AMERICAN VAMPIRE universe. There really isn't much else to say. Focusing on the vampire hunting group, the Vassals of the Morning Star, we get a different focus for the series and the implications of what happens here is mind boggling for the series. I love the fact that Snyder somehow manages to write these AV mini-series while still delivering great stories in the main series as well as BATMAN. This series is an example of what Vertigo is about and knows how to do. It's a great issue and it's only the beginning.

11 Comments
Posted by RaduRader

I've never been a fan of vampire fiction. Most of it seems tired and uninteresting, but Scott Snyder's fantastic storytelling presents a fresh take on the mythology that anyone would be fool to pass on.

Posted by RaduRader

I usually have a hard time not seeing Rafael Albuquerque bring this world to life, but I must admit that I really enjoyed Dustin Nguyen's artwork in this first issue and can't wait for more.

Posted by longbowhunter

It times like this that make trade waiting on American Vampire very difficult.

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Posted by saoakden

I have been hearing a lot of good thing about the series, so is the American Vampire Series worth getting into?

Posted by salmy

Tony's working late. Looking forward to this. Got on American Vampire during last year Survival of the Fittest mini series. Hope this is as good.

Posted by CombatSpoon86

@saoakden: Heck yea. Start with this mini and try to go back and get all of Snyder's work. Snyder's First Non-superhero ongoing which started his greatness.

Posted by G-Man

@salmy: Yeah, long day. But I had to get a review for this posted because I loved it so much.

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Posted by Pbott

I would love to see this as an ongoing as well, so much that If it was between this our his DC work I would much rather him write this than batman or swamp thing

Posted by ChernobylCow

If you guys are digging the anti-vampire club vibe the series is starting to pick up, I'd recommend watching Ultraviolet (tv series) on netflix. It's a UK series that ran one series and has Idris Elba in it (Luther).

It has a very minimalist approach to vampires.

Posted by saoakden

@CombatSpoon86: I've been hearing a lot of good things about the American Vampire series and how good it is and how good Scott Snyder's work is. I've been a little nervous to pick up the series because I think vampires are cool and all but there are some fictional works that involve vampires haven't always been good to me. I only like vampires in a few games and maybe some comics and manga. I read the first arc of the X-Men Vol. 3 or the X-Men team up book and I liked that story.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

@saoakden said:

@CombatSpoon86: I've been hearing a lot of good things about the American Vampire series and how good it is and how good Scott Snyder's work is. I've been a little nervous to pick up the series because I think vampires are cool and all but there are some fictional works that involve vampires haven't always been good to me. I only like vampires in a few games and maybe some comics and manga. I read the first arc of the X-Men Vol. 3 or the X-Men team up book and I liked that story.

I'm a huge fan of vampires done right, and American Vampire is unique enough to pull that off and more. I, Vampire embraces the full general cultural notion of vampires uninhibited and I love that to death, but American Vampire is equally good through the opposite methods; experimenting with the notions and crafting a seriously rich and detailed world.