American Vampire #30


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American Vampire #30


  • Words: Scott Snyder
  • Art: Rafael Albuquerque
  • Colors: Dave McCaig
  • Story Title: The Black List, Part Three of Six
  • Publisher: Vertigo Comics
  • Price: 2.99
  • Release Date: Aug 29, 2012

A little more than blood heats up between Agents Sweet and Preston as their mission to eradicate the LA’s vampire coven continues.

After taking out a member of the coven that the Vassals of the Morning Star have contracted their two top agents to destroy, Pearl Preston and Skinner Sweet are greeted by some gold bullet hospitality from another Hollywood bigwig who’s been harboring vamps in his abode. Pearl is wounded in the fray, and the only one who can save her is the man who created her –– Skinner himself. But after Pearl reveals to Skinner her deepest fears of losing her mortal husband Henry, the unexpected happens, the consequences of which could prove disastrous for both of them.

This is the best issue of Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque’s American Vampire yet. Snyder starts us off with a flashback of the time Henry asks Pearl to marry him, which serves as bookends to a story filled with some gunslinging action that hearkens back to Skinner’s spaghetti western days. Complete with a few smirk-inducing quips and a tender moment or two, and a finale that’s a little more than tender and that will no doubt leave our jaws agape for a few seconds before we scan the credits, American Vampire #30 marks a pivotal point in the AV mythos.

And Albuquerque’s final pair of images? That’s gonna stay with you for sure, at once beautiful and atrocious in its foreshadowing of what trails are to come in “The Blacklist” and beyond.

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