American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #1


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American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #1


  • Words: Scott Snyder
  • Art: Dustin Nguyen
  • Colors: John Kalisz
  • Publisher: Vertigo Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Jun 13, 2012

Scott Snyder releases another summer blockbuster.

If Scott Snyder starts a new tradition of releasing an American Vampire mini-series each summer, the world will be better than ever.  Hot off the success of last year’s American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest, as well as the continuing greatness of his regular series, this week seek sees Snyder breaking new ground with American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares, which will surely prove to be the perfect universe-expanding companion piece to the American Vampire mythos.  Featuring some deadly new and even deadlier familiar faces, Lord of Nightmares #1 is not only a great first issue, but one of the most shocking offerings of the entire series.

Possibly the greatest aspect of American Vampire is the amount of strong female leads that have a major impact on the direction of the series.  Lord of Nightmares continues the story and plot threads of Felicia Book that Survival of the Fittest left readers on last year.  Book is quite possibly just as dynamic and commanding as regular-series lead Pearl Jones, and Lord of Nightmares’ focus on the ex-vampire hunter is a more than welcome direction to take readers in.  Having been discovered by the less than affable Agent Hobbes, Book is unwillingly dragged back into the Vassals of the Morningstar following the destructive actions of a threatening sect of humans that hope to release the most deadly and powerful vampire of all time.  Tommy Glass, the ominous front of this sect, moreover, is one of American Vampire’s most wicked creations, recent or not.  An eventual meeting and showdown between these two outstanding characters would instantly be a blockbuster battle.

Joining Snyder on this summer’s adventure is the talented Dustin Nguyen.  Nguyen’s style perfectly complements the previous efforts of Sean Murphy and Rafael Albuquerque in both style and construction.  Characters like Book and Hobbes were instantly recognizable, while retaining enough of Nguyen’s own style to still look fresh.  As the title moved beyond small character interactions, Nguyen penciled several gorgeous and shocking moments as the Vassals disintegrated into violent madness that left their vast facility covered in blood. 

Fans of American Vampire and its companion side-story, Survival of the Fittest are sure to feel right at home with Lord of Nightmares.  This new mini-series looks fresh yet familiar as it follows Felicia Book to London where hell truly breaks loose.  Whether readers are committed and well versed in the American Vampire mythos or not, Lord of Nightmares is one of the best offerings of the entire week.

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