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American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #2

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American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #2

Credits

  • Words: Scott Snyder
  • Art: Dustin Nguyen
  • Colors: John Kalisz
  • Publisher: Vertigo/DC Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Jul 11, 2012

The Lord of the Undead threatens the world of American Vampire in a nightmarish new way.

The casket of Dracula has been stolen from the Vassals of the Morning Star’s underground bunker below London’s Tower Bridge, and Agent Hobbes recruits the aid of Felicia Book to tackle the world’s most powerful vampire. While Hobbes briefs Felicia on just who “Dracula” may be, the Russians are awaiting a strange American who’s dropping off a very special package, one the Soviets believe will push them ahead in the Cold War. Meanwhile, little Gus Book has been having nightmares, and it’s then that Hobbes realizes just how powerful Dracula might be, and also how impossible to stop.

Any real vampire fan probably has memorized all the powers that Dracula possesses seen in Bela Lugosi’s immortal portrayal of the Count, as well as in the Castlevania video games. But in American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #2, once again Scott Snyder raises the stakes, making Dracula something more dangerous than a pair of bloodstained fangs and eyes that entrance his victims to do his bidding. Through Hobbes’ description of this deadliest of adversaries, and through the horrifyingly (and at one point nauseatingly) precise artwork of Dustin Nguyen, a cold chill is created that crawls up our backbones to implant a startling truth in our minds by this issue’s final, creepy image. Dracula, it seems, is truly a lord of nightmares, even in death.

Now that’s what I call bringing something original to an original legend!

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