American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #4


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American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #4


  • Words: Scott Snyder
  • Art: Dustin Nguyen
  • Inks: John Kalisz
  • Publisher: Vertigo/DC Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Sep 12, 2012

Seized by three powerful but cowardly vampires and fenced in on all sides by an army of bloodthirsty Carpathians, Agents Hobbes and Book have no choice but to bargain with their captors, which could lead Hobbes to pay for his war on vampire kind. But sentiments shift when Hobbes divulges exactly why it is he fears Dracula as much as his new allies, and this little flash into Hobbes’ history is certainly shocking. But not as terrifying as the Russians’ true plan: to seat Dracula on a throne that would literally allow then to take control of the world –– as long as Dracula’s minions don’t reach the throne first!

This story of the Dark Prince rising burns brighter despite the snow-caked ground on which Hobbes, Book, and the rest of the motley team tread in American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #4. Scott Snyder and Dustin Nguyen have once again outdone themselves in this intense race to reclaim Dracula’s coffin. What’s truly memorable in this issue, however, is the brilliant two-page spread depicting the backstory of Agent Linden Hobbes. Also notable is the fact that we’re four issues in, and there’s still no concrete depiction of Dracula, which plays more on the ubiquitous force of evil aspect over his being simply another physical threat to humankind. It adds a finely crafted tension to every issue, making each one more terrifying than the last, especially the more we realize that Dracula’s true power lies not in his bite, but inside his mind.

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