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American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #5

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American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #5

Credits

  • Words: Scott Snyder
  • Art: Dustin Nguyen
  • Colors: John Kalisz
  • Publisher: Vertigo Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Oct 17, 2012

The gobsmacking conclusion of Lord of Nightmares puts a nail in Dracula’s coffin and opens a whole new chapter in the American Vampire mythos.

Two ships in the night have no intention of passing each other as Agents Hobbes and Book, alongside their motley trio of newfound allies, set their sights on drowning Dracula and his Carpathian army in the Black Sea and end the nightmare once and for all. But when the mission proves more difficult than predicted, Hobbes must board the enemy ship to plant a bomb and blow it up from inside, where danger lurks within the bowels of this ship of nightmares, as well as one final task for Hobbes –– to confront Dracula once more and overcome the shadows of his own past. The only question is will Hobbes make it out alive?

From the first issue to this final, truly shocking conclusion, Lord of Nightmares has been the most compelling read thus far in the American Vampire tome, and will no doubt prove a game changer for the stories that are to come after “The Black List” concludes and creators Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque take some time to revamp the series over the next year. In Lord of Nightmares #5, we finally see the horror that is Snyder and illustrator Dustin Nguyen’s vision of Dracula, a mixture of hallucination and folklore, and in two pages, boldly saturated in reds, blacks, and an eerie blue “dream” glow, we bathe in the ultimate confrontation between Dracula and Agent Hobbes. To top this issue off, a few pages later, another terrifyingly beautiful image rattles our innards –– an image which will no doubt leave a lasting legacy on future issues of American Vampire.

With plenty of gore and a poignant moment or two (a lovely scene between Felicia Book and Gus comes to mind), and with a story that rivals in greatness the prior American Vampire miniseries, Survival of the Fittest, Lord of Vampires #5 is the kind of conclusion that can only pave the way for newer, far more unexplored horizons, however far off they may seem to be for now.

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