American Vampire is a breathtaking blitz of sheer wonder, and a brilliant resurrection of the legend of vampires. In here, you will find savage, primal beasts ripping apart the human heart, guzzling human blood and leaving behind a sordid corpse with bloody entrails splattered about. And, when they are not busy killing, they are busy conniving, luring victims to their gory death, seeking vengeance and planning to take over the world. Its a fascinating tale, the kind that reminds you of the monsters you believed in as a kid.
At the very beginning, you quickly discover what's so special about American Vampires. And, why the comic book series has become so legendary. As you flip through the pages, you follow the trail of madness and mayhem of the first American Vampire, Skinner Sweet, who is nothing short of a lethal killing machine with a huge ego. But then you also see his humane side with Pearl, the second American Vampire, the only creature who Skinner cares about deeply. Skinner and Pearl are kind of like Ying and Yang with a fierce chemistry.
Throughout the many volumes, you travel through eras from 1925 though the 1950's and beyond, capturing a bit of history along the way. The tales blaze a gory path through Hollywood in Los Angeles, the Hoover Dam in Las Vegas, the cold war, the Nazi occupation, Jack the Ripper London, Bram Stoker's Dracula in Romania, the space voyage and several other cult events from history. I loved how the author simply dropped vampires in each of these settings and let the dynamics of their brutal nature create intriguing stories.
One of the many radical things about this series is that it has spawned a whole new bloodline of vampires by introducing the theory of evolution. So, you have the American Vampires that have the iconic power of being able to walk in the sun without burning to ashes, and their weakness remains a mystery to other bloodlines.
You quickly discover the thing that gives this series its power is the utter viciousness wreaked through its pages. Some of the scenes are so chilling especially the one where Pearl Jones, a young aspiring Hollywood actress is invited to meet a bunch of producers at a party, and they turn out to be blood thirsty vampires that drain her, and leave her to die in the desert. This series does not hold back in any way. It unleashes the true meaning of being a monster, and its implications for the world around.
The love for books & a hunger for stories was programmed into my DNA. And, sooner than later, life experiences sealed the deal. Books have saved me, transformed my life, enlightened me and have shown me the path I must walk. In a way, far too many books have played the role of kindred spirits and guides, leading the seeker in me to answers and paving a way for a new way of life. Books have helped me keep my wits, my sense of wonder, my sense of mystery and curiosity & my sanity in a life that has been anything but predictable and normal.