American Vampire (Volume #5) Comic Book Review

In the first story, series mainstays Skinner Sweet, Pearl and company return to Hollywood in the '50s during the Red Scare. In a time where America was on the lookout for the next Communist threat, was the real danger something far more insidious? A major turning point in American Vampire lore begins here!

In the second tale, familiar face and vampire hunter Felicia Book is "retired" from vampire hunting when she gets called back into action to track down and kill the most powerful vampire of all time. The hunt takes our heroes through post-war Europe, behind the Iron Curtain and into the heart of Russia to track this deadly enemy...

Writer Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing) and artist Rafael Albuquerque bring together even more threads to the complex tapestry that is the world of American Vampire.

American Vampire is full of ups and downs, so I wasn't initially sure if I would like this volume, especially with using the Dracula legend as a plot for the first story, Lord Of Nightmares. Thankfully the writer and illustrators all had a better grasp of what they were doing compared to previous volumes and I really enjoyed the stories.

Lord Of Nightmares should have been a horrible mess, revisiting Felicia Book and her son when Dracula's coffin is kidnapped. However the storytelling was really quite good, explaining that Felicia's son is in danger from Dracula she heads to Russian to finish him off. The art in this story is the best it's ever been thanks to Dustin Nguyen.

After that we revisit Pearl, picking up where we left off. Henry is recovering with the Vassals Of The Morning Star while Pearl works with Skinner, hunting down packs of Vampires. We meet some old faces during this volume and wrap up quite a lot of loose ends before Pearl literally packs up and leaves for a new life. There's one other story at the end where we meet Felicia Book's mother and learn of a new threat, The Grey Trader. I presume this is a hint for the next volume in the series.

4/5

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