First Look: Snyder And Albuquerque Reunite To Give ‘American Vampire’ One Last Ride
by Olly MacNamee
I imagine many comic book fans first contact with Scott Snyder was through Vertigo’s American Vampire series. Well, for those of us still enamoured with that series, you’ll be glad to hear that he’s retelling with Rafael Albuquerque for a final chapter in this centuries spanning gothic epic in American Vampire 1976, a new nine issue mini-series.
“Skinner Sweet has exhausted all efforts to regain his lost immortality. With his powers and purpose gone, he is now determined to go out with a bang. At a seedy motorcycle rally in the desert where Skinner’s closer than ever to his death wish, Pearl Jones and a shocking partner track him down for one last, desperate mission: the force known as the Gray Trader and its minions are tunneling through the bowels of the world to unleash hell on Earth—just in time for America’s bicentennial. With catastrophe looming, it’s up to Skinner and Pearl to reconcile and change the course of history—or die trying.”
A decade in the making, but why 1976 specifically? Well, I’ll let Snyder explain that one:
“The ’70s mirror our current era in many ways: the anxiety, the fear, and the re-examination of American identity. The book opens on Skinner Sweet working outside of Vegas doing death-defying Evel Knievel-style stunts, trying to die. There’s a kind of Son of Sam plot in New York City with Cal and Travis, a political thriller plot with Felicia, and all sorts of ’70s iconography. It’s my favorite arc so far.”
Look out for American Vampire 1976 #1 on October 6th, 2020 from DC Comics