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Week of Cool Comic Book Moments – A Rebel Secretly Has a Cause

Every day this week will see me feature a brand-new Cool Comic Book Moment. For this week only, I’ll be specifically featuring cool moments that happened in the last couple of years (basically since I last did the Year of Cool Comic Moments). Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far.

Today we take a look at a great moment from Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque’s American Vampire #22…

The basic set-up for American Vampire is that different areas of the world have different vampires. This book is about the first two American vampires, the outlaw Skinner Sweet (who was turned in the late 19th Century) and the failed actress, Pearl Jones (turned in the 1920s).

Issue #22 takes us to 1954, where we meet a new character.

By this time, we have been trained to expect basically one of two reveals. Either HE is a vampire or SHE is a vampire. Snyder and Albuquerque manage to surprise us (spoilers ahead!)…

Pretty darn awesome reveal by Snyder. Travis is, indeed, a rogue vampire hunter. He is hunting down the vampire who killed his family and got him stuck in a mental institution for years because he refused to lie about what he saw happen to his family.

Albuquerque captures the style of the era beautifully and I love his work with making Piper appear so sympathetic when she is, in effect, drawing boys to her “parents” so that they can kill them.

If you have suggestions for other cool comic moments from the past couple of years, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

8 Comments

Oh, American Vampire. I gotta buy the trades of this series…after I’m done with Invincible.

going to have to finaly add this to my shelf for love the idea of a vampire hunter doing vampire hunting.

Nice choice.

This was the moment that hooked me on AMERICAN VAMPIRE. I’d sampled a few issues before this, but finding a new twist on the now cliched “teenagers making out, but a vampire lurks” scenario was terrific. The BADLANDS reference was a plus.

The Crazed Spruce

March 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

I’ll be honest, I kinda saw the “parents-are-really-vampires” reveal coming, especially after the way you set up the scene, but having the punk teenager being a vampire [i]hunter[/i] was a neat twist. I’ve gotta look this book up one of these days.

Love this series. In fact, all of Scott Snyder’s work is amazing.

I know some people are underwhelmed by Snyder’s work on Batman, but American Vampire has never failed to disappoint me… until it went on hiatus, that is. Eagerly looking forward to its return.

Great series, great arc.

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