How Lee & Kirby's "Fantastic Four" Birthed the Marvel Universe, Part 1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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