Review: American Vampire 1976 #6
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
Colorist: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Steve Wands
Reviewer: Tony Farina
With the help of the Council of Firsts, Skinner’s team has learned the secret sacrifice required to obtain the Blood of Light-their only hope of stopping the Beast from destroying humanity and conquering the world. Finally within reach of the remedy, the crew sends one of its own on the grueling last leg of the mission-but a devastating betrayal and an unwelcome revelation about Skinner’s quest for immortality could sabotage the expedition.
American Vampire 1976 #6 has quite a twist that many people will see coming, but it is still pretty damn shocking. I think this is when Snyder is his absolute best. He knows the story he wants to tell. He is giving readers exactly what they want, but he always knows how to hold just enough back to keep you coming back for more.
What would a review of this book be without me heaping all the praise on Rafael Albuquerque? It would be a pretty crappy and dishonest review. Albuquerque is simply a man at the top of his game. Every panel, be it a full page splash or a small inlay is perfect. Below, right at the top, under the letters, is a smear of red, that upon closer inspection is a blood splatter. That is amazing. I just want all these panels as art on my wall.
American Vampire 1976 #6 is really strong, but it does suffer a bit from exposition-itus. For the turn to work, we need to know why. Snyder is not going to make us guess forever and it is better to start the countdown to the final issue here than to end with an exposition dump in issue nine. Still, lots of baddies talking to hear themselves talk.
American Vampire 1976 #6 is damn good. I thought this was going to be the final issue and I was worried it all couldn’t be wrapped up. I am happy to admit I was wrong about that and we still have three more issues to get to the bottom of things. That is good for us because Skinner deserves a few more books before we discover his fate and we all want to spend more time living in Albuquerque’s world. It is scary, but gorgeous place to live.