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Witness the birth of a brand new species of vampire in this new ongoing series that begins with five extra-sized issues featuring back-to-back stories by exciting new writer Scott Snyder and the master of horror himself, Stephen King! When notorious outlaw Skinner Sweet is attacked by an old enemy (who happens to be a member of the undead), the first American vampire is born… a vampire powered by the sun, stronger, fiercer, and meaner than anything that came before. Plus… Pearl Jones is a struggling young actress in 1920s Los Angeles. But when her big break brings her face-to-face with an ancient evil, her Hollywood dream quickly turns into a brutal, shocking nightmare.

Variant Cover by JIM LEE

Price: $3.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 9.1%


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  1. why isn’t this getting the $1 issue treatment?

  2. i’m on the fence about picking this up

  3. Is this really written by Stephen King? im guessing he gave this scott snyder a 5 minute rundown over the phone..

  4. My LCS owner emailed this on the store newsletter. Interesting,

  5. Is it bad that I’d be more likely to buy this if it were an indy book

  6. I wonder if it’s as good as Locke & Key XD

  7. This seems very interesting.  I would love to have a "Full script by Stephen King" someday.

    Was he inspired by "Twilight?"

  8. For the first 5 issues there are 2 stories, one written by King, the other written by the regular author.

    Vampires don’t interest me at all but a look at the evolution of American life and culture does so I will give the first issue a try at least.

  9. Scott Snyder created the series/concept. I think Stephen King only created the cowboy vampire or co-created him. 

  10. Stephen King or not, Raphael Albuquerque is worth buying this book alone. 

  11. @KickAss I doubt it as he has said that he hates Twilight a few times in his ET column

  12. It’s kind of like we are in the period of exactly the same story being told similteniously in differient media. Twilight in the theatre, True Blood on TV, This in Comics. I wonder if there will be a radioplay coming out soon

  13. @Speedball – That’s funny, I had the same feeling. I will pick it up for the art though.


    Jim Lee did a variant cover? hahahah

  14. Scott Snyder did a great Human Torch comic for the 70th Anniversary one-shots. Although this is something much different, I think this could be a great new series.


  16. I wasn’t so sure about this but I’ll probably grab one when I’m at the comic shop anyway.  It doesn’t look amazing to me because I’m all vampire’d out right now, but interesting nonetheless…

  17. @skeets: we’ll see how thematically differient the book is once it comes out. LMAO!

  18. I shall try this out.

  19. Cannot wait 4 this!

  20. I think this is going to be an at LCS decision…

    Kinda sick of all the Vampires (as much as I love True Blood)

  21. Scott Snyder also wrote a collection of prose short stories called "Voodoo Heart" a few years back. I tracked it down and am currently reading it. Pretty good stuff. Whoever said it above is correct: this is Snyder’s series, with a storyline written by King. Sorta like an integrated co-feature, if I had to guess.

    But I’m actually giving this a shot for Snyder, based on what I’ve read of him.

  22. I was on the fence, but it seems like a a lot of positive comments, so i’ll try it out.

  23. Like the 1/2 of the story better than the second, but overall a very solid read.

  24. Any comic that has a reference to Harold Lloyd and Lon Chaney gets my POTW.  I really dug the idea of vampires in time periods really not seen before.  It also asks the question where I can get more Rafael Albuquerque?!?!?!

  25. This was good. Not great, but interesting story and some dandy looking artwork. I enjoyed the Stephen King section quite a bit.

  26. Picked this up on a whim. 4 bucks for 40 ad free Rafael Albuquerque pages? Not a hard decision. It was really good. King story was pretty good, but I actually liked the Snyder story better, which is a good sign. We’ll see how I feel after the next issue. Nice surprise at the least.

    Oh, and ROFLMFAO THIS WAS JUST LIKE TWILIGHT…. Edward, you’re such a weirdo.

  27. Enjoyed this much more after a re-read.

  28. I totally dug it. I’m dropping Choker for this. As soon as I got to the vampires in Choker I just rolled my eyes. Templesmith needs to draw other things.

  29. This was an AWESOME first issue! I almost didn’t buy it, but now I’m looking forward to issue #2! And the art was everybit as special as the story. Will later issues have this much content, and if so will it actually be monthly?

  30. @Rusty: I picked it up in the store and put it down again. So to me this is exactly the same as Twilight and that’s the opinion i’m sticking with because it looked terrible. 

    After listening to the podcast, it actually sounds a lot like Day of The Locusts… with vampires. So, you know, stupid. 


  31. @edward, so then in summary, your casually informed opinion on the book would be it looks terrible, and your more generally uninformed opinion would be that the story’s stupid. And it’s the same as Twilight, which perhaps you base on a comparison relying on your understanding of Twilight formed through casual social references to that material and a few movie trailers? I’m no fan of Twilight – never read the books but have seen major portions of both movies – and I’ve read this comic, and they’re really not similar at all. But that might just be my ignorance talking…

  32. @rwpos: YES.

    In the grand scheme of things, does that really make me a bad person or just someone who didn’t read a comic book? 

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