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Writer: Scott Snyder, Stephen King
Artist: Rafael Albuquerque

Size: 32 pages
Price: 3.99

The first step is always the hardest. And with the way American Vampire handled its first story arc, I think the series is off to a great run. American Vampire #5 delivered an entertaining, and rather satisfying conclusion to the series debut arc.

The issue managed to execute two tasks, which I think is important, in finishing a story in an ongoing series: 1) Closing off dangling thread plots brought up in the story arc (i.e. the betrayal of Hattie, old man Percy), and 2) setting up a new status quo in the tale to explore in future storylines (i.e. where do Pearl and Henry go now, what’s Skinner Sweet’s next agenda). I also find it worth noting that in this issue, the stories of Scott Snyder and Stephen King finally intertwines, as Skinner talks with Pearl before (or possible after?) going to the book signing of Bad Blood. Although there’s not much action in this issue, it remained an engaging read as we are treated with the interesting fallout from the previous issue. I can’t pretend I didn’t expect what would happen though. Let’s just say that although Jim Book’s ultimate faith is tragic, what happens to him minutes before that is blissful *wink*.

The art from Rafael Albuquerque was phenomenal as always. Although I’m not really a fan of this type of artwork, I find it visually enjoyable due to the fact that it matches the mood and tone of the series. Furthermore, I find that Albuquerque has always been consistent with his art, which I think is not quite easy to pull off. Plus, who doesn’t wan’t to see naked mutilated bodies of women, being thrown as weapons?

What excites me the most about this series is that it’s only year 1925. I just can’t wait for when the story finally takes place in our current timeline, which would probably still be a long way ahead. But, hey, it’s been a fun ride so far, so count me in for the journey!

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent

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