American Vampire Anthology #1
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American Vampire Anthology #1

Writer: Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon Artist: Becky Cloonan, Rafael Albuquerque, Jeff Lemire, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Francesco Francavilla, Declan Shalvey Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: August 28, 2013 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 6
9.0Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

You are cordially invited to a partyto die for! This special features eight amazing stories set in the world of American Vampire, with lost tales, new characters and old favorites. Dont miss these stories brought to you by series creators Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, as well as other awesome comics talent like Becky Cloonan (BATMAN), Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon (DAYTRIPPER), Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH), Greg Rucka (The Punisher, BATWOMAN), Gail Simone (BATGIRL) and many more!

  • 10
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Aug 29, 2013

    At any given time, the American Vampire Anthology #1 is beautiful, violent, seductive, horrific, but always fantastic. This is one comic that shows what happens when you collect some of the best in the industry and ask them to have fun. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Aug 29, 2013

    This review is a little more vague than usual, but it's because you deserve to go into the anthology completely fresh. Whether you've read every single issue of American Vampire or this is your first time stepping into the world, there's something here for you. I've occasionally journeyed to this corner of the Vertigo universe, but this anthology featuring a murderers' row of writers and artists make me want to go back and read it all. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Aug 28, 2013

    The artwork varies widely in the way each creative team offers its unique take on the world of theAmerican Vampire; however, at no point do any of these stories' visuals seem anything less than evocative and intentional in their delivery. There were some noticeable characters missing from this collection, but it's not hard to believe Snyder and Albuquerque are holding on to them for when the on-going series begins anew. And readers will no doubt find themselves more than satisfied in what each writer and artist brings to this collection. The stories vary from exploring territory close to the main narratives of Pearl and Skinner to expanding their view into the greater world of the undead, from providing some captivating entertainment to thought-provoking commentary on America's past all of which make this anthology a must-read for fans of the series and readers looking to jump on board for the first time. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Aug 29, 2013

    A wonderful anthology without a weak story. Well worth the price tag and a great appetizer for those of us eager for AV to return to regular publication. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Sep 8, 2013

    I don't normally like to do a review that is basically a reiteration of the table of contents, but in this case, naming the creators really should be enough to get your interest if you're a fan of quality comics. Most of the stories in this 70 page anthology are 8 pages long, too much discussion of the specifics are just going to spoil them. Suffice to say that we have top notch creators being allowed to play in Snyder/Albuquerque's sandbox and they turn in some really good stories. I'd love to see Vertigo put one of these anthologies out on an annual basis. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Aug 29, 2013

    One after another, “American Vampire Anthology” #1 delivers a fast-paced tale with a shocking conclusion. By the time you finish reading this collection, you're going want to buy each volume of “American Vampire.” Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Alison Berry Aug 30, 2013

    There you have it. The world of American Vampire just got a little bit bigger and a whole lot bloodier. The only downside to this book is the wait for books return hurts like a gold bullet in the gut. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 28, 2013

    Any one of these tales could be expanded on in the series or in a miniseries, as Snyder has done in the past with the escapades of the Vassals of the Morning Star. As they stand now, however, the stories in "American Vampire Anthology" #1 provide a fine sample of modern-day, mature audience comics from topnotch creators. This is the type of offering that should be forever preserved in a time capsule of the year that is 2013. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Fangoria - Svetlana Fedotov Sep 18, 2013

    The list of contributors to the anthology, which include some of the biggest names in DC's repertoire, is as exciting as the work itself.Writers such as Jason Aaron, Jeff Lemire, and Greg Rucka add their own unique stamp to the series, building on Snyder's already engrossing story. Each short is a stand-out on its own, but looked at cohesively creates a must-read sampling of talent that entices further exploring into the individual authors. Not to be outdone, the art also displays the diverse artistic pool available to DC Comics disposal. The soft toned watercolors of Ivo Milazzo and Ray Fawkes play wonderfully with some of the pioneer-based stories, while the smooth and expressive movement of Becky Cloonan and Tula Lotay are perfect for tales of Hollywood debauchery. Whether you're a new reader or an old fan of AMERICAN VAMPIRE, this anthology is a perfect addition to any horror hound's ghoulish collection. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Aug 28, 2013

    Where American Vampire Anthology #1 truly succeeds is in its art. We get work from Francesco Francavilla, Becky Cloonan, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, and the always amazing Rafael Albuquerque in one freaking comic book. Obviously, this is one gorgeous looking comic. Every artist brings something different to the table while still managing to capture the look and feel of this world. Ba and Moon do this best, delivering a story that captures the soulful spirit of American Vampire while still finding something unique and exciting. Anthologies often get a bum rap these days, but this comic proves that when it's done right you can create something truly special. Plus, more American Vampire is never, ever a bad thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Aug 29, 2013

    A great read. This series has been absent for far too long. This is going to be a great read for the hardcore fans and perhaps some new readers will jump on. This is well worth the big cover price. I recommend picking this up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Aug 28, 2013

    Written by Greg Rucka and drawn by JP Leon, where in" Portland, a man is brought into a bar where he collapses and dies. The barkeep and the man who brought the guy in have certain plans for the body, but are not expecting what happens next. I'm really not sure what the overall motivations were of the barkeep and his buddy, but the twist and how this story connects back to a previous story arc did put a smile on my face. Overall, the artwork was great, but the storytelling was rather weak in general. 8.0 A very good and decent variety of stories.Great for the fans of the series.Some stories are rather dull or uninteresting.Non-fans or newbies are not going to get much from this.Hefty price point at $7.99 may deter you away. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Aug 28, 2013

    If we had any doubts about the robustness of the AMERICAN VAMPIRE concept (we didn't), the clever and varied palette of anthology stories proves it out. Each story stands on its own, but fits neatly into the world, whether by showing us glimpses of characters we've come to know throughout the main series or by riffing on the purpose and personality of the American vampire throughout the past century or so. Read Full Review

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