Co-written by Scott Snyder and ongoing series artist Rafael Albuquerque this one-shot features the return of fan-favorite character Travis Kidd—the vampire hunter who likes to “bite them back!”
Check out some of the gorgeous interior artwork in black and white by Rafael Albuquerque (which will be in color in the final book) and the stunning variant cover by Tony Moore (The Walking Dead) in the gallery above. And be sure to pick up AMERICAN VAMPIRE: The Long Road to Hell arriving June 12th!
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Earlier today, MTV GEEK announced that fan favorite vampire hunter Travis Kidd makes his return in AMERICAN VAMPIRE: THE LONG ROAD TO HELL #1. Co-written by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque with art and cover by series artist Rafael Albuquerque, AMERICAN VAMPIRE: THE LONG ROAD TO HELL arrives on June 12 as an oversized special issue with variant cover by Tony Moore.
“This is my first time writing for Vertigo and it’s a big honor," says Albuquerque. "I’m illustrating this special right now, and I couldn’t be more excited.”
Head on over to MTV GEEK for the full details.
And look for the return of the ongoing series AMERICAN VAMPIRE later this year. In the meantime, AMERICAN VAMPIRE Vol 5, collecting issues #28-34 and the 5 issue miniseries AMERICAN VAMPIRE: LORD OF NIGHTMARES drawn by Dustin Nguyen arrives on March 27th.
If you haven't read AMERICAN VAMPIRE #31 yet, don't read below this line. But if you have...
That’s right, Hattie returns in AMERICAN VAMPIRE!
We didn’t want to spoil it, so we showcased this promo image cover for issue #32 by artist Rafael Albuquerque:
But now it’s time to reveal that she is featured on the standard cover of AMERICAN VAMPIRE #32. Here’s what artist Rafael Albuquerque has to say about bringing her back.
"I have missed her so much,” says Albuquerque.
“It’s really easy to play with characters like her, because anyone who ever felt envy or anger can feel connected to her. Who’s never felt that, after all? That’s why it’s so fun to draw these misfit characters like Hattie--the ones who can take these primal feelings, to the highest level and dare us, mere comic makers, to imagine where we could go if we had no limits.
Thanks for that, Hattie, and welcome back you crazy b---!"
Now, check out the incredible cover below by Rafael Albuquerque and pick up the issue October 31st.
For this week’s installment of Preview Monday, we’re giving you first bites out of I, VAMPIRE #0 and AMERICAN VAMPIRE #31.
Don’t miss the exciting and heartbreaking tale of how Andrew Bennett became a vampire! While fleeing the house of his father to start a new life with his forbidden lover from a lower class, Bennett’s horse carriage is overturned in the midst of a rainstorm. Stranded, he’s attacked by a vampire — but this isn’t your run-of-the mill blood-sucker! I, VAMPIRE #0 comes to you from writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Andrea Sorrentino. Click here to see an exclusive preview of the issue.
Meanwhile, the tension is building in the pages of AMERICAN VAMPIRE as “The Blacklist” screeches towards its shocking conclusion. Pearl visits Henry as he recovers in the hospital but will she tell him the truth about her relationship with Skinner Sweet? And as their hit list grows shorter, can Pearl and Skinner continue to hunt the Los Angeles coven together or will their partnership dissolve? Plus, don’t miss the shocking ending when someone from Pearl’s past makes an appearance! From the acclaimed creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Rafael Albuquerque, AMERICAN VAMPIRE #31 goes on sale this Wednesday. Click here to see an exclusive preview of the issue.
Well “The Blacklist” continues to unfold in AMERICAN VAMPIRE and we celebrate with another awesome variant cover from FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA!
I’ve been a big fan of Francesco’s for a few years (also one of the nicest dudes you’ll ever meet in comics) and it turns out he’s a big fan of the series too! So when I asked him if he’d do a variant cover for us, he leapt at the opportunity to do his version of “our gal Pearl.”
Hope you enjoy the piece and I hope you all like Francesco as much as we do because we’re going to be seeing some more of him around here in the future. Stay tuned…
Setting up shop in their new headquarters – Thoe House of Mystery – John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Andrew Bennett, Black Orchid and Dr. Mist continue their hunt for The Books of Magic. But as Constantine gets outfoxed at every turn by the villainous Faust, his sometimes ally Madame Xanadu sees a prophesy that could signal the violent death of the entire team if they DON'T find the Books! The second issue from new ongoing series writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mikel Janin, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #10 is in stores this Wednesday. Click here to see an exclusive preview of the issue.
“The Blacklist” begins here! With her husband, Henry, in the hospital due to an attack from rival vampires, Pearl finds herself once again being recruited by the Vassals of the Morning Star. What irresistible proposition do they offer her in exchange for her cooperation? And which person from her past do they dig up to be her partner? Set in 1950’s Hollywood at the height of the “Red Scare,” AMERICAN VAMPIRE #28 sets the stage for the series’ next epic. Written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque, the issue hits stores this week. Click here to see an exclusive preview.
This one changes everything.
I know you hear that all the time in comics, but we REALLY mean it this time. This summer’s blockbuster AMERICAN VAMPIRE storyline is called “The Blacklist,” and the whole gang returns to the place where it all started—Hollywood. But this time it’s the 50’s, so instead of flappers and silent films, tinsel-town is drenched in the fear and paranoia of the Communist “Red Scare.”
Massive turning point. Game-changer. Point of no return…call it what you want, but this one really does change everything.
And because this is such a massive story, we’ve decided to celebrate with not one but FIVE variant covers! Some of the biggest, best names in comics, paying tribute to the various decades, characters and locations we’ve covered in AV so far…
Starting this June with AMERICAN VAMPIRE 28 we have our first variant cover by Scott Snyder’s partner-in-crime over on BATMAN—Greg Capullo! Greg kicks it off with this bad-ass portrait of everybody’s favorite greaser vampire-killer Travis Kidd!
After Greg we have killer covers coming from DAVE JOHNSON, JOCK, FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA and DUSTIN NGUYEN! Come back here each month for more cover reveals.
Speaking of Dustin, don’t forget to check out our awesome new mini-series also starting this June—AMERICAN VAMPIRE: LORD OF NIGHTMARES. Written by Scott Snyder with sensational art by Dustin, this mini is a great jumping-on point for new readers, and also deepens the mythology for long-time fans.
So it’s another big, fang-filled summer from AMERICAN VAMPIRE and remember—this one changes everything!
WARNING – this primer contains SPOILERS regarding previous issues!!! ROUGH PRIMER on ISSUE #24 of AMERICAN VAMPIRE (PART 3 of 4: “DEATH RACE”) by Scott Snyder TRAVIS 1955. 19 year old punk TRAVIS KIDD is a vampire hunter. One of the best. He’s a rogue. He doesn’t belong to any organization (like the VMS, the secret group in our series that has been tracking and eliminating all species of vampire for centuries). He has been approached by the VMS on many occasions, but he has always turned them down. He drives a 1955 Fury, and keeps an arsenal of vampire killing weapons in the trunk. He likes to dance alone his room to race records/rock and roll. And he keeps a set of wooden fangs in his bag – fangs he puts in himself when he takes down a vampire so he can “bite them back” before they die. Here is Travis fighting your vampire mom: RECAP: ISSUE 22 (part one of this arc) began with two cars careening through the California hills… locked in a death race. Behind the wheel of one car (the black one) was Travis. Behind the wheel of the other, we learned from Travis, was a mysterious vampire, one whom Travis claims killed his family and is responsible for every misery in his life. As the race barrels along, though, in the California hills, the story cut back to show scenes from Travis’ troubled past. So far, we know that he was institutionalized at a young age, in a psych ward. We know that days ago, he stole files on the main vampire he’s after – the one in the other car - from the VMS to learn the vampire’s location. And we know that a girl Travis was dating in order to learn more about vampires in the area – Piper – is tied up in the trunk of the car. In the final pages of our last issue, #23, we discovered the identity of the vampire in the rival car – the one Travis ha been hunting his whole life: Skinner Sweet. One of the stars of our series, Skinner is a new breed of vampire – an American Vampire – with powers and abilities different from Carpathian (classical) vampires. As for his bio, he was a vicious outlaw in the Old West, until a run-in with classic vampires accidentally left him infected. But instead of coming back as one of them, he came back as something new, something more powerful. And he has been causing mayhem throughout the 20th century ever since. Last we saw him, though, he was dying on a cliff on an island in the Philippines during WWII (see AV 13-18 in Vol. 3). How Skinner survived that ordeal is a mystery. As is his connection to Travis. All we know is that Travis wants him dead, and Skinner is always up for a challenge. So check out AV 24, out today. Don’t be a goddam square. Here’s the opener. The brunette is Travis. The blonde is Skinner. Root for your favorite. S
If you’re like me, you love the behind-the-scenes stuff. Director’s commentary, original manuscripts, awesome documentaries about the making of an album. I love all this creative process stuff. That’s why I like to PACK the collections of our comics with bonus material. If you don’t have it yet, check out AMERICAN VAMPIRE VOL. 3. Tons of bonus sketches and designs from Rafael Albuquerque and Sean Murphy. Awesome stuff. But how about some BEHIND the behind-the-scenes stuff? See below for Rafael's ORIGINAL sketch of the Taipan vampires. He based them on Tengu spirits from Japanese folklore. As the story developed, and we realized these vamps would be more feral, blind, cave-dwellers, he changed the design. But the original was pretty cool too: