November 28, 2012

Review: American Vampire Issue 33

The stunning conclusion to the "Black List" saga is finally here. Who survives and who doesn't, will shock you and shake up the lives of our favorite characters!

As I've mentioned in previous reviews, it's been emotionally tough reading the latest American Vampire storyline from the venerable team of Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque.  It's been sad to see what happens to these beloved characters, if you've followed them from the very beginning like I have. The events in Snyder and Albuquerque's current saga have certainly come full circle for Pearl Jones as her own past has come back to haunt her. Seems like it was only yesterday when we saw young Pearl and Hattie Hargrove with dreams of stardom in their eyes. However, as we've seen in the past issues, all the innocence and friendship between them has been thoroughly decimated.

American Vampire issue 33 is the conclusion of this nerve wracking and upending storyline. The story starts off with Pearl and Cal racing back to Vassals of The Morning Star headquarters in Los Angeles to rescue her husband Henry from impending harm by Hattie and Skinner Sweet.  Snyder throws in a plot twist amongst the antagonists, leaving Pearl an opening to free Henry. The exchange between Hattie and Skinner is memorable though, and begs the question does Skinner have any feelings at all for Pearl, after what they've been through? And vice-versa? This is touched upon again at the end of the issue. I've always liked Pearl but Snyder's characterization of her within the Black List storyline, has left me with mixed feelings about her.

Readers will enjoy some of the witty dialogue here but again, this issue is intense with a equal parts action and emotion. The curtain has finally come down so be prepared for the changes about to come. Albuquerque delivers some phenomenal panels once again, especially the final battle scenes at VMS HQ capturing every emotional scene as he has always done.

The Good: The ending was quite good, leaving Skinner Sweet's fate unknown

The Bad: Too much drama, emotion and loss for Pearl.

Final Verdict: A

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