“American Vampire” continues to show signs of life – or, well, undead-ness – during its hiatus.
Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque’s Eisner Award-winning Vertigo series about a new breed of bloodsucker has been on a planned break since January, but Hero Complex has the exclusive announcement that “American Vampire Anthology” No. 1, an 80-page special, will be released Aug. 7, and offers readers a first look at the cover by Albuquerque, right, showing a more-dapper-than-usual Skinner Sweet.
“Anthology” comprises eight “lost tales” of familiar favorites and new characters by a star-studded roster of writers and artists including multiple Eisner winner Greg Rucka (“Whiteout,” “Stumptown”), Jeff Lemire (“Animal Man,” “Sweet Tooth”), Gail Simone (“Batgirl,” “Secret Six”), Ray Fawkes (“Constantine”), Becky Cloonan (“American Virgin”), Francesco Francavilla (“The Black Beetle”) and the Brazilian brothers behind the Eisner-winning limited series “Daytripper,” Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba (the latter collaborated with writer Gerard Way on the Eisner-winning “Umbrella Academy”).
This extra-sized release ($7.99) follows the announcement of June 12’s one-shot “American Vampire: The Long Road to Hell,” which marks the return of the popular bite-them-back, vampire-hunting greaser Travis Kidd and features artist Albuquerque co-writing with Snyder.
What sets the “Anthology” apart is that it’s the first time outside writers will be scripting tales in the “AV” world since the series’ first arc, which had Stephen King writing the Old West-set origin of Sweet, the deadly-outlaw-turned-first-American-vampire (safe in the sun, but vulnerable to gold), alongside Snyder’s 1920s Hollywood story of aspiring actress Pearl Jones, the saga’s heart and soul.
The special issue’s contributors include many creators Snyder has worked with on other titles. He collaborated with close friend Lemire on the “Swamp Thing”-“Animal Man” event “Rotworld”; with Simone on Bat-book stories including “Death of the Family”; with Francesco Francavilla on the bestselling “Detective Comics” story line “The Black Mirror”; and with Cloonan on “Swamp Thing Annual” No. 1 and “Batman” No. 12.
“American Vampire’s” regular series is expected to resume later this year. (Snyder has kept plenty busy with projects including his “Batman” work with Greg Capullo and the upcoming “Superman Unchained” with Jim Lee.)
But, in the meantime, fans will have “The Long Road to Hell” and “Anthology” to sate their blood lust.
– Blake Hennon | @BlakeHennon
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