I’ve never been a serious graphic novel fan, but once in a while hear of one that sounds up my alley. I think this is one. It’s pretty cool. It’s set in two different places/time periods, and features two main characters: 1920s Hollywood, and Pearl, a young aspiring actress who’s ambitious and perhaps not too wise to the ways of the world, and 1850s (or so — I’ve already returned the book to the library and can’t remember) old west, featuring Skinner Sweet, an outlaw.
You know, of course, there will be some vampires, and some more vampires made. What you don’t know is how much more awesome these vampires are than the typical consumptive, poetic, sensitive, whatever types we’ve been subjected to for the last few years (decades?). They’re not sensitive. That there was an understatement.
Scott Snyder wrote the 1920s-era sections (again, if memory serves); Stephen King the 18-whatever, and Rafael Albuquerque illustrated both, and altogether, it’s really great. I’m not enough of a fan of this format or the vampire genre in general to continue, probably, but am really glad I picked this one up. It’s fun, scary, striking, and a nice change of pace from the typical, well, anything really.