American Vampire: Second Cycle #1 Review

Guess Who’s Back!!
After a yearlong hiatus from the American Vampire series, writer Scott Snyder and artist Rafael Albuquerque are finally reunited for Second Cycle. I’ve waited a year to say:
THE GODS ARE BACK!!!

Even though Snyder and Albuquerque are godlike in their own right, I am referring to the one and only Pearl Jones and Skinner Sweet!

Second Cycle opens up introducing the audience to what appears to be the new villain of this story arc. For the moment the character remains nameless (unless….wait, don’t want to spoil it for you), but dates back to year 1811 as mentioned in the opening panel. Not much has been revealed of the villain in this first issue, but from what I can tell they possess an enormous amount of power and may just be the biggest goon Snyder has ever introduced to us.
Speaking of goons, Pearl Jones and Skinner Sweet are finally brought back into the series, but seem to be on opposite sides of the track for the time being. The year is 1965 and Pearl now resides in Kansas where she’s gone into hiding and taken on a new identity. Skinner on the other hand is well…still Skinner; but only in a sense of his actions because he has also taken on a new name (which he appears to hate).

I’m excited to see what direction Snyder will decide to take the series in this time around. The introduction of a new villain and new characters in Second Cycle keeps the series fresh, while also keeping old fans of the series invested in the lives Pearl and Skinner.

9 out of 10

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