Page 45 Review by Stephen
Nazis! Vampires! Nazi vampires!
Nazi vampires drawn by JOE THE BARBARIAN and HELLBLAZER: CITY OF DEMONS Sean Murphy!
To play your best, you have to be fearless. You have to play like youre playing your last gig. Every time. Play like death is at your side, her cold chin on your shoulder, because shes exactly the girl youre trying to take home. Its been a long time since I played on the road, but Ive learned that there are other times this saying works too. In war
and at times like this
when you know youve reached the end.
And so after a Wild West interlude drawn by Zezelj we move on to World War II. Neither Pearl Jones nor Skinner Sweet have aged a day nor changed one jot: Skinner is still the untamed, arrogant son of a bitch as ever, but hes in for a rude awakening when he follows Pearls man to Taipan. The all-too-mortal Henry Preston has signed up for a five-man search-and-destroy mission after the Vassals Of The Morning Star receive intelligence that a brand-new breed of vampire has been discovered on the Axis-occupied island 20 miles of the coast of Japan. Its lither, more feral and appears to have developed the hitherto unknown ability to turn a human almost instantaneously. Which would be worrying enough in its own right, but factor in the Japanese armys tradition of combative suicide and an ingenious degree of lateral thinking, and theyre in all in very deep trouble indeed.
That ones set in 1943, but back in 1941 Cash McCogan and Felicia Book learn of potential cure for the vampire condition which may have been developed by one Erik Pavel, a Romanian botanist and expert on plant-produced, photo-reactive compounds. Unfortunately the castle hes holed up in one of those imposing, mountain-top affairs has been taken over by the Germans. For Cash the stakes could not be higher. He has a son caged up in the Vassals basement, yet another victim of Skinner Sweets ruthless cruelty, while Felicia Book feels personally responsible for his infection. So both are dispatched posing as wealthy donors to the Nazi cause only to discover that the Nazi cause has espoused another, equally supremacist faction. And there are other things, far, older, stashed away in the caves below
For more, please see AMERICAN VAMPIRE VOL 1 co-written by Stephen King.