Recommendations for 10/6

This article was originally published at ComicBook.com on October 6, 2020.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE 1976 #1

I have no recollection as to where or how American Vampire left off when it’s last issue was released more than five years ago. Was it in space? However, I do remember the consistent thrills this series delivered and how well it applied its premise across different eras of Americana. So even if a lot of information needs to be recapped, expectations remain high for the final chapter of a saga that began as a Western and now lands on the precipice of the Reagan Revolution. Albuquerque’s ability to twist the human form into painful and monstrous contortions is unparalleled, and it’s a delight to see him return to horror in October. Additionally, the promise of a conclusion after more than a decade of intermittent issues is exciting for readers who have been engaged since 2010. Skinner Sweet, Pearl, and all of the other vampires have survived a century of American history, but will they reach the modern day? I’m ready to finally find out. — Chase Magnett

Published by DC Comics

Written by Scott Snyder

Art by Rafael Albuquerque

JUPITER’S LEGACY (NETFLIX EDITIONS)

Jupiter’s Legacy is a deeply stupid comic book. Whereas The Ultimates can be read as satire, there’s not even the illusion of depth for readers to find more in this intergenerational send up of the superhero genre. Characters say obvious things about big topics in a way that makes Reddit seem a modern refuge of great philosophers, but you don’t read Jupiter’s Legacy for the plot, characters, or themes—you read it because Frank Quitely drew it. Each and every page is outstanding. Sequences of spoiled children snorting blow in nightclubs have never looked better, and when punches finally get thrown and carnage ensues… It is always enthralling. This isn’t to say that readers should turn their brains off; that is always a terrible idea. However, while Jupiter’s Legacy may not have much to offer in its script, it provides a masterclass in visual storytelling and allows readers to focus entirely on how panels function independently and together. There’s no such thing as a bad Frank Quitely comic, and that makes these new releases of Jupiter’s Legacy well worth a read, even if the series’ attempt to seriously tackle just about any topic leaves much to be desired.. — Chase Magnett

Published by Image Comics

Written by Mark Millar

Art by Frank Quitely

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