Coooomiiiiics! I came across another vampire comic that I had never read (Gasp!)! While scanning my comic app I discovered American Wasteland, a comic about a vampire apocalypse. For those who don’t know me (hey, I’m Amanda aka Moonlight)), I have a semi-disturbing love for stories of the apocalypse, particularly post-apocalypse. American Wasteland is set early on into the apocalypse and the free digital preview of the comic gives readers a look into that world.
“Truck driver Cletus McCoy only wants one thing: to get back home and save his Mama from a fate worse than death. But, in a world crumbling into a vampire apocalypse, that is easier said than done. Cletus will have to truck his way through an emerging nation of bloodthirsty monsters hell-bent on making him supper. Guns, guts, and a boy named Sumbitch are our hero’s only hope!”
Written by R. D. Hall
Pencils by Mark Kidwell and Andrew Magnum
Inks by Tony Bledsoe and Jay Fotos
Artwork: 4 out of 5
Overall, I loved the artwork. I would have preferred if it was a little grungier and less cartoony since it is a horror comic about the apocalypse. I loved the look of the vampiric monsters though – very badass. But the people, meh, not too impressed. Like I said, too cartoony for my tastes.
Story: 4 out of 5
Apocalypse! Love love apocalypse stories, especially ones about some kind of monstrous beings taking over the world. In American Wasteland it’s vampires who are a bit zombie-like that take over. The non-vampiric characters in the tale are the southern hillbilly type, which I usually HATE in a story, bleh, but I dug it in American Wasteland. It worked.
Overall, American Wasteland is a badass horror comic that’s definitely worth a read.