Although Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque’s “American Vampire” ongoing series is currently on a brief hiatus, that’s not stopping the creative team from playing in their universe. MTV Geek revealed that Vertigo will publish “American Vampire: The Long Road To Hell” in June, co-written by Snyder and Albuquerque with art by Albuquerque and a cover by Tony Moore. Described as a story about two new vampire lovers, a stolen car and the open road, the one-shot in the “American Vampire” universe heralds the return of fan-favorite vampire hunter Travis Kidd, who was introduced in the series’ “Death Race” arc. Kidd is perhaps best known as the character who not only hunted Vampires, but chose to “bite them back,” equipping himself with a set of wooden vampire teeth. It’s unknown whether “The Long Road To Hell” takes place before or after “Death Race,” the end of which saw Kidd armed to the teeth and busting down the door of a vampire coven to face down over twenty bloodsuckers.
“This is my first time writing for Vertigo and it’s a big honor,” Albuquerque told MTV Geek. “Once it was decided we would go on hiatus, I approached Mark (our editor) with the idea of doing this special, so the fans could have a ‘taste of blood’ while waiting for the book’s return. He liked the idea and we (Scott Snyder, Mark and I) began talking about it. I came up with a very rough initial idea, bringing up all the references I thought we should have in the story and then we worked hard on a brand new take on the AV universe — new characters, and the very special participation of fan-favorite Travis Kidd. I’m illustrating this special right now, and I couldn’t be more excited.”
“American Vampire: The Long Road To Hell” hits stores June 12.