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American Vampire Vol. 4 Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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"Surprisingly fresh vampire spin... It sure feels good to root for evil once in a while."—Booklist
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The first story takes place before Skinner was turned into a vampire. He's in the US Army, fighting the Indian Wars, along side his best friend, James Book. This portion gives readers some great backstory on Skinner and how he has always been a monster of one sort or another, even as a boy. It also hints at other types of vampires running around the American West.
The second portion has two protagonists. The first is Travis Kidd: teenager, greaser, vampire hunter. Another badass in a world that seems to be lousy with them, Travis is obsessed with killing vampires because they killed his family. But Travis has a sense of style. He has to do it his own way, outside of the Vassals of the Morning Star, as much as they would love to have him as a new recruit. He's a smart, vicious, and capable guy. I hope this isn't the last time we see him. Oh, and Travis's story offers readers just a hint about the big things that happened between the Vassals and Skinner after Volume 3. I hope we get to learn more about that.Read more ›
The first half of this trade is, sadly, not terribly good. While having some really nice art by Jordi Bernet, "The Beast in the Cave" is something of a letdown, where we get a pre-vamped Skinner Sweet and his once-upon-a-time best friend James Book and their duty as soldiers and their battle against Indians. The tale just never really picks up a lot of steam and kind of plods along with a more anecdotal quality to it that seems forced. Basically, a little too much of Snyder's English degree shows through here.
Fortunately, this trade also introduces us to the coolest member of the VMS to ever hit the streets in "Death Race". Set in the early 1950's and wearing the traditional garb of the "greaser", Travis Kidd seems to be as much of the problem as he is the solution. He's THE rebel. When killing vampires, he wears false fangs. He's totally anti-authoritarian.Read more ›
This volume contains three different stories from the world of American Vampire. First off, we have The Beast In The Cave, which shines a light on the relationship between Skinner Sweet and Jim Book before the one became an outlaw and the other became a lawman, starting with their childhood as near-brothers and continuing into their actions in the Indian Wars. Turns out, Skinner Sweet wasn’t the first vampire forged in the New World. That honor goes to Mimiteh, the young native girl who played Sacajawea to an expedition led by a pair of vampires. The experience proved…transformative. Now rogue Apache leader Hole In The Sky plans to unleash Mimeteh and her fury on the Cavalry forces hunting him. If she cooperates, that is…. On the whole, this was good stuff. It was good to see some more of the backstory between Book and Sweet before their eventual parting of the ways, and Jordi Bernet’s artwork was a good match to the general feel established by Rafael Albuquerque–enough so that I didn’t realize it wasn’t him doing the work on this particular story. You could, however, argue that Mimiteh and her story somewhat undercuts the significance of the events in the first volume and steals the thunder from Sweet. Oh well, moving on.
Returning to the forward-moving portion of the story, i.e. 1954, we meet young vampire hunter Travis Kidd in Death Race.Read more ›
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Pleasantly surprised by this one - cover grabbed me, the story jumped around a little much for my poor head (flash-back, double-flash-back, childhood memory) but I liked the the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Edmund
This volume contains two major arcs -- one a five-star one, the other a three-star. The better is the flashback to Skinner Sweet's days in the Wild West and his relationship with... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peter J. Orvetti
I thought volume 3 would be my favorite because half of the book is done by my favorite artist Sean Murphy, but the story in volume 4 is just too cool not love. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Don Smock
This is one of my favorite volumes in the American Vampire series, and it is largely due to the story centering around the teenaged vampire-killer Travis Kidd. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dr.M.Lawicki
Vampires the way they're SUPPOSED to be done! Great series!Published 15 months ago by Jeff C Morphis
Each book in this series has impressed with great story telling. The story arcs are wide, but they aren't getting old and I look forward to the next book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
I REALLY like this whole series and Volume 4 was no disappointmentPublished 16 months ago by WBoweIII