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American Vampire Vol. 1 Hardcover – Unabridged, October 5, 2010
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Early 20th-century America is a fitting setting for this horror drama about confronting old traditions. Two linked stories follow a woman and a man. Snyder's tale centers on Pearl Jones, an aspiring actress in 1925 Los Angeles. When Pearl chases what she believes could be her big break, it results in her being left for dead in the desert. King's piece involves antihero Skinner Sweet, a notorious outlaw in 1880 Colorado. Under arrest and en route to his execution, Skinner's escape attempt is foiled by the unexpected presence of a vampire robber baron. Both Pearl and Skinner find themselves afflicted with a vampiric curse, but one that's been altered by their native soil. The two make quick enemies of the older, jealous European bloodlines of vampires that have carved up the spoils of the American west. Violent retribution follows as each refuses to be a pawn of the established order. Albuquerque's art holds back the horror and grotesque elements until the moments when they're most needed, making those scenes shocking and effective. The pacing is slowed by presenting two simultaneous introductory stories. But seeing how Pearl and Skinner deal differently with the monsters they've become and the monsters out to destroy them makes compelling reading. (Oct.) (c)
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Still, the story was entertaining none the less. I also enjoyed to chapters written by Steven King.
Although this is only the first volume I will tell anyone to pick this up; not only its dark, Violent, bloody, and funny it has a compelling story that rivals these teen crappy vampire shows and movies.
the artwork is pretty good but like i said its the story that keeps you gripped; So give 'American Vampire' a read...you'll thank me later. lol
"American Vampire" is a remarkable blend of Old West and Roaring 1920's. With this backdrop the story revolves around a new breed of vampires with new powers (such as immunity to sunlight) and weaknesses. The two writers have created two great characters, Pearl Jones, a bit part actress in Los Angeles who we meet in 1925 and Skinner Sweet, a bad-ass outlaw in 1880 Colorado. The two time periods begin to interweave as the stories unfold in the opening chapters.
In 1880 outlaw Skinner Sweet, the candy loving "outlaw killer and defiler of women," finds himself at odds with an old European style vampire, Percy, after robbing some of his business interests which turns out not to be good for his health. Buried and forgotten, Sweet as it turns out is not really dead but has been transformed into a new adaptation of the undead the American vampire.
Forty five years later Pearl Jones has an unwanted experience with the same Percy and a few of his vampire acquaintances at a party where she is assaulted and killed. With Sweet's unasked for intervention (is the candy making Sweet sweeter) Pearl is able to cheat the grave and seek her revenge on Percy and the old European style vampires.
For me this was a new transfusion into the tried and tired Vampire stories. The hardbound graphic novel "American Vampire" Volume 1 was a compilation of five single issues. It was a pleasant break from my usual reading habits and I am looking forward to reading Volume 2. I highly recommend reading this new series by Vertigo and give it 5 stars.
But, man, this is a good comic.
I give a lot of latitude to "intro" volumes. You have to get used to the author's voice and the concept. Sometimes there is a lot of backstory. Some of my favorite series have less than stellar first volumes (Bill Willingham, I'm looking at you here). But this is a great introduction. It isn't just that Stephen King is writing the origin story for the main character (that doesn't hurt). It's a solid story and it sucks the reader right in.
The best decision was to have the same artist draw both parts of the story. It provides a commonality that helps bridge the "old West" and "classic Hollywood" parts of the tale.
I can't wait to read the rest of this. Whether you are a generalist vampire fan, a comic fan, or a fan of true horror vampires, this is a great choice.
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We're switching back and forth between 1925, which is the this books modern day, and 1880.Read more