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American Vampire Vol. 1 Paperback – October 11, 2011
Graphic novels by Mike Mignola
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The second half of the tale, told by Stephen King, contains the gruesome origins of the wicked Skinner Sweet. We're taken back to the Wild West in the 1880s, where we learn about Skinner's criminal past as a human and the powerful vampire he later becomes. And this American vampire isn't any ordinary bloodsucker, he's evolved and is bigger and badder than any of the old ones could have imagined.
Artist Rafael Albuquerque captures the two different time periods perfectly. In the first half, the pages are full of old-school Hollywood glam and class. When it came to depicting King's story, Albuquerque was dead on, making the panels grungier and perfectly Western. Same artist, but two unique and flawless styles. His artwork was one thing that impressed me the most.
Overall, American Vampire: Vol. 1 was awesome. You've got a real badass horror story full of deadly and terrorizing vampires, which is exactly what this vampire-flooded world needs nowadays. Horror fans will love the macabre artwork and narrative, and others will simply love the refreshing change in vampire story-telling (you have to admit that the weak and whiny vampires get real old real fast). I definitely recommend this graphic novel to anyone looking for a classic horror story.
Scott Snyder and Stephen King split the storytelling duties in this graphic novel, originally published as the first five issues of the Vertigo series. Artist Rafael Albuquerque adequately captures 1920's LA and 1880's Old West. He delivers a less murky vision of vampires than Ben Templesmith's red-smeared approach in 30 Days of Night. The first dozen pages of American Vampire are deliciously restrained - a buildup that pays off when Albuquerque unleashes vampires in full-page panels.
The story centers on two characters, the aforementioned outlaw Skinner Sweet, and aspiring actress Pearl Jones, who is left for dead in the desert outside Los Angeles in 1925. Both become vampires not by their own choosing but their transformation separates them from the older, European bloodsuckers. Skinner and Pearl's immunity to sunlight is just one of many differences (I don't want to spoil the others).
King's introduction gets to the bloody heart of why American Vampire rises above the undead deluge.
"Here's what vampires shouldn't be: pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and only work at night; lovelorn southern gentlemen; anorexic teenage girls; boy-toys with big dewy eyes.
What should they be?
Killers, honey. Stone killers who never get enough of that tasty Type-A. Bad boys and girls. Hunters. In other words, Midnight America. Red, white and blue. Accent on the red.Read more ›
For the most part I've avoided purchasing any digital comics on Amazon, but if more quality products like this can be released I may spend a little less $ at comixology. Give us the next volumes already!
In actuality, this is a two-part comic -- one part is by King, while the other is by a guy I had never heard of named Scott Snyder. But both halves of "American Vampire #1" are united by a common theme -- vintage Americana is mingled with some gruesome, bloodthirsty vampires, whether it's during the glitzy Roaring Twenties or the dusty Wild West. And it's AWESOME.
Snyder follows a pair of young starlets named Pearl and Hattie, who are working as extras during the early days of cinema. Pearl strikes up a friendship with a hobo who is hanging around their swimming pool -- and who warns her not to go to a party thrown by a film producer. Pearl soon realizes that she should have listened...
King's story goes further back in time to the late 1800s, and shows us the original "American Vampire" -- a bunch of outlaws are holding up a train to free the infamous Skinner Sweet, leading to a devastating crash. But the outlaws have little idea of what is lurking in the wreckage, and what wants some very personal revenge on them.
"American Vampire" is a pretty unique kind of comic book -- two brilliant writers (one famous and one unknown) writing two intertwined story arcs about vampires from long ago. Even better, both King and Snyder manage to do something unique and special with the vampire mythos that doesn't involve pale, wangsty aristocrats.
And while the stories are closely connected, King and Snyder have very distinct styles. King's is faster, brasher and earthier, adding sudden splatters of horror to a seemingly simple Wild West story; Snyder's is a slower, more refined story that only hints at the horrors lurking nearby, until the last few pages.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Before he made his comic fame for Batman, Scott Snyder took a run at another thing that went bump in the night.
Vampyr. Read more
Nice combination of the old West & the familiar vampire story. Very strong women characters. The artwork captures the storyline perfectly.Published 2 months ago by Tammi
It felt like it should have grabbed my attention. It took place in the old west, and in Hollywood right before Talkies were introduced. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Josh Matheny
This book has some good ideas, but the whole thing is muddied with sloppy writing and poor, overly-inked art. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sedina
Hardcover edition is beautiful to behold. Nice thick pages make it easy to really see the art that went into this graphic novel.Published 6 months ago by J-Ro
Scott Snyder and Steven King try to do an atmospheric early American vampire with some interesting mythology. The goal seems to put the menace back in Vampires, and this does that. Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. D. Varn
I love Snyder's current Batman run, it's been one of the best comics I've read in recent times. So I was excited to read some of his other work. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bobby Sprinkles
This comic had so much potential. The writers are great. One of the artists is great. The concept is awesome.
The execution is just...okay. Read more