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American Vampire Vol. 2 Paperback – May 8, 2012

4.6 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
Book 2 of 7 in the American Vampire Series

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About the Author

Scott Snyder has been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook and other journals. He most recently has co-written AMERICAN VAMPIRE for Vertigo/DC Comics, along with horror-master Stephen King, BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS and SWAMP THING.
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Product Details

  • Series: American Vampire (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401230709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401230708
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you haven't heard the news yet, American Vampire is still awesome. After Stephen King's contributions to the beginning chapter in the series, many fans/critics worried how Scott Snyder would handle the story on his own. I can assure you, those worries can be safely put to rest.

Volume 2 collects two story arcs, 'Devil in the Sand', issues 6-9 and 'The Way Out', issues 10 & 11. It also continues the top-notch hardcover collection of what is one of Vertigo's instant classics. The story is definitely worth re-reading and sharing with friends, and these books are built to endure, not just last. The dust-jacket is unusually thick, and the same can be said about the fan-preferred glossy pages.

'Devil in the Sand' takes place 11 years after the first chapter ended. Snyder takes the series to even darker territory, and he also reigns in the action for some old western cop-drama. It manages to be about the main characters Pearl & Skinner, while focusing more on Chief McCogan's story as well. 'Devil in the Sand' concludes in a tragic yet totally awesome way.

In 'The Way Out', a few over-arching concerns catch up with Pearl and Henry such as Pearl's old friend, Hattie and Henry's continued aging. It's probably the most personal chapter in American Vampire so far, as it gives a raw and fresh perspective on love between an immortal vampire and a mortal human.

I love Rafael Albuqueregue's artwork. He shows an almost uncanny command for the building blocks of the comic medium. It's like he just pulls mastered techniques out of his ugh.. thinking cap. 'Devil in the Sand's look has a grittier feel to it, mostly due to beautifully done ink-washing and effective shadowing.
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AMERICAN VAMPIRE VOLUME 2 begins eleven years after AMERICAN VAMPIRE VOLUME 1 ended. Like the previous edition, it's split into two different stories. The first, "Devil in the Sand" takes place in 1936 Las Vegas. It introduces a new character to the saga, Cash McCogan, an officer for the Las Vegas police department. There's a series of grisly murders happening in Las Vegas and Cash is convinced that Jim Smoke (aka Skinner Sweet) is somehow behind the crimes. The murders bring two agents from the Vassals of the Morning Star, a group of international vampire hunters, to Las Vegas who join McCogan in his investigation. However, things aren't exactly what they appear to be and Cash finds himself in the midst of an alliance he could never have imagined.

The second story in the volume, "Way Out," features Pearl and Henry. The two are now living as husband and wife. Like Sweet, Pearl is determined to find and eliminate the old vampires who have infiltrated the U.S. She and Henry have been living a fairly quiet life. However, there is a person from Pearl's life who hates Pearl as much as Pearl hates the old vampires and this person is determined to make Pearl pay.

Even though Stephen King wrote part of AMERICAN VAMPIRE VOLUME 1, I found AMERICAN VAMPIRE VOLUME 2 to be a better overall story. The book can be read without having read the first volume. However, familiarity with the first volume makes volume two much more interesting.

There is a difference in the artwork between "Devil in the Sand" and "Way Out." The styles of both volumes fit the stories they tell. For instance, "Devil in the Sand" has a much darker and sinister tone than "Way Out." This fits because "Way Out" is mostly a story about Pearl and Henry and their relationship together.
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The second volume of an amazing series, I was very happy to have finally bought and read it.

The story continues with Skinner Sweet and the people he has...met...in his long life.

There is a new kind of vampire and they aren't scared of the sun.
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Snyder's take on vampires is scary, sexy, interesting, and well, American.

Much like the first volume, this book features lots of blood in a historical setting with some good characters, some true baddies, and some who aren't yet firmly established in either category yet.

I am in love with Rafael Albuquerque's art. I don't remember the last time I've been as enchanted with the visuals on a graphic novel as I am here. It's a perfect marriage of story and art. After finishing the books, I tend to go right through them a couple of more times just to stare at the pictures.
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The second volume of American Vampire picks up about 10 years after the events in volume one. I won't go into to many details about the plot, I'd rather not give anything away.

Brief plot summary-

Skinner Sweet has moved to a booming Las Vegas to make his fortune, and we get introduced to a new character, the police chief of Las Vegas, Cash McCogan. Sweet fits in perfectly in Sin City, and the contrast of character between the do good police chief and the outlaw vampire providers a great story. We also get a new villain and learn more about the vampires in American Vampire.

The other part of the story finds Pearl Jones and her husband trying to lead a normal life together, well at least as normal as it can be anyway. I think this part of the story was used more as a vehicle to set up future volumes. While I did enjoy it, it was not as interesting as the Las Vegas section, it did a good job of what I think it was intended to do and helped set up the next volume in the series, while giving us some good back story as well.

The two plots mix together nicely, playing off each other in a few areas and advancing the overall story. Fans of the first volume might be a little upset that Skinner is not a point of view character in this volume, but he is worked into the story in a fashion that we have come to expect form the outlaw. Skinner is still Skinner, and I was glad that the author has not tried to make him into a nice guy.

This volume advances the world of American Vampire, introducing us to things hinted at in volume one, and also does a good job setting us up for the next addition to this great series.
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