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American Vampire Vol. 2 Paperback – May 8, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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The story continues, and finds Pearl Jones in Las Vegas about a decade after the events of Volume One. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Peter J. Orvetti
I'm intrigued enough with the series to keep going, but maybe just. This volume wasn't nearly as compelling as the first but was more entertaining than many a movie I've paid to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Seth Bouchelle
Excelent comic the art of Alburquerque is the best and the history....... The best comic everPublished 20 months ago by Cristhian
Excellent books... Would recommend them to any Horror/walking dead fanPublished 21 months ago by WBoweIII