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American Vampire Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder
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American Vampire Vol. 1 (edition 2011)

by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, Rafael Albuquereque (Illustrator)

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Title:American Vampire Vol. 1
Authors:Scott Snyder
Other authors:Stephen King, Rafael Albuquereque (Illustrator)
Info:Vertigo (2011), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 200 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:Graphic Novel, Vampires, Vertigo, Day walker, western, Hollywood, 1920s, outlaws, sheriff

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Sweet is Alive and Thirsty!

American Vampire


I picked up this first volume for several reasons. Stephen King and Scott Snyder! King as anyone knows has written many mystery and horror novels, 50 plus. Snyder has written several takes on Lex Luthor, Batman and Superman. Before that, he wrote the American Vampire series.

This volume one is a compilation of the DC Comics series, issues 1-5.

It's a good time to be alive in the American West. The European vampires are slowly taking over, wanting money as well as blood. The most dastardly is a vampire gang run by Old Man Percy. They prey on young girls but one of them got infected and lived. And so did Sweet, a robber and thief. They both became American vampires.

Fascinating premise and somewhat different that the current vampire craze. Rather than sparkle, they can walk in the sun but are at their weakest during a new moon and at that time can be killed. They can see their reflections in a mirror but it's distorted. Crucifixes and stakes are old hat to these guys, as few as they are.

I cannot help but root for Sweet – he's a bad guy for sure but he is also a man who has carried out a decades-long revenge on the men who killed him originally. One of these is Jim Book.

The feud between them is really fun to read. The panels full of blood and death but done tastefully. Still, not for kids.

The novel's running narrative is by a guy who wrote "Bad Blood", a novel that talked of what happened that day when Sweet became an American vampire.

Bottom Line: Scott Snyder writes fast and develops his characters well. Stephen King, especially in "Suck on This!" is a master of his craft. Art by Rafael Albuquerque is done in a penciled, old-fashioned style that is attractive and during the death scenes, horrific. A nice piece of entertainment. Recommended.


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  James_Mourgos | Dec 22, 2016 |
Interesting ideas but malnourished character development. ( )
  valzi | Sep 7, 2016 |
The first volume of this story moves between the 1880's and the 1920's. It begins in the twenties with the story of Pearl, a young aspiring actress living in Los Angeles. In between picking up bit parts in movies, Pearl works several odd jobs to make her rent. When she gets a big break - an invitation to a party by a successful director, Pearl believes that her hard work has finally paid off and that she's going to get her big break. Pearl's gets a break alright but it leads to the end of her human life.

Volume One then takes a step back to look at the life and death of the infamous outlaw Skinner Sweet. Just as his last name implies, Sweet, loves candy and he combines this with his love of robbing banks, violence and sleeping with prostitutes. Sweet is not even remotely at this point an anti-hero, let alone all around good guy.

Sweet is Pearl's sire but the connection runs a lot deeper than that. Because they are both a new breed of vampire, the sun has no effect upon them and the old guard, (read:European Vampires) want them gone. Sweet and Pearl represent a contamination of the blood and if that were not enough, this so-called contamination means that no one knows what they are vulnerable to. Sweet and Pearl absolutely have a target on their backs but the tie that binds them is deeper still even if it is ridiculous.

Volume one is written by Scott Snyder and Stephen King and the difference in the writing is evident from the start. Clearly, King wanted to step away from vampires that sparkle. One guess as to who?

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It's hardly surprising given King's very adamant dislike of Twilight, based in the idea that it's "tweenager porn" and his belief that Stephanie Meyer "can't write worth a darn". It feels as though Sweet's story is an absolute refutation of the sparkly vampire. Sweet is most certainly not a vegetarian and he glorifies in violence. He works his own agenda and simply cannot be tamed. It's clear that Sweet is not a man to be taken lightly and certainly not a man to run into even casually. He is bound to no one and serves his own end. In fact, the creation of Pearl is about the only good thing that he does in this volume and it's clear an ulterior motive exists for this action.

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Aug 21, 2016 |
Love it. Pearl is great. She has moxie, as they would say in the 1920s, and Skinner is the baddest of bad boys. The way their stories intertwine is fun. I liked the art very much as well. ( )
  Caitlin70433 | Jun 6, 2016 |
Gritty, gory and dark. Just the way I like my vampire stories. :) ( )
  Traciinaz | Mar 17, 2016 |
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"A new vampire for a new century. Cunning, ruthless, and rattlesnake mean, Skinner Sweet has a reputation for cussedness as long as he is ornery. As the first vampire conceived on American soil, however, he's not your usual creature of the night. Stronger, fiercer and powered by the sun, Sweet is the first of a new breed of bloodsucker: the American Vampire. Forty-five years after rising from his grave, Sweet finds himself in 1920s Los Angeles, where the young and beautiful are drawn like moths to the burning lights of Hollywood. Something beyond simple human greed is at work here, however, as struggling young actress Pearl Jones is about to discover. When her movie-star dreams are transformed into a bloody nightmare, Sweet provides her only chance for survival as well as the power to take revenge" -- dust jacket back.… (more)

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