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American Vampire, Vol. 1 From writers Scott Snyder and Stephen King, American Vampire introduces a new strain of vampire a vicious species and traces the creatures bloodline through decades of American historySnyder s tale follows Pearl, a young woman living in s Los Angeles, who is brutally turned into a vampire and sets out on a path of righteous revenge against the European monsters who tortured and abused her And in King s story set in the days of America s Wild West, readers learn the origin of Skinner Sweet, the original American vampire a stronger, faster creature than any vampire ever seen before Don t miss out as Snyder and King set fire to the horror genre with this visionary, all original take on one of the most popular monster stories This beautiful collection features a new introduction by Stephen King and bonus art including character sketches, variant covers and Collecting American Vampire


10 thoughts on “American Vampire, Vol. 1

  1. Anne Anne says:

    Re read 2018I want to check out the rest of these, but it had been so long since I read this volume I figured a re read was in order And I m actually really glad I did I think I may have enjoyed thisthe second time around I originally grabbed this randomly, so I wasn t expecting anythinggood or bad Maybe that made a difference After I finished it and read the reviews, I believe I might have been disappointed if I d thought I was going to get a new take on vampires It s not a new Re read 2018I want to check out the rest of these, but it had been so long since I read this volume I figured a re read was in order And I m actually really glad I did I think I may have enjoyed thisthe second time around I originally grabbed this randomly, so I wasn t expecting anythinggood or bad Maybe that made a difference After I finished it and read the reviews, I believe I might have been disappointed if I d thought I was going to get a new take on vampires It s not a new kind of vampire Not really Evil vampires Cowboy Vampires If nothing else, I m sure there s a romance writer out there that beat Snyder and King to the punch.Even vampires that can walk in the sunlightBut I didn t know I was supposed to be reading anything groundbreaking, so I just sat back and enjoyed the story And it was a pretty cool story.It flashes back and forth between the late 1800 s and the 1920 s The early years tells how the American Vampire Skinner Sweet came to exist, and the later years tell how Pearl meets Skinner I think appreciated the idea of evolutionary vampiresthis time around, to be honest I mean, vampires have oversaturated the culture for a while now, but this didn t sucksnort Anyway I m looking forward to reading the next volume a lotthan I thought I would be


  2. Kemper Kemper says:

    Hello, this is Scott Snyder Scott, this is Stephen King Wow I m a huge fan, Mr King It s an honor to talk to you Of course it is The reason I m calling is that I was just looking over this American Vampire story you re working up as a comic series This is great stuff, kid Thanks That means a lot coming from you, Mr King Of course it does This is a fun idea, and I really like this Skinner Sweet character A vicious Old West bank robber who gets turned into a new breed of vampir Hello, this is Scott Snyder Scott, this is Stephen King Wow I m a huge fan, Mr King It s an honor to talk to you Of course it is The reason I m calling is that I was just looking over this American Vampire story you re working up as a comic series This is great stuff, kid Thanks That means a lot coming from you, Mr King Of course it does This is a fun idea, and I really like this Skinner Sweet character A vicious Old West bank robber who gets turned into a new breed of vampire is very cool And I love that your vamps are bloodthirsty monsters None of this forbidden love sparkling in the sun bullshit Yes, I definitely wanted to make thisof a horror comic with a character who could move through different phases of American history So in this first phase, you re going to tell the two parallel stories of Skinner Sweet s origin back in the cowboy days along with the one set in 1920s Hollywood with the struggling actress and the powerful vamps running the town That s the plan, and I m so glad you liked it I was hoping we could talk you into writing an introduction for it when Introduction, hell Give me a piece of this action I want to write some of it You want to write for my comic Uh.I don t think Vertigo can afford to pay what you usually make, Mr King Don t worry about it We ll work something out Now, I was thinking that I could write up the origin piece of Skinner, and you could do the Hollywood story How does that sound You want to write the origin Is that a problem You don t sound very happy about it, Scott Oh, I d love to work with you, Mr King It s just that.I ve been thinking about this Skinner Sweet character for years, and now that I m getting a chance to finally do it, I was really looking forward to writing that origin I understand you re a little disappointed, but this wasof I m Telling You versus I m Asking You kind of a thing Uh You re telling me that you re going to get involved with my comic and write the origin story of my character when I was just asking you for an introduction Basically But don t take this as a bad thing Do you know what having my name on this is going to do for your sales I know it d mean a lotvisbility for the series, but I really just wanted an introduction, Mr King I mean, have you ever even written for comics before No, but what s the big deal I directed a movie once and had no idea what the hell I was doing and everything came out fine Mr King, I don t know about this Scott, let me put it this way I m all inspired If you don t let me work with you on the comic, then I m just going to have sit down and crank out a 1000 page novel in the next 72 hours about a cowboy vampire working his way through American history I can probably have it available onby next Tuesday Is that what you want No, definitely not I guess I should say.Welcome aboard Maybe That s the spirit, Scott We ll crank this mother out and then I ll jam a copy up Stephenie Meyer s ass the next time I see her She just annoys the hell out of me Uh OK This is going to be great I always wanted to write a funny book Talk to you laterKing s introduction and Snyder s afterward don t give any indication that Snyder was anything but thrilled to have King involved, but I just found it really funny that King was asked for an introduction and essentially invited himself to write half the story Not too many writers could get away with that It didn t hurt the story one bit and this is a fun and nasty twist on vamps in horror comics.


  3. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    Bloody Brilliant Creative Team Creator Writer Scott SnyderCo Writer Stephen KingIllustrator Rafael AlbuquerqueColorist Dave McCaig VAMPYR VITAE will you tell me some good hobo stories I mean really really spicy onesPearl, your ears will bleed Scott Snyder, the creator of this comic book series, is one of the most relevant new names in the business, and being able to convince Stephen King to collaborate in his project is a proof of his rising influence around.As you can Bloody Brilliant Creative Team Creator Writer Scott SnyderCo Writer Stephen KingIllustrator Rafael AlbuquerqueColorist Dave McCaig VAMPYR VITAE will you tell me some good hobo stories I mean really really spicy onesPearl, your ears will bleed Scott Snyder, the creator of this comic book series, is one of the most relevant new names in the business, and being able to convince Stephen King to collaborate in his project is a proof of his rising influence around.As you can appreciate in a panel, this work honors classic works like Bram Stoker s Dracula and the western books by Zane Grey, and since we have here a prominent female vampire character, I believe that it s even avowed that Carmilla existed several years before of even the most famous Dracula And of course to the now iconic dime novels which along with the penny dreadfuls were the first options to read adventure and horror at a cheap price, making them accesible to most of the people.This evolution of the American Vampire also is a headway from previous works like Blade, presenting a day walker vampire, and Crimson where you witness the next step in the evolution of vampires in that case being able to manipulate fire at first, and laterpowers While here the evolved vampires aren t showing magical powers at least not in this first volume but it s the idea of being an evolution of the old European vampires and certainly using prominently the advantage of that these evolved vampires are day walkers.It s kinda funny the whole deal of day walker vampires, since in the novel of Dracula, the title character was able to be in the open under sunlight, true, he was less powerful, but the key thing is that he was able to walk on daylight However, the Universal Pictures movies became so iconic in our psyches and that s where they inserted this limitation to vampires that we aren t able to process the concept of vampires standing to sunlight.Another interesting development in this story is that while regular vampires weaknesses are common knowledge something that even the evil vampires comment here , we still have to start to discover in a slowly way what kind of weaknesses have the American Vampires , along with the rest of their unique skills and traits BLOODY NARRATIVE Nobody ll believe half of this stuff. In this first volume of this comic book series, Scott Snyder is in charge of the present storyarc, which is happening in 1925, in Hollywood, California while Stephen King is in charge of the past storyarc, which is set between 1880, in Sidewinder, Colorado, and 1912, Cruces, New Mexico featuring several dates and places Each issue, collected on this volume, presents both storyarcs, showing what it s becoming kinda regular in many TV shows nowadays Also, it s relevant to point out that this is really the first comic book story where Stephen King writes since previous apparitions have been comic book adaptations of original prose novels, while here is trully an original story.I want to highlight the great artwork by Rafael Albuquerque which he does the art in both storyarcs but presenting them with totally different art styles, talking good about his versatility Obviously with the support of the colorist Dave McCaig, to give a visually distinctive effect on each storyarc IT S GOOD TO BE BAD How come the badman always gets the most of the inkBecause bad sells Monsters sell. For better or worse, usually, many stories are evaluated in according to how effective were the villains, not matter if they lose at the end However, in American Vampire isn t about good vs evil, but maybe it can beaccurate to say that evil vs lesser evil Some characters can be seen as motivated due good reasons but they are definitely doing bloody violent acts without any kind of remorse Real human nature at its best.They are vampires They are hunters They are killers And if you aren t careful, they will drink your blood out of your neck without hesitation.And since you have two different timelines in the book, you will be able to get some characters showing totally different attitudes, givingrichness to the whole story.Definitely I want to readof this comic book series, so if the creative team doesn t mind if I tag along, but yes, I know that I need to keep up


  4. Matthew Matthew says:

    5 stars all the way this graphic novel is excellent Do you like westerns Do you like vampires Do you like vampire westerns If you answered yes to one orof the above, then step right up I figured it sounded interesting, but I did not think I would end up reading one of the best approaches to the vampire genre I have seen It is creepy, gory, sexy, etc all the things you expect in a good vampire tale Also, it has the element of wondering exactly who you should be cheering for at 5 stars all the way this graphic novel is excellent Do you like westerns Do you like vampires Do you like vampire westerns If you answered yes to one orof the above, then step right up I figured it sounded interesting, but I did not think I would end up reading one of the best approaches to the vampire genre I have seen It is creepy, gory, sexy, etc all the things you expect in a good vampire tale Also, it has the element of wondering exactly who you should be cheering for at some points I found myself very intrigued by the charisma of the main protagonist antagonist Will I be for him or against him in the future I am hooked and I look forward to .As a graphic novel, the art is great I would say it has a slightly less cartoonish feel than Chew, but there is a similar look The monsters and the gore are well done And, as I started my Red Dead Redemption II journey last night, I am loving the western art.I think this is a worthwhile selection for vampire fans to try even if they are not into the graphic novel format


  5. Jeff Jeff says:

    Sung to the tune of American Woman American vampire, stay away from meAmerican vampire, please let me beNovampires, European wayCreepy cowboy, Skinner Sweet is here to staySweet and Pearl can daylight rambleWhere European vampires burn up like bramble Now monster, just leave me beAmerican vampire, scarin the crap outta meAmerican vampire, Bloch done Pearl wrongAmerican vampire, revenge s thirst is strongDon t come sinking your fangs in meDon t wanna live in eternal miseryFangs and claws Sung to the tune of American Woman American vampire, stay away from meAmerican vampire, please let me beNovampires, European wayCreepy cowboy, Skinner Sweet is here to staySweet and Pearl can daylight rambleWhere European vampires burn up like bramble Now monster, just leave me beAmerican vampire, scarin the crap outta meAmerican vampire, Bloch done Pearl wrongAmerican vampire, revenge s thirst is strongDon t come sinking your fangs in meDon t wanna live in eternal miseryFangs and claws can hypnotizeSparkly vampires are full of liesStephanie Meyer, I said get awayAmerican vampire is here to stayAmerican vampire, cowboys and the wild westAmerican vampire, a roaring twenties questDon t come stalking around my doorDon t wanna see your face no I don t want your western mienI don t want your Hollywood sceneTwilight gets cut down to sizeGo sparkle someone else s eyesScott Snyder and Stephen KingJust couldn t put down this thingGo, gotta get away, gotta get awayNow go, go, go, I m gonna leave you, vampireGonna leave you, SkinnerBye bye, bye bye, bye bye, bye byeYou re no good for meI m no good for youGonna look you right in the eyeTell you what I m gonna doAmerican Vampire, runnin away from you.You know I m gonna leaveYou know I m gonna goYou know I m gonna leaveYou know I m gonna go, vampireI m gonna leave you, SkinnerGoodbye, American vampire With apologies to The Guess Who


  6. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews at happens when good ol Uncle Stevie gets sick and tired of the sweetie vamp craze Well, vampires go from thisback to something a littlelike thisAmerican Vampire kind of fell into my lap by accident I went to the library s website looking for Wytches 1 which of course they didn t have However, my temper tantrum was quickly interrupted when I focused in on the word VAMPIRE and requested this ins Find all of my reviews at happens when good ol Uncle Stevie gets sick and tired of the sweetie vamp craze Well, vampires go from thisback to something a littlelike thisAmerican Vampire kind of fell into my lap by accident I went to the library s website looking for Wytches 1 which of course they didn t have However, my temper tantrum was quickly interrupted when I focused in on the word VAMPIRE and requested this instead While this selection wasn t able to seal the deal of the anything you can do I can do better battle between King and his son Joe Hill sorry Steve, but your baby boy writes a damn good graphic novel , it was a solid beginning American Vampire runs a dual narrative Snyder s half tells of a young aspiring actress named Pearl in the 1920s who should have opted to not RSVP to a certain partyThe story then goes allback to the wild west where Stephen King introduces us to main character number two If you re a fan of a certain fellaSkinner Sweet will probably be right up your alleyI m telling you, this guy is A W E S O M EI realize I may lose my Constant Reader membership card for being completely unaware that American Vampire even existed, but I m willing to do penancein the form of reading the next volumes in this series Come on library, mach schnell with getting me the stories of Vegas in the 30s and the great war of the 40s


  7. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    American Vampire tells two tales the origin and early days of American vampire Skinner Sweet in the dying days of the Old West, and the tragedy of aspiring actress Pearl Jones, who runs afoul of old world vampires in 1920 s Los Angeles How will their tales intersect Where do I start with this I ve never read Scott Snyder before but I loved his writing in this Stephen King s was also really good, not surprising since he did write my favorite epic of all time, The Dark Tower Rafael Albuquerqu American Vampire tells two tales the origin and early days of American vampire Skinner Sweet in the dying days of the Old West, and the tragedy of aspiring actress Pearl Jones, who runs afoul of old world vampires in 1920 s Los Angeles How will their tales intersect Where do I start with this I ve never read Scott Snyder before but I loved his writing in this Stephen King s was also really good, not surprising since he did write my favorite epic of all time, The Dark Tower Rafael Albuquerque s artwork has come a long way since his days penciling Blue Beetle.Scott Snyder is taking back vampires from the people who made them romantic fops Vampires are murderous predators from beyond the grave and should be depicted as such The vampires in American Vampire remind me of the vampires in I am Legend, Salem s Lot, and Garth Ennis s Preacher They aren t pretty, don t fall in love with mortal girls, and love the taste of blood.The two plots were both very interesting While Skinner Sweet s story of carnage in the old west was good, I think I d give the edge to the Snyder penned tale of a Hollywood infested by vampires in the 1920 s I like the idea of different strains of vampirism based on genetics and such It ll be interesting to see how this concept is explored in subsequent volumes.I got American Vampire as a Christmas gift and it s pretty high in the Christmas gift ass kicking hierarchy this year It s an easy four stars if you like graphic novels and killer vampires


  8. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    SPOILERSOk it s my own fault for falling for it I know vampires are overused in today s culture, so much so thathave a store calledVampire , but I still went ahead with reading this comic book, thinking that somehow Scott Snyder and Stephen King had pulled off a remarkable fresh version of the vampire story I hoped, but I was wrong Snyder writes about Pearl, a wannabe actress in mid 1920s Hollywoodland working bit parts until one day she s invited to the party of a big time SPOILERSOk it s my own fault for falling for it I know vampires are overused in today s culture, so much so thathave a store calledVampire , but I still went ahead with reading this comic book, thinking that somehow Scott Snyder and Stephen King had pulled off a remarkable fresh version of the vampire story I hoped, but I was wrong Snyder writes about Pearl, a wannabe actress in mid 1920s Hollywoodland working bit parts until one day she s invited to the party of a big time producer, where she finds out too late that he s not quite what he appears to be And we follow her journey thereon out King writes about an outlaw called Skinner Sweet who steals from the wrong person a euro vamp and winds up dead And then alive You see where this is going Blood and carnage follow.Sounds promising, no It s not King writes in his introduction Those vamps got hijacked by a lot of soft focus romance , talking about the recent explosion in vampire romance stories think Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, etc and yet American Vampire is just oneexample of just such a book Pearl meets Henry, a friend or is he Corny romance ensues, not to mention the obligatory pseudo erotic scene where Pearl drinks from Henry Is it me or has this become standard practice in modern vampire stories to have one hero vamp drink the blood of a hero human Jim Book meets his goddaughter Abi who happens to be a twenty something girl in love with him and with a penchant for wearing very revealing outfits King working the forbidden fruit angle there, which is bad enough but the dialogue is so stale and soppy Just promise you ll send that monster to hell simper or I ve lost everyone I love and now I m supposed to lose you as well Yawn But the poor dialogue doesn t stop there Some memorable quotes include You will never leave here alive , Jim you don t know how many times I ve doubted what I saw that day , Been thinking it over the last couple days and it s not that I didn t believe you, it s that I just didn t care , and Yes, go run and hide We ll find you We re everywhere Throw in the English aristocratic vamp who explains the nefarious plan in full at the end like a well dressed Blofeld with hair and you got yourself the kind of script that you could catch mice in if you put it on a trap.This isn t a new version of a vampire story, just another vampire story that you ve read before but with different costumes 1920s Hollywood and late 19th century frontier America Even the parts people will say are new that Skinner and Pearl can walk in daylight and are unaffected by religious tokens have been done to death before And let s not even begin to point out how long it takes everyone to figure out they re vampires It s so tedious you want to shout at the page just so the story can move on.And the artwork is nothing to write home about either Rafael Albuquerque has his moments, creating genuine moments of horror with full page depictions of very warped looking vampires, but in between this are scores of pages full of rough sketching and even worse colouring Not to mention the lack of imagination some of the scenes look like campy 80s metal album covers with Sweet topless sat on a throne in a cave surrounded by fiery torches in the dark A friend and I are both fans of King but both of us have noticed, as have many others, that King tends to have as his protagonist narrator a person, usually a man, who is a novelist Guess who the narrator of King s portions of the book is Man, he really isn t trying any is he I m beginning to think his blurbs and brief intros are better to read than his slow moving, predictable books And unfortunately that also includes this book, American Vampire Poor artwork, dull story, even duller characters, utterly unmemorable dialogue that disappears into nothing as you read it, all mixing together to create a totally uninteresting and trying too hard to be cool book Definitely doesn t live up to the hype, I wouldn t recommend it to anyone looking for a good read


  9. Donovan Donovan says:

    Failing to blow minds, American Vampire succeeds as an original and respectable thriller in the exhausted sub genre of vampire horror It s historical fiction meets slasher, with a large cast of stock characters begging for development With expressionistic illustrations prone to being too rough Fun as guilty pleasure reading, with the potential for a great series.


  10. Char Char says:

    American Vampire Vol 1 caught my eye when I was at the bookstore getting the next two volumes of the Sandman series Then I saw one of the storylines was written by Stephen King and I had to have it I was not disappointed.Within are two stories, one about Skinner Sweet, late 1800 s and the other about Pearl Jones, taking place around 1925 I enjoyed them both but Skinner was my favorite He s not even a good guy he s an evil vampire, just the way I like them , sporting a western duster an American Vampire Vol 1 caught my eye when I was at the bookstore getting the next two volumes of the Sandman series Then I saw one of the storylines was written by Stephen King and I had to have it I was not disappointed.Within are two stories, one about Skinner Sweet, late 1800 s and the other about Pearl Jones, taking place around 1925 I enjoyed them both but Skinner was my favorite He s not even a good guy he s an evil vampire, just the way I like them , sporting a western duster and a peppermint stick A cowboy, gun slinging, vampire Oh yeah Pearl is an aspiring Hollywood actress, made into a vampire against her will and she s a badass She was determined to get revenge and you ll have to read this to find out if she got it or not I originally was waffling between 3.5 4 stars, but I decided to go with 4 I really liked the artwork in this volume and even though the story was not a phenomenal one, it has interested me enough to continue with volume 2.Get your copy here American Vampire Vol 1


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