American Vampire Vol. 1 by Scott SnyderAmerican Vampire Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder

American Vampire Vol. 1

byScott Snyder, Stephen KingIllustratorRafael Albuquerque

Hardcover | October 5, 2010

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This volume follows two stories: one written by Snyder and one written by King. Snyder's story is set in 1920's LA, we follow Pearl, a young woman who is turned into a vampire and sets out on a path of righteous revenge against the European Vampires who tortured and abused her. This story is paired with King's story, a western about Skinner Sweet, the original American Vampire-- a stronger, faster creature than any vampire ever seen before with rattlesnake fangs and powered by the sun.
Scott Snyder has been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook, and other journals. He teaches at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence University and lives in New York with his wife, Jeanie, and his son, Jack Presley. He's currently at work on a novel for the Dial Press.Stephen King is the bestselling...
Title:American Vampire Vol. 1Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 10.46 × 6.96 × 0.56 inPublished:October 5, 2010Publisher:DC ComicsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1401228305

ISBN - 13:9781401228309


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Series! A great mix of stunning artwork, powerful characters and outstanding plot, American Vampire Vol.1 is the gory and dark vision of Scott Snyder for a vampire that is unlike what we now know to be a blood-sucking monster. A mixture of two stories, one set in the Old West and the other in the 1920s, this graphic novel is amazing in that it portrays a vampire that does not conform to today's pop culture. It is a vampire evolved from its generic profile of strengths and weaknesses. Albuquerque's art brings every page to life and I can't imagine anyone taking on this series and matching his strokes. His art is pure genius and with the endorsing of Stephen King, this series has the potential to become a classic. This series is dark, gory, well-written and will make you, the reader, as emotionally invested in the characters and what they do as the best graphic novels out there. If you're looking for a captivating and solid adult graphic series, look no further.
Date published: 2012-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Graphic Novel Pros: great stories, fantastic idea regarding vampire evolution, intriguing characters Cons: Art: rough strokes giving thick limbs and showing pencil lines, lots of motion, good shading and details Too connected stories told by two writers, American Vampire is a great graphic novel. Each comic (there are 4 in this collection) starts with a story by Scott Snyder involving aspiring actresses Pearl and Hattie. Things don't go as expected when Pearl's invited to a party hosted by the producer of the film she's an extra on. The second story, by Stephen King, deals with the origin of the titular American vampire. A wild west bank robber is accidentally turned by a European bank owner during a bust gone bad. But where the European vampires have trouble in sunlight and can't cross water easily, their American counterparts have no such weaknesses. The two stories work well together, slowly explaining the vampire situation in the new world and how they evolve as a species based on different blood. The artwork is blocky and thick lined and while it's normally not to my taste, it suits the subject matter here surprisingly well. Ultimately it's a great grapic novel.
Date published: 2011-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning & Gruesome! Reason for Reading: Vampires? Stephen King? The Old West? The 1920s? Everything I love in one book. I was so there! If you are ready for the return of "real" vampires then get ready because they have returned in American Vampire. In fact, we've got a new breed of American-made vampire that doesn't have all the same restrictions as the old European breed, one that not anyone knows the complete differences in power or weaknesses, yet. What an absolutely fantastic volume of story, background, character and gruesome horror! Coupled with probably the best artwork I have ever seen in a graphic novel, the paintings are gorgeous and terrifying at the same time. The story is actually two separate storylines running side by side. First the present time 1925 Hollywood where the Hollywood moguls are bloodthirsty vampires feeding off wannabe actresses. The lovely, hard-working, country values yet flapper-ly independent Pearl is one of those poor souls taken advantage of but she survives, well dies, then survives with the unwanted help of Skinner Sweet to seek revenge on those who did this to her. Skinner Sweet, himself, is the other story, written by King. Set in the late 1800s during the last days of the Wild West it tells the story of how a no good outlaw accidentally became a vampire and discovered, that as the first all-American, he was different from the rest. He could walk in the day for a start and this really irked the old Euro-vampires. One, that he had even been created, as they had agreed to only feed on the riff raff of this continent, and that he appeared to be more powerful than them. His story takes on the classic western tale of outlaw versus lawman but that tale becomes rather twisted when the outlaw is a vampire. I read this volume quite slowly as I just didn't want the story to end and I wanted to linger on the pages. I love Pearl. She's a wonderful character, someone with high standards who is really p*ssed that this has been done to her. Even her boyfriend, who doesn't believe her at first, stays with her after he knows the truth. She is also drawn very pretty in a subtle way and I was looking forward to her going all vamp, thinking she'd be a fun vampire. You know the way Angel and Spike are still cute, even when they go all vamp? Well, uh-uh, not in this book. Going vamp is violent and ugly! Then the first time we see Skinner turn is breathtakingly hideous. There is a lot of violence and gore with these vampires and it got to the point where I sometimes dreaded turning the page. I love it! Skinner Sweet is one evil dude, but from what has been shown of him so far, I think he is going to prove to be an interesting character with more to him than we've seen so far. A gripping read and a perfect use of the graphic medium.
Date published: 2010-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The one Vampire Fans have been waiting for This is simply an amazing book. It makes Vampires scary again. I think that is all I have to say! Scary bad ass hungry Vampires.
Date published: 2010-10-04