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American Vampire HC Vol 02 Hardcover – 25 May 2011


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (25 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401230695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401230692
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 1.3 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
It’s all Stephen King’s fault!

The first Scott Snyder comic I read was American Vampire Volume 1, co-written by King. King’s folksy, down-home style of writing was so irritating (and is why I no longer read his novels) that it completely tarnished my reading experience so I ended up hating the book.

So I was surprised with how much I liked Snyder’s writing when I picked up Batman: The Black Mirror, and I’ve been delighted ever since with his and Greg Capullo’s New 52 Batman run, Superman Unchained, and even his excellent standalone horror comic, Severed.

After so many great books, I thought he’d earned the benefit of the doubt and decided to give American Vampire another shot - and, wow, what a difference no Stephen King makes (or “Uncle Stevie” as he creepily asks his “Dear Readers” to call him)!

It’s 1936 and a few years on from the wild, wild west of the last book. The Hoover dam is being constructed and the town that will soon become the sprawling mecca to vice, Las Vegas, is just beginning to grow. But the project’s financial backers are being picked off, their bodies left drained of blood – who could be the culprit in a book with the word “vampire” in the title?! Meanwhile Pearl Jones is living happily with her beau, Henry, but trouble is never too far behind…

Neither of the two stories are particularly bad but neither are especially brilliant – Snyder’s knack for originality seems to be strangely absent from his creator-owned series. Both the Las Vegas/Skinner Sweet (here calling himself Jim Smokes) and Pearl Jones stories are essentially vampires against vampire hunters, ie. the archetypical vampire story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Calvin Merry on 22 May 2014
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I picked up the second volume of American Vampire recently and I loved it - it's just as good, if not better, than the first volume. The original characters make a comeback and are developed to become even more interesting. One of the main characters, Skinner Sweet, continues to be an evil bad-ass. Highly recommend this.

**My only complain is that the second volume has a matte cover (which is wonderful!) but the first volume has a glossy finish so it doesn't match my current "collection" - though I imagine I'm in the minority of the people it really bothers. The production quality itself is wonderful!
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After his contribution to volume one Stephen King has departed leaving Snyder to carry on alone. Gone is the dual format story that worked so well last time to be replaced by a more conventional narrative.

This volume contains two tales. The first is an action thriller and the second a more personal but still just as exciting tale. Both of them use characters from the previous book, some of whom we are very surprised to see.

The timeline has moved on to the 1930's and it is interesting to see what has become of those we left a decade ago. New characters are introduced and although we might not see them again in the next instalment Snyder doesn't skimp on the characterisation or emotional resonance. We also learn a lot more about the world of the vampires, both from the vampires themselves and the humans who hunt them.

The two stories are quite different in style and delivery but both are equally well suited and effortlessly told. The second is shorter and is mostly conveyed through various internal monologues, but it is a much more emotional piece. Both are full of surprises and very well paced. Snyder seems to be developing a style of slow burn start and frenetic finish.

The art is just as good as the first volume. A second artist was brought in (presumably for deadline reasons) but you don't see any disparity in style. An interesting technique used is where scenes change rapidly the text will spill over from the previous scene into the new one. This does a great job of binding it all together and ramping up the pace.

Another great addition and a further Thumbs Up!
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By Family Man TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Jan. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have to be honest. I'm absolutely loving this series of graphic novels and have already ordered the rest now.

I wasn't sure if this one was going to be as good as King had dropped out and I didn't know the reason why. After reading it I don't think it has suffered at all. The storyline is captivating and we see some old characters coming back for both storyline's.

The book is split in two. We have one storyline set in Vegas where we get to meet Skinner Sweet and Felicity Book again which I loved. The only complaint I have is that there wasn't enough of the angry vampire (extended fingers and detached jaw) however the storyline and artwork was excellent.

The second story we see what Henry and Pearl have made of themselves and a surprise old character pops back up but I'm not telling you who as I hate spoilers. This was also an excellent addition and again the artwork was fantastic.

I'd struggle to say anything bad about this book. It is a bit smaller than the first one and I did read it pretty quick but I still felt I got my money's worth and as I said earlier it was good enough for me to pick up the rest of them.
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