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American Vampire

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Snyder, Scott (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
American Vampire
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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.
Authors: Snyder, Scott
Statement of Responsibility: Scott Snyder, Stephen King, writers ; Rafael Albuquerque, artist ; Dave McCaig, colorist ; Steve Wands, letterer
Title: American vampire
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Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2010
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Notes: "Suggested for mature readers"--dust jacket back
"American vampire created by Scott Synder"--T.p
"1" -- dust jacket spine
"Originally published in single magazine form as American vampire 1-5."--Verso t.p
Contents: Big break / Scott Snyder
Bad blood / Stephen King
Summary: "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.
Subject Headings: Vampires United States Comic books, strips, etc Actresses California Los Angeles Comic books, strips, etc Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) Comic books, strips, etc Nineteen twenties Comic books, strips, etc
Genre/Form: Horror comic books, strips, etc
Graphic novels
Topical Term: Vampires
Actresses
Nineteen twenties
Additional Contributors: King, Stephen 1947-
Albuquerque, Rafael 1981-
McCaig, Dave
Wands, Steve
ISBN: 9781401228309
1401228305
9781401229740
1401229743
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC GN FIC S
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May 28, 2013
  • JEarl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Looked Scott Snyder and found this series. WOW! Not the greatest graphics but seem to fit the story and what a story. Hope Snyder does like Anne Rice and tells his version of how his vampires came to be. Volume 2 waiting to be read.

Apr 16, 2013
  • bbailey77 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I know this book was nominated and won multiple Eisner awards, but to me it was just another vampire story. I'd much rather read the old Wolfman/Colan Tomb of Dracula collections. American Vampire did have very good artwork to match the feel of the story, but the characters, and I do feel that Pearl is a much more interesting character than Skinner, are simply not enthralling enough to continue reading on about.

Apr 06, 2013
  • Draw rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It wasn't bad of a graphic novel, however I found the plot and characters above average. The art is alright, and the details are lovely.

Apr 22, 2012
  • metalsox rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The third volume is just as awesome as the first two.

Mar 30, 2011
  • Nords rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this graphic novel. Excellent story and great art work. It was neat how the story jumped from the 1890's or early 1900's and the 1925 setting and used the writer as a bit of a narrator of the story. Only complaint is that the main 'evil' vampire's character wasn't well developed, but he sure is evil! It's fun to read a good vampire story without all the sparkly romance crap. If you like this graphic novel you'd like the book series The Strain or the Passage. Even though this is a stand alone story, a sequel could be possible so I hope it happens.

Feb 27, 2011
  • mikeyj rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

great art, mediocre plot/characters

Jan 23, 2011
  • GregAraujo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

These vampires definitely do not sparkle.

It is a testament to the writing ability of Scott Snyder that his story in AMERICAN VAMPIRE is more compelling than one in the same volume written by the master of the macabre Stephen King. Thank goodness it’s not a competition. Mr. Snyder is chronicling the life of Pearl Jones in 1920s Los Angeles; she longs to be an actress but finds herself turned into a bloodsucker. The old rules are invalid, because of new vampires who are not put off by sunlight. Mr. King takes on the story of Skinner Sweet, the first of the new breed that causes the evolutionary shift, set in the days of the Wild West.

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