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American Vampire, Vol. 3 (American Vampire #3)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  4,732 ratings  ·  222 reviews
Two epic World War II tales in one massive volume! This gorgeous hardcover includes AMERICAN VAMPIRE #12-18 plus the acclaimed 5-issue miniseries SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST!

In the Pacific, Pearl's husband Henry joins a clandestine group on a secret mission to Japan to hunt a new breed of bloodsucker. Meanwhile, Skinner Sweet has plans of his own...

And in Europe, vampire hunt
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Vertigo
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Dan Schwent
In the third American Vampire volume, the vampires enter World War II as Henry goes to Taipan and encounters a Japanese breed of vampire and Cash and Book go to Germany to find a cure for vampirism and instead encounter a brigade of Nazi vampires.

American Vampire 3 is more of the same greatness that I've come to expect from the American Vampire series. In the first story, Henry and company go to a Japanese island and go up against a breed of Japanese vampire with Skinner Sweet in their midst and
What could make World War 2 even bloodier? Vampires!

There’s essentially two stories told in this volume. The secret group of vampire hunters called Vassels of the Morning Star recruit aging human Henry to leave his vampire wife Pearl to try and root out a nest of bloodsuckers on the island of Taipan as the US tries to take it from the Japanese. Skinner Sweet shows up with his own agenda and as always the brutal vampire creates chaos and bloodshed wherever he goes.

In the second story, the Vassels
I can distill my review of why volume 3 of American Vampire is my favorite in the series down to two words: Nazi vampires.

Seriously, does anything else need to be said? Probably not, but just try to shut up my enthusiasm for Snyder's series.

In volume 3, we follow our American vampires and those who love to try and stake 'em into World War II. In the first storyline, Pearl's husband, Henry, is enlisted by the Vassals of the Morning Star (a society of vampire hunters who have made an uneasy pact
In professional wrestling, there's this term for a specific kind of character called a "tweener". A tweener is basically a guy who's generally in it for himself. He's not exactly a heel (bad guy) or babyface (good guy), he's more so inbetween. A prime example would be Stone Cold Steve Austin, a guy who exhibits traits of a rule breaker but is beloved by the fans.

If we took the American Vampire universe and labeled the characters in relation to their actions, Skinner Sweet would be the definition
The best volume yet. Here, the action has been moved to World War II. The first storyline is about Henry going on a vampire hunting mission in the South Pacific, and finding a secret Japanese camp. The second stars Felicia Book and Cash, infiltrating a Nazi castle to try and extract a scientist with a possible cure for vampirism. Especially important for Cash, whose son had been infected as an infant. It is, of course, violent and bloody. There's also more information about the complicated world ...more
Volume 3 of this series is absolutely massive - there are 12 or 13 single issues in this one volume (as opposed to the rather anaemic 5-6 issues most graphic novels consist of), and there's a lot to like in these stories.

First off, there's a nice prologue story set in 1919, where American vampire Skinner Sweet runs into a carnival showing a bowdlerised version of his life and "death". Needless to say, he reacts rather predictably to all this, but the real entertainment is when he runs into his
Jul 21, 2013 Kurt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
In this, the high point of the series so far (I say as someone who has enjoyed the first five volumes), our vampire heroes reach World War II. Through some cultural conventions in the last fifty years or so, WWII stories have been rule-bound to the point where they're generally narratives without surprises. You always have a predictably diverse crew of brave men (excluding one traitor, of course, who will reveal himself at the end of Act Two), and they do predictably brave things when faced with ...more

Brief Introduction:

I am definitely on the roll with Scott Snyder’s fantastic series, “American Vampire” and the third volume of this series does not disappoint me! “American Vampire: Volume Three” is probably the most intense out of the entire “American Vampire” series as Scott Snyder’s dramatic writing and Rafael Albuquerque, Danijel Zezelj, and Sean Murphy’s artwork contribute greatly to this volume!

What is the story?

In this volume, there are two stories being told regarding Pearl and Felic
American Vampire Vol. 3 picks up nearly ten years after the events of Vol. 2, following an older Henry and (still young) Pearl as they cope with Henry's decision to join a secret mission in the heart of WWII, a mission that brings a new species of vampires to light. Then, in Survival Of The Fittest we see Cash McCogan and Felicia Book, two of the protagonists from the previous adventures in 1930's Las Vegas, in an ambitious Indiana Jones-style adventure. That is, if Indiana Jones fought blood-cr ...more
Vol 3 of 6. Wow. This was a great issue. The vampires are now in the 1940s and fighting in the war. I wonder how this would be pulled off as a movie. This volume was so good it brought a tear to my eye. The artwork is not the best but it works for the darker scenes and those vampires are truly scary looking. It's really hard to describe all the subplots going on so I won't even attempt. All I can say is that I am enjoying every volume so far but this one had me holding my breath as I read it. I ...more
More vampire addition to reading this crappy graphic novel, this week I also watched half of the crappy but semi-humorous Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead, fast-forwarded through a really crappy soft-porn Showtime movie with vampire strippers, and saw the trailers to the latest absolutely crappy Stephanie Meyer piece of crap, as well as the crappy parody remake of that crappy soap opera that scared me during my childhood, Dark Shadows. Maybe I'm just bringing it on myself, but ...more
This series just keeps getting better and better. Can I say that? I'll be honest here. I started reading American Vampire monthly when it first came out and I just didn't feel it. I don't know why it didn't hook me then. But I got the first collected volume on the cheap and loved the hell out of it so I kept going with it in hardcover format because it seriously started developing an interesting mythos that kept me wanting more. This is one of the richest vampire fiction universes on the market ...more
It took me a bit to figure out what was going on, because I haven’t read the first two volumes of this series.

As you can probably guess from the name of the cover, there are vampires involved. The book opens with Skinner Sweet in the Midwest, going on some sort of murderous, vengeful rampage. (Or he’s just nuts, bloodthirsty, and killing everyone is a hobby of his, whether or not they’ve done him any wrong. Again, I’m lacking prior references, but I’m leaning towards this explanation.)

For a few
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
This volume has three stories in it: Strange Frontier, Ghost War and Survival of the Fittest.

Strange Frontier is a shorty, in which we see Skinner Sweet seeing a Wild, West West show and sort of taking some people to task for betraying that lost world. I really liked this little vignette.

Both of the other two stories are set in the 40s, during WWII, and both introduce us to new type of vampires.

The first follows Skinner, Pearl and Henry going to a small island, Taipan, near Japan, with a nest of
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When I finished reading this volume earlier today, I was prepared to give it 5 stars. Then I took a shower, had some time to think about it, and realized as I dried my hair that I had to settle for 4 stars.

Why? Well, it had nothing to do with the first story. That tale, occupying the first half of this trade-paperback collection, chronicled the continuing lives of the ageless Pearl, her aging husband Hank, and the sociopathic Skinner Sweet during the Second World War, and from the dialogue to t
Jared Millet
Scott Snyder's vampire tour of the 20th Century dives headlong into WWII in this appropriately double-length volume. "Ghost War" takes the titular vampires Skinner Sweet and Pearl Jones into the Pacific theater to roust out a peculiar breed of mad, feral bloodsuckers on Taipan, while "Survival of the Fittest" follows vampire hunter Felicia Book and the long-suffering lawman Cash McCogan into Nazi Europe in search of a supposed cure for vampirism. In both sections, the anti-vampire movement Vassa ...more
Snyder's epic hits its stride in this third volume, a bumper edition featuring 12 (!) issues from the series: a prologue (set in the final days of the Old West), and two full stories, both set during WWII. The first story covers the Pacific War, with vampires showing up on Taipan and being corralled by the Japanese. Rafael Albuquerque does the art for this story, adding a nice sense of visual continuity to the series.

The second, and superior, story is set in Europe, and details Nazi efforts to
Nick Craven
Scott Snyder continues to branch out his ever expanding vampire mythology as my favorite vampires get drafted in World War II.

I didn't love this volume as much as I loved volumes one and especially two but Snyder shows that American Vampire still has a lot of great stories yet to tell. In the first story Skinner Sweet catches a wild west show. As usual he causes chaotic mayhem just for the hell of it. I have to say that this was one of the least interesting stories the series has shown so far. I
This particular volume is broken down into three parts: Strange Frontier, Ghost War and Survival Of The Fittest.

Strange Frontier is a rather short story that lets us know that if you thought Skinner Sweat was gone, think again. There is not much to this as he returns to watch a re-enactment of the event that caused him to be captured in the Vol. 2. But it does make a good lead in for Ghost War.

Ghost War and Survival of the Fittest were my favorites. I actually discovered the American Vampire ser
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I continue to be surprised at the praise this book receives. While I enjoyed much of Snyder's other work ("Severed", his "Detective Comics" run, the first year of "Batman" in the new 52), "American Vampire" continues to deliver a fan-fiction fine-ness that never develops beyond a veneer of mildly amusing familiarity. No character ever rises above their stock traits: Skinner Sweet is a bad boy (but kind of a good guy who works by his own code since he's popular); the team leader is a tough asshol ...more
Traci Haley
Oh, Skinner Sweet. How is it that I love someone so, so bad? AV in WWII is my favorite time period yet! I am interested to see where they go from here, given the twist at the end of this one. I also REALLY enjoyed the Survival of the Fittest storyline...this comic should be required reading for all comic fans! The artwork is also superb. I just loved it!
Everyone’s favorite vampire comic book series returns!!! American Vampire: Volume Three features three stories, “ Strange Frontier”, “Ghost War” and “Survival of the Fittest”. The first story, “Strange Frontier”, features Skinner Sweet at a wild west show in 1819. He feels the show ruins his repuatation so he goes for his bloody revenge. The story is written by Scott Snyder and Illustrated by Danijel Zezelj . I can’t say I like Danijel Zezelj’s artwork, but you gotta give the brother credit for ...more
Phil Cannon
Snyder's attempt to address a variety of periods in American history through the lens of a normally campy object is really great. The art is spectacular... Albuquerque always brings it.
After taking a short break with lawman Cal in volume 2 we're once again reunited with lovebirds Henry Preston and Pearl Jones. First off the artwork in this book is exquisite, Rafael Albuquerque is firing on all cylinders as each page of this book was visual feast.

The story deals with Preston coming to terms with his mortality and the fact that Pearl is going to be young forever. This time the setting is World War 2-Preston joins a Vassals of the Morning Star unit to eradicate Japanese vampires
Holy smokes! I mean I knew Sean Murphy was talented, but good god did he kill it on the story he drew. Rafael Albuquerque was his usual amazing self on his section of the book. So what I'm saying is if you like art, read this book.

That said, the story was also really awesome. Very action oriented, in pulpy way, that just felt right. If I'm honest the cast of characters that makes up American Vampire is one I don't love (they're good, but I haven't found myself attached to them), but it is fun s
American Vampire started in the Wild West, and revisits its origin briefly. The bulk of this volume, however, takes place on a small island off the coast of Japan and in Nazi-occupied Romania between the years 1941 and 1943. This is an era I enjoy reading about, and I think this volume represents it well.
The most compelling aspect of this volume is the character development. We see Pearl and Henry grow as a couple in the first of the two stories, titled "Ghost War." The reader gets a more defi
Snyder didn't really take advantage of the WWII setting which was a shame. The art continues to be fantastic; I love Sean Murphy and I loved Zezelj's work on Scalped. Each artist drew their own arc, Zeselj drew a Skinner Sweet revenge story one-shot, Sean Murphy drew the miniseries Survival of the Fittest, and Albuquerque had a six-issue story arc called Ghost War. I would give each individual story 3 stars by themselves hence the overall grade. None of these stories struck me as anything great. ...more
My first experience with AMERICAN VAMPIRE was in San Francisco in 2010. I was in a comic shop in the Castro, and I was hoping to find the new WALKING DEAD collection. They didn't have it, alas, but the guy who was running the counter said that there was something else that I may like. He gave me the first couple of copies of AMERICAN VAMPIRE. First of all, I did like it quite a bit. It told two stories in those issues, the stories of SKinner Sweet, an outlaw in the American West who was turned i ...more
06 February 2013

Freakin' Nazi vampires! Scheisse!

American Vampire, Volume Three is another mind-blowing installment to this fantastic series. I am thrilled to say that this has become one of my new favorite series. I feel absolutely insatiable when I read these volumes and cannot get enough. I am a greedy little bastard.

This third volume is broken up into three main stories. The first gives a little more background on our favorite vamp, Skinner Sweet. The ending of this story showed a whole othe
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Scott Snyder is the Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer on DC Comics Batman, Swamp Thing, and his original series for Vertigo, American Vampire. He is also the author of the short story collection, Voodoo Heart, published by the Dial Press in 2006. The paperback version was published in the summer of 2007.
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