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American Vampire, Volume 3 (American Vampire #3)

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Two epic World War II tales in one massive volume!

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 hunters Felicia Book and Cash McCogan go behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Romania in search of a rumored vampire cure.

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Vertigo
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May 10, 2016 HFK rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphics, paidkindle
Bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla. I doubt I have ever disliked a graphic series as much as I do dislike American Vampire. What a dullboringuglybad waste of my time, what was I thinking when actually buying seven volumes of this "everyone loves but me"-crap. Bla, bla, bla, bla, bla. Who the fuck cares.

Dan Schwent
Apr 11, 2016 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
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
Jun 15, 2012 Kemper rated it really liked it
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
Jul 23, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 05, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
American Vampire, Vol. 3, consists of three interconnected stories. The first, "Strange Frontier," is a short-story set in the American West of 1919. Skinner Sweet visits a Wild West show (directly patterned after Buffalo Bill Cody's). He's surprised at the inaccuracies of the show, particular the gunfight that led to his "death", and sets things right in typical fashion. Then he confronts an old girlfriend who was responsible for turning him in.

The second story, "Ghost War", takes place in the
May 06, 2014 Brandon rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
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
Apr 08, 2014 Otherwyrld rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, graphic-novel
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
Aug 10, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it
Snyder pushes the series forward into World War II with a volume that's truly an embarrassment of riches.

The Vassals of the Morning Star have a stake--I'm not ashamed of that joke--in the Allied cause, so, having heard rumors that Taipan is infested with vampires and worried about the fate of the American soldiers due to land there, they embed a small crew of their own to take the bloodsuckers out. Included is the stealthily-recruited Henry, Pearl's husband, who gets some great fleshing-out as h
Jul 21, 2013 Kurt rated it it was amazing
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 Fel
Thomas Edmund
Jul 20, 2016 Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing
Holy crap this comic was good. I'm kind of stupidly reading the volumes of this series out of order, but it doesn't matter too much because each volume is strong in its story on its own.

Again wow, I can see why this piece has NO 3 stars or below reviews, the novel basically balances everything you need from vampire action literature, good mythology, badass characters with plenty of gray area morality, and storylines which are somehow equally action-packed and heart-pulling. Survival of the Fitte
Feb 12, 2012 Hayden rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 27, 2015 Nico rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the strain, 30 days of night, and underworld
The series gets better as it goes on, storywise. as far as the art is concerned, this one is a little weaker because some of the guest artists just simply don't have a fitting style.

That being said, the main artist is great. His designs for various types of vampires are creepy and cool. I really like this series. I put off on starting it for a long time but I'm glad I finally started it.
Jul 10, 2014 Licha rated it really liked it
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
Jul 02, 2015 Amedine rated it it was amazing
The story continues in this volume with Mr.Henry feeling the edges of life while his hair goes white, facing the fear of being human in a world full of supernaturals.. he picks us to Japan where he went crazy with all the other pals fighting for something, against something they don't even know what it is.. unsurprisingly the one and only.. My favorite Skinner Sweet shows up seeking revenge as he always does.. while the beautiful Pearl is trying to save her human love leading the events and us t ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Scott rated it really liked it
Scott Snyder's American Vampire, volume three. This collection contains three story arcs, the first one, Strange Frontier, a short introduction situated within the traveling Wild West shows of the early twentieth century. The next, Ghost War, takes place during World War Two and the last, Survival of the Fittest, in 1941 New York City and travels off to Nazi Germany. Snyder's writing is sharp and smart, and carries the stories more in depth than just simple vampiric gore. My favorite of the thre ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Sud666 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Vol 3 covers #12-18. The time is now 1940's and the Marine's are invading the mythical island of Taipan (in real life Saipan) where a new breed of vampire exists. It seems the Japanese have been doing some experiments (again in the real world- Unit 731, but that was in Manchuria) and creating a nasty strain. I won't say anything else to ruin it..but Skinner Sweet is back and we run into a covert team of Sons of the Vassals who work with Preston to find out what is going on, add to that Skinner S ...more
4.5 Stars.

I'm so glad I decided to carry on with this series because if I hadn't I wouldn't have read this, which has definitely been my favourite volume of the series so far.

I continue to be very fond of Pearl who, when faced with some difficult choices, still managed to do the right thing even when it was hard. What I love most about Pearl's story arc is that this is the story of an immortal woman and a human man in a relationship, rather than the other way around as it so often is. Even more
Mar 20, 2012 J. rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 23, 2012 Meg rated it really liked it
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 fabulous fabulaphile
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
[Name Redacted]
Oct 28, 2014 [Name Redacted] rated it really liked it
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
Mar 01, 2012 Jared Millet rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2014 Petergiaquinta rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
May 10, 2016 Writerdom1118 rated it liked it
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Dec 11, 2014 Chazzbot rated it really liked it
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
Feb 15, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-i-read
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
Jun 27, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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Jul 26, 2014 Robert rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
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
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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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