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American Vampire, Vol. 5 (American Vampire #5)

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A New York Times best seller!

In the first story, series mainstays Skinner Sweet, Pearl and company return to Hollywood in the '50s during the Red Scare. In a time where America was on the lookout for the next Communist threat, was the real danger something far more insidious? A major turning point in AMERICAN VAMPIRE lore begins here!

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Hardcover, 243 pages
Published March 27th 2013 by Vertigo
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Jan 13, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, blog, bloodsuckers
As usual, Scott Snyder's American Vampire continues to kick ass with its gritty, unique take on the vampire mythos.

In this collection, we're given two complete story lines and the teaser for a third. In the first two, there's a return to some of my favorite characters in the series. While I enjoy how Snyder continues to branch out by exploring different time periods in American history, as well as the humans and vampires that inhabit them, the characters of Skinner Sweet, Pearl Jones, and Felic
Apr 09, 2014 Otherwyrld rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, graphic-novel
Volume 5 of this series breaks the tradition so far of setting each book in a different era. Here we are still in the 1950s, and with two tales that are both being told concurrently.

In the first story, we find ourselves in London in 1954, where Agent Hobbes is a witness to a bold scheme to free the most dangerous vampire of all, using a submarine to blow a hole into the London base of the Vassals of the Morning Star, hidden in the piers beneath London Bridge. From there, a trip to Paris to meet
Jul 07, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it
A really good volume, but not without its weaknesses. There are three storylines here. The first introduces Dracula. Because can you really build a new vampire mythos without dealing with Dracula? (Probably, but I bet it's more fun if you do.) The buildup to Dracula as a formidable enemy is built up very nicely, and I was very nervous for the protagonists when they finally caught up to him. Sadly, the follow through didn't match that build up. That said, the more human (if you will) story of Fel ...more
Nov 16, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
This was another great addition to the American Vampire mythos. I really enjoyed this one, especially the first story arc.

This volume is made up of two distinct concurrent story-arcs. The first one comprises the 5-issue miniseries "Lord of Nightmares." Retired vampire hunter Felicia Book is living in hiding with her son until VMS Agent Linden Hobbes stumbles into their lives. He brings the disturbing news that an ancient faction of the vampire world is attempting to revive the original king of t
Jul 26, 2013 Kurt rated it really liked it
The two major stories in this collection bring Snyder's epic into the Cold War, which is a surprising but perfect place to take this already-paranoid series. In the first half, we get another globetrotting adventure with the Vassals of the Morning Star, this time exploring Cold War Europe and paying a proper homage to Bram Stoker's classic tale. The story is chilling and a great addition to the mythology of the series.

In the second half, we get an undead version of the Hollywood blacklist, as ou
Mar 20, 2016 Sud666 rated it really liked it
American Vampire concludes the Pearl/Skinner sweet storyline (or does it?) with this tale called the Blacklist. The real Black List occurred during the 1950's when the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC) went hunting for Communists in Hollywood. In the story, however, the Vassals of the Morning Star (VMS) is looking for vampires. Bringing Pearl's story full circle to the start of the series-she returns to Hollywood to look for Bloch, the vampire who attacked her in the very first story ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Nico rated it really liked it
I have some really strong, mixed feelings about this one.

On the one hand the Dracula arc was pretty strong, however, it ended weakly.
For once, most of the guest artists were really good.

And on one hand, this is probably one of the, if not THE, first time a comic book/graphic novel has ever made me cry.

However, that sadness is immediately weakened. Right after a certain character dies, that should've been the end of the volume. BUT they introduce a new plot line as soon as that sad one ends. A
Apr 12, 2013 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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Feb 03, 2015 Jacobi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trades-read
This volume was un-put-downable. So goddamn good! With each volume this series becomes richer and more textured, resulting in a very satisfying read. This volume has two distinct, but impactful, stories in it that just grab you right away and don't let go. Finally introducing Dracula, and the spin they put on that character, and the menacing way he's teased, is just delicious. I cannot wait to see how that plays out. The Pearl story is also really good. It's fun seeing her continue to be the ven ...more
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile

This was on ok installment with lots of set-up for future happenings. I kept vascillating between giving it 2 or 3 stars but, ultimately, I felt kinda disappointed, overall, so I ended up going with the 2.

The first story was about Dracula because, of course. I mean, you can't have world spanning, multi-vampire line story without including ole Drac. It starred Felica Book, her son, and the Vassals. It was ok but, honestly, they build Dracula up to be this big bad that they can't let get loose,
Nick Craven
Volume five of American Vampire breaks tradition by staying in the same decade as volume four. Volume five ties up a lot of story arcs but opens up a few new ones as well. I'm not ashamed to admit I had a few man tears welling up by the end...

This volume of American Vampires continues in the 50's instead of jumping into the 60's. That's fine with me cause I love the 50's and the rate Snyder's kicking these out he'll catch up to modern times shortly if he only does a decade per volume (and I'll b
23 April 2013

Aww, yeah! So excited to see my favorite bloodsuckers on the cover of American Vampire, Vol. 5. This is yet another impressive installment to a phenomenally kick-ass series. A vampire of legend, some giggity-goo, a betrayal, and a bloody cat-fight - it really doesn't get better than this. Not to mention, a seriously pissed off Pearl is always a delightful sight to see.

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Mar 12, 2015 Morgan rated it really liked it
No spoilers, but this was a sad volume. That being said, I really wish I was reading these back to back. The time delay in the series makes me feel like I'm missing more about the plot details than I should. Maybe I'll have to re-read them later. I'm curious to see how the next book fairs. I have my suspicions about what's going to happen, but I don't want to put out any false leads--and again no spoilers.
Dec 22, 2015 Mikolaj rated it liked it
The series losts its power. It seems Snyder is busy with other projects as plots start being less satisfactory then before. He can still, however, deliver some great ideas which make this volume a solid read. But even with that moments it's not the level I expect from American Vampire.
Dec 07, 2014 J. rated it really liked it
I can't remember, and I'm too lazy to look it up, but I suspect my review for this volume will be the same as all the other volumes: It's soooooo good, and I forget everything that happened immediately after reading it. I have been unable to figure out why this is--my wife and I have read and discussed every single volume together, but when the next volume comes out, we immediately start saying, "what happened in the last book?" "Is so and so alive?" "Where is Skinner?" and so on... if anyone ...more
Ariel Marie
Aug 13, 2014 Ariel Marie rated it liked it
American Vampire was quick to become a favorite series from Vol. 1. Pearl Jones and Skinner Sweet are two strong characters who hold the narrative together with little pieces of other lives. This volume dragged on for me after the introduction to Travis in the previous.

I personally did not care for the first arc that focused on the VMS. It wasn't until Pearl Jones was re-introduced that the volume held my whole attention. The reader finds themselves lost in her life after an attack on her husba
Apr 27, 2014 Alan rated it really liked it
This TPB Collect Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque's run on this series before the title went on hiatus because of Snyder's other writing comments (it has since returned first with short stories and now the monthly series).

Snyder continues his interesting take on the vampire myth. There are several strains of vampirism, something similar to Jim Butcher's treatment in his Dresden Files books. Here vampires in attacking Western outlaw Skinner Sweet created a new strain of vampire, American Vampi
Nov 21, 2014 Zedsdead rated it it was ok
Recommended to Zedsdead by: Next in series.
Vol 5 is set in the 50s. Hobbes goes after Dracula, the greatest vampire threat the world has ever known. Pearl confronts Hattie and tries to protect her comatose husband Henry. She hops into bed with Sweet because, grief. We're introduced to the Gray Trader, the greatest vampire threat the world has ever known. Wait, what?

American Vampire was never amazing, but it has devolved into a silly action movie/soap opera of a series. It wants to be politically sophisticated (the organization dedicated
Feb 02, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it
There are two things that make American Vampire unique and the best ongoing story about vampires in any form of media. First of all, the vampires in this series are not all of one species. There are several sects, each with unique powers and weaknesses, yet all draw on the common vampire mythos. Secondly, the story arcs are in the backdrop of US history. Each volume has taken on another decade, starting with the twenties in volume one, thirties in volume two, forties (WWII) in volume three, fift ...more
Neil McCrea
Jan 31, 2014 Neil McCrea rated it liked it
Perhaps this volume of American Vampire suffered in my estimation because I had just read Mignola's Baltimore, but volume 5 is a bit of a let down for me. The story is tight, the pace is quick, and the art is the same gritty, impressionistic action fest that has worked so well throughout the series. My problem with volume 5 is entirely plot based.

The first story introduces Dracula into the mythology of American Vampire. My eyes nearly rolled out of my head when I saw that. Must Dracula be inclu
May 02, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Volume 5 has two stories being told concurrently.
In the first story we get to check back in on Felicia and Gus. Gus is actually adjusting and growing up after Felicia gave him the antidote in the last volume. (view spoiler) Hobbes shows up and tells her Dracula is real, super evil, and was broken ou
Amber Simpson
Jun 21, 2015 Amber Simpson rated it it was amazing
Where do I start with this one? Absolutely loved it. I wasn't a fan of bringing Dracula into the story and felt like that part of the story dragged a little. Things picked up when we got back to Pearl's story, which is my favorite part of this whole series. I have never cried from reading a graphic novel, but this one made me do just that. Kudos to the comic god Scott Snyder.
May 12, 2013 Bern rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through First Reads, then immediately read the first four volumes. Volume 5, though, was my favorite of the group. "Lord of Nightmares" brought a lot of the big-picture stuff into focus, and the rest of the collection brought familiar characters together in a thrilling and unexpected way. I couldn't put it down.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, my library recently got a large infusion of graphic novels I’d been waiting on. Volume V of American Vampire was one such acquisition, and so I bring you the latest in this particular series of reviews. Given the nature of a series, this review will unavoidably contain some spoilers for volumes I-IV. You’ve been warned.

Volume V consists of two stories happening simultaneously. Well, more like two stories and a teaser for the next one, but whatever. First off, we h
Jul 02, 2015 Amedine rated it it was amazing
Starting with a not-interested-in-the-first-story statement.. I am happy to say that this rating is for the Pearl/Skinner story.. Which is the American Vampire for me..

There is nothing more rewarding and satisfying in this volume than enjoying the Pearl/Skinner intensity.. confirming the hints that we always get reading those moments.. getting to the point.. This was full of emotions, drama, confrontation, excitement, and a winner taking in regard two leading characters reunited again and fighti
Jan 27, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing
Scott Snyder does it again!

There are three arcs in American Vampire Vol 5, with all sort of revelations and threats.

In the first one, the Vassals of the Morning Star must deal with the oldest and most powerful, Dracula. The build up to his return is uber creepy and a solid use of atmospheric storytelling and character development.

Pearl returns for the second arc, with...Skinner Sweet. He's got a gold dust bomb implanted in him from Vol 3's showdown, and is now working for the VMS. They have to i
Lord of Nightmares is probably the weakest story arc in the series so far. I understand the desire to reinterpret Dracula within the context of the mythology of the series, but he'd have been better off resisting the temptation. American Vampire doesn't need Dracula. It stands so well on its own. The wrap-up for the first part is otherwise solid, if a little heavy on the action as opposed to plot development. but it makes sense considering where we are in the story. Now that I'm caught up, I'm l ...more
Joseph Rice
Apr 27, 2014 Joseph Rice rated it really liked it
Every time I read a volume of Scott Snyder's American Vampire, I wonder why it hasn't been co-opted for film or a TV miniseries yet. What an amazing concept that doesn't get old (unlike the vampires) and remains as fresh as it was in the beginning.

Dustin Nguyen provides the art for the first story told in this volume, while regular artist Rafael Albuquerque provides the rest. I think the other reviewers provide good summaries of plot, so I will leave that to them.

If this series isn't in your TB
Jul 12, 2014 Licha rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, series
Vol. 5 of 6. So not fair to end this volume the way it did. Now I am going to be in suspense until I can get home and get vol 6. This one slowed down in the beginning with the Russian arc but it bult up as it went along. I don't see how this series is about to come to its conclusion (unless I'm wrong about this being only a six volumes). I'm not ready to let go of these characters yet. Pearl, my favorite vampire girl brought a tear to my eye once again. This is turning out to be another favorite ...more
Jul 03, 2014 Travis rated it liked it
This volume is actually two story arcs. There are some loose ties between them since they take place concurrently but otherwise they are separate stories. Both are written to the usual above average standard of the American Vampire series.

The first story arc, Lord of Shadow, deals with Dracula. It certainly presented a new and unique take on the legendary vampire, meshing him into the American Vampire history and genealogy fairly well. Some details, such as the allusion to Jack the Ripper being
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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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