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

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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? Amajor turning point in AMERICAN VAMPIRE lore begins here!

In the second tale, familiar face and vampire hunter Felicia Book is...more
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published March 27th 2013 by Vertigo (first published January 1st 2013)
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Amanda
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...more
Otherwyrld
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...more
Sesana
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
Kurt
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...more
Melissa
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MissAnnThrope
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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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...more
Ariel Marie
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...more
Alan
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...more
Peter
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
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...more
Bern
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.
Jordan
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...more
Steve
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...more
Jason
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
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...more
Licha
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
Travis
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...more
ElphabaNewlin
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Sara
Holy cow, this was amazing!!

We have 3 arcs in this volume.

The first arc deals with the rise of Dracula. He has been under lock and key for many years, but his influence through the ages is still ongoing. He takes an interest in Gus, who is being raised by Felicia. The VMS has to join forces with other vampires in order to take down Dracula. This is bittersweet because the VMS realizes that vampires aren't the enemy, but evil is, but we also lose Hobbes in the process. Felicia is left as the new...more
Carl Nelson
For my money, "American Vampire" is the best graphic novel series in production today. This volume, containing two full story arcs and a one-off, continues the suspenseful, taut, and above all, fun storytelling of the series. The mythology of "American Vampire" seems deeper and deeper with each installment, and strong character development drives my interest. This volume is the most poignant of the series so far, both in its events and its sense of American nostalgia.

Minor gripe: I despise faux-...more
Bappaditya Das
I've been meaning to write down some words about this jaw-dropping series, but always seemed to stop myself just enough to keep scrolling through the next issue. Boy was I rewarded for this.

This is probably one of the most interesting comic series I've come across in quite a long time, the last one being maybe Brian K. Vaughn's excellent "Y - The Last Man". Fluidly amalgamating American history with the vampire (abomination specifically according to this series) mythos, Scott Snyder has won hims...more
Angela
Since Snyder has announced a hiatus for part of 2013 while they ramp up for the second half of American Vampire, I am going to refer to this collection as the closing part of Act One.

There will be spoilers, since this is a review of the single issues that make up this collection. If you don't like spoilers, please find somewhere else to be.
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Volume 5 closes out the stories of Pearl and Skinner with a bang, and it will be very interesting to see how Pearl handles Henry's loss since he has been...more
Michelle
First let me start of by saying that when I selected this book I negleted to notice that it said vol.5. Because of this I am sure that I am missing a lot of backstory between the characters featured in this book and may have missed some of the clues that would make me understand the story plots more. with that said my review follows below:

To me this is far better then average graphic novels that I have become accustomed to. Not only is the artwork amazingly vivid but I consider it a bonus for he...more
Eric
Like the last volume, the latest installment of the American Vampire series is broken into two parts. The first, Lord of Nightmares, involves Linden Hobbes and Felicia Book going after Dracula. The second involves Pearl Preston (nee Jones) and Skinner Sweet taking out a L.A.-based coven of vampires. While the first part is not without its moments, it is the weaker of the two. On the other hand, the second part, and the epilogue (“The Gray Trader”), not only shine, but also set the stage for the...more
Vincent
The fifth volume of Scott Snyder’s American Vampire comic book series reminds you that time has been passing with each successive volume. It’s easy to forget because vampires are immortal, so they are drawn the same page after page. You really don’t get a concrete sense of time passing. Until now, Pearl’s husband, Henry, has been the only prominent character to show any signs of temporal wear and tear.

Volume 5 of American Vampire also temporarily places Skinner Sweet, the first American Vampire...more
Chris Lemmerman
Just when you think this series can't get any better, another volume is released and blows the previous ones out of the water.

Collecting both The Blacklist and the Lord of Nightmares mini-series which ran parallel, this fifth volume ups the ante even further, with plot twists and culminations of years of stories as the first half of this series comes to a close. We even get a glimpse of the future with The Grey Trader issue bringing up the rear.

The artwork from Dustin Nguyen is so very versatile...more
Alex Sarll
As well as the ongoing story of Skinner Sweet and Pearl, Volume 5 contains a spin-off miniseries explaining where Dracula (and Jack the Ripper, for that matter) fit into the American Vampire mythos. This entails a trip to London, and a scene (set during the fifties, at that) where it's suggested Tower Bridge is 'old'. Bless the funny little colonials!
Neilie J
Again, an absorbing story from some amazing talents. The only reason I don't give this one five stars is that I felt midway through, the narrative had the characters (well, one in particular) do something that felt false to that character. I also wasn't thrilled with the end which offered an unsatisfactory resolution and a somewhat obscure cliffhanger.
Cale
Why don't vampires ever stay dead? Two of the main characters in this collection have been put to undead death at least once each, but manage to reappear. It's a little cheap.
There are two separate arcs here - the story of Book and Hobbes dealing with the Carpathian Prime (the inspiration for Dracula), and another arc with Pearl and a returned Skinner Sweet. The first arc works better for me; more action and story and a powerful climax. The Skinner and Pearl story deals more on intrigue and char...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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