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American Vampire, Vol. 1 (American Vampire #1; issues 1-5)

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From writers Scott Snyder and Stephen King, AMERICAN VAMPIRE introduces a new strain of vampire – a more vicious species – and traces the creatures' bloodline through decades of American history.

This first hardcover volume of the critically acclaimed series collects issues #1-5 and follows two stories: one written by Snyder and one written by King, both with art by future...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Vertigo
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Kemper
“Hello, this is Scott Snyder.”

“Scott, this is Stephen King.”

“Wow! I’m a huge fan, Mr. King. It’s an honor to talk to you.”

“Of course it is. The reason I’m calling is that I was just looking over this American Vampire story you’re working up as a comic series. This is great stuff, kid.”

“Thanks! That means a lot coming from you, Mr. King.”

“Of course it does. This is a fun idea, and I really like this Skinner Sweet character. A vicious Old West bank robber who gets turned into a new breed of vampir...more
Dan Schwent
American Vampire tells two tales: the origin and early days of American vampire Skinner Sweet in the dying days of the Old West, and the tragedy of aspiring actress Pearl Jones, who runs afoul of old world vampires in 1920's Los Angeles. How will their tales intersect?

Where do I start with this? I've never read Scott Snyder before but I loved his writing in this. Stephen King's was also really good, not surprising since he did write my favorite epic of all time, The Dark Tower. Rafael Albuquerqu...more
Amanda
I've always loved vampire narratives, but these days I feel as though I have to make that statement with a "but not those sparkly Meyers' bullshit vamps" disclaimer because the term "vampire" now requires two definitions: 1) glittering and eternal boy band wannabe who tries to protect naive (and horny!) young women from the monster he's become while slurping up woodland critters like they're Hi-C fruit boxes, and 2) vampires who seduce and cruelly toy with their prey before ripping open a jugula...more
Jeff
Jan 14, 2014 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comix
Sung to the tune of “American Woman”*

American vampire, stay away from me
American vampire, please let me be
No more vampires, European way
Creepy cowboy, Skinner Sweet is here to stay

Sweet and Pearl can daylight ramble
Where European vampires burn up like bramble
Now monster, just leave me be
American vampire, scarin’ the crap outta me

American vampire, Bloch done Pearl wrong
American vampire, revenge’s thirst is strong
Don't come sinking your fangs in me
Don't wanna live in eternal misery

Fangs and claws...more
Sam Quixote
SPOILERS

Ok it’s my own fault for falling for it –I know vampires are overused in today’s culture, so much so that Amazon have a store called “Amazon Vampire”, but I still went ahead with reading this comic book, thinking that somehow Scott Snyder and Stephen King had pulled off a remarkable fresh version of the vampire story – I hoped, but I was wrong.

Snyder writes about Pearl, a wannabe actress in mid 1920s Hollywoodland working bit parts until one day she’s invited to the party of a big time...more
Ronyell
Skinner Sweet[image error]

6 stars!!!

Brief Introduction:

Now, it is rare that I often read many vampire comics (with the exception of “Fray”), so when I heard so many good things about Scott Snyder and Stephen King’s graphic novel, “American Vampire,” I just had to check it out and boy, was I amazed at how creative and intense this story really was!

What is the story?

In this volume, we are introduced to two separate stories that feature a ruthless outlaw, Skinner Sweet and a young and beautiful actress, Pea...more
Michael
Review from Badelynge
Remember when vampires were still scary? Perhaps you don't. I should break out my copy of Salem's Lot to remind myself that these bloodsuckers used to be more than just pale possible boyfriends in the latest teen/vamp/rom. Stephen King is one half of the writing talent on duty for this tale of mostly very bad vampires in the wild west of the late 1800s and the movie making era of the 1920s. King's introduction to the book has a lot more to say about the current state of vamp...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
I guess I'm not that into westerns, even westerns with vampires. Stephen King wrote the origin story here of Skinner Sweet, outlaw-turned-vampire. This was violent and gory and so-so, as Sweet just wasn't that interesting to me. He didn't sparkle, which I appreciated, but all we know about him is that he likes candy and violence. To care about a character, I need to know more details than that - does he like cats, for example? What's his favorite book? Hobbies, other than hold-ups? He was basica...more
Anne
I grabbed this randomly, so I wasn't expecting anything...good or bad. Maybe that made a difference. Now that I've finished it, and I'm reading the reviews, I'm thinking I might have been disappointed if I'd thought I was going to get a 'new' take on vampires.
It's not a new kind of vampire.
Not really.
Cowboy Vampires? I'm sure there's a romance writer out there that beat Snyder and King to the punch.
Yes. I'm serious.
Evil vampires? Um, I'm pretty sure that's been done before.
Besides, it's not l...more
William Thomas
I think the vampire is dead. I really do. The number of incarnations, the watered down mythology- I think we have beaten it to death. But then every so often, something comes along that blows my mind and makes me realize that Twilight and the Vampire Diaries aren't really about vampires, but are instead soap operas made to sell a thing. Like Let the Right One in comes along and absolutely stuns me and makes me relaize that there are writers who care more about the writing in their genre than rec...more
Steve
I thought this was pretty good, but not great. Then again, I don't read a lot of graphic novels. I think one thing that threw me off was King's odd introduction. Basically, he got wind of this project and invited himself on board to write the "origin" story. Dude. The story has two settings. One, in the American West of the 1880s, where we see the beginnings of Skinner Sweet, an American outlaw vampire, who wakes up in the early 1920s. The other is about Pearl, an aspiring actress in Hollywood B...more
Sesana
Scott Snyder and Stephen King want you to remember that vampires are scary. Cold-blooded murderers, in fact. These vampires are terrible, and frightening, and exactly how I like to read them.

There are two related storylines here. There's Pearl, an aspiring actress in 1920s Hollywood (Snyder's storyline) and there's Skinner Sweet, a Wild West outlaw (King's work). When Skinner is made a vampire, he's different from the older, European vampires, the first in a line of American vampires with differ...more
Otherwyrld
A lot of people have raved about this comic, but I have to admit that I just didn't feel the love.

In this first volume, we meet the "hero" of the story Skinner Sweet and get to hear about his origin as a vampire. It is quite clear that Sweet is a monster well before he became a vampire and i have a bit of a problem with that. Even an anti hero needs to have some redeeming qualities, and Sweet has none for me to hang my empathy on. When he is turned, he becomes a new sort of vampire, one who can...more
Mohammed
I liked this volume from the introduction where Stephen King was saying vampires shouldnt as they are today skinny teenage girls, heroic ones alà Angel, Southern gentleman who is in love etc I didnt know what to expect before that.
I bought this volume yesterday because Scott Snyder is one of my fav new superhero writers. I have avoided this comic just because the title sounded so lame. Like those campy werewolf movies of the 80s. Also i thought Stephen King was just a gimmick used to sell the c...more
Kurt
Jul 21, 2013 Kurt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
I like some of the later volumes more, but this one is still good. This book has a couple of great goals and some original ideas. The basic idea is that a traditional European-style vampire bites a sadistic Old West outlaw, and something about his unusual American nature causes him to evolve into a new species of vampire, one who will resurface through the decades as a statement on the savagery inherent in certain moments in American history. This historical commentary goal is a great one as the...more
Trudi
Stephen King (win) +
Scary-ass, blood-thirsty vampires (win) +
Bone-chilling, full-color graphic illustrations (win) =
Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

This was great, and the only thing holding me back from gushing is that I still haven't been completely won over to the graphic novel format. Steven Niles rocked my world with 30 Days of Night - those vampires kick ass. I was actually really pleased with the movie too. I love how Niles re-imagines the vampire, stealing it back from the trashy, paranorma...more
Brandon
I'll start this off by saying that I fully expected to hate this.. or at least be bored by it. Despite the fact that Scott Snyder is highly regarded in the comic industry at the moment - what with kicking all kinds of ass with the recent Batman reboot/relaunch/whatever - and perennial favorite, Uncle Stevie lending his writing chops to the series, I still expected mediocrity.

Why?

Because I'm starting to hate vampires. No, this isn't an anti-twilight rant nor does it have anything to do with disli...more
David Green
Even though I had heard great things about Scott Snyder's "American Vampire" series, I've been hesitant in checking it out. Like many people, I'm just too "vampired-out" these days! After finally reading the 1st collection, I realize my fears were completely unfounded. Just as Scott Snyder recently managed to breathe new life into the 70+ year-old "Batman" franchise, he has done the same with the vampire genre.

"American Vampire" chronicles the rise of a new breed of vampire...the first vampires...more
Jonathan Peto
I almost gave this 4 stars but felt too guilty to go through with it. I'm not a comic book reader, not really. I'm sure some thinking and so on goes into creating something like this, but I just couldn't give it the same number of stars as what I'd last read, a speculative novel hundreds of pages long.

Maybe it deserves 4 stars though. I've read The Adventures of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. Those books include a lot of story telling through illustrations. At any one time thoug...more
Kate
I picked this up, yes, largely because Stephen King's name was on it. HOWEVER - I have read the Dark Tower and The Stand graphic novels and enjoyed them, and I do like vampires (both sparkly and scary, I'm afraid...). So it was more than just the name that made this jump out at me when I was checking it in at the library.

Skinner Sweet is a new breed of vampire, born in the American West after being attacked by the old regime of vampires - the pale, European, only-come-out-at-night types, you kn...more
c.o.lleen ± (... never stop fighting) ±
Ya know, I wasn't sure how to rate this - my first impulse was a 3, but I did "really like it" - so 4 it is.

Anyway... First off, the artwork was good. Has a realistic edge and was easy to follow - two great tastes which don't come together as often as you might think.

That said - I did have trouble differentiating some of the characters, and I didn't like using fonts for storefront signs and things.

As to the stories - I liked all of the different parts, though I felt some parts could've been deve...more
Laurel
Jul 24, 2012 Laurel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I'm not always a fan, when stories are told over multiple timelines, or an author makes liberal use of flashbacks. Yes, you know that the story will eventually converge, but it often feels forced or disjointed. But, this was written by Stephen King, and after writing more than 50 books, the man knows how to weave a damn fine yarn! not only are the timelines congruent, but they tell one helluva good story!
Aaron
The story of the first American Vampire, Skinner Sweet, an outlaw who was turned in the 1880's and becomes the first of a new breed of vampire that walks in the sunlight but becomes weak on moonless nights. There are two alternating stories in this volume, one following Sweet's influence on a Hollywood starlet in 1925 (by Scott Snyder) and one following Sweet's vampiric origins (by Stephen King). Snyder's story is strong and feels structured like a fairly traditional comic book, while King's nai...more
Arminzerella
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Sofia
Posted on my book blog.

"American Vampire" follows the appearance of a new breed of vampire, an "evolution" that happens when the vampires from Europe travel to America to further their wealth, and one of them accidentally turns a local criminal. This new breed is a little different - they can walk in the sun, are immune to wood, their strength wanes during the new moon... The story follows Skinner Sweet, the first American vampire, from the wild west to 1920s Los Angeles, where we also meet Pear...more
Adam Daniel
Due to the inaccurate, and often glorified, portrayal of vampires in our society, I hoped that American Vampire would finally set the record straight and put an end to the sexy, hard-bodied, daylight walking vampire with a slight sense of morality. And with Stephen King as a co-writer, I expected a blood-curdling, night-light inducing horror story with excellent visuals. Unfortunately, I was (un)dead wrong. American Vampire puts its own wacky spin on the vampire legend and will be as short lived...more
Gabriel
Two stories told alternately in a serial manner. Took me about two "chapters" to realize what was going on.

However, when I did, I was able to enjoy how the two played off of each other, even if written at different times (or at least, that was what I was led to understand from the introduction). Both stories, the one by Scott Snyder and the one by Stephen King, felt written by the same person; either a testament to the strength of the idea of the "American Vampire" series or that they had no pa...more
Nick Kives
I kind of want to give this a 4.5 if I could, but it is still a solid 4. Scott Snyder does a great job on this book, but what had me hesitant was Stephen King who co-writes this book. I'm not really a big fan and I think I only like one of this books. Anyway, for each chapter/issue they split it in two and each right a half, but each half is part its own story, like chapter 1 part 1 and chapter 2 part 1 are continuing stories written by Snyder, but the part 2s of each chapter are King's. As King...more
Ken McKinley
I haven't read a graphic novel since I was a kid and they were still called comic books. In fact, reading a graphic novel always struck me as something that thirty-something year-old dorks in pony-tails still living in their parent's basements did. Ok, so that's a really unfair stereotype and American Vampire showed me the error of my ways. I was originally attracted to it while perusing through Amazon's Stephen King page. I clicked on the link and found that it was a collaboration with an autho...more
Melissa
How in the world can there exist a graphic novel with totally bitchin' artwork that takes place in both the wild west and 1920s Hollywood that is about awesome slavering vampires with gigantic spurting fangs & claws & cute little cloche hats who are at war with stolid, ancient European vampies & I haven't read it yet? Glad I took care of that.
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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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