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American Vampire, Vol. 2 (American Vampire #2)

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While trafficking in a bestselling sub-genre, AMERICAN VAMPIRE introduces a new strain of vampire — a more muscular and vicious species, born of the American West.

It’s Las Vegas circa 1935, and Skinner Sweet and our gal Pearl are about to learn the hard way that the bloodsuckers in Hollywood were nothing compared to what awaits them in Sin City.

In just a few short years, y
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Vertigo (first published May 2011)
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Dan Schwent
Las Vegas police chief Cash McCogan has a murderer to find and all signs point to Jim Smoke, the man who likely was responsible for the death of McCogan's father. Meanwhile, some mystery men approach Pearl with a deal...

After the thrill ride that was the first American Vampire volume, I was jonesing for more. While this one wasn't quite what I expected, it more than delivered the goods. I like that Pearl wasn't swept under the rug after the first volume and that the series isn't all about Skinne
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Kemper
About a hundred people died while building Hoover Dam. After reading this, I have to assume that all of those deaths were due to vampire attacks.

Picking up several years after the last volume, it’s 1935 and a formerly sleepy Nevada town called Las Vegas is booming because of the thousands of workers in the area constructing Hoover Dam. Police chief Cash Morgan doesn’t like what the gambling and prostitution are doing to his city, but there isn’t much he can do to stop it. When a businessman conn
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Amanda
I suspected this before, but volume 2 in the American Vampire storyline confirms what has now become an inalienable truth: Scott Snyder is a bad ass. And so are his vampires.

In volume 1, we were introduced to Skinner Sweet, the first American Vampire whose accidental creation proved to be a blow against the old school European vampires; Sweet is faster, stronger, and unlike any breed of vampire that came before him. Clearly, there's some symbolism here about America rising out of the outmoded ar
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Steve
Skinner Sweet has moved to a booming Las Vegas to make his fortune, and we get introduced to a new character, the police chief of Las Vegas, Cash McCogan. Sweet fits in perfectly in Sin City, and the contrast of character between the do-good police chief and the outlaw vampire providers a great story. We also get a new villain and learn more about the various types of vampires, of which there are many species (who knew?).

The second volume of American Vampire picks up about 10 years after the eve
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Sam Quixote
It’s all Stephen King’s fault!

The first Scott Snyder comic I read was American Vampire Volume 1, co-written by King. King’s folksy, down-home style of writing was so irritating (and is why I no longer read his novels) that it completely tarnished my reading experience so I ended up hating the book.

So I was surprised with how much I liked Snyder’s writing when I picked up Batman: The Black Mirror, and I’ve been delighted ever since with his and Greg Capullo’s New 52 Batman run, Superman Unchained
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Otherwyrld
This is an improvement on the first volume, in that the emphasis is less on Skinner Sweet and more on the world-building of the series. Interesting foundations are being built here, along with a larger cast of characters for us to interact with. We are also introduced to new types of vampires, to vampire killers (in the form of the Vassals of the Morning Star - great name for a secret society dedicated to vampire hunting), and to a developing American society distancing itself from its European ...more
Trudi
This second installment of the American Vampire series is pretty juicy, the pages gushing blood and all sorts of other categories of nastiness.

Skinner Sweet is truly a vile invention, a convincing monster, a chilling vampire. Edward Cullen – you sir are a douche bag in a tree. Deal with it.



I love the historical feel of this series. This time we get an up-close look at 1930s Las Vegas -- the beginnings of its rise (or descent) to become Sin City. We also get a peek at the building of the Hoover
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Brandon
The setting for Volume 2 moves to Las Vegas where Police Chief Cash McCogan is tasked with the unenviable job of investigating Jim Smoke, the man believed to be behind the murder of his father.

I'm legitimately shocked with how much I'm truly enjoying these books. As I said in my review for volume one, my taste for vampires had more than diminished leaving me less than enthusiastic in starting this series.

The change in setting prompted a change in story style as well. Snyder took the environment
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Ronyell
American Vampire

Brief Introduction:

After reading the first volume of Scott Snyder’s classic graphic novel, “American Vampire,” I just had to check out the second volume to see more adventures from Pearl and Skinner! So, I finally read “American Vampire: Volume Two” by Scott Snyder (Stephen King is not writing this volume this time) and I was even more amazed at how well this story is getting developed and now I cannot wait to see what will happen to these characters next!

What is the story?

In this volume, the
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Sesana
Volume two of American Vampire moves the action from 1920s Hollywood to 1930s Vegas. There's a murder mystery, and more vampires, and more differentiation of vampire breeds. It's a great idea, that vampires are different based on where they were made. Skinner is still around, in the thick of things. Pearl is there, seemingly on the sidelines. It was her story that I really connected with. I liked her from the first volume, and it was nice to see her again. I also liked seeing characters from Ski ...more
Kurt
Jul 21, 2013 Kurt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
In this second volume, the American Vampire story shifts to the 1930s, at the rise of Las Vegas. We get more of Skinner Sweet being scary, more great art by Albuquerque, and more exploration of Snyder's concept of vampires as an animal species that evolves like any other. Specifically, this volume has more of Sweet facing off against traditional European vampires, with significant appearances by an ancient representative of an otherwise extinct species. It's a great concept, one that works well ...more
Licha
3.5 stars. Vol 2 of 6. We have now arrived at 1936. Pearl has moved out of L.A. with her love Henry. In this volume we are introduced to some new characters and new locale of Las Vegas. Vampire hunters in the mix. It's a bit hard to follow at times cause you don't know who's a good guy or bad guy at times, but I'm sure all this will get resolved in later issues. So far still good and still want to continue reading.
Jessica-Robyn
American Vampire is such an interesting concept that I'm happy I finally got around to reading the second volume. Although I wouldn't say this story was as interesting as the first volume's tale it still gave me a lot to love even if it wasn't perfect.

I love how this series takes its historical setting and makes it a part of the story. The idea of this being historical fiction with vampires at the helm is a driving force for my love of this book. In volume two, we find ourselves in Vegas as the
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Gabriel
What is most interesting about this series - what keeps me from falling head over heels with this great return to form for the vampire - is how messy the formatting is. And I know that it is on purpose. I know the drawing style is such that it is meant to look like a step between first draft and final draft sketches. I know that the disorientation I feel while reading through the panels (and it is not hard to find the order, but there are times when I find myself hoping I've chosen the correct o ...more
Dan
I'll say it again....They need to make American Vampire into a TV series or a movie!
Justin
I’ve been lucky with my comics, in that I seem to devoutly enjoy everything I’ve been picking up lately. I liked this volume much better than the first, and I liked the first volume a lot.

I think my favorite thing about this series is the fact that even though it jumps from time period to time period, it can’t really be read out of order or in too disjointed a fashion. After reading the first two issues in this trade, I had to go back and reread the previous volume in order to reorient myself. W
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Aaron
Most of the press behind this book talks about how it's making vampires evil again, moving away from the Edwards of the world, going back to the violence, and so on. All of that is true. But this is not breaking any new ground at all, let's be clear. Yes, LATELY vampires are the kind of night creatures that keep secret diaries and kiss real nice, but if you ignore the last 8 years or so, you realize vampires have been grisly bloodsucking murderers for hundreds of years.

And so we get to Skinner S
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Jared Millet
American Vampire makes a smooth transition from "dazzling new idea" to "ongoing series" in volume 2, and continues its exploration of America's 20th Century boom through the eyes of its own, unique vampires.

That said, the two stories in this volume aren't as earth-shaking as those in Vol.1, but they do add more pieces to the world of the series. "Devil in the Sand" finds New World vamp Skinner Sweet operating a brothel in newly growing Las Vegas, while local sheriff Cash McCogan investigates the
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David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
I'll write a full review when I have the time, but for now, here's...

DAVE'S FINAL JUDGMENT -

THE DEFENSE
- Charismatic heroes (especially Pearl) and truly chilling villains (especially Hattie)
- The mystery of the murders at the Hoover Dam has many surprising twists and a brilliant conclusion
- The character depth and backstories add an emotional weight to an already captivating story
- Horrific artwork is a perfect complement to Vaughan's terrifying writing

THE PROSECUTION
- With so much vio
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Robert
The continuing adventures of the new breed vampire. The illustrations are top notch, still exciting, fast paced and with the right amount of nudity and gore. The absence of Steven King's influence is not missed.

Pearl Jones and he human lover Henry have been on the lam for ten years, following the events of vol 1. Although they have successfully avoided Skinner Sweet, there is another old frenemy from the past seeking vengeance.

In separate events, Mysterious and gruesome murders are happening i
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Aildiin
The second volume remains top notch and introduces new character, chief among them Cash McCogan,a police chief in Vegas during the construction of the Hoover Dam.
I can't wait to get my hands on the third book.
Seth
I really dig this series! Snyder is a genius, can't wait to get my hands on the next couple volumes.
Chazzbot
With the premise of the series established in Vol. 1, the second volume is free to start having fun with the set-up, flashing forward in time to see how certain characters have fared, and raising the stakes (eh, sorry) for the continued existence of those characters as knowledge of their somewhat special qualities is dispersed. We see in this volume two members of a vampire-killing squad, and how their actions complicate the efforts of a local Vegas sheriff to find some semblance of justice in h ...more
Nathan
What makes American Vampire a good series? It's a hard question to answer because sometimes the plot lines can be ridiculous but I believe Snyder's writing is strong in terms of the relationships between characters I often find myself nervously turning pages waiting for the moment something tragic will happen.

For this volume we're in Vegas where Skinner is butting heads with a determined lawman who obviously gets involved with the Vassals of the Morning Star and vampires come to ruin his town.
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Leila Anani
In this second instalment of the American vampire saga we follow Skinner Sweet, Pearl and Hattie into the 1930's and the Great Depression.

So much to love about this: The characters are amazing, the artwork bites and the sprawling story develops both character and the American nation.

What I particularly love are the different types of vampire - There's not much here that's original original, but vampire lore is used in fresh and innovative ways and the antagonism between different types of vampir
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Hilary
I'm loving these comics. Definitely reflects the essence of horror! Can't wait to read more!
Nick Craven
The Vampire blood feud moves to Las Vegas while Pearl tries her hand at playing house...

Wow! Volume one of American Vampire was already fantastic but I have to admit I was skeptical about how this could play out into a series. Doubts aside, American Vampire volume two blows the first one completely out of the water!

In the first story a Las Vegas cop who goes by the name Cash (who just happens to dress like a classic p.i. and wears an Indiana Jones style hat!)investigates a series of murders conn
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Nick Craven
The Vampire blood feud moves to Las Vegas while Pearl tries her hand at playing house...

Wow! Volume one of American Vampire was already fantastic but I have to admit I was skeptical about how this could play out into a series. Doubts aside, American Vampire volume two blows the first one completely out of the water!

In the first story a Las Vegas cop who goes by the name Cash (who just happens to dress like a classic p.i. and wears an Indiana Jones style hat!)investigates a series of murders conn
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Matthew
True Rating: 4.6

After reading the first volume of American Vampire, I had huge expectations for the continuation of this series partly thanks to Stephen King. He wrote the origin story of Skinner Sweet and I felt as though he gave birth to this series even though it's Scott Snyder's creation.

I didn't read any synopsis about this volume and I felt as though I should have because I was getting bored of the storyline right before we find out what Pearl has been up since the past decade. I realize s
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J.
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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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