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American Vampire, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder
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Dec 22, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: horror
Read in December, 2011

Sweet is Alive and Thirsty!

American Vampire

I picked up this first volume for several reasons. Stephen King and Scott Snyder! King as anyone knows has written many mystery and horror novels, 50 plus. Snyder has written several takes on Lex Luthor, Batman and Superman. Before that, he wrote the American Vampire series.

This volume one is a compilation of the DC Comics series, issues 1-5.

It's a good time to be alive in the American West. The European vampires are slowly taking over, wanting money as well as blood. The most dastardly is a vampire gang run by Old Man Percy. They prey on young girls but one of them got infected and lived. And so did Sweet, a robber and thief. They both became American vampires.

Fascinating premise and somewhat different that the current vampire craze. Rather than sparkle, they can walk in the sun but are at their weakest during a new moon and at that time can be killed. They can see their reflections in a mirror but it's distorted. Crucifixes and stakes are old hat to these guys, as few as they are.

I cannot help but root for Sweet – he's a bad guy for sure but he is also a man who has carried out a decades-long revenge on the men who killed him originally. One of these is Jim Book.

The feud between them is really fun to read. The panels full of blood and death but done tastefully. Still, not for kids.

The novel's running narrative is by a guy who wrote "Bad Blood", a novel that talked of what happened that day when Sweet became an American vampire.

Bottom Line: Scott Snyder writes fast and develops his characters well. Stephen King, especially in "Suck on This!" is a master of his craft. Art by Rafael Albuquerque is done in a penciled, old-fashioned style that is attractive and during the death scenes, horrific. A nice piece of entertainment. Recommended.

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