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American Vampire, Vol. 3

(American Vampire #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  8,384 ratings  ·  359 reviews
Two epic World War II tales in one massive volume!
In the Pacific, Pearl's husband Henry joins a clandestine group on a secret mission to Japan to hunt a new breed of bloodsucker. Meanwhile, Skinner Sweet has plans of his own...
And in Europe, vampire hunters Felicia Book and Cash McCogan go behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Romania in search of a rumored vampire cure.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Vertigo
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Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
WWII sees Henry and Pearl involved with the American war effort.
Although, Henry get a tad more involved with it than Pearl would like, and ends up storming a beach filled with some very dangerous vampires. <--Oh! And Skinner Sweet.


Meanwhile, Cash and Felicia are 007ing in Romania with some Nazi vampires.
I sense a budding romance...


This was an excellent volume. And it seems to me that this series just gets better and better. I'm crossing my fingers that my enjoyment continues.
Definitely re
Dan Schwent
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
In the third American Vampire volume, the vampires enter World War II as Henry goes to Taipan and encounters a Japanese breed of vampire and Cash and Book go to Germany to find a cure for vampirism and instead encounter a brigade of Nazi vampires.

American Vampire 3 is more of the same greatness that I've come to expect from the American Vampire series. In the first story, Henry and company go to a Japanese island and go up against a breed of Japanese vampire with Skinner Sweet in their midst and
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can distill my review of why volume 3 of American Vampire is my favorite in the series down to two words: Nazi vampires.

Seriously, does anything else need to be said? Probably not, but just try to shut up my enthusiasm for Snyder's series.

In volume 3, we follow our American vampires and those who love to try and stake 'em into World War II. In the first storyline, Pearl's husband, Henry, is enlisted by the Vassals of the Morning Star (a society of vampire hunters who have made an uneasy pact
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
What could make World War 2 even bloodier? Vampires!

There’s essentially two stories told in this volume. The secret group of vampire hunters called Vassels of the Morning Star recruit aging human Henry to leave his vampire wife Pearl to try and root out a nest of bloodsuckers on the island of Taipan as the US tries to take it from the Japanese. Skinner Sweet shows up with his own agenda and as always the brutal vampire creates chaos and bloodshed wherever he goes.

In the second story, the Vassels
Vampire Nazis! Vampire hunter spies!

Plus, I loved the graphics. What fun!
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
American Vampire, Vol. 3, consists of three interconnected stories. The first, "Strange Frontier," is a short-story set in the American West of 1919. Skinner Sweet visits a Wild West show (directly patterned after Buffalo Bill Cody's). He's surprised at the inaccuracies of the show, particular the gunfight that led to his "death", and sets things right in typical fashion. Then he confronts an old girlfriend who was responsible for turning him in.

The second story, "Ghost War", takes place in the
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
The best volume yet. Here, the action has been moved to World War II. The first storyline is about Henry going on a vampire hunting mission in the South Pacific, and finding a secret Japanese camp. The second stars Felicia Book and Cash, infiltrating a Nazi castle to try and extract a scientist with a possible cure for vampirism. Especially important for Cash, whose son had been infected as an infant. It is, of course, violent and bloody. There's also more information about the complicated world ...more
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
In professional wrestling, there's this term for a specific kind of character called a "tweener". A tweener is basically a guy who's generally in it for himself. He's not exactly a heel (bad guy) or babyface (good guy), he's more so inbetween. A prime example would be Stone Cold Steve Austin, a guy who exhibits traits of a rule breaker but is beloved by the fans.

If we took the American Vampire universe and labeled the characters in relation to their actions, Skinner Sweet would be the definition
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire
“Deep down, beneath your little housewife act, you’re a bad girl, aren’t you.”
- Skinner Sweet

Pearl! I guess she brought out the sweet in Skinner Sweet.

This volume was action packed with a variety of interesting storylines.

Pearl, Henry, and Skinner Sweet in Taipan with the Japanese Army and feral vampires.

Felicia Book and Cash McCogan against the Third Reich and vampires.

The evolving fates of Gus McCogan and Felicia Book who both had prenatal vampiric issues.

And of course, more Skinner Sweet
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, graphic-novel
Volume 3 of this series is absolutely massive - there are 12 or 13 single issues in this one volume (as opposed to the rather anaemic 5-6 issues most graphic novels consist of), and there's a lot to like in these stories.

First off, there's a nice prologue story set in 1919, where American vampire Skinner Sweet runs into a carnival showing a bowdlerised version of his life and "death". Needless to say, he reacts rather predictably to all this, but the real entertainment is when he runs into his
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Snyder pushes the series forward into World War II with a volume that's truly an embarrassment of riches.

The Vassals of the Morning Star have a stake--I'm not ashamed of that joke--in the Allied cause, so, having heard rumors that Taipan is infested with vampires and worried about the fate of the American soldiers due to land there, they embed a small crew of their own to take the bloodsuckers out. Included is the stealthily-recruited Henry, Pearl's husband, who gets some great fleshing-out as h
James DeSantis
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This re-read for American Vampire has been a nice surprise. I'm really digging it so far.

This is broken into two stories. The first is all about Skinner hunting Henry as he goes into a special unit in war. This unit is made to hunt down vampires. Skinner tags along to try and take out Henry but of course, we meed a new breed of vampires, and they might even be worse than American Vampires. The next story is about Felicia and Cash on a undercover mission to try and get the cure for vampires. Thi

Brief Introduction:

I am definitely on the roll with Scott Snyder’s fantastic series, “American Vampire” and the third volume of this series does not disappoint me! “American Vampire: Volume Three” is probably the most intense out of the entire “American Vampire” series as Scott Snyder’s dramatic writing and Rafael Albuquerque, Danijel Zezelj, and Sean Murphy’s artwork contribute greatly to this volume!

What is the story?

In this volume, there are two stories being told regarding Pearl and Fel
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
In this, the high point of the series so far (I say as someone who has enjoyed the first five volumes), our vampire heroes reach World War II. Through some cultural conventions in the last fifty years or so, WWII stories have been rule-bound to the point where they're generally narratives without surprises. You always have a predictably diverse crew of brave men (excluding one traitor, of course, who will reveal himself at the end of Act Two), and they do predictably brave things when faced with ...more
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Everyone’s favorite vampire comic book series returns!!! American Vampire: Volume Three features three stories, “ Strange Frontier”, “Ghost War” and “Survival of the Fittest”. The first story, “Strange Frontier”, features Skinner Sweet at a wild west show in 1819. He feels the show ruins his repuatation so he goes for his bloody revenge. The story is written by Scott Snyder and Illustrated by Danijel Zezelj . I can’t say I like Danijel Zezelj’s artwork, but you gotta give the brother credit for ...more
Wow, this was a definite improvement over Vol. 2!
This has convinced me to keep going with the series.
YAY for more TBR!
Carol Storm
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oh God, make it stop! Please make it stop!

This AMERICAN VAMPIRE series gets worse and worse with each new volume. By this time we're up to World War II. And a bunch of vampire slayer guys dressed up as GI's land on a Pacific island to fight Japanese vampires. Now it was made clear in earlier volumes that there are different species of vampire from all over the world. And of course the greatest vampires are the "American" breed, led by Western outlaw Skinner Sweet. (He's making American vampires
Adam M
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hoopla-app

This is a pretty intense series and this is, perhaps, the most intense volume yet. This book gives us a deeper dive into the future and some characters we haven't spent as much time with. Cash and Felicia Book get a pretty big adventure tale full of Nazis, Vampires and Nazi Vampires.
Pearl and Henry enlist in the WWII war effort and wind up in the South Pacific. Skinner Sweet shows up and that's really all the more I can say because that story line is b.a.n.a.n.a.s. (and spoilery)


I like how
Quentin Wallace
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This volume had 2 different stories set during WWII. One was set in the Pacific Theater, and the other the European Theater.

The story set in the Pacific dealt with a special group of vampire fighting soldiers who find themselves facing a much greater threat than they'd been led to believed. However, one of the soldier's is Pearl's loverboy, so she takes matters into her own hands. Oh, and another of the soldiers? None other than Skinner Sweet, the original American Vampire. We finally get to see
Harsh Kumar
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one did it for me.
Top notch.
One of the best vampire fiction for sure.

The first two volumes of American Vampire were good but I was expecting something great, something more.
This one was great. Third time is the charm they say.

World war 2 and vampires. A terrific combination of two of my favourite novel materials.

Emotions such as anger, love, hatred will thrive here in this volume. The art is outstanding and remarkable writing by Scott Snyder.

Bloody and dark graphic novel full of actio
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series. It is a unique take on the vampire story and I find it fascinating. You see all vampires can be in the story of Pearl and Sweet. The good vampire and the evil vampire. This volume deals with World War II and the military's attempt to weaponize vampires. I like how each volume deals with a different decade. Each volume feels complete, yet the story overall does not stagnate.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Vol 3 covers #12-18. The time is now 1940's and the Marine's are invading the mythical island of Taipan (in real life Saipan) where a new breed of vampire exists. It seems the Japanese have been doing some experiments (again in the real world- Unit 731, but that was in Manchuria) and creating a nasty strain. I won't say anything else to ruin it..but Skinner Sweet is back and we run into a covert team of Sons of the Vassals who work with Preston to find out what is going on, add to that Skinner S ...more
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
American Vampire Vol. 3 picks up nearly ten years after the events of Vol. 2, following an older Henry and (still young) Pearl as they cope with Henry's decision to join a secret mission in the heart of WWII, a mission that brings a new species of vampires to light. Then, in Survival Of The Fittest we see Cash McCogan and Felicia Book, two of the protagonists from the previous adventures in 1930's Las Vegas, in an ambitious Indiana Jones-style adventure. That is, if Indiana Jones fought blood-cr ...more
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Vol 3 of 6. Wow. This was a great issue. The vampires are now in the 1940s and fighting in the war. I wonder how this would be pulled off as a movie. This volume was so good it brought a tear to my eye. The artwork is not the best but it works for the darker scenes and those vampires are truly scary looking. It's really hard to describe all the subplots going on so I won't even attempt. All I can say is that I am enjoying every volume so far but this one had me holding my breath as I read it. I ...more
I'm finally getting used to the fact that each part of the comic might be drawn by a different artist and that I shouldn't be distracted by it. This time our lovely vampires and the society which hunts them saw two big wars.
Skinner Sweet and his weird vengence has to slow down a bit and join forces with his enemy to escape another enemy - a vampire species which can hurt even him. Hello World War experiments! How refreshing and creepy you are. Also, things which hide in Romania are super cool a
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While Ghost War was very well done, the Survival of the Fittest arc had everything that I love about comics: Sean Murphy's art to match the feel of the story and period. Snyder's dialogue but also its cinematic-like flow. It felt like an r-rated Indiana Jones adventure. When Scott Snyder is writing like Scott Snyder, he's one of the best. Batman and this title prove that. I'm kicking myself for putting American Vampire off for so long.
Kayla (onthefritz)
1943 - Japan

Another new decade, another new breed of vampires. This story had a good arc and love the splash of a love triangle added.

1941 - New York and Romania

Two words: Nazi Vampires.
This one involves looking for an apparent cure for vampirism and we are introduced to the oldest, ancient vampires.
Gabriela Pop
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is surely becoming one of my favourite graphic novel/comic series
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this volume! WWII vampire stories, what’s not to like about that? Also not always the biggest Sean Murphy guy but it is pretty great here
[Name Redacted]
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I finished reading this volume earlier today, I was prepared to give it 5 stars. Then I took a shower, had some time to think about it, and realized as I dried my hair that I had to settle for 4 stars.

Why? Well, it had nothing to do with the first story. That tale, occupying the first half of this trade-paperback collection, chronicled the continuing lives of the ageless Pearl, her aging husband Hank, and the sociopathic Skinner Sweet during the Second World War, and from the dialogue to t
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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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