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American Vampire, Vol. 1

(American Vampire #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  22,395 ratings  ·  1,415 reviews
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.

Snyder's tale follows Pearl, a young woman living in 1920s Los Angeles, who is brutally turned into a vampire and sets out on a path of righteous revenge against the European monst
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Vertigo
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Re-read 2018
I want to check out the rest of these, but it had been so long since I read this volume I figured a re-read was in order. And I'm actually really glad I did! I think I may have enjoyed this more the second time around.


I originally grabbed this randomly, so I wasn't expecting anything...good or bad. Maybe that made a difference. After I finished it and read the reviews, I believe I might have been disappointed if I'd thought I was going to get a 'new' take on vampires.
It's not a new
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
“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
Bloody Brilliant!

Creative Team:

Creator & Writer: Scott Snyder

Co-Writer: Stephen King

Illustrator: Rafael Albuquerque

Colorist: Dave McCaig


...will you tell me some good hobo stories? I mean really really spicy ones?

Pearl, your ears will bleed...

Scott Snyder, the creator of this comic book series, is one of the most relevant new names in the business, and being able to convince Stephen King to collaborate in his project is a proof of his rising influence around.

As you can
5 stars all the way - this graphic novel is excellent! Do you like westerns? Do you like vampires? Do you like vampire-westerns? If you answered yes to one or more of the above, then step right up!

I figured it sounded interesting, but I did not think I would end up reading one of the best approaches to the vampire genre I have seen. It is creepy, gory, sexy, etc. - all the things you expect in a good vampire tale. Also, it has the element of wondering exactly who you should be cheering for - at
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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What happens when good ol’ Uncle Stevie gets sick and tired of the “sweetie vamp craze?” Well, vampires go from this . . .

Houston commercial photography

back to something a little more like this . . .

Houston commercial photography

American Vampire kind of fell into my lap by accident. I went to the library’s website looking for Wytches #1 - which of course they didn’t have. However, my temper tantrum was quickly interrupted when I focused in on the word VAMPIRE!!! and requested this ins
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
Sam Quixote
Sep 11, 2011 rated it did not like it

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
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: seriestofinish, owned
Failing to blow minds, American Vampire succeeds as an original and respectable thriller in the exhausted sub-genre of vampire horror. It’s historical fiction meets slasher, with a large cast of stock characters begging for development. With expressionistic illustrations prone to being too rough. Fun as guilty pleasure reading, with the potential for a great series.
American Vampire Vol. 1 caught my eye when I was at the bookstore getting the next two volumes of the Sandman series. Then I saw one of the storylines was written by Stephen King and I had to have it. I was not disappointed.

Within are two stories, one about Skinner Sweet, (late 1800's) and the other about Pearl Jones, taking place around 1925. I enjoyed them both but Skinner was my favorite. He's not even a good guy-he's an evil vampire, (just the way I like them), sporting a western duster an
Graeme Rodaughan
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone into FANGS!
Just Fantastic.

I just loved the way the stories played out. Some nice twists and turns and strong characters.

My first comic or graphic novel if you will for decades - and well worth it.

Wonderful illustrations.

A great set of vampire stories.

Strongly recommended. 5 'there's no vampire like an american vampire,' stars.
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Selkie ✦ Queen
I probably like vampire-centric stories as much as the next person who had seen enough of it in movies and shows. In fact, two my current favorite 22 shows that I watch dutifully each season launch are about vampires (The Vampire Diaries and its superior spin-off The Originals). I haven't read any Anne Rice books but was familiar with her mythology because of a friend who obsessed about her work; I continue to regret to this day the the fact that I had read Stephenie Meyer's shit of a series, an ...more
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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 act
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
I really wanted to like this more. After Batman: The Black Mirror and All Star Batman, I have high expectations for Scott Snyder. This book was half good.

I loved the bits with Pearl and old Hollywood. I can totally see how that would work as a TV show. I like the character and what happens to her is just tragic enough to set up a good motivation for her journey. She's and interesting character and I hated having her portions inter-spliced with Skinner Sweets. I just didn't care about him.

The o
I don't think this form of storytelling works for me. But I'm still willing to try more.
Faith M ✨
I haven’t been living under a rock. I know that the names Scott Snyder and Stephen King are enough to make random people turn their heads when they overhear you in a supermarket. So I figured, why not tackle both names at once? Why not read a comic they wrote together? And about my favorite paranormal creature, the vampire, no less?

I expected greatness.

I should have lowered my expectations.

The Art

Oh wow. I didn’t know mainstream comics could look this awful and still get the greenlight for 9
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, favorites
I have always been a fan of Vampires. So when I saw this comic book I hopped on-board. The first vol collects issues 1-5 of the American Vampire series. Each issue is told in two parts- the first part (written by Scott Snyder) takes place ca. 1925 and primarily revolves around a young actress named Pearl, who happens to become a snack for vampires one night at a Hollywood party. Pearl is then resurrected by former wild west outlaw extraordinaire Skinner Sweet, who just happens to also be a vampi ...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
Tyler J Gray
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that like westerns and/or vampires
3.5 Well that was interesting. 1920s western vampires. I've never been into the 1920s, or westerns, but vampires yes please! I got a bit lost at times but it was definitely interesting. I root for skinner though truth be told I don't think i'm supposed to be rooting for anyone. I don't like any of them but their stories and personalities are interesting. Apparently I don't know what else to say besides interesting lol, but it was. And that afterword...darn it...i'm going to have to continue this ...more
Dec 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
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
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
L. McCoy
I’m about to reach the final volume of this fantastic series that is the first (iirc) comic that got me into comics that aren’t about superheroes! This series is one I would say literally changed my life (I have an original printing of the first issue! I love this series so much!) so the least I could do is review some volumes!

What’s it about?
There’s this woman (Pearl Jones) who’s trying to become a movie star but that isn’t working out. She does however have some creepy guy (Skinner Sweet) hang
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.


Because I'm starting to hate vampires. No, this isn't an anti-twilight rant nor does it have anything to do with disli
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Meet Skinner Sweet, the peppermint candy-chomping former Wild West outlaw who traded his six-shooters for fangs and immortality to become antihero of the vampire genre.

Scott Snyder and Stephen King split the storytelling duties in this graphic novel, originally published as the first five issues of the Vertigo series. Artist Rafael Albuquerque captures 1920s LA and 1880s Old West outstandingly. The first dozen pages or so are deliciously restrained, a buildup that pays off when Albuquerque unlea
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Vertigo had a serious dream team on their hands Scott Snyder's concept and writing the main story, Stephen King(!) writing the backstory and Rafael Albuquerque with the artwork for both. A very interesting re-imagining of the Vampire story for when it came to he United States from Europe. Can I have an E, for ev-ver-lution! Very cool concept but the stories are all foundations for the rest of the series and feel as such! The lead, outlaw turned American Vampire, Skinner is a whole lot of interes ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, horror
I love stories about the dark underbelly of America, and American Vampire delivers that in blood-red spades with the first volume of this series.

The first American vampire gets made accidentally, when vicious outlaw Skinner Sweet gets a few stray drops of blood on him, and what he becomes isn't a pale, sun-sick, moneyed European vampire but a creature of warped reflection, cavernous jaw, and talon-like fingers. (Seriously, the art here is amazing: Rafael Albuquerque has a way of lending faintly
This is one of those books everyone but me liked. I am not really sure why, but I wasn't impressed.
Cue the booing!

Ok, maybe I am sure. I think the cliched storyline simply didn't do it for me. I found everything seriously predictable. Skinner Sweet's backstory? Boring. Pearl's story? Saw it coming.
I expected more from you Mr.King. And you, Mr.Snyder! Don't think I didn't see you over there...

Despite all attempts, otherwise, I find it seriously lacking in atmosphere. The art would have worked fo
Art the Turtle of Amazing Girth
New take on vampires, I'm digging it.
I think I'll enjoy future entries into the series.

I like Book, he's a grade A bad-ass. Who else can fight the vampiric germ for so long??

Skinner is obviously awesome, and well written,. by both authors.

Miss Pearl Jones, don't cross her, not now, never in life.

And, I wonder what plans Abilene has for her enemies?

Good stuff.
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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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