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American Vampire, Vol. 2

(American Vampire #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  10,997 ratings  ·  430 reviews
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
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Vertigo
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I don't know why I wasn't crazy about it the first time I read it, but I really enjoyed Snyder's story this time around. This volume deals with Henry and Pearl getting a visit from a vampire hunting group, which leads into several other new storylines that include old and new faces.


The plot moved along well and was interesting, and I liked the way the cast is expanding. I enjoyed the way everything sort of jumps around between past and present, and one set of character to another. If it's not d
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror, Vampire, and Historical Fiction Fans
This is the ongoing tale of vampires in America. Volume 2 sticks moves on to the next step in the Wild West theme as modernization hits the West with the rise of Las Vegas and the building of the Boulder (Hoover) Dam. I am really enjoying the historical fiction feel of this vampire story. I think it is really great that I have found many vampire stories in this genre that I have enjoyed (Another example was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – I thought it would be cheesy, but actually pretty good) ...more
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
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, horror, comics, vampires
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
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Now it is true that pop culture is probably oversaturated with vampires (not as much as zombies though, which is a genre that always baffled me for its massive commercial appeal). Going by Stephen King's own introduction alone back in the first volume, you might think he and Scott Snyder reinvented the vampire story--they didn't. But two volumes in for this series, and I can say that this was still a top-grade story, both a fine example of what the vampire genre can offer with its conventions, a
Sam Quixote
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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 Unchain
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
James DeSantis
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
American Vampire continues to be entertaining. I'm glad I gave this series another try.

So this volume is two stories. The first one really focuses on building the world of American Vampire. We get a little town sheriff trying to solve a murder but soon as FBI agents come into play his world explodes with all new threats, VAMPIRES. Who's the main enemy of the town? Well none other than Skinner himself. A glimpse of what Pearl has been up to as well in this storyline of justice and death. The two
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, horror
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
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 Hoove
Travis Duke
good storytelling from Snyder but it is just not that interesting. I want to like this western vampire story more but small issues keep bugging me. The timeline gets a little wonky for me, i don't know i might be lazy but there is a few generations and vol 2 picks up a few decades later. Pearl has moved to the mountains with henry and Skinner sweet is running the town (at least i think he is). Apparently there are feuding clans of vampires all pulling for control or something, Im not really sure ...more
James DeSantis
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
American Vampire continues to be entertaining. I'm glad I gave this series another try.

So this volume is two stories. The first one really focuses on building the world of American Vampire. We get a little town sheriff trying to solve a murder but soon as FBI agents come into play his world explodes with all new threats, VAMPIRES. Who's the main enemy of the town? Well none other than Skinner himself. A glimpse of what Pearl has been up to as well in this storyline of justice and death. The two
Las Vegas and vampires. Not much of a stretch.
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Vampire Comics!
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,
L. McCoy
Woo-hoo! Figured I should go ahead and review volume 2!

What’s it about?
In this second volume of American Vampire, there’s a murder case happening that may involve something related to... VAMPIRES (dun dun dun!)

Why it gets 5 stars:
The story is very interesting.
The art is fantastic!
The characters are interesting (characters we saw in volume 1 as well as some new characters).
There’s a big mystery thing going in this volume and it’s done well!
The horror is well done.
There’s some action that is very
I was supposed to finish the whole series, or at least continue a bit further than this, but this is it for me. It's been a while since I read the first volume, and all the fantastic comics I've experienced since then makes this series seem even more flat. I still like the depiction of vampires, but the art is is sloppy and kind of juvenile. I don't know, I'm just not a fan. There's something off about the heavy linework and bulkiness.

The biggest issue I have is that I don't care about any of th
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gritty and engrossing. A solid instalment to the series.
Carol Storm
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
It's striking how divided I am about this American Vampire series. There are things I really love, and things I really hate. It's hard for me to rate because there are five star moments and one star moments, so once again I had to go with a three.

Things I loved . . .

Much less of Skinner Sweet and his white-trash posturing. He's vulgar and square at the same time, like the Kid Rock of vampires! "I'm Skinner Sweet and that's my name/all my raps sound just the same/like to eat candy, like to drink
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Elizabeth A
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, graphix
Book blurb: 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. This volume collects issues #6-11.

I really like how this vampire story almost reads like historical fiction. A vampire nest in Vegas? Sure explains much no? I liked this one better than the first volume, though am still not enamored with the art style. We spend time with some new characters, and I real
Trina (Between Chapters)
As I said in my review of Volume 1, I read volumes 1 and 2 back to back, which threw me into this story better than if I'd read them solo. By this point I could see how the story was coming together and was more invested. I'm really enjoying this!
Quentin Wallace
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The series is now set in the 30s and we have two storylines in this volume. The first is set in Las Vegas around the time of the construction of the Boulder Dam. We see the vampire war continuing, and some characters both old and new show up. The second storyline shows Pearl's past is hounding her and that vampires can show up anywhere now.

This is a very interesting series and I love the settings. I'm still a little thrown by the whole "Vampire Evolution" but hopefully that will be explained lat
Harsh Kumar
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Keeps getting bloodier and better.
May 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, series
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.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
this series is really good at putting fear and destruction back into vampires. they're horrible and scary. the setting is pretty cool too. I'm so used to either European fancy Lestat like vampires, or modern Twilight ones. the American West setting is pretty unique.

Skinner Sweet is also a real asshole, the kind of character people love to hate.
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'll say it again....They need to make American Vampire into a TV series or a movie!
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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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