Review: American Vampire, Vol. #1 & 2 by Scott Snyder

This volume follows two stories: one written by Snyder and one written by King. Snyder’s story is set in 1920’s LA, we follow Pearl, a young woman who is turned into a vampire and sets out on a path of righteous revenge against the European Vampires who tortured and abused her. This story is paired with King’s story, a western about Skinner Sweet, the original American Vampire– a stronger, faster creature than any vampire ever seen before with rattlesnake fangs and powered by the sun.

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Vol. 1 RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m not a big comic reader, this is literally the 2nd comic I’ve ever read, the first was Unity a few days ago. I typically read fantasy novels, but decided to dabble into some comics when I saw that some of them were available to me via kindle unlimited. When I saw a comic/graphic novel featuring the king of horror himself, Stephen King, about vampires, I had to see what it was all about because I knew it wasn’t going to be a light story.

This is vampires the way vampires should be told, it’s brutal, it’s bloody and it’s absolutely brilliant! I love that it’s more of a vampire vs vampire type of affair instead of the typical vampires vs humans story. The old west, early American setting also gives it a unique feel since it’s not a typical setting you see a vampire story set in, at least in the movies I’ve seen. Rafael Albuquerque did a phenomenal job with the illustrations to bring these stories to life in such an epic way.

Vol. 2 RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Takes place in good ol’ Las Vegas during the depression era 1930’s. This is definitely a lot more explicit themed with some nudity scenes mixed in. We get to meet Sheriff Cash who is investigating a murder spree which reveals some interesting new characters. Skinner Sweet is up to no good, and Pearl and Henry are off trying to live a normal life but old acquaintances are trying to stop that.

This was a great continuation of the story and it will definitely continue to get better as it goes. I just love the grittiness of the story and how gruesome it is. This is how vampire stories are meant to be!

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