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Title:
American Vampire. Volume Seven
Author:
Snyder, Scott, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : DC Comics/Vertigo, [2015]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
"Writer Scott Snyder (BATMAN, SWAMP THING) and artist Rafael Albuquerque bring together even more threads to the complex tapestry that is the world of AMERICAN VAMPIRE. When we last saw Pearl in the 1950s, she had lost her love Henry in an attack on the vampire hunting organization, V.M.S., by a coven of Hollywood vampires that nearly wiped the organization off the face of the planet. Devastated and alone, Pearl is determained to leave California and all its painful memories behind. When we meet Pearl again, it is in 1960s Kansas, an era fraught with fear of nuclear war, angry demonstrations, and vast social change. What has changed in the years since the V.M.S. attack and where is Skinner Sweet?"--
General Note:
"Originally published in single magazine form as American vampire : second cycle #1-5"--Tp verso.

American vampire created by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781401248826
Format :
Book

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Writer Scott Snyder (BATMAN, SWAMP THING) and artist Rafael Albuquerque bring together even more threads to the complex tapestry that is the world of AMERICAN VAMPIRE.

When we last saw Pearl in the 1950s, she had lost her love Henry in an attack on the vampire hunting organization, V.M.S., by a coven of Hollywood vampires that nearly wiped the organization off the face of the planet. Devastated and alone, Pearl is determained to leave California and all its painful memories behind.

When we meet Pearl again, it is in 1960s Kansas, an era fraught with fear of nuclear war, angry demonstrations, and vast social change. What has changed in the years since the V.M.S. attack and where is Skinner Sweet?

Collects AMERICAN VAMPIRE CYCLE TWO #1-6.


Author Notes

Scott Snyder is a multiple award-winning and bestselling American writer known for his 2006 short story collection Voodoo Heart, and his work in comic books, including American Vampire, Detective Comics, Batman, Batman: Gates of Gotham and Swamp Thing. Snyder graduated from Brown University in 1998 with a degree in creative writing, and then worked at Walt Disney World for about a year. Snyder's Disney World stint strongly influenced his writing; he later recalled, "it did a world of good for my writing. Snyder received his MFA from Columbia University in 2002. His first collection of stories, Voodoo Heart, was published by the Dial Press in June 2006 to highly positive reviews. The collection received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and was a Kirkus Reviews "Hot Debut" of the year. Stephen King picked two of the included stories"Wreck" and "Dumpster Tuesday"for the 2007 The Best American Short Stories anthology shortlist. Voodoo Heart was shortlisted for The Story Prize in 2006. In 2009, Snyder began writing for Marvel Comics. His first foray into the genre was a one-shot focusing on the first Human Torch, part of Marvel's 70th anniversary celebrations. Since September 2011, Snyder has been writing both Batman and a new Swamp Thing ongoing series as part of The New 52, DC Comics' company-wide relaunch of all of its titles. Snyder will co-write Talon, a spin-off of the "Court of Owls" storyline in Batman, which will focus on a rogue Talon from the Court. In 2013 his title Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (the New 52) made The New york Times Best Seller List. Batman - Death of the Family Mask made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

It would be entirely understandable if no one wanted to read another vampire book ever again. It would be a shame, though, to miss this one. The story centers on an Old West outlaw named Skinner Sweet, who, in death, made the evolutionary leap to a whole new breed of bloodsucker: one who thrives in the sun, is impervious to the traditional slaying methods, and is a definite threat to the ensconced European vamps exploiting the American West. Writers Snyder and King (penning his first comic) swap chapters back and forth to tell a dual narrative of antihero Skinner's backstory and a flapper-era Hollywood gal he helps out (and infects, naturally) decades later. Curiously, by reinventing vampires for the umpteenth time, Snyder and King have transported them right back to the beginning, squarely in the wheelhouse of bloody, scary horror. Albuquerque's sinuous, raggedly shaded artwork supplies great period frills with a distinctive sheen for each time frame and piercing, grisly chills. Smart, literary even, this series looks to be the cure for the plague of feyness among modern vampires.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Early 20th-century America is a fitting setting for this horror drama about confronting old traditions. Two linked stories follow a woman and a man. Snyder's tale centers on Pearl Jones, an aspiring actress in 1925 Los Angeles. When Pearl chases what she believes could be her big break, it results in her being left for dead in the desert. King's piece involves antihero Skinner Sweet, a notorious outlaw in 1880 Colorado. Under arrest and en route to his execution, Skinner's escape attempt is foiled by the unexpected presence of a vampire robber baron. Both Pearl and Skinner find themselves afflicted with a vampiric curse, but one that's been altered by their native soil. The two make quick enemies of the older, jealous European bloodlines of vampires that have carved up the spoils of the American west. Violent retribution follows as each refuses to be a pawn of the established order. Albuquerque's art holds back the horror and grotesque elements until the moments when they're most needed, making those scenes shocking and effective. The pacing is slowed by presenting two simultaneous introductory stories. But seeing how Pearl and Skinner deal differently with the monsters they've become and the monsters out to destroy them makes compelling reading. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Snyder and master novelist King tell the story of Skinner Sweet, a bank robber and murderer who terrorizes the American West before he is turned into a vampire. Sweet is a new breed of monster who can walk freely in the sun and is unaffected by water, plus he's stronger and faster than his Old World brethren. Sweet's origin is only half of the story. Pearl is a young woman trying to make it big as an actress in 1925 Los Angeles. Sweet turns her into a vampire after she narrowly survives being a meal for the vile creatures. Snyder and King don't fully avoid the tropes and stereotypes of vampire fiction. A desire to retain one's humanity, the sympathetic human lover, and vampires-as-mobsters are all present here. However, Albuquerque's art is bold and strong, and the violence is uncompromising. Verdict Hard-core horror fans who tire of Byronic vampire heroes will find a new favorite character in Skinner Sweet. Fans of the Weird West and/or Hollywood noir have something to like here, too.-M. Brandon Robbins, Wayne Cty. P.L., Goldsboro, NC (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-Billed as "a new vampire for a new century," American Vampire takes traditional stories and reinvents them with a Western flair. In 1880, a criminal named Skinner Sweet is accidentally transformed into a vampire when the blood of a European vampire splashes onto him as he dies. Nobody realizes that Skinner is still alive in his grave-certainly not the men who try to find his coffin years later and learn the horrifying truth just moments before their deaths. Skinner is reborn as the next stage in vampire evolution, a creature who is energized by the sun rather than threatened by it, thus having the distinct advantage of being able to hunt in daylight. As King explains in his introduction, he was asked by Snyder to write a blurb and ended up writing Skinner Sweet's backstory as well. The book contains both stories; Snyder's story, which begins in the 1920s, and King's story, which begins in the 1880s. Thus readers see Skinner both as a human and as a new breed of vampire, and they see how his attitudes and abilities change after his transformation. They also meet Pearl Jones, a young woman who dreams of becoming a famous actress but who discovers that Los Angeles is even more dangerous than she expected. Albuquerque's illustrations are vibrant and colorful, and he uses a unique method of overlapping panels to great effect. His artwork is superbly suited for Snyder's and King's gruesomely imaginative tales.-Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.