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About the Author
- ASIN : B0094NBLIO
- Publisher : Vertigo (December 2, 2014)
- Publication date : December 2, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 70245 KB
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- Print length : 158 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #211,080 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Volume 2 collects two story arcs, 'Devil in the Sand', issues 6-9 and 'The Way Out', issues 10 & 11. It also continues the top-notch hardcover collection of what is one of Vertigo's instant classics. The story is definitely worth re-reading and sharing with friends, and these books are built to endure, not just last. The dust-jacket is unusually thick, and the same can be said about the fan-preferred glossy pages.
'Devil in the Sand' takes place 11 years after the first chapter ended. Snyder takes the series to even darker territory, and he also reigns in the action for some old western cop-drama. It manages to be about the main characters Pearl & Skinner, while focusing more on Chief McCogan's story as well. 'Devil in the Sand' concludes in a tragic yet totally awesome way.
In 'The Way Out', a few over-arching concerns catch up with Pearl and Henry such as Pearl's old friend, Hattie and Henry's continued aging. It's probably the most personal chapter in American Vampire so far, as it gives a raw and fresh perspective on love between an immortal vampire and a mortal human.
I love Rafael Albuqueregue's artwork. He shows an almost uncanny command for the building blocks of the comic medium. It's like he just pulls mastered techniques out of his ugh.. thinking cap. 'Devil in the Sand's look has a grittier feel to it, mostly due to beautifully done ink-washing and effective shadowing.
I'd like to point out that guest talent Mateus Santolouco, pencils issues 10 & 11. He does a pretty bang-up job of working with the established design and style for the artwork. Much like Albuquereque, I think Santolouco owes a lot to comic series from the 80's like Grimjack or Swamp Thing.
American Vampire is not a re-vamp(haha.. get it?) of the vampire genre. If anything it's taking the genre back to many of its roots. Skinner has claws and fangs; he's not going to get glitter on your wood stake. (Did I mention it's not for kids?) The series works within vampire lore, and also as a western. The story itself spans across decades of American history. To say it's well written is an understatement. Scott Snyder is a booming talent in the comic industry right now, and this is definitely his first masterpiece. I really can't say much more about Albuquereque, other than he's definitely a name I'm going to follow from now on.
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Much like the first volume, this book features lots of blood in a historical setting with some good characters, some true baddies, and some who aren't yet firmly established in either category yet.
I am in love with Rafael Albuquerque's art. I don't remember the last time I've been as enchanted with the visuals on a graphic novel as I am here. It's a perfect marriage of story and art. After finishing the books, I tend to go right through them a couple of more times just to stare at the pictures.
The story continues with Skinner Sweet and the people he has...met...in his long life.
There is a new kind of vampire and they aren't scared of the sun.
Top reviews from other countries
I wasn't sure if this one was going to be as good as King had dropped out and I didn't know the reason why. After reading it I don't think it has suffered at all. The storyline is captivating and we see some old characters coming back for both storyline's.
The book is split in two. We have one storyline set in Vegas where we get to meet Skinner Sweet and Felicity Book again which I loved. The only complaint I have is that there wasn't enough of the angry vampire (extended fingers and detached jaw) however the storyline and artwork was excellent.
The second story we see what Henry and Pearl have made of themselves and a surprise old character pops back up but I'm not telling you who as I hate spoilers. This was also an excellent addition and again the artwork was fantastic.
I'd struggle to say anything bad about this book. It is a bit smaller than the first one and I did read it pretty quick but I still felt I got my money's worth and as I said earlier it was good enough for me to pick up the rest of them.