Why did I read it: I loved American Vampire v. 1. (This will also count towards my Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge for 2011.)
How I would rate it: 5 out of 5 stars.
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, young police Chief Cash McCogan has watched his native city of Las Vegas go from cow-town to wild, glittering boomtown. And when the bodies of prominent businessmen start showing up drained of blood, Chief McCogan finds himself facing a threat much darker and deadlier than anything he could have imagined . . . and the only sure bet in town is that Skinner and Pearl are right in the thick of it.
Review: I have to admit that, as quick as I was to check this out, I was also worrying that volume 2 of American Vampire would be a disappointment. As I started reading, I found myself becoming somewhat concerned with the directions the storylines seemed to be taken or that Snyder would fall back on obnoxious clichés. I was, of course, entirely wrong. This was just as good, gorey, and amazing at volume 1 with that added perk of being a tad more heartfelt at times. Even the artist changing halfway through the issues didn’t take away from my enjoyment and that rarely if ever is the case when I’m reading graphic novels.
I really don’t want to share much because I wouldn’t want to spoil anything important to the actual plotlines. Without giving much away, I can share that there’s a shift here from the issues of the 1880s and 1920s. Instead the vampires are dealing with 1930s, the Depression, and the fact that –due to being incredibly old– they have money to use in order to manipulate even more humans than before. And let me whet your appetite further by telling you that this volume introduced another type of vampire that does the whole giant gruesome bat thing when hunting. Learning the truth behind its actions as well as its identity was so unexpectedly neat as well as touching. As for the regular cast, Skinner Sweet was his usual awful self and Pearl took names and kicked rear once again. I also greatly enjoyed seeing more of Henry, Pearl’s man, and meeting Sheriff Cash McCogan who I’m sure will be back in volume 3. Or so I hope.
In conclusion, absolutely awesome! I could not be more thrilled that volume 2 was just as good as the first installment. I am totally addicted to this series now and will be hunting down single issues in the very near future.