How did I get it: The library.
Why did I read it: I loved volume 1 and 2 of American Vampire so I just had to get volume 3 as soon as it came out.
How I would rate it: 5 out of 5 stars.
This volume of the critically acclaimed series follows the star of American Vampire, Pearl, and her husband, Henry, as he is recruited by a mysterious group of vampire hunters, and head to World War II Japan to find a new breed of blood sucker. But what does the notorious vampire Skinner Sweet have to do with it?
Review: Without a doubt, this is one of the best graphic novels of 2012.
Divided into three separate parts, the scope, the horror, and the plot of American Vampire volume 3 were all top notch. I also loved all of the characters, particularly Pearl, Henry, Felicia, and Cash. “Strange Frontier” shed even more light on Sweet and also how it would feel for humans to be at the end of the era with no role left to serve outside of as a sideshow attraction. “Ghost War” dealt with Vietnam and a new strain of vampires that looked like H.R. Giger’s Aliens. It was so much fun and, as always, Pearl and Henry’s love for one another was very touching. “Survival of the Fittest” featured vampire Nazis, which was really cool, and the action was really engaging. The ending was incredibly sad in several ways, but fitting in keeping with the tone of the series thus far. I can’t wait to see what comes of certain revelations about vampire species, and what new plot points lie ahead for the all the timelines being explored.
In conclusion, awesome! For those who long for fiction where vampires are menacing, complicated, and just plain entertaining, I heartily recommend reading the American Vampire series ASAP.
- American Vampire vol. 1 by Scott Snyder and Stephen King
- American Vampire vol. 2 by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque