Monday, December 30, 2013
Volume 3 Reviews- American Vampire
American Vampire, Volume 3, by Scott Snyder and artwork by Rafael Albuquerque
"Two epic World War II tales in one massive volume! This gorgeous hardcover includes AMERICAN VAMPIRE #12-18 plus the acclaimed 5-issue miniseries SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST!
In the Pacific, Pearl's husband Henry joins a clandestine group on a secret mission to Japan to hunt a new breed of bloodsucker. Meanwhile, Skinner Sweet has plans of his own...
And in Europe, vampire hunters Felicia Book and Cash McCogan go behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Romania in search of a rumored vampire cure.
Blood and bullets abound in this new collection from the Eisner Award-winning series!"
The first story takes us back to Pearl, Henry and Skinner Sweet. It's World War II, and Pearl and Henry are in Hawaii, in hiding, but protected (for now) by the Vassals. Henry, however, yearns to become part of the fight against evil, and he gets his wish when the Vassals request his help in taking out a nest of vampires on the island of Taipan. But Skinner Sweet has secretly infiltrated the platoon and he has plans of his own for Henry. But the Taipan vampires are more than Henry or Skinner bargained for. They are deadly to humans and other vampires, and they convert others to their form lightning fast- through bite only. Anyone bitten is reduced to a mindless blood sucker within minutes! Yikes!
The second tale is focused on Felicia Book and her partner, Cash McCogan. There is a rumor that a Dr. Pavel, a botanist from Romania, has discovered the cure for vampirism. If this is true, Felicia could rid herself of the latent vampire blood in her veins and Cash could cure his transformed son. But although Dr. Pavel has invented some wicked weapons to use against the vampires, his cure is less of a sure thing, and he has some funny ideas about how to solve the whole vampire problem. He seems to think that awakening the oldest, most powerful form of vampire ever seen is a good thing. He might be off his rocker a bit.
The story, as always, is really creative, exciting, and action-packed. The illustrations keep getting even better from volume to volume. American Vampire is beautifully wicked and impossible to put down.
I give it 5 stars!