American Vampire (Vol #2) Comic Book Review

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.


Volume One of American Vampire was quite jarring, having two different authors - Scott Snyder and Stephen King. Stephen has left after the first volume however which really helped the story flow better but I did still find myself confused towards the middle. The introduction of new characters made the story more interesting at first, but became quite cliched towards the end of their stories.

The story picks up years after the first volume, so I can presume we'll be following Pearl and Snyder right across the 20th century, as I had hoped. Switching the focus to Cashel, a Police Chief with a heavy workload and a pregnant wife at home was a really smart move and I was quickly engaged. Unfortunately I did grow tired of hearing "but Vampires don't exist!".

I'm not sure about Skinner yet. When we first meet him in volume one he's very King of Evil, bad guy in a suit? Very that. Then when we meet Pearl he's almost likeable, he becomes this sort of.. cheeky Crowley from Supernatural likeable. In Volume two he's just plain evil for the heck of it. I hope we see his character a little more fleshed out in Volume Three because "vampire who eats candy" just isn't good enough.

The sort of ending to his story (more the first part of his story) quickly became a bit of a mess, very cliched and predictable. Also I was a little confused as to what was happening. However the last two issues of the volume got the story going again with the introduction of an old enemy and left me wanting to pick up the next volume as soon as possible.


3/5



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