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A New York Times best seller! In the first story, series mainstays Skinner Sweet, Pearl and company return to Hollywood in the '50s during the Red Scare. In a time where America was on the lookout for the next Communist threat, was the real danger something far more insidious? A major turning point in American Vampire lore begins here! In the second tale, familiar face and v A New York Times best seller! In the first story, series mainstays Skinner Sweet, Pearl and company return to Hollywood in the '50s during the Red Scare. In a time where America was on the lookout for the next Communist threat, was the real danger something far more insidious? A major turning point in American Vampire lore begins here! In the second tale, familiar face and vampire hunter Felicia Book is "retired" from vampire hunting when she gets called back into action to track down and kill the most powerful vampire of all time. The hunt takes our heroes through post-war Europe, behind the Iron Curtain and into the heart of Russia to track this deadly enemy... Writer Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing) and artist Rafael Albuquerque bring together even more threads to the complex tapestry that is the world of American Vampire. Collecting: American Vampire 28-34, American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares 1-5


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A New York Times best seller! In the first story, series mainstays Skinner Sweet, Pearl and company return to Hollywood in the '50s during the Red Scare. In a time where America was on the lookout for the next Communist threat, was the real danger something far more insidious? A major turning point in American Vampire lore begins here! In the second tale, familiar face and v A New York Times best seller! In the first story, series mainstays Skinner Sweet, Pearl and company return to Hollywood in the '50s during the Red Scare. In a time where America was on the lookout for the next Communist threat, was the real danger something far more insidious? A major turning point in American Vampire lore begins here! In the second tale, familiar face and vampire hunter Felicia Book is "retired" from vampire hunting when she gets called back into action to track down and kill the most powerful vampire of all time. The hunt takes our heroes through post-war Europe, behind the Iron Curtain and into the heart of Russia to track this deadly enemy... Writer Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing) and artist Rafael Albuquerque bring together even more threads to the complex tapestry that is the world of American Vampire. Collecting: American Vampire 28-34, American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares 1-5

30 review for American Vampire, Vol. 5

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    As usual, Scott Snyder's American Vampire continues to kick ass with its gritty, unique take on the vampire mythos. In this collection, we're given two complete story lines and the teaser for a third. In the first two, there's a return to some of my favorite characters in the series. While I enjoy how Snyder continues to branch out by exploring different time periods in American history, as well as the humans and vampires that inhabit them, the characters of Skinner Sweet, Pearl Jones, and Felic As usual, Scott Snyder's American Vampire continues to kick ass with its gritty, unique take on the vampire mythos. In this collection, we're given two complete story lines and the teaser for a third. In the first two, there's a return to some of my favorite characters in the series. While I enjoy how Snyder continues to branch out by exploring different time periods in American history, as well as the humans and vampires that inhabit them, the characters of Skinner Sweet, Pearl Jones, and Felicia Book will always be my favorites. In the first story, Felicia Book is reluctantly drawn back into The Vassals of the Morning Star when a vampiric threat targets her son. But this isn't just any vampire; this is Dracula, the Carpathian king who has lain dormant in the VMS stronghold until freed by the Russians. Of the two stories, this was my favorite as we witness Snyder seamlessly blend the Dracula myth into the world of American Vampire. My one complaint, however, is that the ending is abrupt and somewhat anti-climatic, but this gives me hope that maybe this story isn't as finished as Felicia believes. The second story returns to Pearl Jones, the vampire whose husband, Henry, hangs between life and death after the events in volume 4. In an attempt to save him (and in a story line that somewhat mirrors that of Felicia Book), Pearl agrees to work for the VMS hunting down vampires who may be hiding in the homes of the Hollywood elite (giving an ironic twist to the "Red Scare" of the time period). This is not an easy decision for Pearl as she must team up with the ruthless, sadistic vampire who turned her--Skinner Sweet. Witnessing Pearl grapple with her feelings for Henry and coming to terms with his mortality is one of the strengths of this arc. Finally, we have the third story, which does little more than return us to Abilena Book, mother of Felicia, and a new threat known only as The Gray Trader. Because this issue was published before American Vampire went on hiatus, we'll have to wait for its return in March 2014 to know precisely what this threat is, but there's no doubt that Abilena hasn't settled into old age and she's ready to rumble. Overall, this is a strong collection and I continue to be impressed with Snyder's ability to weave all of these arcs into a story that moves the vampire out of the tired European conventions and into a story as vast and open to possibilities as the American West. Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

  2. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    This is becoming one of my favorite graphic novels. I love the artwork, the storyline (although sometimes feels cliche), the characters, and has the right amount of gore without going overboard. So good!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    Vamptastic! My favorite issue thus far. Storylines include: Dracula vs. Agent Hobbes and the marginalized Firsts Resistance Agent Book, Gus, and the new regime at VMS. Abilena Book, expelled member of VMS and new prophet. The vengeful return of Hattie Hargrove. And my favorite, Pearl and Skinner Sweet teaming up to kick ass. Sweet has plans, so many plans. I’ll leave you with this delicious 18+ Spoiler! (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br Vamptastic! My favorite issue thus far. Storylines include: Dracula vs. Agent Hobbes and the marginalized Firsts Resistance Agent Book, Gus, and the new regime at VMS. Abilena Book, expelled member of VMS and new prophet. The vengeful return of Hattie Hargrove. And my favorite, Pearl and Skinner Sweet teaming up to kick ass. Sweet has plans, so many plans. I’ll leave you with this delicious 18+ Spoiler! (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]

  4. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    This ties up some big storylines that have been happening in a very satisfying way. The first half of the book focuses on Felicia and sadly her push back into the hunt of vampires. It's a sad tale, one of being forced into a life you never want, but one that is given to you. But this closes up a big storyline as well as settles mysterious on certain characters. Second half is about Pearl and her revenge for what has happened to her husband. On top of that Skinner has returned but maybe not how y This ties up some big storylines that have been happening in a very satisfying way. The first half of the book focuses on Felicia and sadly her push back into the hunt of vampires. It's a sad tale, one of being forced into a life you never want, but one that is given to you. But this closes up a big storyline as well as settles mysterious on certain characters. Second half is about Pearl and her revenge for what has happened to her husband. On top of that Skinner has returned but maybe not how you'd expect. This is really pretty damn good. I loved all the stuff with pearl and her growth as a character has been great. The stuff with Felicia is just as good and her growth as a character is amazing. Skinner is still one of my favorite guys to hate yet always enjoy reading. Last but not least the art is still great. Overall some great stuff. This might be the best volume yet. A 4.5 out of 5.

  5. 4 out of 5

    TheVampireBookworm

    Oh yes, vol 5 is still strong. And scary AF. I enjoyed this volume tremendously. Skinner Sweet never disappoints with his cruel secrets, Pearl struggles with leading normal, off-the-grid life and on top of it all the Russian have some business with the one and only Carpathian - Dracula. It was gruesome and entertaining.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Otherwyrld

    Volume 5 of this series breaks the tradition so far of setting each book in a different era. Here we are still in the 1950s, and with two tales that are both being told concurrently. In the first story, we find ourselves in London in 1954, where Agent Hobbes is a witness to a bold scheme to free the most dangerous vampire of all, using a submarine to blow a hole into the London base of the Vassals of the Morning Star, hidden in the piers beneath London Bridge. From there, a trip to Paris to meet Volume 5 of this series breaks the tradition so far of setting each book in a different era. Here we are still in the 1950s, and with two tales that are both being told concurrently. In the first story, we find ourselves in London in 1954, where Agent Hobbes is a witness to a bold scheme to free the most dangerous vampire of all, using a submarine to blow a hole into the London base of the Vassals of the Morning Star, hidden in the piers beneath London Bridge. From there, a trip to Paris to meet former Agent Felicia Book and her young adopted son Gus. Then, it's a wild train ride through the snows of Russia, then an explosive boat journey to Romania. Along the way, we meet Soviet agents, some very old vampires, and get to know Agent Hobbes back story (view spoiler)[right before he sacrifices himself by blowing up the ship he is on (hide spoiler)] . For a story that not only involves Dracula, but also manages to pull in Jack the Ripper, submarine attacks, a vampire resistance, and Reds under the bed, I found this story curiously unengaging. There seemed to be too much travelling and curious jumps from one location to another. There was some nice imagery in some of the panels (blood on snow), but it wasn't enough to be truly great. Apart from one one significant death, and the emergence of Gus's powers, there seems to be little of real consequence occurring in this story. The second story is much better, as it takes us back to Pearl's story. In the last book, her husband Henry has been critically injured by vampires, and Pearl is forced to seek the help of the VMS in Los Angeles. Teamed up with her maker Skinner Sweet (here controlled by a device that can kill him remotely if he misbehaves), they cut a swathe through the Hollywood elite that the VMS suspects is hiding a coven of vampires, only for Pearl to find that the stakes are higher than she thought possible. The story here takes Pearl back full circle to her origins, and features a shock appearance by someone who was once close to her but is now her implacable enemy. The real spanner in the works is Sweet though, as he is playing his own agenda which not only leads him to betray everyone but also (view spoiler)[to have sex with Pearl (hide spoiler)] . Sweet is both at his best and his worst in this story, and for the first time I think I am warming to him as a character. He is a trickster figure who forces change wherever he goes, and you don't have to necessarily like him for this to work as a theme for the series. There is an epilogue where we encounter Abilena Book (Felicia's mother) now an old woman in hiding after being thrown out of the VMS for trying to kill Skinner Sweet. A meeting with a VMS agent brings more questions than answers - who is the Gray Trader, what does Abilena see in her visions(caused by being bitten but not being turned by an American Vampire)and why is she seeing Travis Kidd from the last volume in those visions? Who does she have locked in her cellar? (It's clearly a vampire of some kind but if it is someone we already know, it isn't made clear). These are questions that will no doubt answered in the next book. 2 1/2 stars for the first story, 4 1/2 stars for the second, 4 stars for the epilogue.

  7. 4 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    Best volume yet! What’s it about? I’m not gonna describe what it’s about because just doing that I’d be giving lots of spoilers, even for this volume! Why it gets 5 stars: The story goes on and gets even better and more emotional at times. There’s a miniseries collected in this volume that takes place in the world of American Vampire and it’s a great miniseries! The characters are still very interesting. There’s quite a bit of awesome action. The art is fantastic. There’s a lot of suspense in this volume Best volume yet! What’s it about? I’m not gonna describe what it’s about because just doing that I’d be giving lots of spoilers, even for this volume! Why it gets 5 stars: The story goes on and gets even better and more emotional at times. There’s a miniseries collected in this volume that takes place in the world of American Vampire and it’s a great miniseries! The characters are still very interesting. There’s quite a bit of awesome action. The art is fantastic. There’s a lot of suspense in this volume since it’s partially a mystery, it is a very well done mystery and not a predictable story. The horror is very well done! Overall: It’s hard to describe why I think this is the best volume of the series, I think it’s just because of how the story is going and growing. More turns and interesting things happen making an already amazing story become even more amazing! 5/5

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    A really good volume, but not without its weaknesses. There are three storylines here. The first introduces Dracula. Because can you really build a new vampire mythos without dealing with Dracula? (Probably, but I bet it's more fun if you do.) The buildup to Dracula as a formidable enemy is built up very nicely, and I was very nervous for the protagonists when they finally caught up to him. Sadly, the follow through didn't match that build up. That said, the more human (if you will) story of Fel A really good volume, but not without its weaknesses. There are three storylines here. The first introduces Dracula. Because can you really build a new vampire mythos without dealing with Dracula? (Probably, but I bet it's more fun if you do.) The buildup to Dracula as a formidable enemy is built up very nicely, and I was very nervous for the protagonists when they finally caught up to him. Sadly, the follow through didn't match that build up. That said, the more human (if you will) story of Felicia Book and her "son" is definitely the focus. Which is good, because it is a good story. And I'll be interested to see where this will lead the Vassals of the Morning Star in issues to come. The second story brings us back to Pearl and Henry. Henry has been attacked and nearly killed by vampires, and Pearl is going to help the VMS take them down. And Sweet, who is also working for the VMS, will help her. Now, this was a good story, because it was carried by Pearl and her emotions, especially her feelings for Henry. A few weak spots, but overall a great episode in Pearl's life, with a very effective ending. The last story is very short, more of a teaser for what will probably come in the next book. It brings back Abilena Book, Felicia's mother. Apparently, she has some prophetic abilities now. It also hints at a new character, The Gray Trader. Whatever he is, he feels like bad news. I liked getting a little tease to get me excited about the next volume. As a whole, this is mostly a really good volume in the American Vampire series. Not surprising, since American Vampire has been consistently good, creative and creepy in equal measure. I am very much looking forward to seeing more of this.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Why on earth did I wait so long to keep reading this series?? Loved it 5 stars just ordered the next one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    This was another great addition to the American Vampire mythos. I really enjoyed this one, especially the first story arc. This volume is made up of two distinct concurrent story-arcs. The first one comprises the 5-issue miniseries "Lord of Nightmares." Retired vampire hunter Felicia Book is living in hiding with her son until VMS Agent Linden Hobbes stumbles into their lives. He brings the disturbing news that an ancient faction of the vampire world is attempting to revive the original king of t This was another great addition to the American Vampire mythos. I really enjoyed this one, especially the first story arc. This volume is made up of two distinct concurrent story-arcs. The first one comprises the 5-issue miniseries "Lord of Nightmares." Retired vampire hunter Felicia Book is living in hiding with her son until VMS Agent Linden Hobbes stumbles into their lives. He brings the disturbing news that an ancient faction of the vampire world is attempting to revive the original king of the undead. This story was intense, and had a great ending. The second tale is comprises monthly issues #28-34. Pearl Jones returns to Hollywood in the 1950s. It's a tumultuous time in American history where everyone is on the lookout for Red Communists. Unbeknownst to “normal” people, the real danger comes from the vampires who secretly pull the strings of high society and the entertainment industry. In a surprise and welcome twist, Pearl is called back into duty to fight side-by-side with a new agent – Skinner Sweet. Scott Snyder spins intricate tales that remind me of soap operas where anyone can return from the dead (especially a “dead” vampire!). The reader never knows what characters are going to pop back up. Artists Rafael Albuquerque and Dustin Nguyen continue their outstanding work, creating panels that are simply mesmerizing. Their style isn’t precise, but it is perfect for American Vampire. This volume also contains 14 pages of extra material consisting of variant covers, cover sketches, and character designs, by Greg Capullo, Dave Johnson, Francesco Francavilla, Jock, Dustin Nguyen, and Rafael Albuquerque.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kurt

    The two major stories in this collection bring Snyder's epic into the Cold War, which is a surprising but perfect place to take this already-paranoid series. In the first half, we get another globetrotting adventure with the Vassals of the Morning Star, this time exploring Cold War Europe and paying a proper homage to Bram Stoker's classic tale. The story is chilling and a great addition to the mythology of the series. In the second half, we get an undead version of the Hollywood blacklist, as ou The two major stories in this collection bring Snyder's epic into the Cold War, which is a surprising but perfect place to take this already-paranoid series. In the first half, we get another globetrotting adventure with the Vassals of the Morning Star, this time exploring Cold War Europe and paying a proper homage to Bram Stoker's classic tale. The story is chilling and a great addition to the mythology of the series. In the second half, we get an undead version of the Hollywood blacklist, as our American Vampires begin eliminating movie industry figures who they suspect of being Commun-- sorry, I mean vampires. Again, Snyder works in wry historical assessments with the character moments he's been building for so long, as we see moving developments in the marriage of Pearl and Henry, and the triumphant return of a temporarily-forgotten minor character. I especially love how, even though Skinner Sweet has always been the least interesting character in his own series, Snyder uses him in surprising ways here to pull off a complicated storyline worthy of the societal dread the series means to evoke. I really can't predict where the story will go next, but I intend to follow it for as long as I can.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5 stars The two story arcs contained in this trade contain most of the things that I love about this series. Scott Snyder's writing is on point, as is the art from both Nguyen and Albuquerque. Overall, the story arcs are creepy and atmospheric with strong human emotional elements, and nearly every beloved character makes an appearance. The last issue contained in the volume also sets up the next story arc in a way that makes me anticipate an enjoyable horde horror story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Václav

    This is, so far my most favourite book of AMVAMP. It includes a standalone arc Lord of Terror, which is absolutely awesome and thrilling. It's about one very old vampire, a very powerful one, kept by Vassals in imprisonment for over a century. And this vampire is now being freed. This arc is enclosed, but it resonated in few things in the main storyline. And this book has it categorized in perfect reading order, so you can enjoy it's darkness and gloominess and then jump back to the main line wa This is, so far my most favourite book of AMVAMP. It includes a standalone arc Lord of Terror, which is absolutely awesome and thrilling. It's about one very old vampire, a very powerful one, kept by Vassals in imprisonment for over a century. And this vampire is now being freed. This arc is enclosed, but it resonated in few things in the main storyline. And this book has it categorized in perfect reading order, so you can enjoy it's darkness and gloominess and then jump back to the main line waiting when the consequences of this arc emerge in mainline. And with it, we're going back to Pearl, Henry and Skinner. And this part is a delight too. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Pearl and Henry and especially with Sweet, all the twist and all the thrill. And one merry reunion, which we waited for a long time now. So far in AMVAMP, I enjoyed this book best.

  14. 5 out of 5

    C. Varn

    Snyder, Albuquerque, and Nguyen deliver on three complete arcs set in the late 1950s. The Felicia Book arc is good for Book's character development, but the introduction of Dracula is anti-climatic and feels as if they were setting out Dracula as the big bad but decided to go another route later. Then we return to Pearl Jones' arc as Henry struggles for survival. This leads to Pearl sitting with the Vassals of the Morning Star, but also to my continued frustration with this bloodline: we never g Snyder, Albuquerque, and Nguyen deliver on three complete arcs set in the late 1950s. The Felicia Book arc is good for Book's character development, but the introduction of Dracula is anti-climatic and feels as if they were setting out Dracula as the big bad but decided to go another route later. Then we return to Pearl Jones' arc as Henry struggles for survival. This leads to Pearl sitting with the Vassals of the Morning Star, but also to my continued frustration with this bloodline: we never get enough time with Pearl and Henry for their love to feel earned. The last story, which completes the first cycle of American Vampire, is the introduction to Felicia's mom, Abilena, another line of vampires, and the Gray Trader, who is the "big bad."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    4.5 Stars This may have been my favorite volume so far. The first storyline featured Pearl, Skinner Sweet and the VMS battling a returning familiar foe. Unfortunately we also lose a major character in this storyline. The second one features Dracula (I kinda thought he may turn eventually) and once again we lose a character but its a very dramatic battle as we find out just how evil and powerful Dracula is in the American Vampire Universe. The art was good as always. The series really seemed to hi 4.5 Stars This may have been my favorite volume so far. The first storyline featured Pearl, Skinner Sweet and the VMS battling a returning familiar foe. Unfortunately we also lose a major character in this storyline. The second one features Dracula (I kinda thought he may turn eventually) and once again we lose a character but its a very dramatic battle as we find out just how evil and powerful Dracula is in the American Vampire Universe. The art was good as always. The series really seemed to hit its stride with this volume.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    American Vampire concludes the Pearl/Skinner sweet storyline (or does it?) with this tale called the Blacklist. The real Black List occurred during the 1950's when the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC) went hunting for Communists in Hollywood. In the story, however, the Vassals of the Morning Star (VMS) is looking for vampires. Bringing Pearl's story full circle to the start of the series-she returns to Hollywood to look for Bloch, the vampire who attacked her in the very first story American Vampire concludes the Pearl/Skinner sweet storyline (or does it?) with this tale called the Blacklist. The real Black List occurred during the 1950's when the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC) went hunting for Communists in Hollywood. In the story, however, the Vassals of the Morning Star (VMS) is looking for vampires. Bringing Pearl's story full circle to the start of the series-she returns to Hollywood to look for Bloch, the vampire who attacked her in the very first story and his coven. It seems his coven has managed to find a hiding place amongst the Hollywood crowd. Pearl teams up with Skinner to hunt down and destroy the coven that attacked and nearly killed her husband Henry. It seems the tale ends, but there was a single issue at the end that implies there is something else going on. I can only assume that there is a second series after American Vampire. As much as I enjoyed the series, and even grew to sort-of like Albequerqe's artwork I shall most assuredly try to find it and read it. If you are a vampire fan I suggest you do the same.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nico

    I have some really strong, mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand the Dracula arc was pretty strong, however, it ended weakly. For once, most of the guest artists were really good. And on one hand, this is probably one of the, if not THE, first time a comic book/graphic novel has ever made me cry. However, that sadness is immediately weakened. Right after a certain character dies, that should've been the end of the volume. BUT they introduce a new plot line as soon as that sad one ends. A I have some really strong, mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand the Dracula arc was pretty strong, however, it ended weakly. For once, most of the guest artists were really good. And on one hand, this is probably one of the, if not THE, first time a comic book/graphic novel has ever made me cry. However, that sadness is immediately weakened. Right after a certain character dies, that should've been the end of the volume. BUT they introduce a new plot line as soon as that sad one ends. A plot line that is not finished and fully contained in this volume. So, I thought that was a weak point with the narrative flow. BUT all said and done, this series is really good and although not the best thing I've ever read, it's certainly worth the time it takes. And Skinner Sweet is still an asshole.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Skinner Sweet! Not dead! And Pearl is back! And they're . . . working for VMS? Okay, Snyder, whatever you say. I was a tad disappointed in this one, what with the build up of Dracula & how ultimately his bad vampire self was only around for a short while. Although way to be, Agent Hobbes! If you'd asked me before I read this, I would've told you that of course I wanted Sweet & Pearl to hook up, but when they did - I don't know, it just seemed sort of icky. But although I (know this is the most n Skinner Sweet! Not dead! And Pearl is back! And they're . . . working for VMS? Okay, Snyder, whatever you say. I was a tad disappointed in this one, what with the build up of Dracula & how ultimately his bad vampire self was only around for a short while. Although way to be, Agent Hobbes! If you'd asked me before I read this, I would've told you that of course I wanted Sweet & Pearl to hook up, but when they did - I don't know, it just seemed sort of icky. But although I (know this is the most nit-pickiest problem with a graphic novel ever) cannot stand Sweet's hair cut, I'm pretty happy with all of the artwork, even that of Rafael Albuquerque, who has been known to bug me in the past. It's clearly never going to be as good as it was in Volume One, but I've made my peace with that.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amber Llambias

    Where do I start with this one? Absolutely loved it. I wasn't a fan of bringing Dracula into the story and felt like that part of the story dragged a little. Things picked up when we got back to Pearl's story, which is my favorite part of this whole series. I have never cried from reading a graphic novel, but this one made me do just that. Kudos to the comic god Scott Snyder.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adam M

    This is the first volume that really kind of slowed down for me. It's is not a bad comic, it's not a bad story and it's still totally worth checking out. For me personally: it felt like Snyder was trying to tie up some things for wherever this is going next and set up the next big baddie for this story - all without the usual intensity this title brings. That's not to say that there aren't still a couple surprises and some decent Vampire slayings. I can say the end of this book left my interest This is the first volume that really kind of slowed down for me. It's is not a bad comic, it's not a bad story and it's still totally worth checking out. For me personally: it felt like Snyder was trying to tie up some things for wherever this is going next and set up the next big baddie for this story - all without the usual intensity this title brings. That's not to say that there aren't still a couple surprises and some decent Vampire slayings. I can say the end of this book left my interest piqued and something strange and new is on the horizon. I just don't know that this book had the emotional weight for me that it was clearly intended to.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alondra Miller

    5 Stars Things always go from bad to worse with these characters. Characters trying to live a normal life in a world full of vampires.... o_O ..oh yeah, half of the good guys are vampires....ssooo….. there's that. As I always say, if you haven't started this series, then what are you waiting for??

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tanja L

    This was excellent! I loved the take on the Dracula story. I also liked Pearl and Sweet teaming up, but I wished their relationship was more developed. I think before this volume, they spoke maybe 3-4 times altogether over 30 years, so the depth of feeling from both sides was kind of hard to believe.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Thebadwolf

    This book buttered my croissant.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nick Craven

    Volume five of American Vampire breaks tradition by staying in the same decade as volume four. Volume five ties up a lot of story arcs but opens up a few new ones as well. I'm not ashamed to admit I had a few man tears welling up by the end... This volume of American Vampires continues in the 50's instead of jumping into the 60's. That's fine with me cause I love the 50's and the rate Snyder's kicking these out he'll catch up to modern times shortly if he only does a decade per volume (and I'll b Volume five of American Vampire breaks tradition by staying in the same decade as volume four. Volume five ties up a lot of story arcs but opens up a few new ones as well. I'm not ashamed to admit I had a few man tears welling up by the end... This volume of American Vampires continues in the 50's instead of jumping into the 60's. That's fine with me cause I love the 50's and the rate Snyder's kicking these out he'll catch up to modern times shortly if he only does a decade per volume (and I'll be honest I'm not too keen on seeing Skinner Sweet tweeting threats to Pearl or taking selfies.) The first story centers on the now retired Felicia Book and her adopted son Gus. Even the mention of Gus really makes me miss having Cash around. Anyways the legendary Dracula himself is stolen from the Vassals of the Morning Star headquarters and his influence quickly begins to spread. Book and Gus join agent Hobbes on a mission to stop Dracula before he can begin his onslaught on humanity. This story was decent but should have been a lot better than it was. I never really connected to Book all that much. I felt like the half blood daughter of Skinner Sweets greatest enemy should be a lot more determined and hellbent on revenge. She always seemed bored and just going through the motions like it was a telemarketing job. I like her a little bit better in this story. She works better as an extremely caring mother than she does a vampire slaying badass. The ending of this story was a little emotional as we say goodbye to a long time character but it also raises a ton of questions about Gus and what's next for him. In the second story Pearl returns to Hollywood after a recent vampire attack has left an aging Henry on the verge of death. Leaving Henry in the protection of the Vassals of the Morning Star Pearl sets out with a leashed Skinner Sweet to destroy the coven that attacked Henry. I almost felt like I liked Skinner in this story. No no, not when he was being fake nice because he would be killed if he didn't work for the Vassals but for what he tried to do near the end. He's a horrible monster, make no mistake but at least the man has some integrity! Still Skinner is best when doing what he does best: being a double crossing, back stabbing bastard! and that's how we like him! There's a lot of action in this story and more than a few twists and turns but it ends on a heavy emotional note that somehow made me feel nostalgic about a series I've only been reading for roughly a week. Points to Snyder. The final story was a very short peek at what's to come in American Vampire. We are taken back for the first time in quite awhile to see suspended agent Abilena Book. We get some cool insight into what she's been doing since the second volume and more importantly Snyder grants us a brief look at a possible new villain. Very very fascinating! I cant wait for more! Unfortunately I'm gonna take a little break from American Vampire considering volume six is said to be just a short story collection and is reviewed rather poorly. I'd rather wait until volume 7 comes out so in case six is bad I can roll right into a (hopefully) better volume. If it happens the series goes down the drain from this point on I suppose I could live with that. It was a really fun little run and some of the best graphic novels I've read in a while. This volume could have used some Travis Kidd but beggars can't be choosers! I'll be on standby until volume seven which should be out in a few months! I'm keeping my fingers crossed until then! 4 out of 5 bloody stars!

  25. 5 out of 5

    MissAnnThrope

    23 April 2013 Aww, yeah! So excited to see my favorite bloodsuckers on the cover of American Vampire, Vol. 5. This is yet another impressive installment to a phenomenally kick-ass series. A vampire of legend, some giggity-goo, a betrayal, and a bloody cat-fight - it really doesn't get better than this. Not to mention, a seriously pissed off Pearl is always a delightful sight to see. (view spoiler)[The volume begins with the unleashing of the greatest evil, the prince of darkness himself: Dracula. 23 April 2013 Aww, yeah! So excited to see my favorite bloodsuckers on the cover of American Vampire, Vol. 5. This is yet another impressive installment to a phenomenally kick-ass series. A vampire of legend, some giggity-goo, a betrayal, and a bloody cat-fight - it really doesn't get better than this. Not to mention, a seriously pissed off Pearl is always a delightful sight to see. (view spoiler)[The volume begins with the unleashing of the greatest evil, the prince of darkness himself: Dracula. After a catastrophic event, Agent Hobbes seeks out Felicia Book to aid him in recapturing the king of the Carpathians. I was so excited that we finally get a little peek into Hobbes' backstory and why he's committed his life to taking down vampires. The ending of this chapter is bittersweet. I'm excited for Felicia Book to get back into action, but sad to see the demise of Hobbes. I really wish there were more to this chapter. The rest of the volume focuses on my favorite characters, Skinner Sweet and Pearl Preston, working as a team for the VMS, taking down the vampires responsible for attacking Pearl and Henry. While I love Henry and Pearl together, the dirty little skank in me has always hoped Sweet and Pearl would get it on. Ask and you shall receive. Bow-chika-wah-wah. This chapter is full of heartbreak and betrayal. Henry's goodbye letter to Pearl nearly gutted me. As much as I adore Pearl and Sweet, the last part of this chapter is the true standout of the volume. Visiting Abilena and discovering a new horror that even puts the fear in vampires has me completely intrigued. The Gray Trader looks like he'll be bringing some creepy fun next time. I'm sure I sound redundant because I've said this in every review for the volumes of this series, but THANK GOODNESS FOR SCOTT SNYDER!! I am so grateful for his genius and for saving the vampire genre from emo, sparkly vampire shit. You da man! The time between volumes seem excruciatingly long because I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas morning to hurry up and arrive. With the series going on a break, I'm going to go seriously bonkers waiting for the next volume's release. I'm hoping the much-anticipated The Wake fills the void until then. I'm hoping the next volume will continue the Dracula storyline because his part in this volume was just a teaser for me. I greedily want more. My curiosity is piqued for the mysterious Gray Trader. Also, I can't wait to find out who Abilena is talking to in the shadows. I'm hoping for the impossible that it will be Jim Book because I love his character, and I'd love to see him go to blows with Skinner Sweet again. So many mysteries to unravel next time! Can't wait! (hide spoiler)]

  26. 4 out of 5

    colleen the convivial curmudgeon

    2.5 This was on ok installment with lots of set-up for future happenings. I kept vascillating between giving it 2 or 3 stars but, ultimately, I felt kinda disappointed, overall, so I ended up going with the 2. The first story was about Dracula because, of course. I mean, you can't have world spanning, multi-vampire line story without including ole Drac. It starred Felica Book, her son, and the Vassals. It was ok but, honestly, they build Dracula up to be this big bad that they can't let get loose, 2.5 This was on ok installment with lots of set-up for future happenings. I kept vascillating between giving it 2 or 3 stars but, ultimately, I felt kinda disappointed, overall, so I ended up going with the 2. The first story was about Dracula because, of course. I mean, you can't have world spanning, multi-vampire line story without including ole Drac. It starred Felica Book, her son, and the Vassals. It was ok but, honestly, they build Dracula up to be this big bad that they can't let get loose, and then the final battle was rather anti-climactic. The whole thing was more about Felicia's son and his latent vampirism and what they might mean in stories to come. The second story was the better of the two, and starred Pearl and Sweet - the most interesting characters of the series, imo. It was interesting to see a vampiric take on the whole McCarthy b.s. in Hollywood, and it was cool to see Sweet back in form. I thought that the one scene with Pearl and Sweet was a bit weird, though. I mean, (view spoiler)[I get needing comfort and all, but it seemed out of character for Pearl. I think it was mostly to set-up the whole conflicted Sweet thing - where he tries to be a bigger, badder Big Bad than he truly is (hide spoiler)] - but it could've been handled better, I thought. The last little bit barely qualifies as a story, as is really more set-up, introducing the character of the Gray Trader through a psychic vision of Abilena Book, 'cause she's psychic now. Because reasons. *** Anyway - It is setting up some interesting things, and I'm still on board to see where things go, but it was all set-up and no punch. All I kept thinking was "this is why I prefer stories with set arcs, because there's less filler... "

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sean Carlin

    Scott Snyder concludes his nonlinear tour through American history in this fifth volume of American Vampire, which collects a spin-off miniseries ("Lord of Nightmares"), the final major story arc of the ongoing series' first cycle ("The Blacklist"), and a single-issue coda ("The Gray Trader"). Set in 1950s London, "Lord of Nightmares" is Snyder's take on Dracula, American Vampire–style! Very effective narrative digression-cum-extension with atmospheric art by Dustin Nguyen. Meanwhile, Pearl and Sk Scott Snyder concludes his nonlinear tour through American history in this fifth volume of American Vampire, which collects a spin-off miniseries ("Lord of Nightmares"), the final major story arc of the ongoing series' first cycle ("The Blacklist"), and a single-issue coda ("The Gray Trader"). Set in 1950s London, "Lord of Nightmares" is Snyder's take on Dracula, American Vampire–style! Very effective narrative digression-cum-extension with atmospheric art by Dustin Nguyen. Meanwhile, Pearl and Skinner's story comes full circle in "The Blacklist" as they both find themselves working for the Vassals of the Morning Star back where their association started, in Hollywoodland, this time during the Red Scare -- a term that takes on new meaning in the mythos of American Vampire! Old familiar faces return and longstanding plotlines are resolved in this epic showdown. After tying his sprawling postnarrative saga in a bow in "The Blacklist," Snyder closes on a visit from Gene Bunting (Skinner Sweet "biographer" Will Bunting's nephew) to an aging Abilena Book in New Mexico, 1954, for a dénouement that raises more questions than answers. You didn't think Snyder was going to connect all the dots for you, did you, gentle reader? Where's the fun in that...?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Continuing the series with the 5th volume after a long time, I found it really entertaining. Vol. 5 contains issues #28-34 plus a five issue story titled "Lord of nightmares" where we see illustrator Dustin Nguyen working on his view of Snyder's hit series. "Lord of nightmares" went to more traditional vamp myths with Dracula, happening exclusively in europe. A refreshing change after the california-only comings and goings of the previous chapters. Nguyen's style fits perfectly in the american v Continuing the series with the 5th volume after a long time, I found it really entertaining. Vol. 5 contains issues #28-34 plus a five issue story titled "Lord of nightmares" where we see illustrator Dustin Nguyen working on his view of Snyder's hit series. "Lord of nightmares" went to more traditional vamp myths with Dracula, happening exclusively in europe. A refreshing change after the california-only comings and goings of the previous chapters. Nguyen's style fits perfectly in the american vampire style, giving a good story with a sustainable script. When it comes to the second part of the volume, the continuation of the main arc, it seems more mature and well tied together. We see Pearl Jones and Henry return to complete their fairy tale with a tragic end with Skinner Sweet always lurking in the background shadows. I must admit I didn't "see" the plot twist with the return of a presumed dead character right before the finale. The setting moves to the '50s and the "Red Scare", but it's usage as a plot device is fairly small. Vol. 5 is one of the best of the series, getting a well earned 5/5.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jacobi

    This volume was un-put-downable. So goddamn good! With each volume this series becomes richer and more textured, resulting in a very satisfying read. This volume has two distinct, but impactful, stories in it that just grab you right away and don't let go. Finally introducing Dracula, and the spin they put on that character, and the menacing way he's teased, is just delicious. I cannot wait to see how that plays out. The Pearl story is also really good. It's fun seeing her continue to be the ven This volume was un-put-downable. So goddamn good! With each volume this series becomes richer and more textured, resulting in a very satisfying read. This volume has two distinct, but impactful, stories in it that just grab you right away and don't let go. Finally introducing Dracula, and the spin they put on that character, and the menacing way he's teased, is just delicious. I cannot wait to see how that plays out. The Pearl story is also really good. It's fun seeing her continue to be the vengeful angel of this series. She's the star of this series, not Skinner Sweet. The only thing I would love for these trades to add would be a "the story thus far" type of recap. There are so many players involved, and so many different factions, that it can be a little confusing keeping it all straight. But that is more my memory's fault than a real issue with the book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Xilks

    No spoilers, but this was a sad volume. That being said, I really wish I was reading these back to back. The time delay in the series makes me feel like I'm missing more about the plot details than I should. Maybe I'll have to re-read them later. I'm curious to see how the next book fairs. I have my suspicions about what's going to happen, but I don't want to put out any false leads--and again no spoilers.

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