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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. When we meet Pearl again, it is in 1960’s Kansas, an era fraught with fear of nuclear war, angry demonstrations and vast social change. But what has changed in the years since the V.M.S. attack? And where is 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. When we meet Pearl again, it is in 1960’s Kansas, an era fraught with fear of nuclear war, angry demonstrations and vast social change. But what has changed in the years since the V.M.S. attack? And where is Skinner Sweet? Collecting: American Vampire: Second Cycle 1-5


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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. When we meet Pearl again, it is in 1960’s Kansas, an era fraught with fear of nuclear war, angry demonstrations and vast social change. But what has changed in the years since the V.M.S. attack? And where is 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. When we meet Pearl again, it is in 1960’s Kansas, an era fraught with fear of nuclear war, angry demonstrations and vast social change. But what has changed in the years since the V.M.S. attack? And where is Skinner Sweet? Collecting: American Vampire: Second Cycle 1-5

30 review for American Vampire, Vol. 7

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    Gasp! New bad guy. So... I always enjoy Skinner Sweet and Pearl Jones on the same team but the writers are trying too hard with this new über bad guy. Our last apex baddie was Dracula, and that made sense. This storyline felt clumsy and labored. But the art was consistently above average so 3 stars. Gasp! New bad guy. So... I always enjoy Skinner Sweet and Pearl Jones on the same team but the writers are trying too hard with this new über bad guy. Our last apex baddie was Dracula, and that made sense. This storyline felt clumsy and labored. But the art was consistently above average so 3 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alondra Miller

    5 Stars The evolving vampires and the thing they evolved from. What is it's true face?? The gray man?? May? What happened at that mine?? What did that woman give birth to?? I love the direction this series is going. We have been slowly going there since the first book; but now, things are ramping up.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    The American Vampire legends continue. In this installment we witness vampires in hiding similar to the Underground Railway to get slaves out of slave states in America back in the day and tales of something deep underground which might hint to the origins of vampires yet is arguably too horrible to contemplate. Vibrant, shadowy and bloody artwork as usual. OVERALL GRADE: B plus.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    ARC provided through Net Galley SO happy I didn't have to wait long to read this! I should really stop reading this series until all of the issues are out because I have so much trouble containing my excitement both before reading each volume and immediately afterwards when I have to wait for the next one. American Vampire is one of those series that just hits all the right spots and endlessly leaves you wanting more. Volume 7 is no exception and I’m possibly more excited for the upcoming volume ARC provided through Net Galley SO happy I didn't have to wait long to read this! I should really stop reading this series until all of the issues are out because I have so much trouble containing my excitement both before reading each volume and immediately afterwards when I have to wait for the next one. American Vampire is one of those series that just hits all the right spots and endlessly leaves you wanting more. Volume 7 is no exception and I’m possibly more excited for the upcoming volumes than I was for the previous ones. In this volume, Pearl and Skinner have parted ways after their uneasy truce at the end of Volume 5. Pearl has made a life for herself at her old Kansas home rescuing runaways on the run from predators while Skinner has been preying on drug dealers and smugglers along the Mexican border. Both get dragged into the emerging fight with a creature known as the Grey Trader whose 150 year old plans are finally being set into motion. The Grey Trader looks to be a very interesting villain and there’s a dark connection between him and the other vampires, including Pearl and Skinner. Pearl and Skinner are some of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever grown attached to and Skinner continues to surprise me. He’s such a piece of crap and yet…somehow ends up doing the right thing for all the wrong reasons. I’m clearly just a sucker for the anti-hero/part-time villain characters. After the last pages in this volume, I’m scared for both Skinner and Pearl but cannot wait to see them go up against this Grey Trader. The ending felt like such a tease because it’s setting up for the building confrontation so I’m now unbearably excited and also depressed at the thought of waiting for the next volume. If you like horror and graphic novels, there are few series as good as American Vampire and this was another volume I’d highly recommend!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Randy Lander

    The delays and change of artist have me a little nervous about the future of this book. The writer and artist are both busy, and the plot is starting to feel less focused as we go on. This volume introduces an interesting new status quo for the '60s and a frightening new foe, but it feels like half a chapter of an unfinished story, rather than a volume in an ongoing series.. Lots to like here, but it's not a satisfying chunk of story and probably shouldn't have been published until there was mor The delays and change of artist have me a little nervous about the future of this book. The writer and artist are both busy, and the plot is starting to feel less focused as we go on. This volume introduces an interesting new status quo for the '60s and a frightening new foe, but it feels like half a chapter of an unfinished story, rather than a volume in an ongoing series.. Lots to like here, but it's not a satisfying chunk of story and probably shouldn't have been published until there was more story to collect.

  6. 5 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    So American Vampire: Second Cycle begins here and is good... but not as good as the series usually is. What’s it about? Vampires are being hunted down across America and Pearl Jones is helping some vampiric kids stay safe while some really crazy s*** happens with them and Skinner Sweet is now a biker... like the motorcycle kind of biker. Pros: The story is interesting. The art is still fantastic. The action is very exciting, cool and well done. This book is not predictable. The horror is well done. The c So American Vampire: Second Cycle begins here and is good... but not as good as the series usually is. What’s it about? Vampires are being hunted down across America and Pearl Jones is helping some vampiric kids stay safe while some really crazy s*** happens with them and Skinner Sweet is now a biker... like the motorcycle kind of biker. Pros: The story is interesting. The art is still fantastic. The action is very exciting, cool and well done. This book is not predictable. The horror is well done. The characters are still interesting. This volume mainly focuses on Skinner, Pearl and some vampire kids, they’re all pretty interesting. The Skinner Sweet as a biker thing really works! Cons: There’s a story at the end that does something that annoys the s*** out of me. Mixing comics and prose. Some people think it’s cool, I personally hate it. I think if somebody is gonna write a book they should pick a format for it and tell the story that way for the entire book! The vampire oppression thing for some reason just doesn’t... I dunno... I guess I’m just not really diggin’ that part of the story. It’s kinda interesting but first of all, (it at least seems like) there’s quite a time gap between volume 5 (volume 6 was mainly an anthology type deal) and volume 7 so there’s a fair bit missing and unless I missed something in the previous volumes it kinda came out of nowhere or at least really seemed like it. Overall: Good volume, I really enjoyed it, I just had a couple of minor issues. I’m still loving this series and looking forward to reading the final volume! 4/5

  7. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

    I was hooked on the American Vampire series from the word go. I love the dangerous, scary, vampires who are not, I repeat not, pining away romantically for anyone. (With one non-obnoxious exception.) I love the savage artwork. I love the new take on vampire mythology, and the progression of the story through recognizable history. It's all awesome. But I have to admit that the last couple of collected volumes have been wanting something. They were still good, but that sparkle had diminished a lit I was hooked on the American Vampire series from the word go. I love the dangerous, scary, vampires who are not, I repeat not, pining away romantically for anyone. (With one non-obnoxious exception.) I love the savage artwork. I love the new take on vampire mythology, and the progression of the story through recognizable history. It's all awesome. But I have to admit that the last couple of collected volumes have been wanting something. They were still good, but that sparkle had diminished a little. I was worried. I'll admit it. But with volume 7, American Vampire is back. With a vengeance. Details are sketchy, but there's a new vampire in town, and he's the biggest, scariest species around. The rules are changing, and once again we get to see Pearl and Skinner team up. (Always a favorite.) I can't wait to see what's next. **A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Milliebot

    As usual, I can't get enough of these vampires! The story (finally!) continues following Pearl Jones and Skinner Sweet as they deal with an even older and more dangerous threat than the traditional Carpathian vampires. Volume six was an interlude of short stories, and while I enjoyed it, the lack of the main story drove me crazy! I can't keep waiting a year to find out what happens - I need more of this work in my life! Naturally I was excited about this next installment and I devoured it and no As usual, I can't get enough of these vampires! The story (finally!) continues following Pearl Jones and Skinner Sweet as they deal with an even older and more dangerous threat than the traditional Carpathian vampires. Volume six was an interlude of short stories, and while I enjoyed it, the lack of the main story drove me crazy! I can't keep waiting a year to find out what happens - I need more of this work in my life! Naturally I was excited about this next installment and I devoured it and now, as usual, I'm left hungry for more, wondering how I can survive another year on this cliffhanger!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Mixed feelings. On one hand, this volume does introduce a new foe, one that's both imaginative, suited for Snyder's vampires, and a convincing threat. I still like his vampires, incidentally. But this particular volume doesn't feel like a complete story so much as a prologue. And I miss the sense that the story is set in a particular time period. This volume felt much more timeless. But for me, part of the appeal of the series was watching the vampires through the decades. Very cool use of old s Mixed feelings. On one hand, this volume does introduce a new foe, one that's both imaginative, suited for Snyder's vampires, and a convincing threat. I still like his vampires, incidentally. But this particular volume doesn't feel like a complete story so much as a prologue. And I miss the sense that the story is set in a particular time period. This volume felt much more timeless. But for me, part of the appeal of the series was watching the vampires through the decades. Very cool use of old school country rhinestones, though.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bandit

    Well, I've read 6, might as well read the 7th. This one features more plot development and a terrifying new something to be afraid of. The bonus story is really great, executed in a somewhat different style with higher word count than normal and yet just as effective. For any real vampire fans out there, these stories are a must. Recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    First, I feel like I should have wrapped up this series awhile ago. Mea culpa on dragging my feet. This is a series that I enjoy a good deal, but like Bill Willingham's Fables there were times when the series dragged for me. This volume was a bit of walking through mud to finish. I nearly two starred this review, I even thought about a one star, but I started volume eight last night and so far the problems I have with this volume seem to be resolved come the second half of the story (so far anyw First, I feel like I should have wrapped up this series awhile ago. Mea culpa on dragging my feet. This is a series that I enjoy a good deal, but like Bill Willingham's Fables there were times when the series dragged for me. This volume was a bit of walking through mud to finish. I nearly two starred this review, I even thought about a one star, but I started volume eight last night and so far the problems I have with this volume seem to be resolved come the second half of the story (so far anyway). I feel I have to mention the above because the whole concept and use of the Gray Trader was not working for me, especially as big bad. In fact, I think one of the pluses of this title has been the lack of a big bad. I though Snyder wasn't giving me a reason to be invested in the Gray Trader. A technical issue for me was the excerpts from a book the VMS had located. Reading those portions on the tablet was a strain on my eyes, and while important story information is revealed, I couldn't wait to complete those pages. For regular readers we do catch up on events with Skinner and Pearl (one of my favorite characters in the series). So i really think you need to read this to enjoy the next volume, but I don't think that most will enjoy this as much as prior volumes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This volume finds us in the 60s with the familiar cast of Pearl and Skinner Sweet, but we are introduced to new villain known was "The Grey Trader." Still not entirely sure what he is, but it looks like its the very first vampire ever and it wants to infect all of the other vampires and turn them into his goblin like minions. This is more the set up for a story than the actual story, so I'm curious to see what happens next.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    It's baaaaack. After a volume of random anthologies, AmVamp is back and firing on all cylinders. This story picks up 10 years after the end of volume 5, with Skinner and Pearl trying to get along with their lives, only to find themselves in the crosshairs of the Gray Trader and his evil plans to resurrect...something horrible, no doubt. The mythos is getting even more interesting, but Snyder keeps Pearl and Skinner (as well as some other fan favourite characters) front and centre as the mystery d It's baaaaack. After a volume of random anthologies, AmVamp is back and firing on all cylinders. This story picks up 10 years after the end of volume 5, with Skinner and Pearl trying to get along with their lives, only to find themselves in the crosshairs of the Gray Trader and his evil plans to resurrect...something horrible, no doubt. The mythos is getting even more interesting, but Snyder keeps Pearl and Skinner (as well as some other fan favourite characters) front and centre as the mystery deepens, and the Trader makes himself known. Alberquerque's artwork is as impressive as always, and the fill-in work from Matias Bergara on issue 5 is very fitting for the ye olde story that he tells, and compliments Scott Snyder's prose (something you don't see in comics very often, fairly obviously, so it's a big deal when it does pop up) very well. More, dammit, more!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    Ehhhhhhh. So compared to the previous volumes, it's lost a substantial amount of momentum. And it was rather thin. Probably the second thinnest of the volumes. It was still good, but definitely not great. I'm sure I'll stick with this series. But the tagline for the next one is "American Vampires venture to the deadliest of frontiers: space!" I'm just not sure I can handle that because it sounds gut-wrenchingly tacky. But we will have to wait and see.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Václav

    I didn't know what to expect from the second cycle. But I kind of like it. The story changed a bit, maybe culminated over the time to some finale. I can't decide if the change in art is a good or bad thing, but it still looks like Vertigo-ish, dark, saturated colours, but not bright. The colouring looks little splashy and with rough fast strokes, but it that way it very well captures movement and dynamic (and chaos). Overall, I can say I enjoyed it, both the "current" events and the historic fla I didn't know what to expect from the second cycle. But I kind of like it. The story changed a bit, maybe culminated over the time to some finale. I can't decide if the change in art is a good or bad thing, but it still looks like Vertigo-ish, dark, saturated colours, but not bright. The colouring looks little splashy and with rough fast strokes, but it that way it very well captures movement and dynamic (and chaos). Overall, I can say I enjoyed it, both the "current" events and the historic flashback (and that was some creepy shit) and in conclusion, only one thing that annoyed is the short length. Even if there was quite a lot reading, I strolled through pages in no time and in the end I felt there should be more. I hope this will not happen with next, final book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    TheVampireBookworm

    OK. It's really going downhill. The thing is, reading this second time around I knew what characters would appear and therefore I tried to read attentively the previous volumes for the hints. But there weren't any hints that this would happen which means the authors probably didn't know they would write the new character who is supposed to be the oldest of them all. So the retrospectives given now feel forced because if they appeared throughout the series, it would make much more sense.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was a really interesting storyline but it was way too short. I didn't realize until I was reading that this is 'Cycle 2' of American Vampire and im not entirely sure what that means going forward.

  18. 5 out of 5

    colleen the convivial curmudgeon

    Several years after the other American Vampire stories, Pearl and Skinner once more find themselves pseudo-allies in a fight against the first vampire. Skinner is off being Skinner, while Pearl is running a home for refuge vampires, trying to find them homes with others of their various kinds. But when Pearl takes in a girl who's been attacked, and Skinner himself gets attacked by the first vampire, things take a turn for the worse, and the 2 are left running for their lives. How will things end? Several years after the other American Vampire stories, Pearl and Skinner once more find themselves pseudo-allies in a fight against the first vampire. Skinner is off being Skinner, while Pearl is running a home for refuge vampires, trying to find them homes with others of their various kinds. But when Pearl takes in a girl who's been attacked, and Skinner himself gets attacked by the first vampire, things take a turn for the worse, and the 2 are left running for their lives. How will things end? Let's find out in the next installment... Duh duh DUH!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shafiya Mū (Yon Nyan)

    Damn, this series is fucking dark and so fantastically written. Plus, the stunning cinematic artwork is just... damn.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    As usual the illustrations are on point. For the majority of the story we are following Pearl whose taken to running a safe harbor of sorts for vampires passing through looking a spot to rest their heads before they can be off to start a new life. One night Pearl happens across a scared, young vamp with mysterious infectious wounds. How and what caused these wounds is the same thing that has Skinner sweet showing up at Pearl home for assistant. When something has badass vampire Skinner Sweet runn As usual the illustrations are on point. For the majority of the story we are following Pearl whose taken to running a safe harbor of sorts for vampires passing through looking a spot to rest their heads before they can be off to start a new life. One night Pearl happens across a scared, young vamp with mysterious infectious wounds. How and what caused these wounds is the same thing that has Skinner sweet showing up at Pearl home for assistant. When something has badass vampire Skinner Sweet running scared you know things and times must be more dangerous then previously thought. Even though my two favorite characters were present my favorite part of the book was that The Miner's Journal , the story of William Dodgeman experience at a mining camp.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Scott Waldie

    Volume 7 moves ahead to the 1960s, the 'Second Cycle' storyline begins, and Pearl is running a vampire refugee house while Skinner is back to being an outlaw...only now on a motorcycle. There is a new big bad who was hinted at prior, and although it's frightening and well implemented, it does stretch the credibility of the series a little, since it moves away a little from the practical, multiple species of vampire to a more ancient threat with a power level far beyond the others. That said, thi Volume 7 moves ahead to the 1960s, the 'Second Cycle' storyline begins, and Pearl is running a vampire refugee house while Skinner is back to being an outlaw...only now on a motorcycle. There is a new big bad who was hinted at prior, and although it's frightening and well implemented, it does stretch the credibility of the series a little, since it moves away a little from the practical, multiple species of vampire to a more ancient threat with a power level far beyond the others. That said, this is still a pretty good storyline, a relief after reading the prior anthology. I especially liked the last issue in here where Gabe Bunting's investigation collides with an illustrated journal that Snyder uses to help fill in the tale, it's pretty frightening.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amedine Amedine

    As good as it gets.. It surprised me that we didn't get a hint from vol 5.. things in vol 7 are not shackled to the 5th.. It's like a new different story with the same main characters.. It could've been better if we got cues from the previous volume.. on what's gonna be like next.. I am satisfied that Skinner character is still solid and original.. the same goes for Pearl Jones.. The destiny of American vampire is related to the two of them.. facing this new treat of malicious species with Sweet As good as it gets.. It surprised me that we didn't get a hint from vol 5.. things in vol 7 are not shackled to the 5th.. It's like a new different story with the same main characters.. It could've been better if we got cues from the previous volume.. on what's gonna be like next.. I am satisfied that Skinner character is still solid and original.. the same goes for Pearl Jones.. The destiny of American vampire is related to the two of them.. facing this new treat of malicious species with Sweet getting infected.. A lot will happen from now on!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Volume 7 expanded the world, adding new baddies and lots more plot to play with. Glad I can rely on this series to deliver the goods.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nico

    this one more than makes up for volume 6 being so lackluster. I'm sad it ends on 2 different cliffhangers, but I hope volume 8 comes out soon. the art is good as always.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Daryl

    Volume 7 of the series opens with a scene in 1811 that sets up something that doesn't get resolved in this collection. After a couple of pages, the scene switches to 1965 where the main story of this volume is set. Pearl Jones is in Kansas where she is running a shelter for refugee and runaway vampires. Skinner Sweet shows up, too. The mystery of the Gray Trader deepens, as he shows up to attack Pearl's refugees, and there's some discussion of the originator of the whole vampire/abomination mess Volume 7 of the series opens with a scene in 1811 that sets up something that doesn't get resolved in this collection. After a couple of pages, the scene switches to 1965 where the main story of this volume is set. Pearl Jones is in Kansas where she is running a shelter for refugee and runaway vampires. Skinner Sweet shows up, too. The mystery of the Gray Trader deepens, as he shows up to attack Pearl's refugees, and there's some discussion of the originator of the whole vampire/abomination mess in the first place. Our "heroes" are eventually driven out and flee to what they think is safety. The final story in this volume is a completely different take, with a member of the vassals of the morningstar looking for an old "mine" that might hold a key to the origin of the species alluded to earlier. The art in this story is by Matias Bergara (regular series artist Rafael Albuquerque does the rest) and is lovely and lighter than the rest. Good stuff, and we're left with lots of loose ends with only one volume left in the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    This starts the second 'Season' of American Vampire. We pick up with Skinner and Pearl a few years in the future, getting a first taste of a vicious new/old enemy. The new creature is a frightening vision, even in what little glimpses we get of it, and the stakes definitely feel raised. It's interesting to see how Pearl and Skinner have gone on their separate roads, but it makes sense for them to reconnect here. The art is strong, and the action and plotting all powerful, although the pages of a This starts the second 'Season' of American Vampire. We pick up with Skinner and Pearl a few years in the future, getting a first taste of a vicious new/old enemy. The new creature is a frightening vision, even in what little glimpses we get of it, and the stakes definitely feel raised. It's interesting to see how Pearl and Skinner have gone on their separate roads, but it makes sense for them to reconnect here. The art is strong, and the action and plotting all powerful, although the pages of a legendary journal slow down the story in the final issue (but the story built around them more than justify their inclusion). I was a little afraid I'd be lost coming back to the series after a while, but this works as a good jumping on point and does a serviceable job of providing all the necessary backstory. It's definitely worth reading.

  27. 5 out of 5

    M. Ashraf

    The saga continues a new story, need to up the game, a new species, a dangerous one, the original infection O.K but why we need to mention the devil and a pit in the ground to do so :/ :/ :/ just red and blood and hell fire maybe. The Gray Trader is interesting though; the artwork, the voices from the past; the creepy air creatures :/ :/ meh not so much! Skinner's infection was not that much of a twist you sense it the moment he shows up at Pearl's. OK story gonna see it conclude in the next volum The saga continues a new story, need to up the game, a new species, a dangerous one, the original infection O.K but why we need to mention the devil and a pit in the ground to do so :/ :/ :/ just red and blood and hell fire maybe. The Gray Trader is interesting though; the artwork, the voices from the past; the creepy air creatures :/ :/ meh not so much! Skinner's infection was not that much of a twist you sense it the moment he shows up at Pearl's. OK story gonna see it conclude in the next volume!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    I still like Skinner Sweet and Pearl Jones, but honestly I'm kind of losing interest in the series as a whole. I just feel indifferent about this new antagonist, The Gray Trader. I think the story itself is really well done though. I like how different elements keep cropping up to explain things, events, and people previously mentioned. It's interesting enough to keep me reading, but my enjoyment level seems to be dropping. Challenges: 2019 Goodreads Challenge 2019 NEWTs Readathon - Care of Magica I still like Skinner Sweet and Pearl Jones, but honestly I'm kind of losing interest in the series as a whole. I just feel indifferent about this new antagonist, The Gray Trader. I think the story itself is really well done though. I like how different elements keep cropping up to explain things, events, and people previously mentioned. It's interesting enough to keep me reading, but my enjoyment level seems to be dropping. Challenges: 2019 Goodreads Challenge 2019 NEWTs Readathon - Care of Magical Creatures (O): Read a book with a bird on the cover. (Yes they are there up at the top)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Adam M

    We jump forward to the 1960's and get a whole new look at the villain facing Pearl and her friends. The world around them has changed quite a bit, but Pearl and Skinner are surviving. The stakes are higher and psychologically this one is more intense. I was hoping this series would pick up and I got my wish. The threats feel a lot more ominous and it's harder to talk about without spoiling anything. It's an improvement that I'm really enjoying.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Sapiano

    Pretty fun. All the hair splitting between different vampire types is extremely boring to me, and the big bad who emerges in this volume is a bit nebulous, but the rest of the story is a great ride. Pearl, the kids, the country singer and his wardrobe choices, and the excellent Miner's Journal parts of this book make it a return to the best of what this series has been.

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