American Vampire #2

    American Vampire » American Vampire #2 - Morning Star; Deep Water released by Vertigo on June 1, 2010.

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    It's been nearly 20 years since notorious outlaw Skinner Sweet was buried on boot hill. But when a group of grave-robbing collectors of Western memorabilia uncover his final resting place, they find much, much more than they bargained for. And: Pearl Jones was attacked and left for dead by a cabal of powerful Hollywood vampires. Now, a mysterious stranger comes calling and Pearl gets a second chance at life - and at revenge.

    “Morning Star”. 1925. Henry Preston and Hattie Hargrove find a bloodied and bitten Pearl wandering the desert. At the hospital, the doctor doesn’t give Pearl much hope for life. Later in the morgue, Skinner Sweet climbs in the window, bites his lip, draws blood, and kisses Pearl’s eye, thereby turning her into a vampire. Pearl makes it back to her house where Sweet is waiting for her. He breaks the news of her death to her and explains that they are an “evolved” type of vampire, different than the aristocratic European vampires who attempted to prey on them. One big difference is that the sun has no effect on Skinner or Pearl. Skinner departs, but leaves Pearl a gift in her closet – a tied-up Chase Hamilton, who originally led Pearl to slaughter by B. D. Bloch and other vampires. A furious Pearl transforms into a razor-clawed vampire, kills Hamilton, and leaves him in his dressing room.

    “Deep Water”. Will Bunting, narrating from 1925, continues to recount events he witnessed in 1880. After the train wreck and fight with Skinner, James Book falls into a coma and later awakens to the news that Sweet murdered his fiancée with poisoned wine. Book, Felix Camillo, and Bunting head to Cruces to pay their respects. Mr. Percy and his European vampire associates begin to dam the nearby river, thereby putting the town and Sweet’s grave underwater. Years later, scavengers from Lakeview, a nearby town, go diving to steal items from Sweet’s grave only to find he is still very much hungry.



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    I'm sold on this title 0

    To be honest i was quite reluctant to start reading this title, mainly due in part to the current portrayals of vampires in mainstream media: Twilight, Vampires assistant, the list goes on and on...well a month ago i picked up the 1st issue because i had been hearing great reviews about the title. the first issue was good, but i wasn't too keen/sure with the separate story lines/flashbacks. however i was still curious, so i sucked it up and put down 3.99 plus tax to purchase the second issue; an...

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    Could this be better than Twilight?!?! 0

    Just kidding, of course it is.  But seriously, American Vampire is off to an excellent start.  Stephen King's name is on this book, and is likely driving most of the sales, and he does a pretty good job here with the second story.  King's story focuses on the fate of Skinner Sweet, focusing on the reaction of two very distinct sets of his enemies after Sweet's "death" last issue.  King's storytelling isn't particularly clear here--I found it difficult to track which character was which, in part ...

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