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American Vampire, Vol. 3

(American Vampire #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  8,029 ratings  ·  347 reviews
Two epic World War II tales in one massive volume!
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.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Vertigo
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Feb 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paidkindle, graphics
Bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla, bla. I doubt I have ever disliked a graphic series as much as I do dislike American Vampire. What a dullboringuglybad waste of my time, what was I thinking when actually buying seven volumes of this "everyone loves but me"-crap. Bla, bla, bla, bla, bla. Who the fuck cares.

Dan Schwent
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
In the third American Vampire volume, the vampires enter World War II as Henry goes to Taipan and encounters a Japanese breed of vampire and Cash and Book go to Germany to find a cure for vampirism and instead encounter a brigade of Nazi vampires.

American Vampire 3 is more of the same greatness that I've come to expect from the American Vampire series. In the first story, Henry and company go to a Japanese island and go up against a breed of Japanese vampire with Skinner Sweet in their midst and
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
What could make World War 2 even bloodier? Vampires!

There’s essentially two stories told in this volume. The secret group of vampire hunters called Vassels of the Morning Star recruit aging human Henry to leave his vampire wife Pearl to try and root out a nest of bloodsuckers on the island of Taipan as the US tries to take it from the Japanese. Skinner Sweet shows up with his own agenda and as always the brutal vampire creates chaos and bloodshed wherever he goes.

In the second story, the Vassels
Vampire Nazis! Vampire hunter spies!

Plus, I loved the graphics. What fun!
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can distill my review of why volume 3 of American Vampire is my favorite in the series down to two words: Nazi vampires.

Seriously, does anything else need to be said? Probably not, but just try to shut up my enthusiasm for Snyder's series.

In volume 3, we follow our American vampires and those who love to try and stake 'em into World War II. In the first storyline, Pearl's husband, Henry, is enlisted by the Vassals of the Morning Star (a society of vampire hunters who have made an uneasy pact
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
American Vampire, Vol. 3, consists of three interconnected stories. The first, "Strange Frontier," is a short-story set in the American West of 1919. Skinner Sweet visits a Wild West show (directly patterned after Buffalo Bill Cody's). He's surprised at the inaccuracies of the show, particular the gunfight that led to his "death", and sets things right in typical fashion. Then he confronts an old girlfriend who was responsible for turning him in.

The second story, "Ghost War", takes place in the
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
In professional wrestling, there's this term for a specific kind of character called a "tweener". A tweener is basically a guy who's generally in it for himself. He's not exactly a heel (bad guy) or babyface (good guy), he's more so inbetween. A prime example would be Stone Cold Steve Austin, a guy who exhibits traits of a rule breaker but is beloved by the fans.

If we took the American Vampire universe and labeled the characters in relation to their actions, Skinner Sweet would be the definition
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
The best volume yet. Here, the action has been moved to World War II. The first storyline is about Henry going on a vampire hunting mission in the South Pacific, and finding a secret Japanese camp. The second stars Felicia Book and Cash, infiltrating a Nazi castle to try and extract a scientist with a possible cure for vampirism. Especially important for Cash, whose son had been infected as an infant. It is, of course, violent and bloody. There's also more information about the complicated world ...more
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, horror
Volume 3 of this series is absolutely massive - there are 12 or 13 single issues in this one volume (as opposed to the rather anaemic 5-6 issues most graphic novels consist of), and there's a lot to like in these stories.

First off, there's a nice prologue story set in 1919, where American vampire Skinner Sweet runs into a carnival showing a bowdlerised version of his life and "death". Needless to say, he reacts rather predictably to all this, but the real entertainment is when he runs into his
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Snyder pushes the series forward into World War II with a volume that's truly an embarrassment of riches.

The Vassals of the Morning Star have a stake--I'm not ashamed of that joke--in the Allied cause, so, having heard rumors that Taipan is infested with vampires and worried about the fate of the American soldiers due to land there, they embed a small crew of their own to take the bloodsuckers out. Included is the stealthily-recruited Henry, Pearl's husband, who gets some great fleshing-out as h
Carol Storm
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oh God, make it stop! Please make it stop!

This AMERICAN VAMPIRE series gets worse and worse with each new volume. By this time we're up to World War II. And a bunch of vampire slayer guys dressed up as GI's land on a Pacific island to fight Japanese vampires. Now it was made clear in earlier volumes that there are different species of vampire from all over the world. And of course the greatest vampires are the "American" breed, led by Western outlaw Skinner Sweet. (He's making American vampires
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
In this, the high point of the series so far (I say as someone who has enjoyed the first five volumes), our vampire heroes reach World War II. Through some cultural conventions in the last fifty years or so, WWII stories have been rule-bound to the point where they're generally narratives without surprises. You always have a predictably diverse crew of brave men (excluding one traitor, of course, who will reveal himself at the end of Act Two), and they do predictably brave things when faced with ...more
Adam M
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This is a pretty intense series and this is, perhaps, the most intense volume yet. This book gives us a deeper dive into the future and some characters we haven't spent as much time with. Cash and Felicia Book get a pretty big adventure tale full of Nazis, Vampires and Nazi Vampires.
Pearl and Henry enlist in the WWII war effort and wind up in the South Pacific. Skinner Sweet shows up and that's really all the more I can say because that story line is b.a.n.a.n.a.s. (and spoilery)


I like how thi
Quentin Wallace
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This volume had 2 different stories set during WWII. One was set in the Pacific Theater, and the other the European Theater.

The story set in the Pacific dealt with a special group of vampire fighting soldiers who find themselves facing a much greater threat than they'd been led to believed. However, one of the soldier's is Pearl's loverboy, so she takes matters into her own hands. Oh, and another of the soldiers? None other than Skinner Sweet, the original American Vampire. We finally get to see

Brief Introduction:

I am definitely on the roll with Scott Snyder’s fantastic series, “American Vampire” and the third volume of this series does not disappoint me! “American Vampire: Volume Three” is probably the most intense out of the entire “American Vampire” series as Scott Snyder’s dramatic writing and Rafael Albuquerque, Danijel Zezelj, and Sean Murphy’s artwork contribute greatly to this volume!

What is the story?

In this volume, there are two stories being told regarding Pearl and Fel
Harsh Kumar
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one did it for me.
Top notch.
One of the best vampire fiction for sure.

The first two volumes of American Vampire were good but I was expecting something great, something more.
This one was great. Third time is the charm they say.

World war 2 and vampires. A terrific combination of two of my favourite novel materials.

Emotions such as anger, love, hatred will thrive here in this volume. The art is outstanding and remarkable writing by Scott Snyder.

Bloody and dark graphic novel full of actio
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series. It is a unique take on the vampire story and I find it fascinating. You see all vampires can be in the story of Pearl and Sweet. The good vampire and the evil vampire. This volume deals with World War II and the military's attempt to weaponize vampires. I like how each volume deals with a different decade. Each volume feels complete, yet the story overall does not stagnate.
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Everyone’s favorite vampire comic book series returns!!! American Vampire: Volume Three features three stories, “ Strange Frontier”, “Ghost War” and “Survival of the Fittest”. The first story, “Strange Frontier”, features Skinner Sweet at a wild west show in 1819. He feels the show ruins his repuatation so he goes for his bloody revenge. The story is written by Scott Snyder and Illustrated by Danijel Zezelj . I can’t say I like Danijel Zezelj’s artwork, but you gotta give the brother credit for ...more
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
American Vampire Vol. 3 picks up nearly ten years after the events of Vol. 2, following an older Henry and (still young) Pearl as they cope with Henry's decision to join a secret mission in the heart of WWII, a mission that brings a new species of vampires to light. Then, in Survival Of The Fittest we see Cash McCogan and Felicia Book, two of the protagonists from the previous adventures in 1930's Las Vegas, in an ambitious Indiana Jones-style adventure. That is, if Indiana Jones fought blood-cr ...more
I'm finally getting used to the fact that each part of the comic might be drawn by a different artist and that I shouldn't be distracted by it. This time our lovely vampires and the society which hunts them saw two big wars.
Skinner Sweet and his weird vengence has to slow down a bit and join forces with his enemy to escape another enemy - a vampire species which can hurt even him. Hello World War experiments! How refreshing and creepy you are. Also, things which hide in Romania are super cool a
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While Ghost War was very well done, the Survival of the Fittest arc had everything that I love about comics: Sean Murphy's art to match the feel of the story and period. Snyder's dialogue but also its cinematic-like flow. It felt like an r-rated Indiana Jones adventure. When Scott Snyder is writing like Scott Snyder, he's one of the best. Batman and this title prove that. I'm kicking myself for putting American Vampire off for so long.
Gabriela Pop
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is surely becoming one of my favourite graphic novel/comic series
4.5 Stars.

I'm so glad I decided to carry on with this series because if I hadn't I wouldn't have read this, which has definitely been my favourite volume of the series so far.

I continue to be very fond of Pearl who, when faced with some difficult choices, still managed to do the right thing even when it was hard. What I love most about Pearl's story arc is that this is the story of an immortal woman and a human man in a relationship, rather than the other way around as it so often is. Even more
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
It took me a bit to figure out what was going on, because I haven’t read the first two volumes of this series.

As you can probably guess from the name of the cover, there are vampires involved. The book opens with Skinner Sweet in the Midwest, going on some sort of murderous, vengeful rampage. (Or he’s just nuts, bloodthirsty, and killing everyone is a hobby of his, whether or not they’ve done him any wrong. Again, I’m lacking prior references, but I’m leaning towards this explanation.)

For a few
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
This volume has three stories in it: Strange Frontier, Ghost War and Survival of the Fittest.

Strange Frontier is a shorty, in which we see Skinner Sweet seeing a Wild, West West show and sort of taking some people to task for betraying that lost world. I really liked this little vignette.

Both of the other two stories are set in the 40s, during WWII, and both introduce us to new type of vampires.

The first follows Skinner, Pearl and Henry going to a small island, Taipan, near Japan, with a nest of
Amedine Amedine
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story continues in this volume with Mr.Henry feeling the edges of life while his hair goes white, facing the fear of being human in a world full of supernaturals.. he picks us to Japan where he went crazy with all the other pals fighting for something, against something they don't even know what it is.. unsurprisingly the one and only.. My favorite Skinner Sweet shows up seeking revenge as he always does.. while the beautiful Pearl is trying to save her human love leading the events and us t ...more
Thomas Edmund
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap this comic was good. I'm kind of stupidly reading the volumes of this series out of order, but it doesn't matter too much because each volume is strong in its story on its own.

Again wow, I can see why this piece has NO 3 stars or below reviews, the novel basically balances everything you need from vampire action literature, good mythology, badass characters with plenty of gray area morality, and storylines which are somehow equally action-packed and heart-pulling. Survival of the Fitte
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Vol 3 of 6. Wow. This was a great issue. The vampires are now in the 1940s and fighting in the war. I wonder how this would be pulled off as a movie. This volume was so good it brought a tear to my eye. The artwork is not the best but it works for the darker scenes and those vampires are truly scary looking. It's really hard to describe all the subplots going on so I won't even attempt. All I can say is that I am enjoying every volume so far but this one had me holding my breath as I read it. I ...more
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the strain, 30 days of night, and underworld
The series gets better as it goes on, storywise. as far as the art is concerned, this one is a little weaker because some of the guest artists just simply don't have a fitting style.

That being said, the main artist is great. His designs for various types of vampires are creepy and cool. I really like this series. I put off on starting it for a long time but I'm glad I finally started it.
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Scott Snyder is the Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer on DC Comics Batman, Swamp Thing, and his original series for Vertigo, American Vampire. He is also the author of the short story collection, Voodoo Heart, published by the Dial Press in 2006. The paperback version was published in the summer of 2007.

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