American Vampire by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, and Stephen King won the 2011 Eisner Award for Best New Series and has graced the New York Times bestseller list.
Volume one tells the stories of Skinner Sweet and Pearl Jones; the first vampires born on American soil. Sweet is a notorious outlaw in 1880 Colorado, recently captured by the Pinkerton Agency. During transport, his gang devises an accident and Skinner is able to escape from the wreckage. A bloody battle ensues between the outlaws and the detectives, ending with Sweet laying dead on the plains. No one expects that he'll become one of the undead.
A single drop of a vampire's blood in his system was all it took for Sweet to be reborn as one of the undead, but he's not like the Old World vampires. For one, he can walk in the daylight. The European vampires are baffled by him and hope that the local gunmen will be able to finish him, but no one can believe what Sweet can survive. He's been waiting in the shadows, waiting for revenge but is forced to act in 1925 when he meets Pearl Jones.
Pearl is an aspiring actress, but she'll never have her chance at Hollywood stardom. The Old World vampires take advantage of her ambition and she's brutally murdered. But before she dies, Sweet pays her a visit. He leaves her on her own to learn what she is and to take revenge. Afterwards, Pearl thinks she may just get her happily ever after, but Sweet has bigger plans for her and their future together...