AMERICAN VAMPIRE, VOL. 3 consists of three distinct, yet connected stories. The first, "Strange Frontier," is a short-story of exposition set somewhere in the American West of 1919. Skinner Sweet visits a Wild West show (one that is almost directly patterned after Buffalo Bill Cody's). He's surprised at the inaccuracies of the show, particular the gunfight that led to his "death." So, Skinner does what he does best and sets things right. Then he confronts an old girlfriend of his whom he was told was responsible for turning him in. He discovers she loved him more than he ever thought.
The second story, "Ghost War," takes place during WWII. It mostly deals with Henry Preston and his wife Pearl Jones, but also involves Skinner Sweet. Henry has aged well for his age, but he is growing older and Pearl isn't. He's tried numerous times to join the military and fight in the conflict, but each time he's been rejected. Then one of the representatives of the Vassals of the Morning Star shows up and offers Henry an offer he can't refuse. He accepts the assignment and joins a special group of troops that have been selected to investigate a small island the Japanese control in the Pacific. It's rumored that the Japanese have been involved with some old school vampires and have bred a new type of creature. The Vassals want them wiped out and a secret war mission makes a great cover.
The third story in the volume is "Survival of the Fittest." Set in 1941, Felicia Book and Cashel McCogan team up to rescue a botanist in Romania who is rumored to have discovered a cure for vampirism. Posing as a pair of wealthy industrialists who have been supporting the Nazi cause, Felicia and Cash travel into the dark heart (Romania) of the Nazi Empire. There they uncover several surprises that threaten not only the outcome of the war, but the fate of humanity and vampires alike.
AMERICAN VAMPIRE, VOL. 3 is an enjoyable read. However, it's not quite as fascinating as the previous volumes. "Strange Frontier" provides a quick look deeper into the mind of Skinner Sweet and reveals that, perhaps, he never was as evil as the public has been led to believe. "Ghost War" is the strongest part of the volume. It has a lot going for it. However, even though the relationship between Henry and Pearl is the focal point of the story, it's not given the space it needed in this story. "Survival of the Fittest" moves the larger plot of the series along. However, other than one key development, it's completely predictable.
Both "Ghost War" and "Survival of the Fittest" end on a bit of a cliffhanger. It'll be interesting to see how these stories develop and crossover in the future.