Saturday, 3 August 2019

Book Reviews: True Blood Comic Vols 1-3 (Graphic Novel/Comic/Paranormal)

Title: True Blood Comics #1 - All Together Now
Author: Ball, Huehner, Messina, Tischman
Publisher:
IDW Publishing

Publication Date: 2011
Pages:
160
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Graphic Novel/Comic/Paranormal
Source:
Borrowed from the Library





Blood and sex mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte's, when Sookie and her friends are trapped by a vengeful spirit who feeds on shame. People die and dirty secrets are revealed as Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette and are all coerced to dig deep and tell painful memories from their past....those things we all have locked within us that we never tell another living soul! Bon Temps, Louisiana has never been stranger, or more twisted.


I was a little underwhelmed by this book. The art was so-so--sometimes good, but other times it was hard to recognise certain characters--and the story was pretty weak and uneventful. Okay for fans, but nothing special. 2.5 stars.




Title: True Blood Comic #2 - Tainted Love
Author: Ball, Corroney, McMillan, Andreyko
Publisher:
IDW Publishing

Publication Date: 2011
Pages:
160
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Graphic Novel/Comic/Paranormal
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 



Hoyt, the human boyfriend of Jessica, tries to do a good deed... and it doesn't go unpunished Hoyt notices that Jessica has been staring at a poster for a local prom night, which leads him to romantically scheme to throw a surprise one for her at Merlotte's (with the help of friends Sookie, Sam and Tara). Unfortunately, things go awry when the Jessica is drinks a bit much of the punch... which just happens to be part of a TAINTED batch of Tru Blood This causes Jessica to lose control and run off into the night, rampaging at whatever comes before her While Hoyt and Bill (with a little help from Jason) come to her aid, Sookie and Lafayette try another route to helping their friend-by seeking out Eric, owner of Fangtasia... and the local sheriff It's a thrill ride beyond compare as Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Lafayette and Jason all struggle bring Jessica back to the safety of Bon Temps... Before the ever-approaching dawn arrives.


This second volume was an improvement on the first. Although in some ways I liked the artwork less, the story was better. There was a decent plot and some actual interest. It felt more like new material and a worthwhile time investment. 3.5 stars.



Title: True Blood Comics #3 - The French Quarter
Author: Huehner, Balboni, Messina
Publisher:
IDW Publishing

Publication Date: 2012
Pages:
160
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Graphic Novel/Comic/Paranormal
Source:
Borrowed from the Library





In this sequel to the first New York Times bestselling True Blood mini-series, "All Together Now," mind-reading waitress Sookie Stackhouse is in New Orleans helping Vampire Sheriff Eric Northman track down an insane killer named Guerra. Bill Compton''s in town, too, making sure Eric doesn''t get fresh with Sookie, and investigating a local Hep-D outbreak that may be connected to Guerra''s latest victims. Meanwhile, back in Bon Temps, why is Pam hanging out at Merlotte''s - and what does she want with Lafayette?


The story in this third volume was okay. It held my interest and I wanted to know how things would work out, but it did feel a tad under-developed in places. Once again, the artwork was a mixed bag for me. I would go on and read the remaining three volumes if I get the opportunity; however, I won't be distraught if my library doesn't have them as I am not fully invested. 3 stars.


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