17 May 2011

True Blood Volume 1: All Together Now

True Blood Volume 1: All Together Now

True Blood Volume 1: All Together Now

Blood, sex, booze, monsters, fights - you know just what one expects in a vampy / True Blood comic.

In other words this ain't your kid's comic. So if you're out here blindly looking for something for the kids knowing that they like both vampires and comics? Well, run. This one is for mature audiences.

That said if you're are a member of said mature audience and you like True Blood, you'll probably be okay with this so long as you are a fan of comics/graphic novels/whatever you prefer to call them.

I won't ruin the storyline for you but it involves the main True Blood cast (as opposed to the Sookie Stackhouse book series - slight differences) being trapped in Merlotte's and needing to, shall we say, work their way out of their predicament in a very non traditional way. In other words it keeps the spirit of True Blood.

It felt as though they were still working out the looks of the characters, especially Sookie, as they worked on it or maybe they were just drawn by multiple people even within the same chapters -- this could throw some people. A few times it almost seems to be a spoof of the series, just for a brief moment or two. Still overall it's a pretty decent comic.

You don't really need to be into the show to read it - we get a feeling for who all of the characters are and how they relate to one another. It is missing the story of how the town came to accept vampires and shapeshifters though so if you want to understand that aspect you'd want to watch the show first. Otherwise it could be read as a standalone. 4/5 stars



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