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Thursday, December 1, 2016

[Review]* Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Graphic Novels 0.5) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Marvel Paper))


Her fans have been asking for it - now, Laurell K. Hamilton delivers a look into Anita Blake's past! Written by Laurell K. Hamilton herself, along with Jonathon Green, The First Death takes place almost a year before the events being chronicled in Guilty Pleasures. Witness the first meeting of Anita and Jean-Claude, Anita's first time inside Guilty Pleasures, her first serial-killer case, and an early encounter with Edward. Prepare to be thrilled by this original story produced especially for comics! Collects Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death #1-2 and Anita Blake: Guilty Pleasures Handbook.

Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 128 pages (Paperback)
Available Formats: Print Paperback & Print Hardcover
Source: Borrowed from the Lady of the blog
Publication Date: January 28th 2009 by Marvel

Hi. My name's Darren but around here I'm know as Mr. Turning the Pages.I'm glad I can do a guest review on the blog again since I did one a few year ago. Truthfully I don't read a lot. So I will be reviewing the prequel graphic novel to the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Now, I'm not traditionally a huge reader though some books do sometimes grab my attention, but I've always been more of a graphic novel reader myself.

As for Anita Blake it's a popular book series that has been now given the graphic novel treatment. So often with the case of graphic novel things don't translate over well to graphic comics which leads to some terrible results. It could be the writing stinks, it could be bad artwork that doesn't match the story and characters etc. The point is it will kill the series even before the series can get off the ground. When it comes to Anita Blake, the transition from a novel series to a graphic novel series has had very good results. In fact if Anita Blake was done right it could make an excellent movie, television show, or even a video game.In my opinion this series would make a kickass show for HBO or Netflix.

Where to begin. I really loved the artwork. Wellinton Alves, the artist did a great job with the art and it really matched the feel of the characters, the setting, locations, story. I really thought the artwork matched the mature content of the story as well.The characters and the story were both equally developed which of course are very, very important to the quality of the graphic novel as a whole. I found the characters and story engaging from the get go. Anita Blake the main character of course is a beautiful, strong woman who can more than take care of herself. Her character has depth and left me wanting to know more about her. The other characters that are introduced really make a strong debut as well. In fact the characters all compliment each other rather nicely.

The First Death is gritty, sexy, violent, sometimes will be disturbing to some people. It's a mature graphic novel and not one that should be read by kids that's for sure. It actually isn't as bad as it sounds, it's just more of a warning so if somebody does read it they can have an idea of the mature content. Anita Blake kind of reminds me of the HBO series True Blood, but better. The Lady of Turning the Pages loves this series and has been wanting me to try it as long as we've been together and she loves both the graphic novels and novels. She can testify of the quality in this book. I actually borrowed this from her. I plan to start up the second one which is Guilty Pleasures Volume One this week this is gr
eat because a lot of the time I lose interest in continuing to read. However The First Death makes me want to keep reading this series.

I'd recommend The First Death to people who are looking into getting into comics/graphic novels but maybe don't want one that is about superheroes, fans of Anita Blake and readers who are just looking to try something different for a change.

Thanks for having me on the blog Kimberly, and thanks folks for reading my review.

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  1. Once again Thanks baby for having me as a guest. It was fun. As well thank you for editing my review. My writing is

  2. This sounds like a great read! I
    might give this book a go!

    1. I had a blast reading it. If you do read it, I hope you enjoy it

  3. The Anita Blake series is on my TBR mountain, and I didn't realize that there were also graphic novels! I really must start this series next year!

    1. It's a great series to add to the list. I was surprised I liked it

  4. Looks like a super fun series. I dig a good graphic novel series from time to time. I'm working my way through Sandman by Gaiman ATM. This one looks like a blast.
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    1. If you like these type of graphic novel series, then I also recommend The Preacher series.

  5. I never knew about this book. I loved the Anita Blake books, though I stopped reading after the 12th or just became too much. A prequel sounds great, though. Especially one that shows Anita first meeting Jean-Claude. That's bound to be an interesting first encounter lol.

    Great review! It left me sorely tempted to head on over to Amazon and order a copy, which is about the highest compliment I can give. :)

    1. Thank you for the kind words. Appreciate it. I'm glad you enjoyed the review

  6. Yes, this world would be badass as a video game or TV series. I would think the transition to graphic novel would do well too. Great review Darren.

  7. Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it

  8. Yay, nice review! You could be Ms. Turning the Pages co-blogger all the time! I don't read graphic novels but I'm commenting because you spent the time and effort to read and review, and bloggers love feedback. So, not my genre, but a great rundown for folks who do enjoy it. Thanks :)

  9. Thank you for the kind words. I'm really glad you enjoyed the review. I might do another review soon. Si that would be neat


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