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  1. 5 out of 5

    sj

    I admit it.  Amy made me I watch True Blood now.  And I kind of like it more than the books.  [gasp]  Inorite?  But seriously, it's all the trashy fun of the first few books, with less focus on stupid Sookie. So, tonight I was browsing through NetGalley (as ONE DOES on Saturday nights when one has no life outside of one's children) and found this True Blood graphic novel available, so I downloaded it. And I had some wine and I read the damn thing in an hour. It's obvs not based on the books, and th I admit it.  Amy made me I watch True Blood now.  And I kind of like it more than the books.  [gasp]  Inorite?  But seriously, it's all the trashy fun of the first few books, with less focus on stupid Sookie. So, tonight I was browsing through NetGalley (as ONE DOES on Saturday nights when one has no life outside of one's children) and found this True Blood graphic novel available, so I downloaded it. And I had some wine and I read the damn thing in an hour. It's obvs not based on the books, and the characters all look like they do on the show, and the art isn't the best, but...it was kind of like having a hiatus episode. It wasn't brilliant or life-changing or ridiculously hilarious, but it was a decent enough way to while away some time in this space between seasons. I THINK it's supposed to take place sometime before the end of the last season (cos it's just Bill and not Bilith), but a time frame isn't really specified. Anyway, it's just called TRUE BLOOD VOLUME ONE, (which is totally confusing because there are, like, 10 other TRUE BLOOD VOLUME ONEs [this might be hyperbole, I've been drinking] on goodreads and I had to paste the ISBN into the search field to even find the damn thing) and it's a strange little story that features many of our favourite characters.  It claims to be each of our main characters remembering where they were when the Revelation came (when vampires came out of the coffin), but that's really only part of it. During Season Five, Amy and I would email each other during/after each episode (much like we tweet each other during the Amazing Race every Sunday), and emails would be full of cryptic little comments like "Ugh, he can't pull that hair off." and "HAHAHAHAHA!  I CANNOT BELIEVE SHE JUST SAID THAT!" and "He looks like Mary Kay threw up on his face." and "Stupid BILL! Man, I hate him. Can they kill his stupid ass off? No one likes Bill, no one." and "Alcide butt!" and "There are still too many plotlines for me to pay attention to. CHOOSE A COUPLE AND SETTLE DOWN, TRUE BLOOD!" You get the idea. And while reading, I was totally mentally composing emails to Amy.  Because it FELT just like an episode of True Blood. If that's what they were going for, they totally nailed it. In conclusion - if you're a fan of the books, but not the show...you probably shouldn't bother with this.  HOWEVER, if you're a fan of the show AND the books, maybe pick this up and check it out.  It'll slake your thirst for True Blood while you wait for Season Six (only ten episodes, WTS?!). You can pick this up January 1st.  Thanks to IDW for the review copy, and to NetGalley, as always for brokering the deal.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    This installment was ok. The art is still all over the place, but the story was stronger than the previous volumes. I really wish more effort had been put into this series. I miss true blood but these aren't really satisfying. This installment was ok. The art is still all over the place, but the story was stronger than the previous volumes. I really wish more effort had been put into this series. I miss true blood but these aren't really satisfying.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Judson

    Lacks much of the fun of the show. Worth a read only if you can get it cheap and really enjoy the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Clark Hallman

    I must admit that I haven't seen any of the True Blood TV series or read any of the True Blood graphic novels. However, I happened to see a hardback volume (only one volume, #4 - Where Were You?) of the True Blood series in the public library. I was enticed by the beautiful color graphics on the cover, and even more when I flipped through the pages. I borrowed that volume and read it today. I was somewhat adrift as I read through it, probably because I hadn't read the first three volumes of the I must admit that I haven't seen any of the True Blood TV series or read any of the True Blood graphic novels. However, I happened to see a hardback volume (only one volume, #4 - Where Were You?) of the True Blood series in the public library. I was enticed by the beautiful color graphics on the cover, and even more when I flipped through the pages. I borrowed that volume and read it today. I was somewhat adrift as I read through it, probably because I hadn't read the first three volumes of the series. However, I was also somewhat captivated by the combined vampire/human society and even more by the quality of the artwork and the story. I plan to obtain the first three volumes of the series to experience more of this multi-species society and (more importantly) to learn how to cope with the vampires, demons, mind readers and other weird and darkly dangerous creatures that I might encounter in my neighborhood.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    This is the first volume of True Blood's graphic novel. In this volume the first five numbers have been put together to show us more about Sookie from the TV series. The comic books are not based on the books and I wish that would have been the case. We get to know more about the vampire's mainstreaming on this volume. Remus, a vamp from Eric and Bill's past appears disrupting everything during Coffin Day celebrations. A series of flashbacks let us see Remus, Eric and Bill in their respective This is the first volume of True Blood's graphic novel. In this volume the first five numbers have been put together to show us more about Sookie from the TV series. The comic books are not based on the books and I wish that would have been the case. We get to know more about the vampire's mainstreaming on this volume. Remus, a vamp from Eric and Bill's past appears disrupting everything during Coffin Day celebrations. A series of flashbacks let us see Remus, Eric and Bill in their respective roles when mainstreaming was about to happen. These flashbacks are intertwined with events of the three of them in the present day. Remus is the character who connects the stories. In a way this volume is about him. Overall, the story is interesting. The art is good but I'm not crazy about. Nevertheless, I plan on continuing the volumes. I think this comic has something to offer to the Sookie Stackhouse's world.

  6. 5 out of 5

    AJ Fairchild

    True Blood Volume 1 is, in a nutshell, a filler episode of the tv show. Coming in at 115 pages, reading this graphic novel goes by in a flash. You get a little background and a glimpse of some of the characters Pre-Sookie. Add to that a little action and some of Pam's classic snarkiness and you have a pretty good read ahead of you. The artwork is somewhat lacking, but overall decent. From the cover, you can clearly tell that the characters are supposed to look like they do on the show, but in so True Blood Volume 1 is, in a nutshell, a filler episode of the tv show. Coming in at 115 pages, reading this graphic novel goes by in a flash. You get a little background and a glimpse of some of the characters Pre-Sookie. Add to that a little action and some of Pam's classic snarkiness and you have a pretty good read ahead of you. The artwork is somewhat lacking, but overall decent. From the cover, you can clearly tell that the characters are supposed to look like they do on the show, but in some panels the characters do not look like themselves at all.As I am not familiar with the artist's style beyond this book, I can't say for certain if it was meant to happen or not. Overall, if you are a fan of the True Blood television show and need something to fill the gap between seasons, grab a copy of this graphic novel. You will not be disappointed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ebb

    3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this installment. This volume contained a lot of flashbacks from most of the main vampires in the series and I have to say that these were a lot more interesting, action-packed, and enjoyable than the other flashbacks from the previous volumes. Like Volume 3, this volume centered around revenge by a vampire from one of the main character's past. It also takes place around the time that the vampires first came out to the public which was a great time period to set the 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this installment. This volume contained a lot of flashbacks from most of the main vampires in the series and I have to say that these were a lot more interesting, action-packed, and enjoyable than the other flashbacks from the previous volumes. Like Volume 3, this volume centered around revenge by a vampire from one of the main character's past. It also takes place around the time that the vampires first came out to the public which was a great time period to set the story in since it wasn't covered very much during the TV show (I haven't finished the book series yet, so I'm not sure if they touch upon the time when the vampires first came out). It'll be interesting to see how the final 2 volumes turn out.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Getting a little bored with the True Blood graphic novels...not sure how I feel about the whole mess any more. I wonder how Charlaine Harris feels about it all too, not that the Sookie Stackhouse books are amazing but they are good fun, I enjoy them a great deal and her whole world has pretty much been taken over and reinterpreted by the show's writers. I love the show too and I don't expect or mind when they don't go by the books but it's really its own thing now. Charlaine Harris isn't mention Getting a little bored with the True Blood graphic novels...not sure how I feel about the whole mess any more. I wonder how Charlaine Harris feels about it all too, not that the Sookie Stackhouse books are amazing but they are good fun, I enjoy them a great deal and her whole world has pretty much been taken over and reinterpreted by the show's writers. I love the show too and I don't expect or mind when they don't go by the books but it's really its own thing now. Charlaine Harris isn't mentioned anywhere in the credits of this book. I know she didn't write this story but they are her characters? I mean I know these graphic novels are based on the show, not the books but its just weird for me. Anyhoo, the graphic novels are fun, quick reads, not a lot more for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    I enjoyed this graphic novel quite a bit. The characters felt very in character and were, in some ways, written even better than they are on the tv show. The novel limited itself to some of the main characters so it didn't have sixty storylines going the way the show feels sometimes. The flashbacks were fantastic and gave you some insight into the characters backstory before the show takes place. It also gives you some idea of how vampires coming out of the coffin was taken. Great quick read for I enjoyed this graphic novel quite a bit. The characters felt very in character and were, in some ways, written even better than they are on the tv show. The novel limited itself to some of the main characters so it didn't have sixty storylines going the way the show feels sometimes. The flashbacks were fantastic and gave you some insight into the characters backstory before the show takes place. It also gives you some idea of how vampires coming out of the coffin was taken. Great quick read for a True Blood fan. Definitely recommend it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    The main plot in this one was nothing to write home about - not creative in the least, as it mimicked many a storyline from the tv show. Interwoven between plotpoints were flashbacks to each main character (and some peripheral characters too!) on where they were in the lead-up to when vampires officially "came out of the coffin". It was fun to get to see all of the fan favorites (Talbot and Russell Edgington!) but it fell a little flat as a story. The main plot in this one was nothing to write home about - not creative in the least, as it mimicked many a storyline from the tv show. Interwoven between plotpoints were flashbacks to each main character (and some peripheral characters too!) on where they were in the lead-up to when vampires officially "came out of the coffin". It was fun to get to see all of the fan favorites (Talbot and Russell Edgington!) but it fell a little flat as a story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chantale Canadian Book Addict

    I love True Blood so I figured I should review this comic book.This is not based on the books but based on the tv show so if you are more of a book series fan then you might not like this graphic novel but I am a fan of both the books and the show so I loved this . I can't wait to read more. This is very well done. I love True Blood so I figured I should review this comic book.This is not based on the books but based on the tv show so if you are more of a book series fan then you might not like this graphic novel but I am a fan of both the books and the show so I loved this . I can't wait to read more. This is very well done.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matej

    This volume goes back to short stories format, and this time the stories are a bit more interesting. The plot is really good and interesting, even though some of the stories feel like page fillers, and not that relevant to the main story. The art is pretty good, one of the better ones so far from this series of graphic novels. All in all, again a good read for the fans of the Tv show.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tera

    Short and sweet! Received copy off of NetGalley and couldn't wait to read it. It didn't take too long to read and had a really good storyline involving all the main characters. Nice graphics that weigh heavily on the dark, while appropriate, it wasn't my preference. Sure to please anyone who has read the books and/or watched the TV show, as it provides a wonderful side story. Short and sweet! Received copy off of NetGalley and couldn't wait to read it. It didn't take too long to read and had a really good storyline involving all the main characters. Nice graphics that weigh heavily on the dark, while appropriate, it wasn't my preference. Sure to please anyone who has read the books and/or watched the TV show, as it provides a wonderful side story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I love anything True Blood! The art work is great and it totally kept me interested just like the series!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelley Tackett

    I don't know what it says about me that I love the graphic novels and comics so much more than the books and TV show but the art is fantastic. I just wish there was more Lafayette. I don't know what it says about me that I love the graphic novels and comics so much more than the books and TV show but the art is fantastic. I just wish there was more Lafayette.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Margot

    Rating: 3.5 stars A little more interesting than the other 3 comics. I didn't know Sookie has a "faerie light" power -- the TV series changed a lot of what was in the books, it seems. Rating: 3.5 stars A little more interesting than the other 3 comics. I didn't know Sookie has a "faerie light" power -- the TV series changed a lot of what was in the books, it seems.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debra Cook

    We see what people we doing on the night Vampires came out. Also on the anniversary Eric, Bill, Pam and others fight a Vamp who wants to kill Eric for killing his friends and family.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Radford

    This book really makes me miss Godric. even if you only get like one glimpse of him in this volume. Though Eric is still as hilarious as ever. Plus just picture it. Sookie a waitress at Fangtasia XD

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maja

    very enjoyable. I liked the artwork better than in volume 2, and the story was intriguing hearing everyone's perspective. very enjoyable. I liked the artwork better than in volume 2, and the story was intriguing hearing everyone's perspective.

  20. 4 out of 5

    C.W. Reads

    This was better than the last one, but not by much

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leah

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kerryn Roberts

  24. 5 out of 5

    Krystal Lin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Dufresne

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Vikernes

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

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