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  • Posted August 24, 2009

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    A very interesting prequel

    Now beginning my second go-through of all the Anita Blake books, I thought I would start at the prequel. The comic is very well written, of course, and does show a good deal of the 'behind the scenes' to Guilty Pleasures, but you *have* to remember that this comic is dated 2 years prior to Guilty Pleasures. Jean-Claude is a little rough and Dolph is a little soft - such a role switch for those two in the next few years. Anita is just starting with her police work but does have her foot in the door, she first meets Jean-Claude, and we see a bit of who she was when she is getting used to Edward. You see the fear of vamps and Edward that is intially hinted at in the first book, and you start to see the bond between Anita and Edward form - huge plus for us Edward fans! You see Jean-Claude's first (of many) rebuffs from Anita, too, which made me laugh out loud, literally. The drawings are amazing and you really get a sense of the characters, even though some may differ from your own mind's eye. The cover is removable, which is nice for those of us who like to separate the hard-back covers to keep them nice; the cover art is cool, and the back of the comic has the cover of the paperback. Another plus - they give you a teaser into The Laughing Corpse characters; just make sure you've read the first 2 or 3 books before looking at the alphabetical list of characters.

    My only critique would be that I think there needs to be another prequel, so that I can truly understand Anita. It is great we get to see when she first meets Jean-Claude, but when did she first meet Edward or Manny? Where does her rage come from; can we see a little of her teenage/college life; how did she ever let Burt talk her in to working for him? I loved the prequel, but I wish there was another one even more prior to this so that we could see how/why/when she becomes a hunter. Of course, that could be the psych degree talking...

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    The First Death (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter) by Laurell K. Hamilton

    This Graphic Novel is essential to all Anita Blake readers because it is the prequel to her Guilty Pleasures. This book intoduces Anita to Jean Claude, if you have read Guilty Pleasures, they talk about the fact that Jean Claude and Anita have met before. In this book, you find out how and why. A must read......

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2009

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    The art still throws me sometimes...

    It still takes some getting used to the art, but I liked the story, and getting to see Anita as she use to be was a great treat.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2008

    A new tale

    This graphic novel is a bonus to the series. The story told in 'First Death' is the back story that is mentioned in the 1st novel 'Guilty Pleasures'. So even if you are a long time fan, this is a some what new story. I love the illustrations and the character interaction, espcially between Anita and Edward. The guide in the back is also helpful to those who are new to the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

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    Not for me

    I received this book with others I had ordered and did not expect the format it is written in. It is comic book style which isn't for me. I didn't even read it because it's too confusing in the way it is written. I wish I had known the style. I wouldn't even have ordered it if I had known it was more a comic book then a regular reading book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    Anita Blake

    I love the Anita Blake Series. I love the front covers, I really really really want to read Blood Noir. It looks really good. It resembles The Twilight Saga to me. Reminds me of it!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Can't wait to see what next.

    I have received Blood Noir from a friend and I enjoyed reading it. So I bought the next book Skin Trade and I kept reading up to Hit List. Then I went and started from the beginning. I can't wait to see if she is going to write another.

    Way to go Laurell.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    great if you read the anita blake books

    this is a great addition to your anita blake set i have read 8 of the books and when i heard about this graffic novel and that they were coming out with the novels in graffic novel form I was really excited. I want to start collecting and reading the graffic novels too, I'm a big fan of manga and graffic novels I think it helps you picture the story better.
    This is a must have for anitas fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2008

    Mmm to see words in image form

    ima big fan of L.k hamilton! The novel Guilty Pleasures pulled me into her books, and now its wounderful to see the words put into images. Helps the imagination.

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