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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Volume 1 & 2


Series:
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Graphic Novels, #1 issues #1-6
Genre:
Paranormal, Vampires, Graphic Novel, Adult
Publication.Date:July 18, 2007
Pages:168 (hardcover)
Published By:  Marvel
Website:Laurell K. Hamilton

Stacie Ritchie (Text)

Jessica Ruffner (Text)

Brett Booth (Illustrator)

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Volume 1 on Goodreads
My review copy:Borrowed from the library
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Series:
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Graphic Novels #2, issues #7-12
Genre:
Paranormal, Vampires, Graphic Novel, Adult
Publication.Date:August 6, 2008
Pages:144 (paperback)
Published By:  Marvel
Website:Laurell K. Hamilton

Jessica Ruffner (Text)

Brett Booth (Illustrator)

Ron Lim (Illustrator)

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Volume 2 on Goodreads
My review copy:Borrowed from the library

Where to get:




New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton brings Anita Blake to the world of graphic novels. Anita Blake lives in a world where vampires, zombies and werewolves have been declared legal citizens of the United States. Anita Blake is an "animator" - a profession that involves raising the dead for mourning relatives. But Anita is also known as a fearsome hunter of criminal vampires, and she's often employed to investigate cases that are far too much for conventional police. But as Anita gains the attention of the vampire masters of her hometown of St. Louis, she also risks revealing an intriguing secret about herself - the source of her unusual strength and power.

(Goodreads)


I read Guilty Pleasures many years ago and absolutely loved it. It's the first true adult series that I read and loved - at least until it became more about the sex scenes than the mystery, but that's another story.

These two volumes stick very closely to the novel and is essentially just these artists interpenetration and visualizations of the novel. The artwork is detailed and eye catching, allowing yourself to really be pulled into the story.

My problem with graphic novels is simply that: my problem. They don't have enough depth for me to really be pulled into the story. While these volumes encompass the main aspects of Guilty Pleasures, I don't get the depth and back story of these characters that I really enjoy and felt was missing. But again, that's my issue with graphic novels as a whole and not necessarily with these two volumes.

If you are a fan of graphic novels and have yet to read Guilty Pleasures, or you're already a fan of the novel and enjoy graphic novels, these volumes are definitely something worth checking out!


  

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