Comic Review: True Blood #1

True Blood #1
Created by Alan Ball
Written by Michael McMillian and Ann Nocenti
Art by Michael Gaydos
Colors by Marcelo Maiolo
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Cover by Tim Bradstreet
IDW Publishing
Release Date: May 23, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

With HBO’s Season 5 premiere of True Blood about to “come out of the coffin” on June 10th and now as an ongoing monthly comic series, it is a good time to be a Fangbanger. IDW is back again with True Blood #1 with a ‘Where Were You?’ story arc which lands on the one year anniversary of the Great Revelation aka Coffin Night. Creator Alan Ball teams up with writers Michael McMillian (who shows off another talent playing Reverend Steve Newlin on the show) and Ann Nocenti to bring us a new tale of the dark denizens of Bon Temps. Backstories are revealed from the day vampires informed humanity that not only do they exist, but with the invention of the synthetic blood substitute Tru Blood, the living and the dead can now peacefully coexist. Favorite characters from the show mingle with interesting and mysterious strangers on this strange new holiday which seeks to rival the decadence of Mardi Gras. This issue proves loyal to the world of the True Blood show but diverges from the storyline, making it a must see for Trubies and newbies alike.

Artist Michael Gaydos (of Alias fame) manages to make everyone recognizable from the small screen while still maintaining a painterly flair and the coloring by Marcelo Maiolo never lets you forget you are in a green swampy town at night, which in this case is a good thing. Tim Bradstreet (appropriately from Vampire the Masquerade) gives us three covers which all feature Sookie looking as sultry as ever, but I prefer the sketch variant which shows his signature kinetic linework. There is not much in the way of innovation, but the art is consistent and cool to look at either way.

Even if you don’t like vampires, there are werewolves, shapeshifters, witches, a telepathic fairy waitress, townies, and oodles of really hot living and undead folks to go around, and I’ve only credited half the cast. Secrets are unearthed and a new baddie shows up to create a special delivery of a cliffhanger which nicely sets up the issues to come. The love for the ever-evolving mythology of Bon Temps already shines through in this first issue, and I’m sure it will give readers yet another way to enjoy all the sexy bloodlust, from the comfort of their own home.

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