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Review of True Blood: Tainted Love Issue #1

With Season 5 of True Blood premiering this Sunday (June 10) I’ve totally got Bon Temps on the brain. So to tide me over until the big day I thought I’d check out True Blood: Tainted Love Issue #1, a comic based on the hit HBO show.  Let the comic reviewing commence!

Our friends in Bon Temps just can’t seem to catch a break these days. Sookie Stackhouse’s world is turned upside down when contaminated bottles of Tru Blood cause the Southern Vampire population to go berserk! Looks like those growing human/vampire tensions aren’t going to simmer down anytime soon! But who (or what) is behind the bad Blood? And Hoyt plans to do what for Jessica?! The latest head-turning story arc of the True Blood comic series is here! Co-Written by Michael McMillian, Steve Newlin from the show, with fan-favorite Marc Andreyko!”

Written by: Marc Andreyko and Michael McMillian
Cover art by:  J. Scott Campbell
Interior art by: Joe Corroney

Artwork: 3 out of 5
The cover was phenomenal, I loved the style and the rich colors, and I really really wished that it would have continued inside the comic. Instead the inside artwork was just… blah. It wasn’t bad, it was actually well done, it was simply overdone. I find that same old comic style incredibly boring and not all that visually appealing. I know I know, I am being tough here. Perhaps I read too many comics, but I expect to be impressed by artwork and I love seeing innovative styles. Comics aren’t just about the story, the artwork obviously plays a big role as well, and Tainted Love didn’t impress me with its cliché style.

Story: 3.5 out of 5
Just like how the show has random and pointless scenes, the comic has random and pointless pages. For example, the dream sequence featuring Sookie, Eric and Bill having some sexy bite time didn’t add anything to the comic in any way. Given the short length of comics, I feel that they should focus on the story at hand and use every single page the best they can. The single dream sequence took away a few vital pages from what is potentially an amazing story. As for that main storyline, there isn’t more than a preview of it, but what I did see I liked. The contaminated Tru Blood is sure to cause all kinds of fangtastic drama. I am curious to see where this story goes and I can’t wait to find out who is behind the contamination.

Overall, True Blood: Tainted Love Issue #1 had its pros and cons. It may have its issues, but the main story has me curious enough to continue the series.

You can check out Issue #1 of Tainted Blood for FREE (yay free stuff) over here.

Have any of you read the comic? If so, what did you think?

– Moonlight

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Moonlight • June 9, 2012


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  5. Shanice February 1, 2014 - 12:56 pm Reply

    I like vampires and I am very curios about them

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