Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death #1
Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: The First Death Part One
Rating: Parental Advisory
An untold early adventure of Anita Blake.
Writers: Laurell K. Hamilton & Jonathon Green
Art: Wellington Alves
Colors: Color Dojo
Letters: Bill Tortolini
Editor: Mike Raicht
Cover Art: Brett Booth
Publisher: Marvel Comics/Dabel Brothers
Anita Blake fans who are upset about the hiatus between issues six and seven of Guilty Pleasures, take heart. This two-issue miniseries is a nice treat for fans of the character – a never-before told tale of Anita Blake. The young vampire hunter is brought in on the case of a bloodsucking serial killer – some vampire is brutally murdering children and leaving their bodies out in the open. This is more than a usual vampire killing… this is something much worse.
The first issue in this two-parter works very well. It gives us a some nice backstory on Anita and her first encounter with Guilty Pleasures, but it also works well as a murder mystery in its own right. What’s more, this story is PACKED. Even for a giant-sized issue, there’s a lot of story here, a lot of dialogue, a lot of information. For those of you sick of comic books you can read in 30 seconds, Anita Blake is the answer.
Wellington Alves is handling the art for this miniseries, and does quite a good job. His style is similar enough to regular artist Brett Booth to not be jarring, but he also has a slightly softer line, something that helps reflect that this Anita isn’t quite as weathered or hardened as the Anita we’ve read in the Guilty Pleasures series.
Adaptations of popular novels are great, but this is the sort of thing I hope we see more of in the future – new stories featuring popular characters, stories that may be even more beneficial in generating some crossover readership. Fans of Anita who passed on Guilty Pleasures may be enticed to pick this up for the new stuff, and that can only be a good thing.