This review is from: True Blood Volume 3: The French Quarter (Hardcover)
Having bought Volume 2 of the True Blood comics, I bought this one rather than Volume 1 simply down to the story line appealing to me more
And true enough, the story was good, reasonably gripping, had a few new characters and kept with the style of the canon ones pretty well. The mannerisms and speech for the usual characters were pretty spot on, and I could have no problem imagining the usual cast having fun with it if it turned into a script. If you're a True Blood fan then I'd say definitely get it.
Saying that, I did have a few negatives; one, the book has several comments for the Utter Beginner within it (things like Sookie's telepathy, that she has a close link with Bill in a relationship, that type of thing) which weirdly grated for me. As it seems to be set past season 4 based on a comment on Sookie and Eric's past relationship and a few other throw away references, it seems a peculiar point in the series story to hook completely new to the universe readers (especially as it takes up space in the story to do so)
The other is the artwork. It's nice artwork, dark and moody, but quite often it's hard to identify the character as it's not massively accurate to the actor in the story itself (other than a few exceptions - Lafayette being the most notable). This style coupled with sets that were dark and full of shadow resulted in me often having to identify the character through their clothing/height. To be fair, most of the time this isn't a problem. However, there are several 'flashback' periods that include characters such as Godric and Eric in period appropriate clothing/hair etc speaking to original story characters and then you're more reliant on the character actually naming the other one for identification purposes. Volume 2's artwork, in comparison, is very accurate to the usual actors so going from one to the other is a bit of a shock.
Anyway, for all my nit-picking, it's certainly an enjoyable read and the story itself is exactly the style I was after. One word of warning for those buying it for a particular character, this one is very Bill/Eric/Sookie focused - there's a small story with Pam and Lafayette too but other than a bit of Tara snark that's about it. Not an issue for me, but if someone's bought it for Sam or Jason etc then you're likely to sulk a bit