True Blood Comic #1 (Mild spoilers only)

Description: Alan Ball’s hit HBO series, the sensually sizzling story of the lives and loves of vampires, mind readers, and all manner of creatures, returns as an ongoing series! With creative collaboration from TRUE BLOOD creator/writer/producer Alan Ball, this series features writers Ann Nocenti (Daredevil, Green Arrow) and Michael McMillian (True Blood’s very own Reverend Steve Newlin) with art by Michael Gaydos (Alias).
True Blood Comic Issue #1 is the first of 4 issues that are part of the storyline called “Where Were You?”

My thoughts: I was disappointed with some elements of the True Blood “French Quarter” series because it seemed so wildly out of sync with canon.  Sookie was investigating a mystery with both Eric and Bill, and while it was clear this was post-Eric’s amnesia, she also simultaneously claimed to be broken up with Bill and yet tolerant of being treated like his current girlfriend.  It was very distracting from the mystery at the core.

Consequently, I was wary about the next storyline in the series, “Where Were You?” What little hope I had for the series revolved around it being written in part by Michael McMillian, who plays Steve Newlin on the show and is known to hang around a lot with Alexander Skarsgard off-set.  It’s a lame theory, but I hoped that his personal friendship with Askars might mean he might treat the character of Eric decently in a storyline.  Happily, I can report that so far, MichaMac came through for me!

The story starts in a nebulous present on “Coffin Night,” the holiday on which vampires celebrate the anniversary of the Great Revelation.  It’s clear that the series will have various characters talk about their own memories of that night, and this issue the focus is on Sookie, who had just started working at Merlotte’s at the time.  In the present, there is a mystery to be solved that involves a character not seen in a couple of seasons on the show, but which looks intriguing.

And while there is only a little actual Eric in this issue, it looks as if the mystery will involve Eric closely, and what we did see of him was, IMO, in character.  Plus, we got some actually Sooric interaction, something I suspect we may not get much of in season 5 if the story line plays out as projected.  All in all, I found it a good start, with an interesting story line and better-than-previous characterizations.  Thank you, MichaMac!  Now I’m eager to read the next issue!



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