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Blood and sex mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte's, when Sookie and her friends are trapped by a vengeful spirit who feeds on shame. People die and dirty secrets are revealed as Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette and are all coerced to dig deep and tell painful memories from their past....those things we all have locked within us that we never tell anoth Blood and sex mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte's, when Sookie and her friends are trapped by a vengeful spirit who feeds on shame. People die and dirty secrets are revealed as Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette and are all coerced to dig deep and tell painful memories from their past....those things we all have locked within us that we never tell another living soul! Bon Temps, Louisiana has never been stranger, or more twisted, in a story co-plotted by True Blood series creator Alan Ball, with a script by David Tischman (Bite Club) and Mariah Huehner, and lush art by David Messina (Star Trek: Countdown).


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Blood and sex mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte's, when Sookie and her friends are trapped by a vengeful spirit who feeds on shame. People die and dirty secrets are revealed as Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette and are all coerced to dig deep and tell painful memories from their past....those things we all have locked within us that we never tell anoth Blood and sex mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte's, when Sookie and her friends are trapped by a vengeful spirit who feeds on shame. People die and dirty secrets are revealed as Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette and are all coerced to dig deep and tell painful memories from their past....those things we all have locked within us that we never tell another living soul! Bon Temps, Louisiana has never been stranger, or more twisted, in a story co-plotted by True Blood series creator Alan Ball, with a script by David Tischman (Bite Club) and Mariah Huehner, and lush art by David Messina (Star Trek: Countdown).

30 review for True Blood: All Together Now (True Blood Comics #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Awful. Awful, awful, awful, awful...AWFUL! Worst. Dialogue. Ever. Total crap! Gah! What a stupid story! I can't even form complete thoughts after reading this. Awful.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Being a fan of both the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris and the TV series "True Blood", I had to check out this graphic novel. This is clearly based on the TV series and NOT the Sookie Stackhouse books. The artwork is based very closely on the actors in the TV series. The artwork is good, but the resemblance is just a little weird for me. The story involves a creature called an imp shaloop - basically a crazy thing with lots of tentacles and teeth, who holds captive all the important Being a fan of both the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris and the TV series "True Blood", I had to check out this graphic novel. This is clearly based on the TV series and NOT the Sookie Stackhouse books. The artwork is based very closely on the actors in the TV series. The artwork is good, but the resemblance is just a little weird for me. The story involves a creature called an imp shaloop - basically a crazy thing with lots of tentacles and teeth, who holds captive all the important characters from the show (after it kills off all the expendable Merlotte's regulars). The creature feeds off of shame and forces everyone to tell their most shameful story. Basically this just seemed like a weird way to get everyone in a room and dishing dirt. None of the shameful stories seemed all that shameful to me, actually, and nothing was totally surprising or revealing if you've watched the TV series at all. The characters seemed like flat imitations of themselves - the spark that they have on TV was not here. For me the conclusion was really weak - they didn't really "defeat" the creature, and I didn't think the creature got the revenge it was looking for, either. There was a short lead-in to the next story arc but I won't be looking for volume 2.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    For some background on me, I read the first 8 books in Charlaine's Sookie Stackhouse series until I completely burned out and I've seen every episode of True Blood. It's not the best thing on TV, or even HBO, but it succeeds more often than not at being an entertaining mess (good looking people getting naked-a LOT-doesn't hurt.) And, damn it. I feel kind of guilty giving this two stars because there were parts of this I liked but really, they could do better. I gather from other reviewers this s For some background on me, I read the first 8 books in Charlaine's Sookie Stackhouse series until I completely burned out and I've seen every episode of True Blood. It's not the best thing on TV, or even HBO, but it succeeds more often than not at being an entertaining mess (good looking people getting naked-a LOT-doesn't hurt.) And, damn it. I feel kind of guilty giving this two stars because there were parts of this I liked but really, they could do better. I gather from other reviewers this story takes place between seasons 2 and 3. So after Mary Ann but before Russell Edgington (best TB villain ever, y/y?) A supernatural spirit visits Merlotte's and traps Sookie, Bill, Eric, Tara, Lafayette, Jason and some nameless rednecks-for Star Trek fans, you can think of them as red shirts here-inside and forces them to recount the things they are most ashamed of. I liked Sam's story the best but, then again, it's a story about a dog so of course I would. I'm gathering IDW (the land of licensed content comics) and HBO mandated the characters must above all else resemble their TV counterparts, which is logical but gives the art a waxy mannequin-like feel. The coloring is also too heavy-handed. As the art is noticeably better in the flashback sequences, I tend to believe corporate meddling is to blame instead of the creative team. The story is a cool idea but the execution is silly. Way too many hackneyed side conversations and blithe mouthing off to a monster that just killed half of the bar, not to mention almost killing a vampire. One thing that was good: Tara is significantly less annoying on the printed page. In my house, a Tara-centric scene is a scene that gets fast forwarded over. DVR's rule. I've often looked at this series in my local comics shop but I've never actually thrown down for an issue. I might read another TPB from the library to see if this gets better.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jillyn

    Down at Merlotte's in Bon Temps, Louisiana, life just keeps getting weirder for the mind-reading, vampire-dating, little blonde waitress named Sookie Stackhouse. One night at work during a fierce thunderstorm, a native creature called an imp shaloop locks the True Blood regulars inside. An intense monster with fangs and tentacles, he feeds on others' shame. Sam, Sookie, Bill, Eric, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette are forced to dish out their dirtiest secrets and stories until the trickster spirit is Down at Merlotte's in Bon Temps, Louisiana, life just keeps getting weirder for the mind-reading, vampire-dating, little blonde waitress named Sookie Stackhouse. One night at work during a fierce thunderstorm, a native creature called an imp shaloop locks the True Blood regulars inside. An intense monster with fangs and tentacles, he feeds on others' shame. Sam, Sookie, Bill, Eric, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette are forced to dish out their dirtiest secrets and stories until the trickster spirit is finally tricked himself. ------ First, let me say I am a basic fan of this series. I have seen a few episodes of the show, and read a few of the books. I am not the biggest fan, nor am I one who detests the franchise. +/-That being said, I do believe that this plot does more accurately follow the TV show as opposed to the novels. That being said, this fact did not bother me in the slightest. +The artwork is gorgeous. Modeled after the cast of the TV series, I positively loved it. Particularly the portrayal of Eric Northman, who is my favorite to look at on the show. It's dark and gritty, and illustrates the monster well. -There wasn't really a major plot to this adaptation. It appeared to be just a way to reveal the pasts of all of the main characters in a short period of time, with no real battle or even real expansions on their tales of woe. +/-This first collection continues in a semi-cliffhanger, no doubt leading to a second volume of the graphic novels. I think that fans of True Blood as well as the Sookie Stackhouse novels would appreciate this artistic rendition of the vampiric story. If you're fed up with all the vampire shows or don't like True Blood- why would you pick this up? You wouldn't enjoy this either. This review can also be found on my blog, Bitches n Prose.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I gave up. Just couldn't read it. I'd rather watch an episode than read it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    Alan Ball knows how to craft a great television show. He has a sense of the flair for the dramatic and the style and pacing of television. What I wouldn't say is that he has a flair for great dialogue. He's not bad, he's just not got the zesty zip like Like your Warren Ellis, your Garth Ennis, your Brian Michael Bendis, or your Joss Whedon. And it shows in this comic. All the regulars from the television series gather at Merlotte's for no good reason, as far as I can see, sometime during season o Alan Ball knows how to craft a great television show. He has a sense of the flair for the dramatic and the style and pacing of television. What I wouldn't say is that he has a flair for great dialogue. He's not bad, he's just not got the zesty zip like Like your Warren Ellis, your Garth Ennis, your Brian Michael Bendis, or your Joss Whedon. And it shows in this comic. All the regulars from the television series gather at Merlotte's for no good reason, as far as I can see, sometime during season one of the show. An ancient Native American demon spirit shows up and traps everyone, killing a bunch of extras and then forcing each of our regulars to share their most shameful secret. But the stories are distinctly un-exciting. Nearly every one of them has to do with childhood acts (for which we're often ashamed, but rarely have the kinds of extenuating circumstances that make these stories less than juicy (or provocative)) and are so understandable that someone else in the group always says something like "it wasn't your fault." Even more irritating, from a canonical standpoint, at least two of the characters tell stories that are far outweighed in shamefulness by events revealed later in the television series. On one hand, Ball can be forgiven for not revealing key plot points from future seasons in an offshoot comic book, but on the other hand, he shouldn't have made the spirit telepathic then -- it claims to know if people are really telling their darkest secret. It's possible that Ball intended for the reader to realize the demon was lying about how much it could tell, but the resolution of the comic does not make that clear. The art and execution is pretty good, though the violent moments with the demon are near-impossible to decipher. This maybe is as it should be, though: Lovecraft often described tentacled otherworldly beings as frightening for their incomprehensibility. That said, not worth buying unless you're a True Blood completist. Probably worth getting from the library if you just want a bit more True Blood excitement, but I think you'd be better off reading volume 1 of Garth Ennis' Preacher if you haven't read that yet.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It feels so wrong to say I didn't like something True Blood related! I adore Charlaine Harris's novels and the show is one of my favourites, but this is juts a really silly lame story. The art work is supposed to look like the actors, but isn't quite right, they should have just got them to pose in a photo-story type way. Part of the plot is that the bad monster feeds of shame, so the main characters (who are all inexplicably in Merlotte's at the same time apparently between seasons 2 and 3, but It feels so wrong to say I didn't like something True Blood related! I adore Charlaine Harris's novels and the show is one of my favourites, but this is juts a really silly lame story. The art work is supposed to look like the actors, but isn't quite right, they should have just got them to pose in a photo-story type way. Part of the plot is that the bad monster feeds of shame, so the main characters (who are all inexplicably in Merlotte's at the same time apparently between seasons 2 and 3, but isn't Bill missing at this point?) tell their most shameful stories. These stories are not really very juicy (Jason shagged one of his teachers, blah blah). Some of the stories aren't even really stories, or even shameful. Part of the problem is that the background and personality of the some of the characters belongs to Charlaine Harris, and I think only she would be able to do justice to a real flashback type story. I've already written to much about this, it is an expensive book and I wouldn't pay full price, about sums it up!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Good: This graphic novel is drawn well, with all characters being easily recognizable. And it'll give you a True Blood fix if you're waiting for the next TV season to begin but don't want to read the books the series was based on. The Bad: The storyline was kind of pointless, as all of the major "secrets" revealed were more-or-less known to those who actually watch the show. And I'm kind of confused as to why a graphic novel would be created based on a TV show that's already based on a book s The Good: This graphic novel is drawn well, with all characters being easily recognizable. And it'll give you a True Blood fix if you're waiting for the next TV season to begin but don't want to read the books the series was based on. The Bad: The storyline was kind of pointless, as all of the major "secrets" revealed were more-or-less known to those who actually watch the show. And I'm kind of confused as to why a graphic novel would be created based on a TV show that's already based on a book series. Haven't we sort of messed with the original characters enough? This felt like really tame, fan-fiction with pictures.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Reg Mars

    I've been getting into comics lately so I thought with the season being over I' try to read these. The story is horrible an so uninteresting. It's just about them being trapped in Merlotte's by some monster and they need to tell him their deepest darkest secrets that nobody has heard before. The art is okay some look like the characters from the show others do only sometimes. Not worth the read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

    3.5 Stars * Disclaimer: A copy was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review* I'm a huge fan of the true blood series but I must admit I've only read the first book - don't worry I have almost all of them and I will read them eventually - and I am addicted to the TV show. This being said, this comic was a different experience for me since it never crossed my mind that this could be done. The artwork is amazing, there's two kinds of drawings of the characters in this comics and 3.5 Stars * Disclaimer: A copy was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review* I'm a huge fan of the true blood series but I must admit I've only read the first book - don't worry I have almost all of them and I will read them eventually - and I am addicted to the TV show. This being said, this comic was a different experience for me since it never crossed my mind that this could be done. The artwork is amazing, there's two kinds of drawings of the characters in this comics and I fell in love with the drawings by J. Scott Campbell. The way he portrayed some of the characters, especially Bill and Sookie, made them almost look like some superheroes, like the ones you would maybe find in a Marvel comic, and I found that fascinating. In terms of the plot, I have a bit of mixed feelings, but this could be solved in the next volume of this series. To me, it seemed like all the trouble they went through with the Imp Shaloop was for nothing since Eric did not show any symptoms after he was stricken by it. But maybe he will start showing it on the next volume. We’ll have to wait and see. I actually enjoyed the fact that the authors decided to go deeper into the characters’ past mostly because they had to share some deeper and painful memories that otherwise we wouldn’t know about. My favorite ones were by Sookie and Eric, because through Sookie’s memory we could understand a bit more of her relationship with her parents and how her ability affected them, and Eric’s because it showed us a more caring side of him and if you watch the show you know how hard he tries to conceal this. When it comes to the characters, I think they did a pretty good job showing their personalities when in comparison with the TV show, but I did not like their Sookie’s impersonation since she came across way too sweet, and on the show she does not come across like this. I am looking forward for the next volume. Read this review on my blog: http://liisadventuresinbookland.blogs...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    One night down at Merlotte's in Bon Temps, everyone in the restaurant is trapped by a creepy, tentacled imp spirit who feeds on shame. The spirit won't release everyone until they all tell a shameful recollection from their past. Since this is based on True Blood, the stories include those of vampires and shapeshifters. The comic is based on the television series, which is based on the book series. The art used is a sort of vector stylized photo cartoon style, sort of like you can do to your Face One night down at Merlotte's in Bon Temps, everyone in the restaurant is trapped by a creepy, tentacled imp spirit who feeds on shame. The spirit won't release everyone until they all tell a shameful recollection from their past. Since this is based on True Blood, the stories include those of vampires and shapeshifters. The comic is based on the television series, which is based on the book series. The art used is a sort of vector stylized photo cartoon style, sort of like you can do to your Facebook profile photo. The result is that the characters look much like the actors they portray on the show. This works, but seems a little distracting to the ongoing story. That's probably just me, though. The story works well as back story to some of the characters, and it's suggested by an idea from series writer Alan Ball. I don't know if these were separate issues before they became a graphic novel, but the chapters divide up by just ending, not building to a cliffhanger. It makes for a kind of broken reading experience to then flip through a few pages of issue cover art to get back into the story. Most of the stories were interesting. A couple were less so. The imp shaloop character was well created and drawn, with tentacles shooting out of his coat and capturing people near him. The ending hints at a sequel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue)

    I was volunteering at the library and found that this book was shelved incorrectly. I'm slowly working my way through the book series and I love the television show. I couldn't help myself. I was laughing at all the artwork as I flipped through the pages before I started reading. After a few pages, I couldn't continue. The dialogue was insane and the artwork from different artists was not appealing. It was a giant mess. I think I'll just stick to HBO and the material written by Charlaine Harris. I was volunteering at the library and found that this book was shelved incorrectly. I'm slowly working my way through the book series and I love the television show. I couldn't help myself. I was laughing at all the artwork as I flipped through the pages before I started reading. After a few pages, I couldn't continue. The dialogue was insane and the artwork from different artists was not appealing. It was a giant mess. I think I'll just stick to HBO and the material written by Charlaine Harris. Leave the Sookie Stackhouse entertainment to the pros.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm really big fan of books and series so this was interesting to read, but not so good as original story. Pictures are beautiful, especially at the end.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This was more like the tv show rather then the books.. but still a great story with one of my all time favorite characters.. Deffently a must read if you enjoyed the true blood series...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    Absolutely terrible. Don't buy this. If you must read it, borrow it from a library.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Worthless. Waste of money. Awful. Just awful. Pretty much like the show is turning out to be.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jmichaud

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. All Together Now takes place around Season 2 and before Season 3 on the TV series. True Blood creator, Alan Ball, states in the introduction that this graphic novel reveals some back stories of the main characters. It also provides him with an alternate medium to support the TV show without the restraints to creativity. Sookie, Tara, Sam, Lafayette and Jason are held hostage at Merlotte's along with customers by Ted, an imp shaloop. He is a trickster spirit who used to be worshiped by the Choctaw All Together Now takes place around Season 2 and before Season 3 on the TV series. True Blood creator, Alan Ball, states in the introduction that this graphic novel reveals some back stories of the main characters. It also provides him with an alternate medium to support the TV show without the restraints to creativity. Sookie, Tara, Sam, Lafayette and Jason are held hostage at Merlotte's along with customers by Ted, an imp shaloop. He is a trickster spirit who used to be worshiped by the Choctaw Indians. He feeds on the emotions, especially guilt, of other beings. His form is part man, part octopus or squid with a huge sharp distentable jaw. Eric comes to the bar to speak to Sookie. Bill follows shortly after. Ted "eats" Jason's girl-of-the-day to prove he's serious. He reveals that someone in the group has wronged him and he will keep them trapped until they all reveal to him the things in their past they feel most guilty for. A couple of rednecks try to take out Ted. He literally sucks them dry. Both Bill and Sam try to go against him and are easily brushed away. Even though ted goes after Sookie, Eric doesn't jump in. Because Ted won't leave until they all talk, Sookie decides to go first. She remembers the day her parents took Jason and Her to Gran's house so they could leave for a working trip. Sookie overhears her parents thoughts about her and lashes out; telling them to leave and never come back and that she hates them. That was also the night they died in the flash flood. Sookie never got to apologize. Ted makes a nasty comment and Jason tries to attack him with no luck. Eric goes next. He tells them about Rachel, a girl he knew in the 1500's in Europe. Godric had left him with a vamp named Nikolai. They're all captured by members of the Inquisition, headed by The Magister. After he takes a break from torturing Eric, He tells Rachel that he will put Eric on the wheel for more unless she agrees to give him the names of the underground rebel leaders. Despite Eric's protests, she gives up the names, including her father, to save Eric. The Magister kills her right after. Her last words to Eric ask him to make their deaths matter. He admits it was the last time he felt something about a human's death and for that, he feels shame. Godric and he destroyed all the Inquisitioners they could find. He says he felt humbled by her sacrifice and didn't like it. Some of the rednecks tease Eric and he attacks them. During the chaos, Sam mentions that Ted is avoiding wood. He tells Tara he needs a diversion to try to find a weakness. Tara describes her childhood to them all. She always had to take care of her alcoholic mother who would always have sketchy guys around as well. Tara watered down the liquor thinking she could help her mother. Because the booze wasn't working, one of the boyfriends gave her mother drugs. Tara found her overdosed and she had to go to the hospital. Lettie Mae's boyfriend came after her for taking his drugs. Tara's mom too his side even though Tara had been trying to protect her. She felt the guilt over her mother's overdose. She felt if she hadn't tried to stop her, she wouldn't have almost died from the drugs. Sam grabs a bottle from behind the bar, changes into a dog and attacks Ted. He breaks the bottle into the imp's mouth. Meanwhile, Andy and the Sheriff are outside trying to figure out what's going on. The bar is encased in a shield. While Andy wants to try dangerous ways to break through, Bud decides it's best to just wait and see what happens. The bottle contained grain alcohol, distilled from wood - Ted's weakness. Even weakened, he still sucks dry one of the two guys who try to rip him apart. Sam stands up to protect the remaining guy and tells his story. As a teenager, he spent a lot of time shifted into his dog form. He formed a friendship with a dog called Arthur. They were captured by guys doing some kind of medical research. Sam attacks the doctor and causes a chain reaction that sets the building on fire. He tried to set Arthur and the other animals free but the fire's gotten out of control. He finally realizes he can shift and get out. Even though he gets Arthur out, he still dies from all the smoke. Sam was used to everyone letting him down; he hated that he was the one who let Arthur down. Even though Ted loves Sam's story, he sucks dry another person. So, Jason goes next. He talks about a teacher he had in high school. Mrs. Lemore was his friend Peter's mom. Mrs. Lemore was always trying to help Jason but soon she started hitting on him. He knew it was wrong of her to do it, but he was a teenager with hormones. Eventually, he gave into her and they were caught by Peter. Jason tried to apologize but Peter wouldn't listen. The Lemores' marriage broke up and Peter and his mom left town. He tried writing to her but she never wrote back. Even though he knew she was the one who was wrong, deep down he always felt like the outcome was all his fault. Bill lets on to Sookie that he's working on a plan. Eric 'volunteers' Lafayette to go next to buy more time for Bill's plan. Lafayette talks about his mother and Tara's aunt, Ruby Jean. He explains how she used to talk to herself and was seriously paranoid. One day, she walked in on Lafayette who was experimenting with makeup and cross dressing. She hauled him to the bathtub and took a wire brush to him to try to scrub the wickedness out of him. From then on he pretending to be a tough guy but it pushed her further into craziness. She started confronting people on the street - asking them if they made her son gay. Finally, he had no choice but to have her put into the psych ward. He wonders if he had been normal, would she still have gone crazy and if she wasn't crazy would he still be gay? Jason, Sam, Tara & Lafayette sit together in support of each other. Bill is reluctant to tell his story but Ted reminds him they will remain trapped - and that the sun is coming up soon. Eric gets tense and tells Bill to start talking. Bill's story starts around the time Lorena changed him. He returns to Bon Temps and is found by a midwife named Thistle Maybery who is a kind and helpful person. He is starving. Thistle opens the curtains and Bill's vampire nature comes out. Thistle tried to escape but Bill attacks her. he drains her and burns down her house to cover up what he'd done. Lorena finds him. He now believes she was right to keep him away from human; that he is not safe. He goes with her to make their relationship work. Ted decides it's now time to tell his story. About a time when all kinds of creatures lived in the swamp before it was Bon Temps. His mother was also a trickster, but she wouldn't hurt anyone. She would only teach someone a lesson if they wronged her. The explorers and settlers came and killed everything in their way. His mother became ill from one of the diseases the settlers brought. He went to the one person he thought was strong enough to help - Eric. Eric turned him away. He wanted revenge and now felt he had it with the knowledge that the thing Eric feared the most was feeling because that's the one thing that is all human. He then channels all the emotions from the stories and zaps it into Eric. After, he drops the barrier as promised so they can all leave. They try to explain to Bud & Andy what happened. Jessica meets them outside where she's been checking out the forest. She ran into another imp named Larry. Larry was looking for Ted and he was ticked off. Sookie goes back in to confront Ted and tells him she knows he was just hiding out from Larry. She asks Eric why he came in the first place. He shows her a Fangtasia matchbook that was found with a dead vampire's remains in New Orleans. He tells her he thinks it's a warning from an insane vamp he knew 50 years ago in Berlin who he thought Godric had staked. He tells her it's not human feelings he's afraid of...it's this guy. And now this guys wants revenge...To be continued... Great as a short story. As far as the artwork goes, I'd say 50/50. The individual issue covers are gorgeous and creative. Some of the inserts look like exact replicas of photographs and are lacking individual touches. I don't feel the artists represented a couple of the characters at all. Sam and Jason were very poorly represented. But, overall, a great way to expand the TB universe.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Myka

    I am reviewing this as someone who has seen all of True Blood and read all the novels. The plot is suppose to take place between the second and third seasons. So some things are meant to hint at third season stuff, but it feels like you should already know about them. It was weird. The rest of the plot is about this demon that traps everybody in Merlotte's until he's heard everyone's deepest darkest secret shame. So besides the usual bar group: Sookie, Sam, Tara, Lafayette, Jason, and a few rando I am reviewing this as someone who has seen all of True Blood and read all the novels. The plot is suppose to take place between the second and third seasons. So some things are meant to hint at third season stuff, but it feels like you should already know about them. It was weird. The rest of the plot is about this demon that traps everybody in Merlotte's until he's heard everyone's deepest darkest secret shame. So besides the usual bar group: Sookie, Sam, Tara, Lafayette, Jason, and a few random townies. Eric also randomly shows up at the bar and Bill after the demon shows up. Typical set up. First problem. The artwork. Not that the art was bad in an artistic way. My problem with it was that the art went out of its way to make the characters look like the actors which meant Sookie had a grand total of one facial expression the entire book. Mouth half opened. Second problem. The deep, dark, shameful stories. There could have been so many good possible ways to do this. Or just something else. I didn't count how many times I laughed out loud with this book, except it wasn't supposed to be funny. They were ridiculous for the most part. The only good ones, and I'm stretching the word 'good' here, were Jason's, Lafayette's and 50% of Bill's (if it hadn't been so predictable and unimaginative). Surprisingly this may have been because they were the ones that look less like the actors. I sense a pattern here. Jason's story was the most disturbing (view spoiler)[It's about him having sex when he was 15 with his teacher. (hide spoiler)] But you don't see Amazon censoring that! Overall it just felt that they were trying too hard trying to keep the balance between the show perimeters while trying to create something original and it just falls apart at the seams and ends absurd. The writers also decided to include the 'Beel' term that's so rampant in fandom and which I found personally in great distaste. Only 12 year old fangirls use that term when they can't think up proper arguments to rationalize their ship. Ending and NOVELS spoilers. (view spoiler)[The kicker is that at the end the demon gives all the 'feelings' he fed on and dumps them on Eric. Which makes the whole book about Eric and do I sense bias? LOL forever. Though that would explain why Eric has become a little bitch in the books that cries after sex. ...Oops, there's that cynicism again. Back off crazy self, back off. Remember that books and show are different universes. (hide spoiler)] Thank god I got this from the library.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mark Johnson

    Not bad, but not exactly good either. I've read a fair amount of tie-ins, both comics and novels, and they all have the same basic problem: despite what the publisher wants you to believe, they don't count. Because the people making the tv show don't want to have important events take place off camera where the majority of their viewers won't see it (most people can't afford to buy every single side-story they green-light for fans of other media) nothing that happens in them is ever brought up i Not bad, but not exactly good either. I've read a fair amount of tie-ins, both comics and novels, and they all have the same basic problem: despite what the publisher wants you to believe, they don't count. Because the people making the tv show don't want to have important events take place off camera where the majority of their viewers won't see it (most people can't afford to buy every single side-story they green-light for fans of other media) nothing that happens in them is ever brought up in the main series and there's no room for development with the characters unless they've been created specifically for this stand alone story. While the people working on the comics have to find some way to work their stories into the often complicated continuity of an ongoing tv show, the writers of the series proper will basically ignore whatever is being done by people working on spin-off books, comics, or video games. Essentially these tie-ins are just glorified fan-fiction and are treated as such by the show's writers. As tie-ins go, this wasn't terrible, although the dialogue is sometimes clumsy (in the beginning characters address each other by their full names so the reader will know exactly who they are). There are also a few inconsistancies within the story itself (in one issue a character seems to not realize Sookie can read minds, but then starts referring to her as psychic an issue or two later without her doing anything to clue him in) as well as some of the story's internal logic (a 1,000+ year-old spirit creature called "Ted" reacts like he's never heard the name "Bill" before?), but this was a pretty fast read - I blew through it in about 24 hours - and it was fairly enjoyable. The artwork varies in quality, with the flashback sequences being the best parts, and the premise (the main characters are trapped and recount stories from their pasts) is good, but nothing that hasn't been done before - and done better - in other books, movies, etc. I'd really only recommend this book to the die hard fans.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    I've only read a few of the books, honestly, and I never got past the first season of the show. But, I was still intrigued by the idea of a True Blood graphic novel -- despite the fact that I'm not really savvy in the genre of graphic novels, either. We begin with an introduction by the creator of the show, who briefly comments on the ever evolving world of graphic novels to adapt to a larger audience. Then, we get the story -- or really, a bunch of stories, since it's pretty much a tale of every I've only read a few of the books, honestly, and I never got past the first season of the show. But, I was still intrigued by the idea of a True Blood graphic novel -- despite the fact that I'm not really savvy in the genre of graphic novels, either. We begin with an introduction by the creator of the show, who briefly comments on the ever evolving world of graphic novels to adapt to a larger audience. Then, we get the story -- or really, a bunch of stories, since it's pretty much a tale of everyone telling their own tales, to shed light on the characters. We first see Sookie getting wet in a storm, followed by a few sexual innuendos about her wet t-shirt, of course. A huge octopus/squid creature with an ugly messed up jaw busts into the bar, someone calls it an Oompa Loompa, and then we get a bloody fight and a few "Ghhuhhhhhhhh!"s. Sookie announces that her big, bad boyfriend Bill will save the day. Then there is more blood, everyone is trapped, SMACK!, DAMN! KHHHCHK! Bill is trapped, Sookie will do ANYTHING to free her hero, and the octopus/squid creature with the ugly messed up jaw comes up with a solution. Everyone will tell their most shameful story, he will feed on the shame and gain strength for himself, then he will channel all of the negative energy into one of the characters, who personally wronged him in the past. At this point, we get a lot of flashbacks, emotion, glimpses into the past, each of which, I presume, will add a bit of depth to our perceptions of the characters (although I can't say for sure, not having kept up with the show or books). The stories were good -- some sad, some tragic, most intense, and I guess I'll stop here with the play by play so that I don't spoil the WHOLE thing, right? If you love True Blood, read it. If you've never seen the show or read the books, probably skip it. I'm vaguely familiar with the characters, but I just felt like I was missing something. Save this one for the real fans of the series, I guess!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aparajitabasu

    Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here Presenting True Blood Vol 1: All Together Now by Alan Ball, David Tischman, Mariah Huehner, David Messina. Here is the summary of the book: Blood and passion mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte's as Sookie and the usual suspects settle in for the long haul. Until, that is, they find themselves unexpectedly trapped by a vengeful, vile creature who feeds off the miserable shame of others - and none will survive the morning unless all Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here Presenting True Blood Vol 1: All Together Now by Alan Ball, David Tischman, Mariah Huehner, David Messina. Here is the summary of the book: Blood and passion mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte's as Sookie and the usual suspects settle in for the long haul. Until, that is, they find themselves unexpectedly trapped by a vengeful, vile creature who feeds off the miserable shame of others - and none will survive the morning unless all their dirty little secrets are revealed. So Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette are forced to dig deep and tell painful tales of their pasts - the kind you never willingly reveal!, I'm not what you would call a conventional reader of the true blood series, I have only yet read book 1 (i have the whole series in my e-library just haven't gotten round to reading it yet) and I still need to finish the remaining seasons (only seen first two)..... that being said this is a perfect specimen when it comes to the graphic art of this book. By that of graphics, the art of the novel is spectacular. While I don't like the series very much but it is striking how close to the actors these illustrations of them in the book were. Again I state that since I don't really follow the show much (i will definitely get around to it) so the plot is a bit unclear to me. I did like each of the characters telling about their pasts and its a good one to do too, makes us appreciate their back story even more..... I'll definitely be trying out Vol 2 when it happens. "An artistically marvelous piece of Tue Blood literature"

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    So, this story begins on a rainy night in Louisiana. An evil spirit, and Imp Shaloop, comes to Merlotte's and traps the staff and patrons. It is an old Choctaw spirit that eats souls with evil thoughts. He calls himself Ted and requires all of the patrons to tell the most shameful secret about themselves before he will let them go. Sookie, Eric, Tara, Sam, Lafayette, and Jason willingly tell their stories. Bill is the last to tell his. But the spirit is a trickster whose real purpose is to take So, this story begins on a rainy night in Louisiana. An evil spirit, and Imp Shaloop, comes to Merlotte's and traps the staff and patrons. It is an old Choctaw spirit that eats souls with evil thoughts. He calls himself Ted and requires all of the patrons to tell the most shameful secret about themselves before he will let them go. Sookie, Eric, Tara, Sam, Lafayette, and Jason willingly tell their stories. Bill is the last to tell his. But the spirit is a trickster whose real purpose is to take revenge on Eric because Eric refused to help the trickster spirit's mother when the spirit begged for help. The spirit also kills a number of the patrons in Merlotte's including the girl who was Jason's date. But since the characters killed by Ted, in the Star Trek terminology, are all "red shirts", we don't really miss them. There deaths just serve to ramp up the sense of danger. After the trickster collects all the stories, he forces Eric to feel all the emotions he collected which is very hard on a vampire. Then he lets them go. But Eric sticks around to talk to Sookie about something he really fears - a crazy vampire that he thought Godric had staked. Then the book ends on that cliffhanger. The story was interesting and had some backstory about our favorite characters that help make them more well-rounded people. The full-color art was well-done. The characters mostly look like they do on the television show. I did have trouble recognizing Tara in a couple of the frames. This would be a good book for fans of True Blood to have if they, like me, are waiting for the next season to come out on DVD.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ramie

    Blood, sex, booze, monsters, fights - you know just what one expects in a vampy / True Blood comic. In other words this ain't your kid's comic. So if you're out here blindly looking for something for the kids knowing that they like both vampires and comics? Well, run. This one is for mature audiences. That said if you're are a member of said mature audience and you like True Blood, you'll probably be okay with this so long as you are a fan of comics/graphic novels/whatever you prefer to call them Blood, sex, booze, monsters, fights - you know just what one expects in a vampy / True Blood comic. In other words this ain't your kid's comic. So if you're out here blindly looking for something for the kids knowing that they like both vampires and comics? Well, run. This one is for mature audiences. That said if you're are a member of said mature audience and you like True Blood, you'll probably be okay with this so long as you are a fan of comics/graphic novels/whatever you prefer to call them. I won't ruin the storyline for you but it involves the main True Blood cast (as opposed to the Sookie Stackhouse book series - slight differences) being trapped in Merlotte's and needing to, shall we say, work their way out of their predicament in a very non traditional way. In other words it keeps the spirit of True Blood. It felt as though they were still working out the looks of the characters, especially Sookie, as they worked on it or maybe they were just drawn by multiple people even within the same chapters -- this could throw some people. A few times it almost seems to be a spoof of the series, just for a brief moment or two. Still overall it's a pretty decent comic. You don't really need to be into the show to read it - we get a feeling for who all of the characters are and how they relate to one another. It is missing the story of how the town came to accept vampires and shapeshifters though so if you want to understand that aspect you'd want to watch the show first. Otherwise it could be read as a standalone.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This True Blood graphic novel is based on the HBO show rather than the books and is written by the show's screenwriter. The art is vividly colorful and very much based again on the characters as they appear in the TV show. It probably takes place near the end of Season 2, as far as I can tell. It's a quick, interesting story that adds to the depth of various characters, so I think pretty much any fan of the show would like it. You can really tell the screenwriter wrote this. The dialogue is righ This True Blood graphic novel is based on the HBO show rather than the books and is written by the show's screenwriter. The art is vividly colorful and very much based again on the characters as they appear in the TV show. It probably takes place near the end of Season 2, as far as I can tell. It's a quick, interesting story that adds to the depth of various characters, so I think pretty much any fan of the show would like it. You can really tell the screenwriter wrote this. The dialogue is right on. I could hear the characters' voices as I read and everything sounded right. The story goes like this: Sam, Sookie, Bill, Eric, Jason, Tara, Lafayette, and a few assorted townsfolk are at Merlotte's one night when a crazy, tentacled monster shows up (naturally). The monster feeds on human shame and guilt, so he demands to hear everyone's deepest, darkest secret. Secrets get pretty deep and dark in True Blood, and this premise is what made me buy the book... So, all the main characters tell their stories. Some are more compelling than others, but for the most part they added to my knowledge of the characters and their motivations. And in addition to filling in the backstory of Bon Temps and its trouble-prone residents, there are also aspects of this story that tie into things that happen in Season 3. I won't say what happens at the end, but I will say that it might explain a few things about Eric and how he seems a little different in Season 3 of the show.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

    Being a True Blood show and Sookie Stackhouse book fan, of course I jumped at the chance to borrow this from my pal. The artwork is colorful, rich, but some images were a little too vague in the face, especially for the background cast, while other profiles were dead-on. Big thumbs up for the realistic tone and dialogue of the characters. As for the plot, it's slightly silly but it fits a volume one for True Blood fans and accomplishes what it sets out to do -- gives fanboys and fangirls everywher Being a True Blood show and Sookie Stackhouse book fan, of course I jumped at the chance to borrow this from my pal. The artwork is colorful, rich, but some images were a little too vague in the face, especially for the background cast, while other profiles were dead-on. Big thumbs up for the realistic tone and dialogue of the characters. As for the plot, it's slightly silly but it fits a volume one for True Blood fans and accomplishes what it sets out to do -- gives fanboys and fangirls everywhere a chance to learn a deep dark secret about their favorite cast members. The secret has nothing to do with revealing characters for the book, but it does dig deeper into the televised show as a separate entity. It feels different from the TV show, disconnected somehow, so that it doesn't further it much for fans for the storyline. All of them are in at Sam's bar one night when a mysterious creature walks in, where they must reveal an intimate secret they never told anyone about to satisfy their debt with it. Their is no major, central plot to the book, more of a character revealing and deeper inspection of those people have fallen in love with from the show. Honestly most of the stories weren't terribly exciting. Almost all were from childhood moments, and each ended with a therapeutic gathering of the group reassuring the person it wasn't really their fault. If you're a big fan you'll want this one for completionist sake. If you're a casual viewer or only read the books, this colorful graphic novel will do little to rouse your interest.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Froggy80

    Quand j'ai trouvé cette BD, j'étais vraiment contente car je suis une vraie addict de la série TV True Blood. Je sais, c'est une vraie honte, mais je n'ai pas encore débuté la saga littéraire, même si j'ai en ma possession les deux premiers tomes de cette série. Par contre, j'espère que les livres sont meilleures que la bande dessinée, car je dois vous dire que je suis extrêmement déçue de celle-ci! Premièrement, j'ai plus ou moins aimé les illustrations qui nous sont présentés (mais ça, c'est ma Quand j'ai trouvé cette BD, j'étais vraiment contente car je suis une vraie addict de la série TV True Blood. Je sais, c'est une vraie honte, mais je n'ai pas encore débuté la saga littéraire, même si j'ai en ma possession les deux premiers tomes de cette série. Par contre, j'espère que les livres sont meilleures que la bande dessinée, car je dois vous dire que je suis extrêmement déçue de celle-ci! Premièrement, j'ai plus ou moins aimé les illustrations qui nous sont présentés (mais ça, c'est ma vision perso. Ça n'enlève rien au contenu de la BD). Malgré tout, je trouve que certains personnages sont bien représentés tel que Lafayette et Tara. Secundo, je sais bien que c'est un épisode inédit, mais nous y rencontrons une créature des plus bizarres. Une sorte de démon avec des "tentacules" comme bas de corps... Vraiment trop bizarre et pas "en lien" avec True Blood tant qu'à moi ! Pour faire un résumé, l'histoire au tout début de la première saison. L'horrible créature arrive au Merlot et séquestre toutes les personnes présentes dans l’établissement. Que demande-t-il en échange de la liberté de tous ? Rien de moins que de partager leurs secrets les plus honteux qu'ils ont. Pourquoi ? Car il se nourrit de ceux-ci... Il promet donc de tuer toutes les personnes qui.... Pour découvrir la suite de cet avis sur Frogzine, visitez ce lien : http://frogzine.weebly.com/1/post/201...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read it for Eric, blatant and utterly no remorse is this statement. I'm a total Sookie/Eric fan so this comic is in the "Sookie before I could get behind her dating decisions", set probably around season 1 of the show and book 1 of the series its sort of like if True Blood made an episode that was pure filler (wow like we didn't get enough of those in the show). It's all about a native trickster who feeds on people's darkest and most shameful secrets and Merlotte's Bar and Grill was the place I read it for Eric, blatant and utterly no remorse is this statement. I'm a total Sookie/Eric fan so this comic is in the "Sookie before I could get behind her dating decisions", set probably around season 1 of the show and book 1 of the series its sort of like if True Blood made an episode that was pure filler (wow like we didn't get enough of those in the show). It's all about a native trickster who feeds on people's darkest and most shameful secrets and Merlotte's Bar and Grill was the place to be. We have Sookie, Bill, Eric, Jason, Tara, Lafayette, Sam, and some various others in the bar being forced to tell their darkest moments. None of them are especially note-worthy and everyone pretty much forgives as soon as the person's story is told. Bill kept putting his memory off so long I thought "ooooh its gonna be good" and nope. It. Was. Pointless. So as my entire review of this book is sarcastic you'll wonder why I gave it 3 stars. 1-the artwork is beautiful and the characters look just like the show. 2-I always love anything that has Eric being a season 1 viking vampire snot while occasionally hitting on Sookie and insulting Bill. And 3-Well it's True Blood and there's sassy Lafayette being sassy (I could hug that character). So read it to kill time, just don't expect anything really interesting to happen.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Slayermel

    If you’re a fan of the True Blood TV Show or book series, I think you will really appreciate the graphic novel. I thought the Art work was beautiful, bold and darkly striking as is the show, however in the graphic novel they are able to depict things in drawings that you can’t always capture fully when translating it to film. The Graphic novel sticks pretty true to the characters and the Art depicting the characters was surprisingly good as well. Usually I find artists have a hard time capturing If you’re a fan of the True Blood TV Show or book series, I think you will really appreciate the graphic novel. I thought the Art work was beautiful, bold and darkly striking as is the show, however in the graphic novel they are able to depict things in drawings that you can’t always capture fully when translating it to film. The Graphic novel sticks pretty true to the characters and the Art depicting the characters was surprisingly good as well. Usually I find artists have a hard time capturing faces properly. The story revolves around the Merlot bar and the main characters of the series being trapped within by an old creature from the area called an Imp Shaloop, basically a really ugly creature with many tentacles like arms. The creature feeds off of peoples shameful stories, so with the current crowd it will have a feast to last it a lifetime. ;op I enjoyed the stories and thought they were great in explaining how some of the characters became the way they are. I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys the series, and I can’t wait for the second instalment to this series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    This was just godawful, the first time I've ever considered asking for a refund for the writing itself. (As opposed to technical problems like bad resolution or missing pages.) The frame story is one of the dumbest things I've ever read, a demon who commands all of the books' main characters to tell their secret shames (killing some nameless side characters to prove he's big and mean), and those little vignettes just aren't told or shown in any kind of compelling fashion. The story obviously doe This was just godawful, the first time I've ever considered asking for a refund for the writing itself. (As opposed to technical problems like bad resolution or missing pages.) The frame story is one of the dumbest things I've ever read, a demon who commands all of the books' main characters to tell their secret shames (killing some nameless side characters to prove he's big and mean), and those little vignettes just aren't told or shown in any kind of compelling fashion. The story obviously doesn't go anywhere. The characters are flat, mopey, and capitulate almost instantly, everyone speaking stilted and indistinguishably. The villain isn't even flat, he's Swiss cheese, little more than a pastiche of a few of the worst comic megalomaniacs. The art looks like a student's, little shading or panache, just like the writing. Even the little things, like introducing main characters by having someone say their full name, were gratingly annoying from the first page. They'd have been better off ditching the filler of a frame story and sticking to plain vignettes, though it wouldn't save the rest of the problems.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    True Blood Volume 1: All Together Now By Alan Ball, David Tischman, Mariah Huehner and David Messina This Summery courtesy of goodreads.com Blood and sex mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte's, when Sookie and her friends are trapped by a vengeful spirit who feeds on shame. People die and dirty secrets are revealed as Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette and are all coerced to dig deep and tell painful memories from their past....those things we all have locked within us that we neve True Blood Volume 1: All Together Now By Alan Ball, David Tischman, Mariah Huehner and David Messina This Summery courtesy of goodreads.com Blood and sex mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte's, when Sookie and her friends are trapped by a vengeful spirit who feeds on shame. People die and dirty secrets are revealed as Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason, and Lafayette and are all coerced to dig deep and tell painful memories from their past....those things we all have locked within us that we never tell another living soul! Bon Temps, Louisiana has never been stranger, or more twisted, in a story co-plotted by True Blood series creator Alan Ball, with a script by David Tischman (Bite Club) and Mariah Huehner, and lush art by David Messina (Star Trek: Countdown) Review True Blood fans will love this graphic depiction of their favorite series, the art work is beautiful, bold and intensely dark.This book depicts events from our favorite characters pasts that they find shameful. A quick fun read. 3Stars

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