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TRUE BLOOD: TAINTED LOVE #1-6
Writers: Marc Andreyko & Michael McMillian / Artists: Joe Corroney & Stephen Molnar

 

Review Information

Reviewer: Pat Shand
Review Date: August 2011

Comic Information

Publisher: IDW Publishing

7.0

out of 10

 

TAINTED LOVE, the second TRUE BLOOD mini-series from IDW Publishing, is about a batch of Tru-Blood gone bad. With the same high levels of violence, romance, humor, and heart as the show, this six issue series focuses on Jessica, who has gone feral after drinking the spiked beverage. While Bill, joined by Hoyt, Jason, and Sam, tries to keep his progeny from killing humans, Eric and Sookie set out to find the culprit behind the bad batch. 

Though the dialogue is spotty in areas, writers Marc Andreyko (co-writer of CAPTAIN AMERICA & BUCKY) and Michael McMillian (interestingly, the actor who played Steve Newlin in the second season of TRUE BLOOD) do a good job telling this Jessica-centric tale. There are plenty of badass moments that you could only do in comics (Jess tears a gator in half), but hardcore fans of the TV show will not be disappointed. If you dig the romantic tension between Sookie and… well, every male in the show, you’ll find a lot to love in this comic. Fan of the flashbacks? Those are here as well. While you won’t see Viking Eric kicking ass or Bill killing flappers with Lorena, each issue gives readers a heartbreaking glimpse into Jessica’s past, leading up to moment that she was turned. While this comic never really falters, the area in which it soars is the interation between the supporting characters. Every character in the TRUE BLOOD universe has so much life, and the Andreyko/McMillian team uses small moments between these characters to ground their story. 

The art is mostly good. Joe Corroney splits penciling duties with Stephen Molnar for the latter half of the series, which is strange as their styles are quite different. Corroney’s art is very obviously photo referenced, while Molnar’s is more fluid. Both artists are solid on their own, but they both bring very different tones to the series. The covers, however, are downright beautiful. IDW brings on artists like J. Scott Campbell (DANGER GIRL) and Harvey Award nominee Jenny Frison (ANGEL, HACK/SLASH) on for cover duties, and the results are phenomenal. 

Fans of the show will find much to love here. Like ALL TOGETHER NOW, the first TRUE BLOOD miniseries, TAINTED LOVE stays true to the spirit of the show, adding to the mythos that creator Alan Ball has established. All six issues are currently available in comic shops, with the hardcover collection coming out in late September.






 
 



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