Sunday, September 12, 2010
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter: The First Death by Laurell K. Hamilton, Jonathon Green and Wellinton Alves
It wasn't a good idea to read this graphic novel adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's witchy vampire killer episodes immediately after Justin Cronin's The Passage. Anita Blake just isn't as kick-ass powerful as The Passage's uber vampire killer, Alicia Donadio. It really isn't fair, though, to compare these two very different books. A better match for Hamilton's simmering romantic tension between Anita and a dangerous guy she meets might be found in Robin McKinley's Sunshine. The deal-breaker for me, however, was the stupid curl of hair always hanging in front of Anita's face (in artwork by Wellinton Alves). It got even more annoying when the master vampire, Jean Claude, came on scene with an identical stray lock. Is it too much to ask that a murder investigation with bloody crime scenes not be upstaged by unruly hair?