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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse, Volume 1: Animator (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse #1)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  2,286 ratings  ·  39 reviews
What would you do for a million dollars? Would you resurrect a two-and-one-half-century old corpse? Harold Gaynor poses just that question to Animator and part-time vampire hunter, Anita Blake.
Hardcover, Graphic Novel, 120 pages
Published May 13th 2009 by Marvel (first published January 1st 2008)
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This book is very short and I wrote a long review of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures combined collection, so I'll just make a few points. Again, the plot is very consistent with the print book, so if you're a fan of the series, you're sure to like this. And I still really like how the graphic novel format emphasizes how petite and feminine Anita is, you really don't get as good a feel for it in the books, no matter how many times she says it. Seeing a small, curvy woman in a sk ...more
My memories of reading the early Anita Blake novels include a lot of intriguing world building and a lot of gore. A lot of gore. The graphic novel may not be exactly clinically detailed, however the chunks of mangled body parts are not alluded to but in full view. As for how the art translates the atmosphere: Dominga Salvador is a creepy old scary lady who looks rather normal, which just makes her more creepy; the zombies are nasty looking, especially the ones mistaken for regular humans; Jean C ...more
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
I really enjoyed the early Anita Blake novels so I'm reliving them through the graphic novels. The story is the same as the book for The Laughing Corpse but the artwork makes the characters come to live in a new way for me.

While reading the books I never really pictured the gory scenes in great detail so the way the artists bring to scenes to life in the graphic novel is really glory and I feel as though I'm watching a horror movie.
By Hamilton's description of Jean Claude in books, I never thoug
Anita looks awesome, Jean Claude looks like some weird porno marble statue. But this takes us back to the best of Anita in graphic form. It follows the book so readers wouldn't need to read the original book to understand what is going on. Very well done.
This brings back memories of Classic Anita. Almost makes me want to read the first books again.
Giovanni Gelati
I am doing two graphic novels together here in this post. I have been trying to vary the stuff I am reading and always looking for new stuff to throw at you and this was just something I couldn’t pass up. I am going to admit from the get go that I had not run into Laurell K. Hamilton’s work before this, but am glad I did. I think it gave me a firm base to start from if I grab any of her full length novels. For those like myself that haven’t come across her New York Times Bestselling full length ...more
review by Meesh

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*

Continuing the saga, the book opens with Anita Blake being asked to raise a long dead ancestor of a very shady character, to the tune of a million dollars. So long dead is this ancestor, though, that Anita would need to do a human sacrifice to raise it. She doesn't do human sacrifice, so she won't agree to take the job. The customer is unhappy and Anita knows her answer will not be accepted easily, but she soon has other things to worry about.

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This time I start with the first volume, and I can tell it was better! One more time, we get into the story very quickly. The meeting with the voodoo priestess is very impressive and we feel all the horror and the feelings that inspire the machinations about the zombies. The dead are very well realized, but I confess the last ones are a little too much green. Shouldn't they be gray instead?

Otherwise I think the story follows the book very well, and we find Anita
Feb 10, 2011 Kenya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This graphic novel is amazing! I didn't think they would be able to fit the whole novel; which they didn't only about the first half, but they did a wonderful job. What I liked most is actually having a visual of the characters that i am so fond of reading about. Dolph as well as Jean-Claude exceeded my expectations in looks and I was really disappointed in the visualization of Detective Zebrowski and Dominga Salvador neither look like what I envisioned but still i enjoyed it nevertheless. Laugh ...more
I stopped reading the 'Anita Blake' books as I found them to be erotica very loosely connected by a plot. Had to select some graphic books for a challenge so picked this off the library shelf to see if 'comic' form might have been not so rude.

The character of Anita was drawn with huge boobs, long black curly hair, almost permanent sneers and a wide array of guns and knives. The bodies are dripping in gore, the zombies yucky, yucky, yucky. A teenage boy's idea of heaven!

The story not complete in
Kate Egerton
I like the story so far. not sure about the artwork (personal preference I think) but I will be reading the next two volumes as I need to finish the story!
Tüm kitabı sığdırabileceklerini düşünmemiştim ama sanırım yanılmışım. Tek kötü olan şey benim devamlı Anita' nın saçından istemem :(
Kari Ramirez
I really enjoyed the first few novels in the Anita Blake series, before everything became a love triangle and boring sameness. So having the graphic novels of the first few books is exciting. The graphic novel so far is pretty much just an illustrated version of the novel and that is fantastic. It would be have been annoying if they changed it around. It's fun to have faces to add to the ideas you have in your head of what characters in the book should look like. The illustrations are brilliant ...more
recently picked up a copy for 2.99 at a local comic book fair, and having vaguely remembered the book (the only one I ever brought... and got my ex hooked on it) I thought i would give it a go. I felt the artwork was pretty clean and sharp, if anything they could have gone more graphic in their detail, and the comic itself was pretty close to my memory of the novel itself. definitely one for fans of the earlier stories in the book series! ...more
This is a graphic novel off of the Anita Blake vampire hunter book series. This is right near the beginning and I loved seeing everything drawn out in art. I have no idea how they'll do this later on in the series when the entire plot turns into a giant orgy, but this early along it works well. This is very short, I read it in a day.
These are really adapted well from the books.
I loves me my Anita Blake. Now she's back trying to figure out what is killing innocent people and eating them: a ghoul, a super-zombie. She has to get involved with scary voodoo heavies to find out info. Meanwhile, the hot new vampire leader is hunting her down to claim her as his human slave. To be continued...
I requested this book not realising it was a graphic novel, and decided to read it anyway. It's part of a series, which I didn't realise, so it doesn't end in this book. Overall, I was disappointed, but it's really my own fault, I wanted to read a different type of book.
Mar 12, 2011 Emma-Louise rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of anita blake
Ok, so I couldn't wait to start the Laughing Corpse, and who could blame me? Just like the books themselves, these gorgeously drawn comics are addictive! The gore, the mystery, the Zombies, the fantastic banter between Anita and Jean-Claude... Classic Anita!
Once again thanks to Brett Booth for giving a version of Anita that really looks like her. I don't hink he even still draws these, but whoever didi paid attention to what he did to visualize Anita. I love these gn's . . .
They are all very redundant. Anita has some problem with vampires and werewovels, and she has a murder to solve and somehow the murder links to the werewovels. blah blah blah.
I think these stories transfer very well to graphic novel format. Was interesting to read them after the novel (years ago) and seeing how someone else imagined the visuals.
Amy Denim
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. There are so many subplots and the characters are interesting, with depth. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
As always, I love seeing Anita Blake as a graphic novel, but I have to say that Jean Claude is drawn rather grotesquely. :\
Really enjoyed the first few books in this series. Then they turned really raunchy and I like a plot and not just sex.
It is fun to reread the stories and see what Hamilton had in mind when creating the story and the characters.
Jeremy Muse
While it was hard to get into, I still liked Anita. Fun comic, but again, I'll stick to the books.
I didnt like the novel, I didnt care for the comic. Guilty Pleasures was good though.
I don't know why I persist with these, or when I last felt so thoroughly underwhelmed.
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Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis ...more
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