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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse, Volume 3: Executioner (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse #3)

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What would you do for a million dollars? Would you resurrect a three-centuries old corpse? Harold Gaynor poses just that question to Animator and part-time vampire hunter, Anita Blake.
Hardcover, Graphic Novel, 120 pages
Published June 9th 2010 by Marvel (first published October 1st 2008)
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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
Reading this when I did was a good way to remind myself what Anita was like before she started dealing with the monsters on a personal level. This was my love/hate phase with Anita because she was such an extremely judgmental, holier-than-thou piece of work when she was younger. But at the same time she was a hard ass who knew enough to be afraid of what went bump in the night, since she knew it was real. The graphic novel just gave another dimension to the world that she lives in.

Anita as alway
Talyn Falls
The library didn't have the novel version of this story (and I refuse to spend money on this), but had this second half of the comic book adaptation, and seeing as how I'm not really in love with this series to begin with I totally cheated and am just going to read this and put the first part of the story together in my head with the help of the internet. I have to say that Anita Blake isn't quite so agitating in comic book form as she is in the books. I think it's because comics allow character ...more
Despite their occasional flaws, once upon a time I did sincerely love LKH's Anita Blake series before it took the pornarific turn of latter days that torpedoed any notion of plot, suspense or common sense. And while I've read lots of urban fantasy since I gave up on Hamilton, I have never found a substitute for sociopathic Anita and the alternate universe St. Louis where she works as a corpse animator and state-appointed vampire executioner. I picked this up on a whim from the library and actual ...more
Ok, so this is kind of a review of all six or so Graphic Novels. The story line hasn't changed, and I still love it. Badass girl fights all sorts of monsters. Never gets old.

However, the drawing kind of killed it for me. Richard was not at ALL how I pictured him, Jean-Claude was more fun to picture in my head, as was Anita. Anita wasn't as overly-sexualized in the books as she is in the Graphic Novels (because they're all drawn/written by men and so big boobs with skinny waists is what you get.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
You know I like Anita in the early books. So far anyway, or so I heard. Anyway this was good. Intense but at the same time I like that Anita is at least likable all the while gets the job done but knows something's wrong. Anyway, good volume.
Recently realized I'd never read the third and final book in the graphic novelization of "The Laughing Corpse". I read the first Anita Blake books long enough ago that the story is vaguely familiar, but not too familiar to take away the fun. I also love the quality of the art work. Definitely an enjoyable read, though I wonder if they make as much sense to people who have not read the books...
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Sara Thompson
This volume wraps up the Laughing Corpse series of the Anita Blake graphic novels. I rather liked this series (now that I understand how the books go). The story starts with a horrible murder caused by a rogue zombie. In this volume, Anita finds and destroys the zombie. The story behind the zombie's creation causes Anita to question her ability as a necromancer. More importantly, it asks the question what would we do for money and/or power.
I was a little disappointed that the vampire didn't come
Very good. These graphic novels follow the story so well. I think they did a great job with Anita and Jean-Claude as well as Dolph and Zebrowski. You just have to keep in mind that it's going to be a bit cartoony because it's a graphic novel, but the artwork is really good in my opinion. It took me back. I think they are only going to book four with the graphic novels, just in time to introduce Richard! Can't wait to see how they create him.
As a review to the whole three-volume set:

The art is clean; I like it. I did like the dirty-lined look of the original artist but the new artist has added realism to the shapes even while making the lighting a bit cartoony. The variant covers are cool too.

The story carried over well. I really enjoyed reading it; I did all three in a day.
The artwork is very impressive and the character's expressions very detailed. The last volume of the three contains most of the action and from start to finish moves very fast. To see the first LKH books in graphic novel form is a treat and is a look back to when her writing was top notch.
Amy Denim
A satisfying conclusion to this story. Lots of ends tied up, but room for more stories. The art is brilliant. It had to be lots of fun for the artists to do the china doll bridesmaid bit after all the blood and guts and gore throughout the rest of the story. Can't wait to read more.
Mar 15, 2011 Emma-Louise rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of anita blake
Brilliant conclusion! Although I can't stand the later books in the series, these early ones will always have a special place in my heart. Especially the Jean-Claude and Anita moments. Roll on Circus of the Damned!
Nice conclusion to the Dominga story line, and as ever, I love the art of these books. They really capture Anita as I've always seen her in my head.
They did a good job following the story, and the graphics were good.
Very good again other than Anita's inexplicably long red fingernails.
Anita is such a badass I love her!!!
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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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