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True Blood: All Together Now (True Blood Comics #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  2,403 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by IDW Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Awful, awful, awful, awful...AWFUL!

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

May 11, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok
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
Aug 04, 2011 Vanessa rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Aug 11, 2011 Brendan rated it it was ok
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
Jan 07, 2013 Jillyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: True Blood fans
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 ...more
Mar 19, 2012 Lucy rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 31, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: para-vampires
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
Reg Mars
Mar 02, 2016 Reg Mars rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, dnf
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.
Sep 12, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, graphic-novel
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...
Jul 31, 2011 Justin rated it did not like it
Shelves: physical-book
Absolutely terrible. Don't buy this. If you must read it, borrow it from a library.
Aug 01, 2012 Robin rated it did not like it
Worthless. Waste of money. Awful. Just awful. Pretty much like the show is turning out to be.
May 31, 2012 Jmichaud rated it liked it
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May 30, 2011 Myka rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
May 26, 2013 Elisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All the fans from the show
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
Mark Johnson
Aug 21, 2011 Mark Johnson rated it liked it
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
Jul 11, 2013 Chrissy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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
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
Kathy Martin
Feb 11, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 17, 2011 Ramie rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, comics, fantasy
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
May 24, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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
Sep 16, 2012 Froggy80 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Lu (Sugar & Snark)
Know what an Imp Shaloop is? Neither did I. An Imp Shaloop is an Indian trickster spirit that feeds off human shame. This particular Imp Shaloop is called Ted and he visits Bon Temps and decides to feed on the shame of those inside Merlotte’s. He is also after revenge, but nobody knows why. Ted is certainly not a delightful character. He is a tentacled man/spirit that likes to slap people around with his tentacles and kill those that get in his way. In this volume, Eric, Bill, Sookie, Sam, ...more
I really enjoy the TV series True Blood, well for the most part, I am not 100% where this comic fits in with the series, but the stories weren’t all unfamiliar. The story actually wasn’t that exciting either it was a little anticlimactic. I am not a big fan of Bill Compton, never have been and that character is still really annoying in print as he is on screen. The art in this is hit and miss a lot of the times it seems like they took stills and ran it through a program to cartoonify them. Like ...more
Sep 10, 2011 Slayermel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who's a fan of the show
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 ...more
Sep 16, 2015 Josh rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
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 ...more
Sep 04, 2013 Jo rated it liked it
True Blood Volume 1: All Together Now
By Alan Ball, David Tischman, Mariah Huehner and David Messina

This Summery courtesy of

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
A good read for the wait between seasons, but nothing to hold your breath over.

This first installment of the new True Blood Graphic series finds all our favorite characters sequestered against their will inside Merlotte's. They have been trapped inside by an evil Imp Shaloop, a Native American trickster spirit who feeds on shameful secrets. Each of our friends, from Tara to Eric Northman all give in and tell their darkest secret or personal story.

To be honest, the stories are somewhat not as jui
Traci Haley
Jun 17, 2011 Traci Haley rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2011
This was a weird graphic novel for me. I really enjoyed the writing... I think it would make an awesome "filler" episode of the tv show. I REALLY enjoyed the art style of all the flashbacks, particularly Sam's. It made me yearn for an entire graphic novel of Sam's history. I was intrigued by the ending -- and the implication that there would be a sequel. What I didn't like? I did not care for the art style of the present day stuff -- I know this is based on the TV show, so of course the ...more
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