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

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,847 ratings  ·  153 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 anoth...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by IDW Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kate
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...more
Anne
Awful.
Awful, awful, awful, awful...AWFUL!

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

Awful.
Jillyn
Jan 07, 2013 Jillyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Vanessa
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...more
Lucy
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Elisa
May 26, 2013 Elisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All the fans from the show
Shelves: paranormal, vampires
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...more
Brendan
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...more
Reg Mars
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.
Jennifer
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...more
Janice
The True Blood universe in an interesting place to visit. I would only want to live there is Eric Northman sired me and we lived happily ever after, but visiting if fun. All Together Now takes place in the time when Sookie and Bill were happy together and Sookie did not count Eric among her friends.

The plot was on par for the expectations set by the TV series. The art was better than most comics out there. The amount of drama, sex, and blood were at the same level as the series. Overall, it se...more
Ashley
Jul 19, 2014 Ashley rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ashley by: Skye Crozier
This was a decent read.
The artwork was ok, detailed in the sense that the drawn characters looked like the actors from the series, but not so much detailed overall. It had a photo-shopped look to it whereas the people looked pasted onto a background. I had hoped for better but at least it was not as distracting as some artwork.
I am glad that it was not a retelling of season 1 of the show or the first book, but rather a stand alone story that truly has no impact on either, told during the time th...more
Robin
Worthless. Waste of money. Awful. Just awful. Pretty much like the show is turning out to be.
Justin
Absolutely terrible. Don't buy this. If you must read it, borrow it from a library.
Gregory
All Together Now plays very well into the True Blood TV series. We see Sookie and company trapped in Merlotte's by a Native American trickster god who forces them to spill their deepest, darkest stories. Basically, we get a small little story from each character's background. Nothing is too shocking or really has any baring to the True Blood story. All Together Now is fun and quick and the art style is consistently pretty. It's a series of quick flashbacks to darker times in the character's live...more
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, Lafay...more
Aparajitabasu
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 t...more
Regina
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...more
Jessica (BookRockGodess) Bolton
I love the books and I like the television show a lot but the comic to me was a little out there. Well, it might not be for the tv show but definitely for the book series. What ever type of creature that was in this graphic novel should have been in a superhero comic at least that's what it reminded me of. I just don't feel that this type of creature would have been in the book series, but as for the tv show you can never tell what kind of crazy they will come up with.

I have to say that the grap...more
Froggy80
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...more
Ramie
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...more
Mark Johnson
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...more
Jmichaud
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Ashlyn
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...more
Chrissy
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...more
Slayermel
Sep 10, 2011 Slayermel rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Sara
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...more
Fallon
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
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...more
Kathy Martin
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...more
Joanne
True Blood Volume 1: All Together Now
By Alan Ball, David Tischman, Mariah Huehner and David Messina

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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...more
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