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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Volume 1

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Graphic Novels #1 issues #1-6)

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New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton brings Anita Blake to the world of graphic novels. Anita Blake lives in a world where vampires, zombies and werewolves have been declared legal citizens of the United States. Anita Blake is an "animator" - a profession that involves raising the dead for mourning relatives. But Anita is also known as a fearsome hunter of ...more
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Published by Marvel Comics (first published 2007)
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I really liked Guilty Pleasures when I first read it (the book, not the graphic novel). In fact, I was a huge fan of the Anita Blake series, until it stopped being about Anita being a bad-ass and turned into a paranormal sex-fest. Anyway, I was hoping to recapture that kick-butt feeling with this, but it just didn't happen. The storyline felt disjointed and weird. It hopped from one strange encounter to another without really explaining anything.
Besides that, Jean-Claude looked just as stupid
Julie Zantopoulos
This was a fun take on a book series I've already read and enjoyed. It's always interesting to see characters you pictured in your mind when reading. I really liked the art style and Anita's usual sass. I got it from my library and won't be buying these...sadly my library only has volume 1 so I probably won't be continuing.
Crystal Starr Light
Anita Blake is an animator and an executioner. She has been approached to work for the vampires to solve the murder of five of their own. But Anita has a policy: she won't work with vampires. Period. But when the Master Vampire wants something, the Master Vampire gets it. Now, Anita must find out who is behind these vampire murders...or her friend may be in danger.

For a long time, I've been told I need to read this series, as it is one of the cornerstones of the urban fantasy/vampire genres. I'd
Seizure Romero
OK, those who know me have most likely heard me rail against the Anita Blake novels. This is because they're crap. However, I'm a big fan of comic books and a big fan of vampires so when I saw this sitting on the shelf at the library while I was looking for books by Warren Ellis, I thought what the hell-- pretty pictures can only improve it, right?

Oh, no. No, no, no. Non, nein, nyet, NO.

I suppose some of the blame must fall on the head of the writer of the graphic novel because there were some
♛ Garima ♛
One PNR without any R-omance...not that I can see in sight.

The graphics were lively and vivid but storyline was jarring. Maybe 'cause I never read Anita Blake before -ya sue me but I don't care.

Since #2 is already available in local library, I will read it and see how it goes, but I don't see myself being fan of this series...neither it encouraged me to read the book....
Feb 06, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Ok. So I can't say I absolutely hated this book. I actually did find it somewhat enjoyable. The problem is that I didn't enjoy it for any of its deeply buried good qualities.

It's like a bad movie night, where you and your friends gather together some of the worst movies in existence, sit about and happily enjoy each others loud company while throwing popcorn at the screen.

The story was nothing to sneeze home about. Perhaps it'd have been lass ridiculous if the art weren't so terrible. The
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Very faithful to the novel and the drawings are beautiful... It's a pleasure to read once again the beginning of Anita Blake story, when it was all guns and zombies and vampires, and not all about sex...
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read these out of order but since I’ve read the books numerous times I didn’t have trouble finding my place. A lot of action was left out that happened in the book but the art was very good except for the scars. They look kinda weird to me, but I’m no art critic. I think Picasso looks weird.
Jul 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anita Blake is a kick ass heroine. I've loved all of LKH's books and characters and I was super happy to find out that she also has her stories in comics/graphic novels. I'm not expert on comics or the way in which they do the artwork but I really like how these are done. The one thing I find odd is that from one graphic novel to the next, they sometimes change the artists? Though, like I said, I'm excalty sure how the process works. So there could be a reason why they change artwork through the ...more
A tale about a mortal female investigator in an alternate world of our own investigating the murder of vampire citizens. This graphic novel does an all right job of following the novel but misses several important points. As stated before the novels are better but certain things are brought to life nicely, especially the mistress of the city. Purists of Anita Blake will be turned off that she looks physically perfect. STORY/PLOTTING: B minus to B; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: C plus to B minus; ARTWORK: ...more
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of vampires.
5 stars

This is a very interesting series. Liked that Anita Blake is both a necromancer and an executioner of vampires. Hope they will be able to find out who murdered the vampires. The artwork is very nice.

Will have to give the series a try some time.

Can't wait to read Guilty Pleasures!!!!
I read the Anita Blake novels years ago then stopped when they basically turned into bad porn. I regret nothing. Finally got a chance to read the graphic novel and it's pretty darn good. It also reminded me that Jean-Claude is on my top three favorite vampire characters of all time list.
As a fan of the Anita Blake novels (prior to the insane amounts of sex and bestiality) I just had to try these. I wasn't too disappointed. They were very true to the story and the character's were portrayed very well. My only complaint was the illustrations. I'm not a huge fan of Anita's massive skull cracking legs or the way all of the male characters faces seem to be craggy. And I will agree with another reviewer: the illustrations do seem very stiff. Anita's face doesn't seem to change much ...more
This graphic novel is a great way to re-read the Guilty Pleasures storyline, and I must admit that I kind of forgot how much I loved Anita when I first met her. My only complain is that the artwork felt a little bit too old school, but it's not that surprising if you considered the fact that this volume came out in 2007 .
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A seductively sexy graphic novel that has a cool protagonist and really well developed story line. I love the many characters and they many ways they all differ. Mostly I love Jean-Claude ...more
Fae's Finds aka Corrie
My favourite little animator, and vampire extraordinaire, in graphic novel form.

Suzette Banick
I'm not a fan of the art style. Most of the drawings look . . . incomplete. As if someone sketched it out then put color on top without trying to cover up the extra lines. There were odd shifts in scene and a few leaps in logic from page to page I didn't quite get which made me feel like I accidentally skipped a page. However, this seems to be a common problem for comics which were originally novels. There were also numerous references to rape before halfway through the book which were said in ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

1. Stop with all the new characters. How many new dudes do we have to meet in this book? I couldn't keep them all straight. Each time I questioned who this one was, but didn't care enough to go back and figure it out so I just kept going.
Remember her friend who was going to get killed if she didn't figure this murder out for them? Yep, she was never in it again. But you know who was? Her OTHER random best girlfriend that was introduced for no reason.

2. There is a difference between
Guilty Pleasures is Book 1 of the prolonged ongoing saga that is the Anita Blake series. Enter Anita, a necromancer by night and a vampire night. You can imagine she has her plate full, raising the dead and staking fanged baddies.

And speaking of which, we meet Nikolaos, a 1,000 year old vampire. She's the most powerful in the city all the while inhabiting a body of a 10-year-old. She's causing a few problems for Anita that leads her to become allies with other vampires. Who better to
DeadGirl Drama
“Hot illustration… I fell in love with Anita all over again!”

Zelda’s Take: The first volume of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter graphic novel series has me drooling for more. I was a huge fan of Guilty Pleasures in book form and the graphic novel makes it that much better.

The graphic depiction of Anita is spot-on. She is oh so sexy, with giant eyes, voluptuous lips, curves out to here and the most unruly, long, jet-black hair that just makes me want to run my hands through it. Okay… I admit, I’d
Krystl Louwagie
Visually, these novels should translate fairly well into graphic novels, but I think there's just too much long winded introspection on the part of the main character to really work. The art is nice, but I feel like it all looks the same-Anita almost always seems to have the same expression on her face, and her hair is always blowing/laying the same way-the angles are a handful of the same ones over and over. I don't feel like the novel transitioned to comic book form very well, but reading this ...more
Nicole Lee
I read this in one sitting. The's the 6 issue trade paperback seeing's how I didn't bother reading them issue to issue.

I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that they'd kept the "original" Anita mostly intact. She wasn't slutting around as I'd kind of expected (thankfully). I'm not sure how the rest of the books are going to go, but if they keep this up for the first few I'll keep reading.

That said, it was pretty poorly written. The writers treat the readers like idiots, and it's only the
The first of these I read was The First Death which was a pretty decent read.The characters at least had some personality. This one, an adaptation of part of the first Anita Blake novel, is a lot less coherent. Very little happens apart from a heck of a lot of posturing by most of the characters. The art also didn't grab me as everybody looks alike. The only way to identify the characters is to wait for Anita to mention them by name or compile a database with hair colour/style as the only ...more
Aug 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was torn between giving this book three stars and four. I really wanted to give it three and a half, but I settled on four.

The art is great, bold and vivid, although most of the art shows the human/vampire form and human/vampire faces.

Those wererats are scary! And that rat king in those cutoff shorts--yikes! I have a feeling we will see more of those guys.

I liked the story, even though I was a bit confused at times (as I seem to be when I read graphic novels--I think I skim over the graphic
Sep 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that love graphic novels and vampire tales
Shelves: graphicnovels
Overall, I thought the story was good. Anita's scared little girl routine did, however, get on my nerves. I understand showing a little bit of vulnerability but a constant inward babble about how scared she was and how strong the vampires were, was a bit annoying. Other than that, the story was very entertaining. The other characters were interesting, and the back story, including the vampire protection laws and freak parties, was imaginative and fun to read.
Yeah, yeah, I read it. Didn't get into it though. The art felt kinda stiff and un-animated. And so didn't match my mental picture of the characters. The male characters all looked the same, clown-like. The whole thing was a bit of a let down. Much like her later work. Meow, saucer of milk, table 1.
Erin Maccabe [British Detective/Cryptologist]
The entire Anita Blake series is everything you've wanted together in a book. Mystery, Romance, Action and a bit of Erotica, all tied in with that dark after thought. I am still reading this series over and over again. The comic book versions have recently started to manufacture giving a whole different outlook to the books. I look forward to reading all of them once more.
Nov 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
A bit tough to follow, and I felt like it was a little over the top.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun adaptation of the novel Guilty Pleasures into a graphic novel. The art is very good and the story flows really well. A quick read (once you actually are able to start) and not too bad!
Nov 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: HELL YEAH!
Shelves: horror, vampire, favorites
One of my favorite books and Laurell K Hamilton at her best. I love anita blake before it turned to porn. This is a great classic detective novel with lots of turns and supernatural twists.
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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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