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Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Graphic Novels #0.5)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  4,820 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Her fans have been asking for it - now, Laurell K. Hamilton delivers a look into Anita Blake's past! Written by Laurell K. Hamilton herself, along with Jonathon Green, The First Death takes place almost a year before the events being chronicled in Guilty Pleasures. Witness the first meeting of Anita and Jean-Claude, Anita's first time inside Guilty Pleasures, her first ser ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 28th 2009 by Marvel
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Fans of the novels (which are better) won't find much of anything new in this prequel to the Anita Blake series. Anita comes across as pretty green compared to book one but I suppose this is supposed to be her before she became really tough so she seems weaker on the page when it comes to willpower. Additionally, she gets rescued a great deal more rather than getting out of the problem through her own abilities. While Hamilton is listed as one of the authors I strongly suspect she made a cursory ...more
Dark Sith Lordette Jennymort ♔
I forgot how much of a badass Anita and Edward are together. *swoon*


Rachel Bea
This was my first Anita Blake story. I really liked it and thought the story was entertaining. The artwork was good; my favorite aspects of the artwork were Anita (shes so pretty!) and the gore/violence (I liked how they handled her cutting off a head, for example.) Anyway, I'm in love with her character now and I'm definitely going to check out the other books.
The never before told story of how Anita got her scars and cross shaped brand, as well as how she first met Jean-Claude while researching a vampire murderer who's targeting adolescent boys.

Interesting for old fans as well as those who are interested in an introduction to Anita Blake's world of zombie raising and vampire slaying.

As a fan of the French vampire, it was interesting to see that he instantly took a liking to Anita.

Good story, and the handbook at the back is a helpful way of keeping tr
4.5 stars ~ If you ever wanted to know about the first time Anita worked on a serial case with RPIT & how she starts teaming up with Edward READ THIS! ...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
My first one-star rating of the year, sigh. Though I was very tempted to give Flirt the same treatment, it got off with 2 stars.

The is the first graphic novel I've ever read and boy was it bad. This is supposed to be a prequel to Guilty Pleasures. It includes Anita and JC's first meeting which DOES NOT match the story given in the series. JC says that he fell in love with Anita at first sound, saw her gun and knew she could defend herself and wouldn't wait around to be rescued - only the meeting
Aug 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Comic book fans
Recommended to Lisa by: No one, I was curious...
If you're going to invest in the comic books, which exceed this book in retail cost, don't bother getting this unless you simply want it for the companion info this book comes with, which I think is well done and helps a person pick up on everything if they're not already a fan of the series and author.

Not thinking anything of it initially, and in the long haul spending less between the comic book purchases on Ebay as well as this book which I also got on Ebay for $6, I'm sort of glad to have a
A graphic novel by Laurell K. Hamilton and Johnathan Green, this book took the reader into Anita’s past before her relationships with Jean Claude and the rest. I have been to the point where I wanted this series to die like 10 books ago. There is just no more to write about Anita and her 100 boyfriends. The mother of all darkness is dead and there are no more really scary villains, so Anita is back to dealing with her boyfriends, the ardeur, and her two jobs. Just wrap it up already Laurell! May ...more
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys the Anita Blake series
The first Death is an interesting enough story, put on paper. It’s supposed to be the prequel before the book series starts. Anita describes bits and pieces of what happened to her in Guilty pleasures and the following books, to explain how her arm got so mangled and how she came to posses all her scars.

So far I still prefer the novels, but I'm willing to give the Graphic novels another try. I think Laurell K. Hamilton just does such a good job explaining what's going on in her stories and allo
This takes place before Guilty Pleasures. I was expecting some extra insight or details on Anita or any of the other characters but it is REALLY short. In a nut shell this short story is about the case where Anita first meets Valentine. I was disappointed. To top it off, nearly half of the book is filled with character bios and details for all the people that appear in Guilty Pleasures. I’m not sure it’s really worth the effort.
I'm not a graphic novel/comic book fan. This is my second one. It was cool to see Anita and Jean-Claude's first meeting but otherwise it wasn't anything special. I'm counting it for my BookRiot challenge because I feel Anita Blake has superpowers!
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love being back in early Anita territory. This story takes place before Guilty Pleasures and I enjoyed it. It gives you a look into Anita's world before she because the emotionless killer we all know and love. I can't wait to dive into the Guilty Pleasures graphic novel!
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To everyone that would listen.
Shelves: favorite-authors
Anyone who loves anita blake needs to get this, it is an awesome and amazing graphic novel that tells some of her past and a look at her vampire executioner education.
Amy Kidneigh
This was my first time reading a graphic novel, it was a good story and I do love having a visual but it just wasn't the same.
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I’ve been reading Anita Blake for more than a decade, but this is my first adventure into the realm of the graphic novels. I liked the idea of representing the world in art and sharing it with a whole new set of readers, but without any actual intention of reading them myself. I don’t gravitate toward graphic novels, but I’m working on that. What finally pushed me toward The First Death is that I can’t read it anywhere else; this is the only origin story that’s been published and, well, you had ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first few book's, then it became poor poor Anita has to fuck every Tom Dick and Harry. The men become food to satisfy her, she gets into crying fits and temper tantrums if they have any objection to this treatment. This writer spends a great deal of time describing how Anita loves some of the guy's hair or eyes, how Anita takes no shit from the men, but at the same time, she lets them control her because they are just so pretty. I do NOT enjoy writers turning women into anything bu ...more
Robert Scott
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Chelsea Moreen
Review from 2016

I didn't enjoy this as much as the other graphic novel because it was a bit discorded and all over the place. I think that it was interesting to see the story before Guilty pleasures but It also wasn't too necessary. I'd only read this if your a big Anita Blake fan like I am :)
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the art. Story a bit ah, abbreviated. I suppose to make room for the huge appendix including summaries over and over of the first Anita Blake novel.
B.  Barron
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really nice.
As a prequel to the novels it felt like the first few books and I really liked it. The art is solid, if a bit Manga-like (not a bad thing).
Raylene Sellen
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good prequel. The full back story was a nice touch.
Rachel Foster
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edward is one of my favorite characters and I adored this so much.
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short graphic look into Anita's world and wow was there a lot going on. It's a great addition to the series!
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The art was ok, but a little too busy, and the writing was rather weak. Not at all grabbing to someone new to Anita. Pity.
Sunflowers and sundaze
I want to be Anita Blake when I grow up 💁 another great graphic novel, found myself hooked as I do with the other Anita Blake stories.
Graphic novel, wasn't my thing
Carla Osborn
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved and been addicted to her work for years it keeps you drawn in to a world of romance,danger,and mystery with a line of characters you either love or love to hate .
Tori Williams
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked being able to see more of the origins of how Edward came into Anita's life. Also, there are character descriptions on everyone involved in Guilty Pleasures that filled in a few blanks for me that I've had since the beginning. Great artwork and dialogue!
Kathy Davie
A graphic novel prequel in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter urban fantasy series revolving around Anita Blake, necromancer.

I've changed my mind about The First Death's usefulness...

My Take
This is a very useful short (and I don't think it's available as anything but a graphic novel)as the basis for the series is set-up: we meet Dolph, Zerbrowski, Manny, Edward, Jean-Claude, and, Buzz.

This short includes the pivotal attack on Anita that results in that broken collar bone and the cross burn while Ed
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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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