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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)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  4,681 ratings  ·  125 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
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.
Jennymort ♔ Dark Lordette
I forgot how much of a badass Anita and Edward are together. *swoon*


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
Sarah (A Weebish Book Blog)
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!
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
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!
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
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.
Raylene Sellen
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good prequel. The full back story was a nice touch.
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.
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).
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.
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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nettan - the road so far...
This is really back to basics, old vintage Anita, set in time just before the first of the novels, Guilty Pleasures.

This is the story of how Anita came to work with the police, her first meeting with Jean-Claude and not to forget the reason she ended with an ally as Mr. Death himself. It is a fast tale Laurell K. Hamilton along with her husband Jonathon Green is serving us. The pace is steady, writing quite basic and the illustrations is really what drives the storyline forward.

It starts with An
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
Soobie's scared
Bah, way more disappointing than expected.

First of all, the real graphic novels takes only half of the book. The other half contains the Guilty Pleasures Handbook, which is a presentation of all the characters that appeared in the novel. But all the profiles are way too long and, in the end, they just repeat themselves over and over again.

Second, the artist is not the same as in the other episode. I do prefer Brett Booth's art, rather than Wellinton Alves's. I don't like the way the latter repre
Existuje len jediný dôvod, prečo som si túto vec musela zaobstarať - Edward (z nejakého dôvodu som ním až nezdravo posadnutá). Niekde som čítala, že udalosti, ktoré sa odohrali v tejto grafickej novele, nie sú rovnaké, ako ich autorka opisuje v knihách - neviem posúdiť, fakt si už nepamätám všetky detaily (okrem toho plameňometu, na ten som si spomínala veľmi dobre, pretože sa týka Edwarda :D), keďže som prvé časti Anity čítala pekných pár rokov dozadu. V každom prípade mám teraz chuť dať si re- ...more
20110716 Maybe I'm no longer a comic person, but I found myself either reading the words and having to come back to the panels later. Well drawn, I think, not quite how I imagine the characters (but that's always the way, I think). They make Anita seem flakey when I think they were trying for defensive and touchy. (Shrug) I liked it, but as a side-verse kind of read.

Reread 20130805. What's with the lock of hair always in her face? She seems less flaky noe, more young.
I like the art for the most
Jody Mena
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Decent prequal to the Anita Blake series. The plot was good, and it takes care of some of the plot points mentioned in the books, like how she got her cross-shaped scar, how she made an enemy of Valentine and how she first met Jean Claude. But it would have done better as a novella than as a graphic novel. There's lots of action, which is a plus, but it all felt a tad rushed; everything happened so fast that it felt like it was over before it even began. I was especially hoping for a little more ...more
Dec 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 to 4 stars. I enjoyed the drawings very much, and happy that Marvel did such a good job on the details and colors.

What I didn’t like? That some of the men, most importantly Jean-Claude is very drawn very feminine. JC is not how I pictured him at all when I read Ms. Hamilton’s books. So, in that sense this could be a very disappointing graphic-novel for some people who have a firm picture in their head of JC.

What did I like? I enjoyed that we get to see and read about the first time Anita me
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