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

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,559 Ratings  ·  192 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 15th 2011 by IDW Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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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.
Kate
May 10, 2012 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
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Vanessa
Aug 04, 2011 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
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Brendan
Aug 10, 2011 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
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Jillyn
Jan 07, 2013 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
Lucy
Mar 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Jennifer
Jun 13, 2012 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
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Reg Mars
Aug 26, 2014 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.
Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue)
I was volunteering at the library and found that this book was shelved incorrectly. I'm slowly working my way through the book series and I love the television show. I couldn't help myself. I was laughing at all the artwork as I flipped through the pages before I started reading. After a few pages, I couldn't continue. The dialogue was insane and the artwork from different artists was not appealing. It was a giant mess. I think I'll just stick to HBO and the material written by Charlaine Harris. ...more
BooksOfTheWestWing
I've never really been much of a graphic novel reader. I've read maybe a total of maybe three. So, I don't have much to compare this to. That being said I thought this was a great graphic novel. The illustrations were great and I looked how they stuck with the characters looking like they do on the show. If your a fan of True Blood I think you'll enjoy this. I do say though if you haven't watched the show first then you might want to wait on this. It kind of like being thrown in the middle of th ...more
Karen
Sep 05, 2015 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...
Justin
Jul 31, 2011 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.
Robin
Aug 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Worthless. Waste of money. Awful. Just awful. Pretty much like the show is turning out to be.
Jmichaud
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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Cassandra
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Lanie
My friend Karri absolutely adores "true blood". :) it's her favorite tv show. & she knows I love to read, so she lent me this.

I think I might have enjoyed this more if i had seen the TV show. :/ it's easy enough to follow on its own, sure, but having more background on this world and the characters would have been nice.

Still.

The story was entertaining enough. A demonic monster that likes to force people to share their deepest, darkest secrets? Very cool, sign me up.

Bloody and creepy, I th
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Kevin
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I'm not sure if I liked this simply because it's True Blood. If I'm being honest, the stories in the flashbacks were just okay and the overall story was very "....what?"

Having said that, it's cool to have an extended universe story, and I plan on eventually reading the others.
Jasmine
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
This graphic novel wasn't all that good but for some reason I couldn't put it down
Gwen
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Despite the promise of new details behind characters, I felt this fell flat.
Myka
May 13, 2011 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
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Elisa
May 26, 2013 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
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Mark Johnson
Jul 28, 2011 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
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Chrissy
Jul 11, 2013 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
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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
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Kathy Martin
Feb 11, 2012 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
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Ramie
May 17, 2011 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
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Sara
Apr 25, 2011 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
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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
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Froggy80
Jun 02, 2012 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
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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
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