"The addiction begins here" would have been an accurate sub-title for Laurell K. Hamilton's, GUILTY PLEASURES, Volume 1. Whether you're new to comic books or not, the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter graphic novel will captivate males, females, and even those in-between. And here's why:
In Anita Blake's freaky world, humans, vampires, and were-creatures live together freely. This fascinating arrangement is ripe for power struggles, chronic tension, and violence. And the hero, Anita, is in a very special position. The vamps, were-creatures, and humans all need her help! As a zombie raiser, vampire executioner, and federal marshal, she is uniquely qualified to solve murder mysteries by working with the cops who the freaks don't trust and working with the freaks who the cops don't trust. Anita also questions who she can trust.
The storyline: Anita is forced to assist the vampires in discovering who has been killing the master vampires of St. Louis. She doesn't trust them, but if she doesn't help, they will kill or permanently take over the mind of her friend, Catherine. Anita doesn't allow her friends to be hurt, and she can be especially unforgiving if they get hurt because of her. After a reluctant visit to Guilty Pleasures, a vampire strip club owned by master vampire and potential love interest, Jean-Claude, the most powerful and evil master vampire, Nikolaos, shows Anita that she means business. Anita's fact finding mission takes us deeper into her world, which series fans affectionately call, "The Anitaverse."
From the very first lines of the book, Anita's humor is wry and refreshing. Even when her life is threatened, she is consistent. Her strength of will is also impressive against the vampires. Somehow, she is partially immune to their attempts at mind control. Her physical strength isn't bad either as she fights off the giant were-rats. Anita is likeable, because she's funny, tough, loyal, and tends to be attracted to the bad boys.
Readers get glimpses of the full length novel with wonderfully vivid descriptions like: His mind is holding me like velvet steel, and ...I felt her gaze like an ice cube sliding down my spine.
This hardcover edition includes the first 6 comic book issues, which covers half of the first Anita Blake novel. Also included is an 8-page bonus story. In Volume 1, readers are still getting to know Anita, but the combination of mystery, vampires, were-creatures, and a powerhouse of a main character are going to cause people to need their Anitaverse fix.
Buy the graphic novel, no matter what kind of creature you happen to be.