The GeeksverseTrue Blood #4

True Blood #4
Published on Friday, October 22, 2010 by

The look into the sorid pasts of the people of True Blood continues.

Published by: IDW Publishing
Story by: Alan Ball, Kate Barnow & Elisabeth Finch
Written by: Mariah Huehner & David Tischman
Penciled by: David Messina
Additional Pencils by: Claudia Balboni
Inked by: Gaetano Carlucci
Flashback Sequence by: David Messina & Vanessa Gardinali
Colored by: Giovanna Niro
Lettered by: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Scott Dunbier

This series is made for fans of the TV show. If you don’t watch it, you’re really not going to enjoy the series. In an nutshell, an Imp Shaloop named Tim arrives at Merlotte’s and traps the cast inside. He forces them to tell him their deepest shames, because that is what he feeds on.

That is why this is a fan’s only work. There’s nothing to attract new fans. Only established fans are going to really enjoy these looks into the pasts of Sookie and the others. For them, this will only help broaden the personalities of the characters.

For new readers, it really doesn’t accomplish much.

That’s not to say it’s not good. I’ve only watched the first season of True Blood, so I’m able to get a little out of this and seeing some back story helps flesh out the characters some more.

Outside of the flashbacks, the Imp and what else goes on in the bar seems a bit odd. The cast don’t seem to be reacting the way they should when the Imp kills two locals. They seem to be going along with the Imp and what he wants. There isn’t much in the way of the resistance you’d expect.

It’ll be interesting to see how this ends and I wonder if the next True Blood offering from IDW will be something new or just another series that fleshs out more of the show.

Messina’s art is good, if a bit jumpy in places. His characters look like the actors but the storytelling flow is off here and there. The flashback work is better then the layouts in the bar scenes. It’s like the artist and writing team really didn’t know how to fill in the spaces between flashbacks.

The additional artist, who illustrates Sam’s dog-view flashback, is a very nice contrast to Messina’s more realistic work. It really helps establish a different tone for that flashback and helps make it seem like it could really be from a dog’s point of view.

True Blood #4 receives
3.5 out of 5

Real fans of the show will enjoy the series alot more and get more out of it.

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