The GeeksverseTrue Blood: Tainted Love #1 – Advanced Review

True Blood: Tainted Love #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 by


Written by: Marc Andreyko & Michael McMillian
Breakdowns by: Stephen Molnar
Pencils & Inks by: Joe Corroney
Additional Inks by: Bernard Shepard
Colors: Hi-Fi Colour Design
Letters: Neil Uyetake
Cover Art: A- J. Scott Campbell; B- Joe Corroney
Editor: Scott Dunbier

IDW’s second True Blood mini-series has started and it brought on board Michael McMillian from the show. He plays the Reverend Steve Newlin on the show and is the writer of the comic series Lucid from Archaia.

Tainted Love is about what happens when the Southern Vampire populations supply of Tru Blood is tainted and it drives them crazy. The first local victim is Jessica, the progeny of Bill. I haven’t kept up with the True Blood show so I’m not sure where in the sequance of the series this falls, but I’m going to assume that it’s relatively recent.

The story itself is decent. We’re brought up to speed on the various characters so we know where they stand and what the current relationship status is. Some of the dialogue is somewhat corny though, especially Jason’s at the bar. The premise is good, the characters just want to have a party after all the excitement they’ve been through recently.

Overall it moves along at a good pace, hitting the right notes and moments, setting the mood and the tensions between the characters. So it works good for someone with passing familiarity with the show and the characters, without bogging down and being tedious for a real fan of the show.

Ever since I’ve seen Joe Corroney’s covers, where he captures the essence and likeness of the actresses/actors of the various shows, I’ve wondered what his pencils will look like. Now I know and I’m a tad disappointed. I don’t know if it’s that someone else did the breakdowns and someone else is helping with the inks, but it doesn’t look as strong as his covers. The characters don’t truly resemble the acrots/actresses, which is Corroney’s strength in his covers. I had a hard time figuring out who some of them were, especially Jason Stackhouse.

The angles are a bit odd in man of the panels, the characters having awkward poses and looking in odd directions. The panels flow smoothly but there’s not much action in this issue. The camera angles are a bit weird, as can be seen on the last page.

True Blood: Tainted Love #1 receives
3 out of 5

Decent story that will please fans of the show and comic but the art is a bit lacking.

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