Monday, October 17, 2011

Graphic Novel REVIEW: The Laughing Corpse Vol. 1

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse,  Volume 1: AnimatorAnita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse, Volume 1: Animator
by Laurell K. Hamilton, Ron Lim (Illustrator)
Buy: AmazonB&N / Book Depo
Anita Blake is back in the second volume of Marvel's comic adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's bestselling series of novels! What would you do for a million dollars? Would you resurrect a two-and-one-half-century old corpse? Harold Gaynor poses just that question to Animator and part-time vampire hunter, Anita Blake... Plus, some crime scenes are even too horrible for a vampire slayer, and the worse they are, the more questions they raise. Collects Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse - Book One #1-5.


I really enjoyed the early Anita Blake novels so I'm reliving them through the graphic novels. The story is the same as the book for The Laughing Corpse but the artwork makes the characters come to live in a new way for me.

Cover ImageWhile reading the books I never really pictured the gory scenes in great detail so the way the artists bring to scenes to life in the graphic novel is really glory and I feel as though I'm watching a horror movie.
By Hamilton's description of Jean Claude in books, I never thought of him as sexy looking but seeing him drawn.....S E X Y. In the books I always thought of a French drag queen with all the leather and lace. But it works in this media.

I love revisiting the kiss ass Anita of the early books through the graphic novels. Here's hoping that we get to see more of her in the future books.

I recommend The Laughing Corpse to all Anita fans and fans of graphic novels that has a little gore in it. With Halloween around the corner it's perfect quick read. I've already requested that Volume 2 & 3 be ordered through my public library.


If you have not read the novel the comic is based on here are a few popular covers and a summary.

                The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #2)  The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter, #2)  The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #2)

The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #2)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
The novels of New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton take readers into the dangerous life of Anita Blake, animator and vampire hunter—a woman as good at raising the dead as she is at slaying the undead. Now, a creature from beyond the grave is tearing a swath of murder through St. Louis. And Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried—and some people better off dead...


  1. I am just reading the novel now, though enjoyed the first book that much I might get the graphic novel :D

  2. I've read every books, but I haven't try yet the comics ! I'm glad it was so good, I'll try to read it too now ! thanks


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.