Blood Work

Blood Work

An Original Hollows Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel - 2011
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When Ivy met Rachel, the result wasn't exactly love at first sight. Sparks flew as the living vampire and the stubborn witch learned what it meant to be partners. Now Kim Harrison, the acclaimed author of Pale Demon and Black Magic Sanction , turns back the clock to tell the tale--in an original full-color graphic novel.

Hot-as-hell, tough-as-nails detective Ivy Tamwood has been demoted from homicide down to lowly street-crime detail. As if rousting trolls and policing pixies instead of catching killers wasn't bad enough, she's also been saddled with a newbie partner who's an earth witch. It's enough to make any living vampire bare her fangs. But when a coven of murderous witches begins preying on werewolves, Rachel Morgan quickly proves she's a good witch who knows how to be a badass.

Together, Ivy and Rachel hit the mean streets to deal swift justice to the evil element among Cincinnati's supernatural set. But there's more to their partnership than they realize--and more blood and black magic in their future than they bargained for.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2011
ISBN: 9780345521019
Branch Call Number: HARR
Characteristics: v. : chiefly col. ill
Additional Contributors: Magno, Gemma
Maia, Pedro

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Ubalstecha
Apr 07, 2012

Author Kim Harrison has created a graphic novel telling us the story that we all wanted to know about, what happened when Rachel and Ivy first met. Told from Ivy's point of view, we see their first case, how they learned to trust and respect the other, and how Piscary set up Rachel as a temptation for Ivy.

The problem with any graphic novel adaptation of a literary is that the characters do not match with what you see in your head. So Rachel's hair is a little to curly, and Ivy is a little too short. Plot wise the story is OK, but lacks the depth and intricacy of a full length Hollows book.

Still, fans of the series will enjoy seeing the characters that inhabit the series in graphic form, especially Kisten. There is no Jenks, which means the story lacks the much of the wit of the novels too.

Take it or leave it.

Clsomers Aug 29, 2011

It was really fun. It's an origin story about how Ivy and Rachel first started working together, told from Ivy's perspective. The story is great, really intriguing. A graphic novel is a great medium for capturing Ivy's fears and longings in a powerful way, it works well. Rachel's stubbornness, enthusiasm and energy come across well too. I like that it isn't just a fluffy story to sell books, it's a significant story with a lot of history and meaning for the series. Harrison is adding a layer to the story that fans have been wanting to see for a long time, but she's doing it in a significant way. There is a lot of subtlety and layers to Ivy's tale here, it isn't just an action story or a funny odd couple anecdote. I really appreciate that there is a real, solid story here in addition to the action.

The art is pretty darn good. No one is ever completely happy when their mental images are translated into graphic novels, movies or TV shows, some of the characters always look wrong (except maybe Game of Thrones, how did they do such a good job with the casting??). But this is pretty good. In addition, the back section was really enjoyable. I always like the extra sections in these graphic novels where they show some of the sketches being developed or the writers talk about their process, but this was one of the most informative and enjoyable of these type of sections I've seen as well. So all in all it was a big success for Ms. Harrison and the team and I'm looking forward to the next installation of the story.

Caveat: I just realized that I'm saying all of this as a fan of the novels that the graphic novel was based on. I really can't say whether or not this could stand on it's own as a new story for people who have never read about these characters before. I'd think that Ivy's struggles to resist Rachel, her realizations about her situation with Piscary, and Rachel's wit and strength, would be just as intriguing to a newbie, but it really is impossible for me to know when I'm so entrenched in the series.

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