- Series: The Vampire Diaries
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (November 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401248993
- ISBN-13: 978-1401248994
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Vampire Diaries Paperback – November 25, 2014
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About the Author
Colleen Doran is a writer, illustrator and film and television conceptual designer. Her credits include THE SANDMAN, WONDER WOMAN, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, TEEN TITANS, Amazing Spider-Man and the Eisner Awared nominated GONE TO AMERIKAY with Derek McCullough.
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It contains a number of stories that are unconnected and sometimes help fill in the gaps of the show (for instance, there's a story that tells us why vervain no longer grows in Mystic Falls, there's a story about how Stefan met Bonnie's grams at Woodstock, etc.). Then there's some stories that a bit out of the ballpark but are enjoyable for a light read (such as a story about a mummy coming back to life, a story about an ex Stefan wronged looking for revenge, etc.)
Overall, the art is lovely but there's a few stories here and there were the art is very mediocre.
If you're a fan of the show, you're sure to love this graphic novel!
Containing 39 stories, filling in the blanks between the stories shown on the show. Be it Stefan's experience on the war front. Instances of Damon disrupting Stefan's life before he came to Mystic Falls before the start of the show. Jeremy's spirit encounters at camp with Bonnie's ghost hanging around. A glimpse of the other side with the Bennet witches. Sheila Bennet's first meeting with Stefan and many more. This volume is a treasure full of stories and all brilliantly represented.
Brooding Stefan. Damon's dry humor. Elena's rather rampant impulsiveness, Caroline's sass and of course Bonnie's magic. Every detail and of course Bonnie's magic. Every detail is illustrated to our hearts's content. The art is also very well done accentuating the actor who play them on screen. Although one of the stories is actually a bit more cartoonish but barring that Vol.1 is guaranteed to win hearts.
The idea of "good" vampires who only drink squirrel blood seems like a copout, designed to make vampire fans feel okay about their vampire lust. Fortunately some of the stories here are from back in the day, when you could count on vampires to drink the blood of humans because, well, human blood is like a nice Napa Valley Cabernet while squirrel blood is like wine-in-a-box.
Spinning off the television series, the stories in this volume chronicle events in and near Mystic Falls. In the first story, the Salvatore brothers take on a witch who wants eternal youth, or at least 24 years of it, and threatens the vampires with vervain or parsley or some other small plant if they don't share their blood with him. The story is okay and the art is quite good. In the next story, the art is about what you'd get in a Saturday morning children's cartoon. The writing is about at the same level as the art.
We get a story of our good vampire friends chasing away bad vampires, a story of mind control used to confound wayward hunters who stumble upon feeding vampires, a story of witches who commit identity theft, a story about revenge, a story about a hippie witch at Woodstock, a story about the town council getting all "oh no you didn't" when they think vampires have been biting the necks of the local deer population, and a story about witches making out with vampires. One of the better stories (and by far the sexiest) takes place during the Civil War. The second sexiest has one of our roguish vampires abandoning his girltoy in a cave before she seeks revenge, leading to every guy's favorite scenario -- a chick fight!
Then we get a story about this one time at vampire camp, a mummy story, a bloody brother against brother story, a Charlie's Vampire Angels vs. fake vampires story, a high school drama as related by the gossip girls story, and ... well, you get the drift.
Some of the stories use dark humor effectively. Some are clever. Most are insubstantial but that's generally true of vampire fiction. The plots develop too quickly and the characters lack depth. Attempts to jar the reader's emotions are too obvious to be effective. There are a few gems here but the reader needs to wade through a sea of ordinariness to reach them.