Blood Work: An Original Hollows Graphic Novel
Kim Harrison, Pedro Maia & Gemma Magno
Del Rey, 2011 (2011)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
im Harrison is the author of the popular
urban fantasy series. Now in
, she and illustrators Pedro Maia and Gemma Magno show how vampire Ivy and witch Rachel became partners.
ot having read the
series, I came to this graphic novel fresh. It works fairly well on its own, though
fans would certainly understand the background better. In her Introduction to this, her first graphic novel, Kim Harrison tells us that she '
had a fabulous time learning a new way to tell a story
' - she did a fine job as did the exceptional graphic artists (Pedro Maia and Gemma Magno) who worked with her.
he story is set in a post-apocalyptic Cincinnati after a deadly virus (
) struck humanity. Ivy works for Inderland Security, an organization that polices non-humans (the human-run FIB try to keep up). Previously in homicide, Ivy has been demoted (after framing her last supervisor for murder) to street detail under ghoul Denon. He partners her with intern Rachel. Ivy is unenthusiastic about
newbie Rachel, but the latter soon shows her stuff.
ssigned to deal with bridge trolls, they find a
corpse that appears to be a
. But Rachel digs and finds out that a black witch coven did it, needing
blood. There are some good fight scenes (with plenty of high kicks) before they bring the coven's suppliers in. All the while Ivy struggles with her blood lust, her resentment of Piscary, and attraction to Rachel - and they both have problems with Denon.
ends with many deliberately loose threads and hints of a much larger conspiracy. Fortunately a conversation with the author at the back of the book reveals that a sequel is well underway.
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