ARC Review: The Vampire Diaries Vol. 1

The Vampire Diaries Vol. 1
The Vampire Diaries Vol. 1 by Colleen Doran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: November 25, 2014

Elena, Stefan and Damon make their comics debut in a new series based on the hit CW television show! This anthology graphic novel will bring some of comics’ greatest talents to Mystic Falls and set them loose to bring the characters to life. Or death. They are vampires, you know.

I am not really a consistent fan of the show (in fact, I still have to watch from season 4 onwards, but keep up with the storyline through my peeps on Tumblr) but The Vampire Diaries has been quite a good TV series. Having read the books beforehand didn’t make much of a difference, other than finding that the TV series has much better plot and character development. So, this graphic novel is basically a fan fiction anthology using the show’s canon, similar to the Stefan’s Diaries series. The artwork is not consistent throughout, but for the most part, it is visually appealing. It is quite a change from manga or regular graphic novel art, but it is good enough. The stories, though – all of them are pretty interesting. A few of them had a little plot inconsistencies, such as when Katherine almost led Damon away from his duty, or the camp one, but most of the stories – really good. I was drawn in and compelled (pun intended) to keep reading, one story after another. The timelines are all over the place, so knowing the show’s storyline is a must, but otherwise, you can keep up, mostly. It also has a few spoilers, so if you aren’t current with the fifth season and don’t love being spoiled, my advice is to keep this off until you catch up. Otherwise, it is a good media tie-in graphic novel.

Received an ARC from DC Comics via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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