HBO and IDW Publishing have announced that as a result of Issue #1 of the True Blood comic series selling out, they will be rushing a second printing to stores for a release date of August 25th. In addition to those details, we have a look at the cover art and descriptions for Issues #2 through #5.
From the Press Release:
Developed with the show’s Oscar- and Emmy-winning creator, Alan Ball (“Six Feet Under”, American Beauty), IDW’s True Blood series is the exclusive, official show comic, adding new and unique layers of supernatural drama to the wildly original Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning television show.
True Blood #1 (click here to order from HBO) boasted a print run of over 53,000 copies, sold through comic stores and other outlets, and offered multiple covers. IDW and Diamond Comic Distributors also offered exclusive versions of the first issue at San Diego Comic-Con, all of which were sold out by the end of the show. The second installment of the series is being released on August 18th.
“The passion fans have for True Blood has elevated the series to new heights, and it continues to grow as the story unfolds,” states James Costos, VP Global Licensing and Retailing. “With the sell-out success of the comic’s first printing, it is clear that there is an insatiable thirst for different iterations of the television series, and we’re excited to expand the impact of the comic series and get it into even more hands with this second printing.”
Beginning with Issue #1, the True Blood comic series offers the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor, intriguing mystery, and suspense the show has become known for. In this comic book series Sookie and many other Bon Temps locals find themselves waiting in Merlotte’s bar for a strangely portentous raging storm to subside. Soon they discover they’ve been trapped by an entity that feeds off of raw emotions and begins killing off the patrons one by one until his hunger is sated.
The plot was developed by Ball along with series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow and co-written by David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. Beautifully illustrated by top tier artist David Messina, the series captures all the bloody details and sexy reveals of this exciting new adventure. Renowned artists J. Scott Campbell, Joe Corroney, and Andrew Currie joined Messina in providing covers for the first issue.
The six-issue True Blood comics explore the ongoing adventures of telepathic heroine Sookie Stackhouse, her vampire lover Bill Compton, best friend Tara Thornton, enigmatic and ancient vampire sheriff Eric Northman, loyal boss Sam Merlotte, brother Jason Stackhouse, perpetual-virgin vampire Jessica, and the flamboyant cook Lafayette Reynolds.
Below are the synopses and covers for Issues #2, #3, #4, and #5 (click the links to order yours from HBO):
Issue #2 (released 8/18/10) – Trapped inside the mystically-sealed Merlotte’s by a soul-sucking spirit, psychic waitress and vampire girlfriend Sookie Stackhouse is forced to reveal her deepest, most shameful secret to save the lives of Bill and her friends. But will Sookie’s shame be enough to satisfy the spirit, and does her story hold a surprise clue to the true cause of her parents’ death?
Issue #3 (due 9/22/10) – Eric’s memory of the Inquisition causes a violent reaction among the locals trapped inside Merlotte’s. It’s another night of great fun for the vile spirit feeding off their raw emotions. But Sam’s figured out a way to trick the Trickster, and, with Tara’s help, he sets a trap.
Issue #4 (due 10/13/10) – Sam’s attack on the evil spirit proves deadly for the local population, and it ends with him having to recount his most shameful memory … a secret powerful enough to re-energize the wounded spirit. Outside, Andy and the Sheriff have discovered the dome keeping them all trapped inside Merlotte’s, but will they be able to break in before Jason recounts the dirty details of his first time?
Issue #5 (due 11/24/10) – Sex with his hot teacher has disastrous results for the teenaged Jason, but it’s Lafayette’s coming-of-age story, and how it may have affected his psychologically fragile mother, that gives the Imp Shaloop — the spirit holding them hostage — a rise. Will Bill get to his story before daylight, and why does Sookie think the trickster spirit may be hiding the biggest secret of all? The truth is black and white—and red all over.
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