Series: THE HOLLOWS GRAPHIC NOVELS
Plot Type: UF
Publisher and Titles: Delrey
Blood Work (7/2011)
Blood Crime (10/2012)
The plot involves two separate assassins, one who is after Ivy and one who has targeted Rachel. At first, the women don't realize that the threat against them is twofold, and Ivy suspects that Piscary is trying to kill Rachel to get her out of the way. As the attacks escalate, Ivy and Rachel must track down the perpatrators and figure out just what's going on.
For readers of the regular HOLLOWS series, this is an interesting look into Ivy's mind as she does her best to suppress her blood lust for Rachel. We saw this play out from Rachel's point of view in the early books of the regular series, but having an opportunity to see into Ivy's mixed-up mind is fascinating, particularly her complicated relationship with Piscary.
Kisten plays a tiny part in the story, but only as a one-dimensional character on the fringes of the action. I'm still not happy with Kisten's artwork. In the books, he is portrayed as a good-looking, sexy vampire, but here, his appearance is commonplace and not handsome or sexy at all.
The artwork is generally the same as in the previous book. The grey-white figures that shadow Piscary and Ivy add great effect as they act out the mental and emotional state of each character. In the analysis pages at the end of the book, there's a nice section that places a scene between Ivy and Piscary alongside Harrison's script for that scene. Harrison includes specific artwork instructions for the shadows as they act out Piscary's clawing at Ivy's soul and Ivy's near submission to Piscary's emotional attack. A page from Blood Work that shows Ivy's emotional shadow is included at the very end of this post.
I always get to the end of a graphic novel and want more—more story, more character development, more complications—but I realize that graphic novels by their very nature must be brief and to the point. This one does a nice job of interweaving the two assassination plots, introducing a surprisingly large number of characters, and providing a satisfying and relatively unpredictable resolution to both sets of conflicts.
As in book 1, this book includes behind-the-scenes sections at the end of the book: "About the Creators"; "Artist's Sketchbook"; and "From Script to Art." Here is the full crew of graphic artists for the book:
What's not so good about the story: