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Anita Blake is back in the second volume of Marvel’s comic adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton’s bestselling series of novels! What would
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you do for a million dollars? Would you resurrect a two and one half century old corpse? Harold Gaynor poses just that question to Animator and part-time vampire hunter, Anita Blake... Plus, some crime scenes are even too horrible for a vampire slayer… and the worse they are, the more questions they raise.

The power to give life. The power to take it away. Anita Blake possesses both. By day, she works as a necromancer, reanimating the dead—for a price. But her nights are another story altogether. She is the well-known huntress—fittingly known by the vampires as The Executioner. How do these two co-exist?

Publication DatesEdit

AnimatorEdit

  • Issue 1: October 1, 2008
  • Issue 2: November 5, 2008
  • Issue 3: December 3, 2008
  • Issue 4: January 14, 2009
  • Issue 5: February 4, 2009

NecromancerEdit

  • Issue 1: Apr 8, 2009
  • Issue 2: June 3, 2009
  • Issue 3: July 8, 2009
  • Issue 4: August 19, 2009
  • Issue 5: September 16, 2009

ExecutionerEdit

  • Issue 1: October 28, 2009
  • Issue 2: December 3, 2009
  • Issue 3: January 13, 2010
  • Issue 4: February 10, 2010
  • Issue 5: March 17, 2010

Also published as hardcover volumes:

  • Volume 1: The Animator, issues 1 through 5, April 29, 2009
  • Volume 2: Necromancer, issues 1 through 5, December 23, 2009

SynopsisEdit

The power to give life. The power to take it away. Anita Blake possesses both. By day, she works as a necromancer, reanimating the dead—for a price. But her nights are another story altogether. She is the well-known huntress—fittingly known by the vampires as The Executioner.

ANITA BLAKE, VAMPIRE HUNTER: THE LAUGHING CORPSE #1

What would you do for a million dollars? Would you resurrect a two and one half century old corpse? Harold Gaynor poses just that question to Animator and part-time vampire hunter, Anita Blake... Plus, some crime scenes are even too horrible for a vampire slayer… and the worse they are, the more questions they raise.

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse - Book One #2

Anita Blake has seen ghouls, zombies, vampires, and a host of other bloodthirsty monstrosities that could set a brave man to running, but when a murder scene leaves her with some disturbing questions, Anita realizes that something is going on that even she can't explain. Enter Senora Dominga Salvador, the Godmother of Vaudun. Will she be able to help Anita discover just who or what is committing these murders? Or does she have her own plans for Anita?

ANITA BLAKE, VAMPIRE HUNTER: THE LAUGHING CORPSE - BOOK ONE #3

There's a monster on the loose in St. Louis, MO. and Anita Blake is on the case! After visiting the home of the local Voodoo Priestess in search of answers and witnessing things so evil she never thought them possible, and discovering her mentor's dark past, she is sent a deadly message in the night reminding her to be careful of what you seek...cause it just might find you.

ANITA BLAKE: THE LAUGHING CORPSE - BOOK ONE #4

As the Executioner of St. Louis, Anita Blake has made her fair share of dirty dealings with the dregs of the underworld. And if Anita wants to solve the grisliest case of her career, it looks like she’s going to have to make one more dark compact: this time with the newly crowned Master Vampire—Jean-Claude!

ANITA BLAKE: THE LAUGHING CORPSE - BOOK ONE #5

Vampire hunter Anita Blake has learned a couple things in her short career. Staying on the good side of a powerful Voodoo priestess is definitely one of them. But Anita may have made a fatal mistake when she fell out of favor with Dominga Salvador. And now, the mistress of the dark arts is going to show Anita there’s no place she can hide from her wrath…

ANITA BLAKE, VAMPIRE HUNTER: THE LAUGHING CORPSE BOOK 1 - ANIMATOR PREMIERE HC

Anita Blake is back in the second volume of Marvel’s comic adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton’s bestselling series of novels! What would you do for a million dollars? Would you resurrect a two and one half century old corpse? Harold Gaynor poses just that question to Animator and part-time vampire hunter, Anita Blake... Plus, some crime scenes are even too horrible for a vampire slayer… and the worse they are, the more questions they raise.

ANITA BLAKE: THE LAUGHING CORPSE - NECROMANCER # 1

Vampire hunter Anita Blake has crossed the paths of the worst St. Louis has to offer--and now they want her out of the picture for good. But Anita isn’t the type of person to go down without a fight…and she’s going to make sure it hurts something fierce. Find out why Comic Bulletin calls the ANITA BLAKE series “Sexy…with a wicked sense of humor.”

ANITA BLAKE: THE LAUGHING CORPSE - NECROMANCER #2

it’s a scream. Anita Blake’s manhunt for a child-killer brings her to St. Louis’ newest sensation: a comedy club with a macabre twist. But if Anita’s going to get any help from the club’s new proprietor, Jean-Claude, she’ll have to survive the evening’s gruesome opening number…

ANITA BLAKE: THE LAUGHING CORPSE - NECROMANCER #3

Who is Wheelchair Wanda? What dirt does she have on not-so-innocent billionaire Harold Gaynor? That’s what Anita Blake wants to know. And if she’s going to find out, Anita will have to journey to the Tenderloin, St. Louis’ red light district. So it’s a good thing master vampire Jean-Claude’s got her back…right?

ANITA BLAKE: THE LAUGHING CORPSE - NECROMANCER #4

Anita Blake has a problem: the one woman who could answer all of her questions about millionaire Harold Gaynor’s mysterious past isn’t talking. The vampire hunter—who’s been hunted and attacked by this self-made tycoon—wants the woman named Wheelchair Wanda to sing like a canary, and she’s not above causing a little hurt to make it happen. Sometimes even the good guys have to get dirty…

ANITA BLAKE: THE LAUGHING CORPSE - NECROMANCER #5

Voodoo priestess Dominga Salvador put a curse on professional vampire hunter Anita Blake, making the hunter the hunted. And for the first time since she was attacked by Dominga’s monsters, Anita comes face-to-face with the most-feared witch in America. It’s a showdown that sets the stage for THE LAUGHING CORPSE’s final act: EXECUTIONER!

ANITA BLAKE: THE LAUGHING CORPSE - EXECUTIONER #1

As THE LAUGHING CORPSE enters its haunting final act, Anita Blake thinks she has the deadly voodoo priestess who’s made her life hell dead to rights…but the necromancer is about to find out her nightmare’s only just begun!

ANITA BLAKE: THE LAUGHING CORPSE - EXECUTIONER #2

Anita Blake has figured out mysterious businessman Harold Gaynor’s endgame--and her role in it--and let’s just say it ain’t pretty. But now Gaynor has the animator dead to rights…and he’s not all that particular about HOW he’s going to make Anita realize his criminal plans.

ANITA BLAKE: THE LAUGHING CORPSE - EXECUTIONER #3

Voodoo priestesses bent on revenge. Mad millionaires. As the puzzle pieces forming vampire hunter Anita Blake’s deadliest case yet fall into place, the budding necromancer discovers one ugly truth: There’s more than one way to become a monster…

ANITA BLAKE: THE LAUGHING CORPSE - EXECUTIONER #4

Anita’s trapped in Harold Gaynor’s mansion, and her only way out is to go toe-to-toe with a voodoo priestess’ nightmarish creation!

ANITA BLAKE: THE LAUGHING CORPSE - EXECUTIONER #5

Anita’s battle with the premiere voodoo priestess of St. Louis comes to a shocking end in a hail of bullets and blood as only the fan-favorite vampire hunter can deliver! It’s a finale you have to see to believe!

CoversEdit

Anita Blake Series
Novels Guilty PleasuresThe Laughing CorpseCircus of the DamnedThe Lunatic CafeBloody BonesThe Killing DanceBurnt OfferingsBlue MoonObsidian ButterflyNarcissus in ChainsCerulean SinsIncubus DreamsMicahDanse MacabreThe HarlequinBlood NoirSkin TradeFlirtBulletHit ListKiss the DeadAfflictionJasonDead IceCrimson Death
Short Stories Magic Like Heat Across My SkinBlood Upon My LipsThe Girl who was Infatuated with DeathThose Who Seek ForgivenessSelling HousesBeautyDancingShutdownA Girl, a Goat, and a ZombieWounded
Comics The First DeathGuilty Pleasures (Handbook) • The Laughing CorpseCircus of the Damned

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