'Vampire Diaries' Comes to Comics (Preview Art)

The Vampire Diaries Comic Cover - P 2013
<p>The Vampire Diaries Comic Cover - P 2013</p>   |   Tony Shasteen/DC Entertainmen
The comic book spinoff of the hit CW series launches next week, but here's a preview of the first issue.

With more than a hundred years of backstory, it's hardly a surprise that The Vampire Diaries needs more than its hit CW television series to fill in all the gaps. Next Wednesday sees the release of a new DC Entertainment comic series designed to do that very thing, and we have a five-page preview, giving you a taste of what to expect.

The new Vampire Diaries series collects stories from DC's digital series of the same name in print for the first time, starting with "Vervain" -- featuring the 19th century incarnations of Damon, Stefan and Julian -- by Colleen Doran and Tony Shasteen, who also provides one of the issue's covers.

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The Vampire Diaries #1, the first in a monthly series, will be available in comic book stores January 8.