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Publisher Comments:

Darwyn Cooke — the visionary creator of the acclaimed DC: The New Frontier — turns his attention to the classic Will Eisner creation The Spirit in this amazing trade paperback collecting the first six issues of the new series from DC Comics, plus the Batman/Spirit special!

In these thrilling tales, Cooke maintains the "spirit" of Eisner's creation but brings his own original sensibilities to the character. The Spirit, a.k.a. Denny Colt, Commissioner Dolan, and his Daughter Ellen are reintroduced in this go-for-broke, shoot-the-lights-out collection of crime stories filled with action, adventure, humor and sexy girls!

Review:

"Cooke's delicious reinvention of the Golden Age hero created by Will Eisner brings the elegant crime fighter into the present era while still retaining a decidedly retro look. Beginning with the Batman/Spirit 'Crime Convention,' the story moves through a handful of episodes that balance noir with cheeky humor, slowly dropping bits of an origin story. A kidnapped TV news reporter uses her cellphone to broadcast her rescue; a femme fatale from the Spirit's past exacts revenge on the man who killed her husband; a madman tries to poison the city's water supply. The standout is 'Media Man,' in which an unscrupulous marketer appropriates the Spirit's image to sell canned beans, and an even more unscrupulous villain tries to use those beans to get kids hooked on meth. Glancing references are made to larger story elements, like a criminal network called the Octagon and a man from Spirit's past who died but didn't stay dead. The visuals are an addictive blend of old-school color melodrama and lean, muscular lines; the credit spreads are particularly clever in their integration of the book's title into the scenery." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Darwyn Cooke has taken the 1940s comic-book legend created by...Will Eisner, and miraculously, reinvented the Spirit...for the present day, with swirling drama and sexy subplots. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"The overall effect is simultaneously sleekly modern and respectfully classic. Eisner's vintage Spirit tales put most of today's comics to shame, and Cooke's relaunch stands out from the contemporary crop, too." Booklist

Review:

"Cooke brings the Spirit's origin and adventures into the present while retaining much of the original's excitement, intrigue, and humor....This is fine, entertaining stuff that will satisfy any longtime comics fan; recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"[D]oes Eisner proud without losing losing the Cooke touch. (Grade: A-)" The Onion AV Club

Review:

"Breakneck action, eye-popping art, and snappy patter keep the spirit of Eisner alive and well." Wizard Magazine

Review:

"You just have to expect quality from Darwyn Cooke." IGN.com

Product Details

ISBN:
9781401214616
Author:
Cooke, Darwyn
Publisher:
DC Comics
Photographer:
Bone, J.
Photographer:
Stewart, Dave
Illustrator:
Bone, J.
Created by:
Eisner, Will
Author:
Loeb, Jeph
Author:
Bone, J.
Subject:
Graphic Novels - Superheroes
Subject:
Super Heroes
Copyright:
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
10.46x6.88x.49 in. .99 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cooke's delicious reinvention of the Golden Age hero created by Will Eisner brings the elegant crime fighter into the present era while still retaining a decidedly retro look. Beginning with the Batman/Spirit 'Crime Convention,' the story moves through a handful of episodes that balance noir with cheeky humor, slowly dropping bits of an origin story. A kidnapped TV news reporter uses her cellphone to broadcast her rescue; a femme fatale from the Spirit's past exacts revenge on the man who killed her husband; a madman tries to poison the city's water supply. The standout is 'Media Man,' in which an unscrupulous marketer appropriates the Spirit's image to sell canned beans, and an even more unscrupulous villain tries to use those beans to get kids hooked on meth. Glancing references are made to larger story elements, like a criminal network called the Octagon and a man from Spirit's past who died but didn't stay dead. The visuals are an addictive blend of old-school color melodrama and lean, muscular lines; the credit spreads are particularly clever in their integration of the book's title into the scenery." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Darwyn Cooke has taken the 1940s comic-book legend created by...Will Eisner, and miraculously, reinvented the Spirit...for the present day, with swirling drama and sexy subplots. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "The overall effect is simultaneously sleekly modern and respectfully classic. Eisner's vintage Spirit tales put most of today's comics to shame, and Cooke's relaunch stands out from the contemporary crop, too."
"Review" by , "Cooke brings the Spirit's origin and adventures into the present while retaining much of the original's excitement, intrigue, and humor....This is fine, entertaining stuff that will satisfy any longtime comics fan; recommended."
"Review" by , "[D]oes Eisner proud without losing losing the Cooke touch. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "Breakneck action, eye-popping art, and snappy patter keep the spirit of Eisner alive and well."
"Review" by , "You just have to expect quality from Darwyn Cooke."
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