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ISBN13: 9781401215293
ISBN10: 1401215297
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Darwyn Cooke, the award-winning, acclaimed writer and artist of DC: The New Frontier, has won praise for his insightful, emotionally resonant storytelling. Now, DC presents Cooke's early tales of the Dark Knight in one graphic novel, including the epic tale Ego, in which Batman must face his own inner demons and, in its entirety, the original graphic novel Catwoman: Selina's Big Score.

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"Even this early in his career, Cooke's striking style, made up of dynamically simple drawings, cinematic compositions, and noirish lighting effects, is fully formed." Booklist

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P.M. Bradshaw, August 8, 2012 (view all comments by P.M. Bradshaw)
This collection is a great primer on the work of Darwyn Cooke. Cooke's work as both writer and artist of the Richard Stark/Donald Westlake "Parker" series is some of the best work being done in comics today. His Batman stories are right up there.

This volume allows you a look at Cooke wearing the various hats in comic books. In one of the black-n-white stories, Here Be Monsters, Cooke is the artist. A well written story by Paul Grist, Cooke's artwork makes it that much better.
In the second the black-n-white story, The Monument, Cooke is the writer. His story is excellent, but is made less powerful by illustrator Bill Wray's exaggerated, cartoony style.
Tim Sale's artwork is a better fit when Cooke writes another short, Date Knight.

But the best is when Cooke is both writer and artist. Ego, which gives this collection its name, is very good, but a bit over-the-top in its man-talking-to-his-inner-self vein. It’s pacing is very good; at 63 pages, it rushes by in a breeze.

Deja Vu, while only 13 pages long, packs an incredible punch, both visually and emotionally.

The best is the often reprinted Catwoman: Selina's Big Score. At 86 pages, this story could
easily stand on its own as a hardcover book. It's crime-noir feel is very much in the Parker vein, even featuring a character named Stark. Dark, but fun, it is both stylized in its artwork, and no nonsense in its writing. Multi-layered, but simple and direct in its delivery. A great, great story!
If anyone attempts to make another Catwoman movie, this would be a great story to base it on.

All in all, Ego and Other Tails, is an excellent showcase of the multiple talents of Darwyn Cooke.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401215293
Publisher:
DC Comics
Subject:
Graphic Novels - Superheroes
With:
Grist, Paul
Illustrator:
Cooke, Darwyn
Author:
Cooke, Darwyn
Subject:
Super Heroes
Subject:
Good and evil
Subject:
Batman (Fictitious character)
Edition Description:
DC Comics Hardcover
Series:
Batman
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
10.34x6.94x.50 in. .99 lbs.

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