"With the Vertigo classic V FOR VENDETTA set to be published as an Absolute edition in August, DC Comics is pleased to announce that this acclaimed title by Alan Moore and David Lloyd will be expanded by an additional 100 pages at no additional cost.
This new material includes all of David Lloyd's silent art pages from the original comic book series, which were not included in the collected editions and have not been seen since the series' original publication by DC Comics in 1988-1989. In addition, an expanded version of the sketchbook section from the hardcover will be included, as well as all of the back cover art from the original issues.
Along with these new pages, the Absolute edition features the improved production values and coloring from the 2005 hardcover edition for optimum enjoyment of the stunning art and story that the Portland Mercury called, "Perhaps Moore's most powerful work."
Along with Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns V is often held to be one of the 'holy trinity' of modern, graphic novels which re-invented the medium for a mature, adult audience. Written as a response to the right wing politics of the 1980s it remains extremely powerful - Moore's story of a political anarchist, Codename V, illustrated by David Lloyd as a cloaked man in a Guy Fawkes mask attacking a totalitarian, fascist British state may be set in the 80s, but it speaks of oppression and the fight for personal and societal freedom in any era and culture.
DC, hardback with slipcase, 296 pages, published August 2009 "
There will be an all-new colouring job (previews of which have been posted on David Lloyd's blog) which looks superb, plus sketches, original covers and, of course, lovely glossy paper, oversized artwork, hardcover binding and slipcase.
I don't think the purpose of the Absolute editions is to have more content, as opposed to being an archival edition for collectors with the best possible reproduction. Like the Subterranean Press editons of novels, or Criterion Collection DVDs - it's all about quality.
Watchmen, crisis on infinite earths, long halloween. None of these absolutes have glossy paper, yet no one else in any of the reviews seems to take issues with this fact. Just because paper isn't glossy doesn't mean its of inferior quality. The book wasn't originally printed on glossy paper, and was most likely colored accordingly. If anything the 60-100 dollar price tags are what you should be complaining about... not a lack of gloss on the pages....
good point. I wasn't trying to complain. I hadn't thought of TLH or Watchmen. The paper quality seems different even from those, maybe I'm wrong. It is nice to have the larger format. I don't see the point in complaining about price, DC is, I feel, very unlikely to ever change how they price these books unless it's to raise the cost.