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Bill Willingham is the author of Fables, as well as Sandman and Robin. Justiniano's artwork also appears in Teen Titans: Beast Boys & Girls, published by Titan. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (November 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401208401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401208400
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Willingham never fought a desperate and losing battle in a good cause, never contributed to society in a meaningful way, and hasn't lived a life of adventure, but he's had a few moments of near adventure. At some point in his life Bill learned how to get paid for telling scurrilous lies to good people, and he's been doing it ever since. He lives in the wild and frosty woods of Minnesota.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
The issue with this trade is that it really collects two separate but related storylines, both leading into Infinite Crisis.

Judd Winnick writes the first storyline, Lightning Strikes Twice, is a brief story about how Eclipso came to inhabit its current host. It involves a confrontation with Superman and Captain Marvel, but it really seems rushed and a bit contrived. Winnick does present us with a few interesting moments, but this part of the trade is pretty blah.

Bill Willingham, of Fables fame, writes Day of Vengeance, the story of the Spectre and his rampage through the magical DCU. The thing with Dov is that while the writing is fantastic it does not hold up as the mega event it is supposed to be. Instead we get the story of five incredibly minor characters and one silly silver age concept of a talking chimp trying to weather the storm. The dialogue and relationships among the characters are fantastic. You even get to care about Detective Chimp. Detective Chimp... good lord. It is a lot of fun. :)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Swan VINE VOICE on January 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
The last few years have seen the resurgence of Eclipso as a major player in the DC universe and Day of Vengeance sets him up as the de facto villain in a plan to destroy all magic. The first quarter of the book is about Eclipso's plan to control Superman with the ultimate goal being to take hold of Captain Marvel. Apparently Captain Marvel is an even more tantalizing prize than Superman thanks to the fact that his powers are magic based. When that plan fails he acquires a female host and seduces the biggest gun in the DCU, The Specter. Without a host of his own a confused Specter easily falls prey to Eclipso and begins to carry out the objective of eliminating all magical beings. It's left to a handful of DC third stringers along with the indomitable Captain Marvel to take down Eclipso, The Specter and save what's left of the DCU magic beings.

The problem with the story is that there isn't much of a story. Things just sort of happen. The third string magic users include characters I've never even heard of. The only ones I even vaguely know are Ragman and Detective Chimp and those two I only know because I saw their pictures in advertisements when I used to collect comics in the 70's. DOV just seemed rather devoid of emotion and depth leaving me with sort of a `so what?' feeling. As a lead in to Infinite Crisis it may be important and the events of the stories ending may have major ramifications on the future of the DCU but as a standalone story it's just rather unmemorable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. O'Blenis on April 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Spectre is the Wrath Of God, an immensely poweful entity charged by the Creator of the Universe with avenging the innocent and bringing righteous vengeance upon the evil. Unfortunately, despite all his power, the Spectre isn't the same as God, and can makes mistakes, even become corrupted. The being who served as the Spirit Of Vengeance before the Spectre was Eclipso, who went to extremes in his mission and became wholly corrupt, eventually becoming one of the deadliest villains in the universe. Early in the existance of Eclipso's successor, the Spectre, the forces of Heaven saw that the same thing could happen again, and came up with the idea of splitting the charge given to the Spectre by binding him to a mortal as an 'anchor'. Knowing mortals tempered Spectre's tendency to go overboard, and also enabled him to more directly be a part of the world.

Without going into even more of the character's epic back history, it's enough to say that "Day Of Vengeance" begins with the Spectre totally unhinged. He's lost successive human 'hosts' over the years as they went on to the afterlife or were de-bonded from Spectre; and all the Spirit Of Vengeance's efforts have been unable to stop evil from occuring. And thus we find in Day Of Vengeance # 1 a Spectre far removed from his original purpose: he's now a merciless creature of destruction, killing in retaliation not only for really heinous acts of evil, but for shockingly minor transgressions as well. Into this already volatile situation comes the new female incarnation of Eclipso (the Eclipso entity takes on the gender of whoever its current host is), who has decided not to take on the universe directly, but to influence the unbalanced Spectre into acting on her behalf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Spectre has always been my favorite DC comics character ever since the mid 1970's and those rather gruesome stories by Jim Aparo in the pages of Adventure Comics. That said he's always been perhaps the most difficult DC character to write, as over the years he's alternated between being an all-powerful God-like being to a much powered down spirit as in the case of the second volume of his regular series. The character now is in limbo somewhat since he's been separated from Hal Jordan (long a bad idea) and now has no human host...alive or dead. Thus we get the Day of Vengeance storyline with a Spectre who, without being tethered to a host, is somewhat addled brained and easily seduced by Eclipso. Frankly I find that concept difficult to believe.

Eclipso, first having failed to find the right host with a Star Labs Doctor who steals a Lexcorp made battle suit to rumble with Superman before actually managing to possess the big "S" himself, leading to an all out battle with the world's mightiest mortal, Captain Marvel. Marvel finally defeats the Eclipso with the help of the wizard Shazam and the Spectre and then locates a new host, the criminally insane Jean Loring, who is rotting in Arkham Asylum following the tragic events of Identity Crisis. In this female identity, Eclipso seduces the Spectre, who now seems driven purely by instinct, into believing that magic is the source of all evil and that to wipe out evil, he needs to kill all magical beings in the world. This sets him on a path to take out heavyweights such as Doctor Fate and the Phantom Stranger who make little more than cameo appearances in the book. Not wanting to make any sweeping changes, any deaths that do occur are to minor characters.

Now, who stands up to oppose the twins of vengeance?
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