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Product Details

  • Series: Deathblow
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (January 13, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401251307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401251307
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brandon Choi was born in South Korea and raised in St. Louis Missouri. He studied Fine Art at the Dowling College in Long Island and he also studied Design at Parsons School in Manhattan, New York. He cowrote titles including GEN13, STORMWATCH, DEATHBLOW and WILDC.A.T.S with his friend Jim Lee.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy King on April 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
Deathblow was one of the best of the early Wildstorm creations. The character has a depth and intensity seldom found in Image comics. This volume collects the first twelve issues of Deathblow, in which a regretful killer must try to save his soul while dealing with armageddon. Though the story stretches on a bit long, it's worth it. The first two parts feature incredible Sin City-inspired art by Jim Lee. The rest is by Tim Sale, now known for his work on Batman: The Long Halloween. This collection is well worth the investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Underground Anthem TX on May 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Think "MERCENARY HAS SUPERNATURAL ADVENTURES" and you basically described Deathblow in a nut shell, with two notable twists: he's a very important player in the history of the underappreciated Wildstorm Universe, and he's dying of cancer.

Containing Deathblow's first appearance in Darker Image #1, along with the first 12 issues of his own series, this new hardcover edition reshuffles the story so that it reads chronologically rather than in flashbacks, as it's structured in the original comics. I don't know if this is how the previous softcover collection (Saints and Sinners) was compiled, but I thought it was an interesting approach. Narratively, it makes sense to streamline the story and is a fresh way to look at old material. Visually though it's a bit of a mess, as the story begins with Jim Lee's strong Sin City-inspired artwork, then switches abruptly to fill-in artists Tim Sale and Trevor Scott, then back to Lee, then back to Sale. It makes for a disorienting reading experience, to say the least. The positive note for the art is that once Lee departed the book's interiors with #3, Tim Sale improved issue after issue as the series progressed and it was really neat to watch him develop his early style before becoming the incredible artist he's known as today.

This new edition also features the covers of each issue at the start of each chapter, the Jim Lee pin-ups from the original comics, and some other pinups/covers. I'm not sure if the original art has been re-scanned from previous collections, but compared to my original issues this is hands down the best the art has ever looked. But, the big draw for this collection will undoubtedly be the new dust jacket and cover artwork.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Despite a somewhat rough start, Deathblow ended up becoming one of the better early Image Comics titles, thanks in large part to the issues collected in this volume.

Deathblow: Sinners & Saints collects issues 1-12 of the ongoing Deathblow series, which focused on Michael Cray, aka Deathblow, a black ops warrior with a bloody past, a guilty conscience, and a disease that leaves him with very little time left to live. This series was obviously born of superstar artist Jim Lee's joint fascination with Richard Marcinko novels and Frank Miller's groundbreaking Sin City work. The first couple of issues, which were drawn by Lee, featured an abundance of military jargon and artwork that was extremely similar to the black and white style found in Sin City. They basically established Cray as a warrior without peer in a military unit known for doing the government's dirty work.

How that turned into a series about the Antichrist and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is anybody's guess.

The story took a radical turn in issue 3, in which the Black Angel (who for some reason looks a lot like Trent Reznor) was released from Purgatory, where he was imprisoned by the holy Order of the Cross. Seriously, the story became ½ black ops and ½ supernatural horror. Weird, but writer Brandon Choi makes it work. Cray is forced to reconcile the events in his past and lead the fight against the Black Angel and his Horsemen. In a nice turn of events, Cray's former Team 7 mates reunite to lend a hand. The Team 7 back story is really what ties the Wildstorm Universe together, so seeing them together again, particularly in such a spectacular fashion, is a real treat.

The artwork from issue 3 forward was provided by former Grendel artist Tim Sale.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By An English Reader on September 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
I admit having found this hard to come-by but was pleased to eventually recieve it because Sinners and Saints is a dark comic in unique style both artistic and story based. the stark black and white images with limited use of colour provides a nice alternative to the over-coloured world other titles may portray.The story is interesting and seedy and reminds me of frank millers Sin City books it is an overall good title and worth the investment though perhaps not if you live in the UK
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