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Manhunter Vol. 1: Street Justice (DC Comics) Paperback – December 1, 2005

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401207286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401207281
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. O'Blenis on June 27, 2006
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Kate Spencer is a California prosecutor who, after losing another case against a killer metahuman, takes it upon herself to beginning meting out her own brand of lethal street justice. Arming and outfitting herself with various paraphenelia from the evidence store rooms (obtained from various villains) she takes on the identity of Manhunter (a popular moniker for DC characters, as someone in the book points out) and begins her vigilante career. That's "Manhunter" on the surface, sounding like an attempt to give the DC Universe its own Punisher-type character, or even like an attempt to amp up the aggressiveness-level of DC's own Green Arrow from his 80s/early 90s modus operandi. But rather than try to just copy the success of Punisher or Green Arrow, or other violent, on-the-edge, vigilante characters, there's some different factors at play here to give the "Manhunter" title its own identity.

There's considerable doubt about Kate's motivations. A hostile, cynical person to begin with, it's quite effective the way that, after her first kill, she's not only surprised by her total lack of remorse and by the strange satisfaction she feels, but the way she goes about things next. We see her going through the justice department (not to be confused with the Justice League) files looking for potential next targets, in an almost leisurely browse. One is left with the feeling that it's possible that she may not be entirely driven by a need for revenge and defending the innocent, but may be starting already to edge toward the path of using revenge and justice as her excuse, with killing itself being the real motivation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alex Violette on November 17, 2005
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I got into this series a while ago largely because the writer had implored people to give his book a shot, and I am so glad I did. Manhunter is a smart witty book that has a real woman as its lead.

She isn't a pin up girl fighting in a thong, she is a hero who is every bit as tough and as hard as the men of the DC universe. In this trade we see her take up the cause of justice, and fight the good fight in a way that few heroes have

This is one of the most human characters I have read in a long time, Kate Spencer isn't a flawless supermodel she is someone who isnt the perfect mother, is trying to quit smoking, and is dealing with a very tough job.

Reading this book delves into the feelings that I think we all feel when the justice system fails, Kate Spencer becomes manhunter because the world as much as it needs the pure superheroes as ideals, it needs someone who can deal with the hard reality that when a super villain kills and isn't punished by our system of justice someone has to step in, and fight the fight that the others cant.

It's important to note though She isn't Punisher, she isn't about the body count, or killing for the sake of killing, what she is, is a fighter who is walking a dangerous line. She is someone who wants to give justice a chance but is there when it fails.

Ever wonder why Batman just doesn't kill the Joker after all the horrible stuff he has done? After all the prison escapes why he doesn't simply throw him off a building?

If you have ever thought along those lines, and want ot read a great story with solid art about a very human character, manhunter is the book for you.

Also I would like to note that if you already have theses issues 1-5 it is still worth picking up.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jack E. Holt, III on November 12, 2005
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Well, this collection proves why some books NEED to be collected.

As a comics fan, I suffer from having too many good titles to choose from. I admit that I passed up the individual issues of Manhunter as each one came out. No single issue seemed to grab my attention enough to have me pull out my billfold and buy it.

What's worse, the title "Manhunter" has been used before for two of DC Comics most innovative and affecting series-- one with the team of Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson and the other written by John Ostrander with Kim Yale. Tough competition.

So I missed out when the issues collected here came out. My mistake.

The first five issues set out to introduce a new Manhunter and succeed. The new Manhunter is not a super-hero or adventurer primarily, but a "real" person who inhabits a world somewhat like the real one -- except for all those pesky super-heroes and super-villains. When she takes up the mantle of an older DC hero, there's a certain regret built into the familiarity of the "origin story".

Overall, this was a nice introduction to a more subtle type of comic character. If a character who busts people over the head with sticks can be called subtle.

Art-wise, the work is strong enough to tell the tale. There are those who think of art-teams as super-stars. This is not the point of the professional, effective job in this Trade Paperback. The art in Manhunter isn't designed to shock. It's designed to tell the story. . . and it does.

This is a very inexpensive way to try out a new/old comics concept.
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