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Rising Stars Compendium Paperback – May 12, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Top Cow Productions/Image Comics (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582408025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582408026
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

I love the fact there is a beginning middle and end.
D. A. Sims
This is a Must read and for fans the comic a must have.
S. Ibrahim
This is inexcusable for a professionally produced book.
Robert Ringenberg

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By SB on April 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm not going to review the actual content of this book. There are lots of other reviews out there in which you can learn about this great comic book series.

What you really want to know is: should I shell out for this or not?

If you are familiar with the paperback "Compendium" editions from Top Cow, this is exactly like those, except hardcover. That's a major improvement, as those compendium paperbacks were easily damaged. It is very thick, unlike the item displayed in the picture. The image content fills the pages: unlike Marvel Omnibuses or hardcovers, there are no borders at all. Also unlike the Marvel books, the paper is rather flimsy and thin, although glossy with good reproduction quality. In fact, the pages seem thinner than standard comic book paper used by most independent comic book publishers. The page size is exactly the same as standard comic book pages.

The reason to buy this book is to get all this content in one place, and there is a ton of that. They aren't kidding when they list 1000 pages. But other than that the book design isn't much. Unlike competing oversize editions published by DC, Dark Horse, or Image, these Compendiums are the size of standard comic books. That's a real let down for fans and a missed opportunity for the publisher.

Without borders around the artwork, some of it gets lost in the massive spine fold. The weight of the book makes it unwieldy, and easy to lose your grip on-- so the flimsy pages become a real liability--easy to damage as you fumble with the book in your lap. They also feel like they might tear if you turn the pages with any strength.

I am quite happy with this despite those complaints, as I didn't have any of this material in another format. For those who do have other versions of these issues, collected or otherwise, there's not much motivation to buy this, as it really is just a bunch of standard comics bound into a thick and heavy tome.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert Ringenberg on November 3, 2010
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As others have said the story is great. The binding on the book is already falling apart after ONE reading! The glue holding the cover to the spine of the interior pages has released. I skipped buying the hardcover because of problems people said they were having and find the soft cover has the same problem. This is inexcusable for a professionally produced book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Dean on March 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a review of the physical product, not the story contained within. I want to make that clear because I think the Rising Stars story is fantastic and would give it 4 or 5 stars.

Unfortunately, this edition has the WORST craftsmanship of any book I have EVER read.

The first thing that happened when I opened the book was the cover falling right off the spine as the dry cheap glue let out a 'crinkle-snap!'. About a tenth of the way into the book, half the pages fell out of the binding. I thought the Amazon (and other) reviewers might be exaggerating about this product's defects. They were not.

I am very good with my books. I have an extensive collection of over 300 graphic novels and they are in PRISTINE condition. No matter how reverently you treat this book, it is IMPOSSIBLE to read without having it fall apart. It cannot be done.

STAY AWAY.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Ibrahim on May 28, 2009
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There are certain books that take you on a journey and introduce you to memorable characters. The kind of books that are superior in writing and storytelling. Rising Stars is one of those books. And this Massive Hardcover is amazing. With over 1000 pages and with every single issue combine to create a unique read as you enter the world of the 113 specials and learn about their origins and their future. This is a Must read and for fans the comic a must have.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Garvinstomp VINE VOICE on October 14, 2009
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Let's keep this brief. The concept, the characters, the art, and the hardcover presentation are all absolutely fantastic. The first third is an absolutely brilliant set-up to tell the latter two chapters of the story. Part 2 opens promisingly enough with some very fascinating story arcs. Unfortunately, this is where the wheels fall off.

Right towards the middle of the book when you really get your stride and the rhythm is beautiful the story goes sideways. Instead of being creative and using metaphors or visuals the book turns into a piece of political soapboxing. It's not that the political positions are ones that I agree or disagree with, but that they're done so blatantly and with little creativity that it pulls one out of the book. The arguments made are also so naive and simplistic that they're insulting to anyone whose made it past jr. high school. *minor spoiler of little consequence* For instance, did you know that all the problems between the Jews and the Muslims could be solved if they just had enough land on which to grow food? Neither did I. But peace in the middle east is achieved by growing some crops in the book.*end spoiler*

It's sad to me that it took such an overt and creatively defunct turn. The set-up and characters really could have done more. The very ending and some of the third arc are pretty good once the preaching and brow-beatings are done. So, if you don't mind your comic books getting overtly political and preachy or are curious to see where the TV show 'Heroes' got some of its origin, this is a good read. If you don't like being lectured to then you may want to skip this one. All in all, not a bad read, but I doubt I'll pull it off the shelf a second time.
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