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Spectre, The: Crimes and Punishments Paperback – October 8, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Cmc edition (October 8, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563891271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563891274
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 6.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,842,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on October 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
While it was Frank Miller and his interpretation of Batman that got me back into reading comics after 20 years, it was John Ostrander's take on the Spectre that kept me reading- for 60 glorious issues. This collection contains the first 4 issues that established the basics and the tone.

The Spectre has always been an underrated character in the DC universe, inspite of the fact that he is the most powerful, and that he was created by Jerry Siegel (the co-creator of Superman.)
Ostrander, and the artist Tom Mandrake, were the first to really do justice to the character.

Here is the Wrath of God welded to a human soul. This dual creature, part man, part immortal aspect of the Creator, is tasked to wander the earth confronting evil and avenging the unavenged dead. It is a task at which he must ultimately fail, or as the character admits: "For fifty years, that's what I've done. And the world is no better." You see, he was meant to confront and COMPREHEND evil, for when his mortal portion understood WHY men commit evil, then his soul would be freed and...another soul would be welded to that of the Spectre to serve penance. Morally, philosophically, theologically it is some pretty heavy stuff.

And when the Spectre shows his true aspect and power while proclaiming "There will be Justice! There will be Retribution! You must pay!" well, it still gives me chills. After all, this is the voice of the Wrath of God....
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Darth Nat on June 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ask someone who Batman or Superman is and they'll spout off to you a brief description and history of the character as if it were common knowledge. Ask someone who the Spectre is, and you're likely to get blank looks.

The Spectre is definitely one of DC Comic's more obscure characters, despite his current resurgence in the "Day of Vengeance" miniseries. The Spectre really hasn't appeared in many storylines. He had a pretty short-lived run in the ancient "More Fun Comics" series, appeared as a narrator in the popular graphic novel "Kingdom Come", and ultimately obtained his own comic series that ran for sixty-something issues. And though he was created to be an archetypical character like Batman and Superman, he never really caught on. Which is a shame.

This graphic novel collects the first four issues of the 1990's Spectre comic (the one I mentioned earlier that ran for sixty-something issues). This comic focused heavily on the characters and morally ambiguous situations because it's hard to put the Spectre into a fight where it would be realistic for him to lose. The Spectre, you see, is perhaps the single most powerful entity in the entire DC universe. And instead of trying to deny this, John Ostrander acknowledges this key element of the Spectre, and instead of trying to put him in situations where he himself is in danger, he puts him in situations where he must question his own effectiveness and how he uses the incredible powers that he wields. The comic is not very action-oriented, but instead involves more psychological battles than physical ones.

The story revolves around Jim Corrigan, a dead man that has wandered the Earth for more than fifty years as the frightening and ethereal Spectre, the embodiment of the Wrath of God.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Jimenez on February 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
This graphic novel reprints the first 4 issues of the SPECTRE series by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake. They redefined the character for a new generation and did not throw out any of his previous history (he dates back to the 1940s). Ostrander is one of the best writers in comics and is not afraid to tackle controversial topics. The artwork of Mandrake is both moody and exquisite at the same time. They made an awesome team and this comic was the best one published by DC in quite awhile. The comic was voluntarily ended by Ostrander but what great stories he gave us (well over 60 issues of classic storytelling).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake's Spectre stories are perhaps the most under rated in comics. Ostrander's stories explore topics that are all but ignored in other comics, and Tom Mandrake's art is perfectly suited for this book. The Spectre will appeal to people who enjoy the intelligent stories found in DC's VERTIGO line (and these same readers will find the art to be much better than what they are used to). Next to The Sandman, this was the BEST book that DC has published in a long time.
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