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"Crime Convention", co-starring Batman and written by Jeph Loeb (Heroes)! "Eisner is so venerated, it's heresy to say that Cooke captures nearly all the original's moody, sly wit. But it's true." - Entertainment Weekly "...a near-perfect blend of fast-paced action and dialogue..." - Metro Toronto "Cooke successfully modernises the Spirit, his supporting cast and milieu without losing the strip's crackling wit and inventive sequencing." - Washington Post" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Darwyn Cooke is best known for his Eisner award-winning miniseries, DC: The New Frontier (also available from Titan), and for his revision of Catwoman in such graphic novels as The Dark End of the Street. He has also had an illustrious career in animation including three years on The Batman/Superman Adventures and designing the main titles for Batman Beyond. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Spirit (DC Comics) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401216188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401216184
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on January 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Though I'm ashamed to admit it, I've never read a single issue of THE SPIRIT until Darwyn Cooke's graphic novel collecting the first six issues of the new series put out by DC Comics. I've read comics nearly my whole life, and heard about Will Eisner and the Spirit for nearly as long.

To tell you the truth, the Spirit didn't fit my idea of a superhero. For one, there was the problem of no superpowers. And two, the costume was really lame for a kid who grew up with superheroes wearing Spandex and their underwear on the outside. The Spirit just looked too...real. That meant BORING to the child that I was.

So I went on for nearly fifty years with my assumption that I wouldn't like the Spirit.

Enter Darwyn Cooke. Actually, I didn't know that I liked him at first either. I thought his art was too raw at the time, too two-dimensional and unfinished. Then he did NEW FRONTIER, which became an overnight bestseller and is coming out as a straight-to-DVD animated movie soon. I picked up NEW FRONTIER and really liked Cooke's writing and art. His artistry is flamboyant and unique. He played fairly with the characters and showed real talent when reimagining the DC Universe for his story.

Now he's brought that same understanding of character to THE SPIRIT, a monthly comic from DC. He writes and pencils the comic, something that few people in that business do any more, or are skilled enough to accomplish. From what I understand of the character since I've been poking around after getting curious, he's captured the flavor, pacing, and zest of Will Eisner's work.

Denny Colt is a private investigator that cracks a big case but gets overwhelmed by the villains. He is also doused in chemicals that makes it look like he is dead.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Boy that Darwyn Cooke is a ballsy fella...how else can you describe a guy who decides to take on the legendary Will Eisner's greatest creation, The Spirit. Well ok...after all, Cooke has won an Eisner award so if anyone's entitled, I guess it's him. This hardcover reprints the first six issues of the new Spirit series from DC along with Batman/The Spirit #1. I certainly hope that people have been reading DCs Spirit Archives that reprints The Spirit's original adventures because Eisner is one of the truly great comic creators. Eisner pioneered many storytelling techniques; particularly in the way he framed his panels, which were more like a film director crafting a scene than an artist drawing a comic strip. While many early comic artists featured static backgrounds, Eisner's work was acutely detailed with often as much going on in the background as the foreground. The Spirit avoided being typed into any particular genre. The stories mixed crime drama, with action, humor, romance, horror and even film noir mystery.

Cooke has definitely managed to capture a lot of the feel of Eisner's Spirit. The stories in this volume do cover a broad range of plots and genres although it may border at times on being a bit too slapstick for my tastes. In the opening tale, The Spirit has to rescue a beautiful news anchor named Ginger Coffee who has been kidnapped by a crime lord known as the pill. The dashing hero almost regrets his decision, as the chatty newswoman just won't shut up. The second issue revives one of the Spirit's frequent protagonists, the femme fatale P'Gell, who made her first appearance in 1947. P'Gell's modus operandi is marrying rich men and then killing them. Here, she has set her sights on Prince Farouk, a Middle-Eastern prince.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean Curley on August 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Will Eisner's "The Spirit" is one of the classic works of the Golden Age of Comics, famed for the legendary artist's use of interesting angles, inventive plots, and a vast array of classy and dangerous women for the main character to deal with. The hero himself, a blue-hatted fellow who wears a domino mask as a token nod to superhero conventions, was mainly a vehicle for telling these stories, as opposed to a really exceptional character in his own right. This made the act of reviving "The Spirit" somewhat more challenging than it might have otherwise been, since it isn't mainly a matter of getting a grasp of the character's detailed personality; to resurrect this property, you need to resurrect a style of storytelling. The Spirit is a nondescript figure whose success or failure depends on how clever the stories he appears in are.

Darwyn Cooke, as a writer and artist, is one of the clear choices to have a go at reviving the Spirit, being perhaps the preeminent retro-ist in the current comics world. His "DC: New Frontier", which I personally found ot be more then a bit overrated, is regarded as a classic, and his art style borrows much from the Golden/early Silver Age art look. He is a well-known advocate for a light-hearted approach to stories, which suits the Spirit well. This strong colletion contains seven stories by Cooke: six issues of the regular title, and the "Batman/The Spirit" specia that he collaborated on with Jeph Loeb. The main series mixes standalone detective plots with an ongoing mystery that is just getting going at this volume's end.
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