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The Darkness Compendium Edition (Vol. 1) Paperback – December 25, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Compendium (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Top Cow Productions/Image Comics; Compendium ed edition (December 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158240643X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582406435
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of Hellblazer, Hitman, Punisher, Preacher, Pride and Joy and War Stories. He is much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style.

Customer Reviews

The story lines are great and the art work is fantastic.
OUFAN1
This book contains a forty issue run of the Darkness series as well as a number of mini series, one-shots and the first issue if the second series.
Ford Madox Prefect
Ever since The Darkness video game came out I wanted to read the comics and I must say it is a great comic collection.
Christopher Lopez

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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Captain Insanity VINE VOICE on April 11, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This beauty is thicker than a dictionary!
Thicker than the "yellow pages"
Thicker than the Bible even!
You'll almost certainly be reading this one at a desk.
And what a price!
You save more than $20 if you buy it here as opposed to your local retailer. Who will charge you around $60.

Questions to ask yourself?
Do you like Garth Ennis?
Do you like Marc Silvestri?
Do you like scantily clad hotties?
Do you like the mafia all suited up with guns blazin'?
Do you like demons ripping pretty much everyone apart?
You haven't bought this yet?

Even after you've read it, you could still use it for stuff like:
- Weight-lifting
- Beating off would-be assailants
- An overly excessive paper-weight
- Filling up a ridiculous portion of your bookshelf
- Or a Booster seat for hobbits, midgets, & dwarves

An excellent, dare-I-say necessary addition to any noteworthy graphic library.
Yes you might need Withchblade #18 & #19 to complete the story in the "Family Ties" arc.
But you're better off just getting the "Wichblade Compendium".
That way, you can also see the first appearance of "The Darkness".

MORAL OF THE STORY:
When you consider the savings, it's unethical not to buy this.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Isolde and Ziggy on January 24, 2007
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This was the best $37 I've ever spent. On any book in my entire life. For over 1200 pages, it was well worth the money. I was thoroughly delighted with it. It delivered.

My only complaint is that it ended at Darkness #40, with no similiar compendium for subsequent issues. There were some large plot holes that require going to another Non Darkness comics/graphic novel (eg,, witchblade, batman) to find the darkness storyline conclusion. This forces you to go hunt for those issues to find out what happened as they are not contained in the compendium.

All in all, its the best $37 I have ever spent on any book EVER. Totally thrilled.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a great collection and my criticism must not be allowed to distract from this. I had not read The Darkness before, having returned to comics after a ten year absence and ordered the compendium on reputation and reveiws alone. The service was great, I was delivered in South Africa on time in pristine condition.

It's hard to comment on this publication without referring to its size. It is huge. While this is a good thing, it is not without its drawbacks. The compendium cannot be read as I would a standard graphic novel in that a degree of discipline is needed. I found myself racing through it missing the artwork and the natural pace a comic has by nature of its original monthly format. While the standard comic can be frustratingly short, nine or ten bound together is a great afternoon's read, taking time to savour each panel. Over 1200 pages is a bit indigestable and I would have perhaps preffered to buy a series of smaller collections to make up the whole. Text close to the spine is difficult to get to without risking the spine and it's not something that would be easily shared with a friend, being a bit unweildy to lend out or have someone help themselves to over a coffee (unless they are a comic enthusiast).

Having said all of this there is still something nice about it being ridiculously huge.

While I am particularly "non-religious", I do find myself questioning the content at times (as enjoyable as it might be). There is a point or two where I was struck than a line was being pushed, such as the offhand killing of an inocent person because its all our hero could come up with on short notice to save himself or the ham-fisted religious references in the Magdelina editions. This is obviously a discomfort I have with the genre itself.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ford Madox Prefect on February 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book contains a forty issue run of the Darkness series as well as a number of mini series, one-shots and the first issue if the second series. The story is excellent. It is one of those more adult oriented titles that does not "kiddify" the story lines or underestimate the intelligence of the audience. It is, however, more suited to adult readers as there is quite a bit of violence and A LOT of sexual innuendo in the book. The book is one of the heaviest paperbacks around, weighing in at a full three pounds, so it is not a book to read in bed before going to sleep unless you are a weightlifter. It does contain the original full color artwork throughout, albeit without the ads or columns. It is best if you buy this along with the Witchblade compendium, as the two series often cross over so you will get a more complete story. The only compendium with more reading than these Image compendiums are the Marvel 40 year compendiums on computer and these image compendiums are the most complete paper compendiums I've seen. (If one were to try to print out the Marvel disc compendiums the "books" would be about 15,000 pages each).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jean Pifiefer on July 7, 2012
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DON'T DO IT. This is so unwieldy that it is silly. Might look nice on your shelf but do not hope to read it. The pages break and fall out.

But if you have already made that mistake...you need to HEAVILY SCORE along the the small crease you can see on the front of cover and then as you read press with back of knife or spoon to keep pressing pages open so they don't tear. (I did book-binding in youth)

The silliest promotion I have ever BOUGHT. be warned. I doubt I will ever read it. Easier to buy buy smaller volumes or books.

Edit: I realized after I wrote this that people might think "scoring" meant cutting..Do not cut!! just with back of somthing small and thin, I have a bindery tool but the end of spoon or back of dinner knife would work. Then bend back on crease.

But there is no help when you get towards middle of book. IT is going to break unless you just want to miss the wording close to edge. It is a terrible binding job period. Poorly glued. Good luck folks.

And damn I really like the series and art.
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