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Product Details

  • Series: Valve Presents
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595828699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595828699
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Scorpian on November 21, 2011
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This is a collection of every comic and comic-like-thing that Valve produced up through around August. For Left 4 Dead, it contains The Sacrifice (duh?). For Team Fortress 2, it has everything through the comic for the replay update. For Portal 2, it has the entire Lab Rat comic. In addition to all of the above, there are few pieces of artwork, mainly postcards and various other random things (such as some of the Saxton Hale magazine covers). All of this is collected in a full-color, hardback collection that's a lot bigger than I thought it would be (it's kinda hard to understand just how massive the book is from the dimensions that are given).

So yeah, it contains a lot of good stuff. However, it lacks anything new. I expected this, but didn't quite plan for it. Everything in this book is available for free online. When the package arrived, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. I immediately ripped it open and flipped through it. Then... nothing. As soon as it dawned on me that I'd already extracted just about all of the entertainment I could get from this book several months earlier, there really wasn't anything left I could enjoy. Plus, half of this book (The Sacrifice comic) was designed for a digital widescreen display. Each digital "page" is printed two per physical page, so there are plenty of gaps. That kind of kills the traditional comic book feel and gives the impression that it works a lot better on screen than on paper. Even if I were to reread this in the book, I'd still feel like it would be been better to read it online, which is free.

Don't get me wrong. These are all ridiculously entertaining comics. I got plenty of enjoyment out of 'em when I read them through at release online. But, the only thing I gained from purchasing this book was having them in paper instead of digitally. At the end of the day, this is nothing more than a collector's item.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jdshald on November 26, 2011
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Whenever Valve releases one of these comics online I would skim through it on my portable laptop at school or at home I enjoyed them and had a good laugh but afterwards most of the time quite honestly forgot about them shortly after. but viewing the comics again in a big hardcover book makes a world of difference and you can appreciate the work a lot more, especially if you are a fan of valve and of the characters in this game.

If you meticulously read every single comic multiple times and payed great attention to it, you might be disappointed with this product since there is nothing new to see.

But if you are a Valve fan like me and enjoy the games and or reading comics and graphic novels and didn't read them multiple times then I recommend this product.

Funny Comics, Good Art, Valve Canon Back-story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tin on October 7, 2013
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This review is for two books Mass Effect Library Edition Vol. 1 and Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories Vol. 1. My son and husband love these books sooo much! He bought them for my 8 year old so he could read them stories before bed lol, we are nontraditional I guess. The books are very well made and look great. The quality is wonderful. My son sometimes doesn't know what is going on but he loves the pictures and he loves the book being read to him by dad. My little guy is hard to please. The books are very large and heavy, expect greatness here! Also, he said the books were much more when he went to the store and he was willing to pay that but he found them here cheaper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Durham on May 12, 2013
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My son was delighted to receive this as a gift. The quality of this comic collection is impressive (print and paper quality, page sizes, hardcover). It was kind of interesting to learn that there's actually some sort of story behind the video game Team Fortress 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mother/Gamer/Writer on February 14, 2012
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Rating:5 out of 5 controllers
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Louis, Francis, Zoey, and Bill are up to their eyeballs in zombies in The Sacrifice. In this installment, we follow our four survivors in an attempt to get to a safe zone (flashbacks to the game anyone?). But even when it looks as if rescue is a breath away, things - as we know from the game - are not always as they seem. And this outbreak is NOT the Flu.

The Sacrifice is broken up into four parts, and with each section readers are given the back-story of each character. Can I just tell you how BLOODY MIND-BLOWING this story was? The entire time I was huddled over my computer screaming at the pages as if I was playing Left 4 Dead (if you have NOT PLAYED this game, you must do so NOW) on the console. It gave me the same exact adrenaline rush I got while playing the game. You never know whether someone will live or die, and the overwhelming feeling of death looms over you, page after page. It was exciting to say the least. Bill is still one of my favorite characters. He is a nutty over-the-top character with a death wish. He's even better to read than to watch fumble around with his grenade loving, cigarette throwing self. Similarly, Francis is a funny character to read. He is so nonchalant I was dying with laughter from his smart-alecky remarks to Louis.

Zoe and Louis are also great additions. Louis is the type of character who would probably get you killed if there really was a zombie apocalypse. He tries to see the best in every situation without seeing the facts. But his banter back and forth with Francis kept me laughing and the whole time I was saying to myself, "better Francis than me".
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