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Absolute V for Vendetta Hardcover – September 8, 2009
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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"An influential fantasy author for almost a quarter century."
"Densely packed, thematically vibrant and philosophically challenging work that defies easy categorization."
"In works as varied as Watchmen, Swamp Thing and V For Vendetta, Moore revitalized comic books' potential by fashioning complex stories out of deft action, dizzying allusions, and dazzling artwork."
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It is well published in a sturdy hard cover which should give us years of enjoyment.
It is definitely the must have for any serious comic novel collector.
The color is another issue. I've always thought that the original coloring of the work was poorly done, and it looks even worse in this edition. It just looks like whole pages were arbitrarily washed with randomly chosen water-colors. If this is some concious attempt to imitate or parody a particular style of older comics art, someone let me know. Perhaps it was originally meant to be in B&W? I honestly think this work would be well-served by being completely recolored.
My other complaint is about the "extras." All the introductions and essays included in the book are simply reprints of material that V fans have already had access to. This work would have benefited from some fresh analysis and introduction by a critic or editor, perhaps to put the work in perspective and give some history on the publication, sales, and critical reception it has received through the years, as well as its place in Mr. Moore's career output, how it relates to the development of his work overall.
This edition is well worth buying for those who don't already have it in printed format. If you already have the smaller hardcover edition, however, you may think seriously about whether you need to buy this. It doesn't really reveal the work in any new way, either in visual presentation or through extra material and analysis, so in my opinion this edition is not essential. In contrast, as an example, Watchmen IS essential in Absolute format: the artwork is much more enjoyable in the larger size and the extras are pretty substantive.
A lavish and sturdy volume that makes the series look its absolute finest. A MUST-HAVE for any fan of this tale.