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- Print Length: 368 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (June 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 24, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K7EIWT0
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The majority of the book is full page reproductions of his comics, so I'd say it's more of an anthology than a sketchbook or portfolio. I'm not sure, but it feels like everything here has been in print in a comic. There's the complete collection of All-Star Superman covers, but not that one fabulous one-pager with the gondola driver.
I would have preferred some sketch or commission pages as new material and one fewer full story. But it's still great.
It's a very thick book at 368 pages with hardcover. The reproduction is fantastic. I don't understand why Robin was chosen to show his crotch on the cover though as there are other good cover choices in the book. It bemused me when I first saw the cover.
The bulk is filled with comics that Frank Quitely has created since 1995. It starts with the lesser know titles and perhaps more underground comics, such as stories about aliens and Area 51, Salvador Dali and other peculiar stories. After that it's followed by more mainstream titles such as for Batman and The Sandman: Endless Nights.
Some of the splash pages and covers are for Flex Mentallo, Books of Magick, We3, All-star Superman, Batman and Robin and a handful of others.
It's a good collection for Frank Quitely fans who want to collect the older stories, or catch up with what they have missed.
The full list of stories included are:
The Physicist and the Flying Saucers
A Visit With the Hanging Judge
The Heroic Revenge Fantasy
The Elephant Man
Romancing the Stone
The Cottingsley Fairy Photos
Your Special Day
Pavel Navrotsky's Pig Pen
St. Polycarp: The Cult of Saints
Batman: Scottish Connection
Batman Reborn Part One: Domino Effect
Batman Reborn Part Two: The Circus of Strange
Batman Reborn Part Three: Mommy Made of Nails
Time and the Batman: Today
There's not much text talking about the background of the work and even the afterword by Frank Quitely is just a one page essay which is too short for the amount of work shown in the book. This would be a letdown for those looking to learn more about him.
Overall for the price of the book, if you like Frank Quitely comics, it's quite worth the purchase.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
It's beautiful. It's all Quitely. I would have loved more writing or notes or commentary from Frank. But sometimes the art just speaks for itself. Really happy with this purchase.
This book along with We3, Flex Mentallo, All Star Superman, New X-Men, and JLA Earth 2 all deserve a spot on your bookshelf.
Gives a sense of his visual storytelling style, a great reference
as a art fan/student, if too lazy/cost efficient to collect loose comics.
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Il volume è una celebrazione della sua arte.
But DC have been doing what they do, cranking out books printed quickly and cheaply, making the odd exception here or there. The long overdue omnibus collection of Joe R Lansdale and Tim Truman's 'Jonah Hex' stories for Vertigo was published as a TPB printed on the grade-z recycled toilet paper they occasionally enjoy ruining good books with, but most people were just happy to finally enjoy the stories after 15 or 20 years in a publishing purgatory. And after reprinting Eduardo Risso's masterful 100 issues of '100 Bullets' in 13 TPB volumes using the same terrible paper -- thereby defacing his art -- they kind of made it right by recollecting the series into 5 'Deluxe Hardcover Editions'. While these editions are printed on quality paper, and feature incredible new dust-jackets with interconnecting cover art and spine-details by Dave Johnson, as well as page-counts between 420 and 530, they're also over-priced (at 60$ each) and use cheap boards and binding.
Fans who follow DC characters, and those of us who follow writers and artists reluctantly into the Batcave or Fortress of Solitude, have all had reason to gripe about the company's greed and constant willingness to forsake quality for profit. But because most readers don't give a s*** and buy the books regardless, they've had no reason to stop ripping consumers off. I've read comments on Amazon.com reviews where one Jonah Hex fan claimed that thick, glossy, acid-free, archival paper was somehow less preferable to the recycled garbage DC buys for a fraction of the cost, despite the fact that it is only slightly better than pulpy newsprint, and due to the high acid content, will cause the paper to yellow and become brittle. It's already happened to 40 or 50 DC books in my collection. His reasoning for preferring paper that can't even depict blacks as anything more than a dull dark grey, and makes everything fuzzier due to bleeding inks, was that glossy paper 'collects oils from your fingers'; but while it's not as noticeable with the cheap paper, that's only because it absorbs those oils, unlike better stock, and the oils cause it to break down even faster.
Projects like 'Fables: The Covers by James Jean' gave reason for hope, however, and I was amazed when I opened a DC/Vertigo art book that was among the most beautifully produced volumes of the year, up there in terms of design and production values with monographs by Rizzoli, D.A.P., Hatje Cantz, etc., the most respected of art-book publishers.
This book is everything I could have asked for; like the James Jean and Brian Bolland books, this is a 9" x 12" art-book, printed on thick, glossy paper (I'll shut up about paper now), and featuring a thick, full-color graphics-wrapped cover that is different from the dust-jacket. It's 370 pages long, and features all the out-of-print or widely dispersed comics and art that Quitely has produced for DC since the early 90's. To top it off, it comes with an MSRP of 48$, which is actually quite reasonable for an in-store price, and is a steal at 30$.
For once, I have no bad things to say about a DC book -- more, I can only praise it, every single aspect (actually, I could complain about the binding, but I won't). Anyone reading this knows exactly who Frank Quitely is, and why he deserves to have a monograph dedicated to his brilliant art and comics. As someone who always preferred the European 'Ligne Claire' style, I was blown away the minute I laid eyes on his art, the way he adapted the technique of Moebius and Geof Darrow and Vittorio Giardino, re-engineering it and making it his own; he is the artist in mainstream comics whose work I most look forward to seeing. This is one DC book I can recommend without reservation. Buy it.