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Rising Stars Compendium Paperback – May 12, 2009
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
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What you really want to know is: should I shell out for this or not?
If you are familiar with the paperback "Compendium" editions from Top Cow, this is exactly like those, except hardcover. That's a major improvement, as those compendium paperbacks were easily damaged. It is very thick, unlike the item displayed in the picture. The image content fills the pages: unlike Marvel Omnibuses or hardcovers, there are no borders at all. Also unlike the Marvel books, the paper is rather flimsy and thin, although glossy with good reproduction quality. In fact, the pages seem thinner than standard comic book paper used by most independent comic book publishers. The page size is exactly the same as standard comic book pages.
The reason to buy this book is to get all this content in one place, and there is a ton of that. They aren't kidding when they list 1000 pages. But other than that the book design isn't much. Unlike competing oversize editions published by DC, Dark Horse, or Image, these Compendiums are the size of standard comic books. That's a real let down for fans and a missed opportunity for the publisher.
Without borders around the artwork, some of it gets lost in the massive spine fold. The weight of the book makes it unwieldy, and easy to lose your grip on-- so the flimsy pages become a real liability--easy to damage as you fumble with the book in your lap. They also feel like they might tear if you turn the pages with any strength.
I am quite happy with this despite those complaints, as I didn't have any of this material in another format. For those who do have other versions of these issues, collected or otherwise, there's not much motivation to buy this, as it really is just a bunch of standard comics bound into a thick and heavy tome.
That being said...the binding on this book the worst I have ever seen. I saw some of the other reviews talk about the binding and thought that I'd be okay if I just handled it even more carefully than usual. WRONG. No exaggeration: I am currently half way through it and pages are starting to fall out.
I honestly don't know what to tell anyone who's on the fence about buying this. I have all of the individual issues so I knew going in that the story was excellent and I just wanted it all together for the sake of convenience. It's good, but is it worth the price? I'm going to say yes. Even with the terrible bindings, it's still a good buy.
Just handle it carefully.
Story/Art/Content = 5 stars.
Binding = 1 star only because there isn't a 0 star option.
The art can be hit or miss, though, especially when compared to comics that came out more recently. It matches the Top Cow style of the era, as can be seen in titles like The Darkness, in that the guys tend to be big and muscly and the girls thin and beautiful.
The absolute worst part of this is the quality of the book itself. As in the physical product you hold in your hands. Top Cow must have cheaped out completely on the glue for it because it literally fell apart in my hands after a few hours of reading. I think the thing that really did it was this one part where you hold a page up to the light to see through it to read it properly. It was a pretty incredible gimmick when I first came across it. A book this size you can't do that and now I'm suffering for it.
It just makes me regret waiting to buy this big version just to have it fall apart as soon as I get it.
If you're looking for a collector's piece or library version, this should fit your needs. If you've read the story before and want to reread it, it should too, but be fore-warned, it will fall apart on you. If you haven't read it before, I highly suggest doing so, just probably not this version.
Unfortunately, this book will not remain in tact, at that time. Fantastic read though.