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Not so "ultimate" collection" for art lovers
on January 30, 2012
Book in really sturdy, large, well bound and has very nice paperstock. Also annotations after each chapter are really awesome but they'd need a little more old promotional art, paintings and drawings.
On other hand every single comic page in this book is pixelated or fuzzy. So there isn't really advantage of the big luxurious format. Material is ecxactly same as what Mirage used in their regular-sized paperback in 2009, just recycled and packaged. Especially issues 2,3 and Raphael one-shot are really horrible. Double-page spreads are little messed up too because art flows into spine and reader cant see every piece of artwork and dialogue as it should be seen (this will be corrected in second printing).
In addition to bad looking artwork im not sure are issues 1-4 really lettered by Eastman, some of them just looks re-lettered with more empty space in bubbles. You can make your own opinion by checking out this website and sample pages of each issue. To me they just seem more original than those used in book. Of course i don't know are THOSE re-lettered versions...
Overall this book is really grat way to discover or rediscover the original TMNT comic, but NOT RECOMMENDED for peaople who want to enjoy art and thinks that the book will showcase it better than any older collection. In fact this book should've been scanned from 90s trades by Mirage, they really have great line quality when compared to this compilation.
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Hopefully editors use better source material for further volumes.