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January 2008 Archives
Troy Brownfield over at Newsarama takes a look at The Spirit #12 as well:
Cooke's sure hand made the Spirit the best book out in today's market place. Not "one of," mind you - the best. No book I can think of shows off as much depth and range, and certainly no title appeals to as many age groups or crosses as many genres. Visually compelling, coolly written, Cooke's triumphant run on this book is a modern classic.
Virtually everything about the book was note-perfect, from Cooke's clever reworking of Ebony White's character to the cover design (with its monthly nod to the old Superman-inset DC bullet) to the way in which he made Commissioner Dolan's absurd hair style actually work. Cooke's artwork is lithe and graceful, given real sheen by J. Bone's slick inking and Dave Stewart's sumptuous coloring.
Darwyn Cooke chats about his run on DC Comics' The Spirit... and about his final issue in particular:
NRAMA: Now this specific story - is this all you, that is, all your story?
DC: No. Originally we were going to kick off year two with a two-part story introducing Sand. When we saw our run wasn't going to last two years, it was the one story I couldn't abandon. I decided to do something we've avoided on our run. We actually adapted Will's original story.
Read the full interview here.
Nina Miller from Factual Opinion takes a 'virgin' look at Darwyn Cooke's The Spirit by picking up issue twelve of the current series:
"He's gone. From what I gather, I've got until twelve thirty to find two killers with a deadly virus. One of the people is a Doctor I've never heard of. The other is the first woman I ever really loved."
That's the hook--omigod. With Dick Tracy-esque shadows on the first page and the above quote occurring in the last panel, I got all ready to have the voice of The Shadow, from old radio shows in my head. (I was so excited, no sarcasm.) So I turned the page, and the whole Shadow thing didn't really work. Turns out the comic had it's own cadence and sentence structure. It didn't matter. I was hooked by the masked mystery man. What a great story! Essentially, the "first woman" was Sand, the next door neighbor turned girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and the story is her tumultuous relationship with our masked man, Denny Colt. It's all mixed in with crime, revenge, sabotage, betrayal, mystery, and love. I was simultaneously lured to keep reading by both the past relationship between them and by the current storyline's "evil at hand." Aside from the storyline keeping me captivated from start to finish, the art is really cinematic, with the flashbacks occurring in hushed yellow/grey tones and the current story in full color or, my favorite, all those dark colors of mystery.
Bob Andelman's official biography of the comics master, Will Eisner: A Spirited Life, will soon be available in a Spanish edition through Norma Editorial. The book's Spanish title is WILL EISNER: EL ESPÍRITU DE UNA VIDA and is due for release in February of this year.
Blogcritic's Mel Odom gets caught up in the new adventures of Will Eisner's The Spirit and finally finds out what he's been missing out on in the Darwyn Cooke update:
Even though he looks like a 1940s private eye with a domino mask under his slouch hat, the Spirit is much more than a bare knuckles hero. He doesn't just investigate, he has adventures. Those adventures are by turns deadly serious, humorous, absolutely loopy, or anything in between.