The Spirit, Ebony, Commissioner Dolan and his daughter Ellen
are reintroduced in this go-for-broke, shoot-the-lights-out
collection of crime stories filled with action, adventure,
humour and sexy girls. In these thrilling tales, Darwyn Cooke
maintains the spirit of Will Eisner's creation while still
bringing his own sensibilities to the character...
1940, Will Eisner began a new newspaper comic strip, The
which changed the face of comics forever. Criminologist Denny
Colt lets the world believe he is dead in order to continue
his war against crime as masked adventurer The Spirit. Now
he faces an astonishing cast of criminals and femmes fatales
armed only with his wits, and with the help of savvy teenager
Ebony White, resourceful girlfriend Ellen Dolan and her father,
the hard-as-nails Police Commissioner.
Spirit: Book One collects
the first six issues of the new DC Comics series written and
illustrated by Darwyn Cooke - plus the Eisner Award-winning
Batman/The Spirit special written by Jeph Loeb.
the first story in this collection was interesting, I'm still
unsure as to how I feel about the Batman/The Spirit
tale. Firstly, before I get on my soapbox, let me point out
that I did enjoy the story, it's just that yet again Batman
is being used to prop up another, less famous character. I
suppose you could argue that it could mean that a lot of people
unfamiliar with The Spirit may actually buy this collection
because of the Batman angle, and then realise what they've
been missing all these years. But, personally, I always think
it such a shame when Batman/Superman are used in this way.
first story will introduce novices into the world of The Spirit,
without alienating die-hard fans. This is obviously essential
for a new series that is reinventing a well established character.
However, Cooke doesn't reveal all - leaving the reader itching
to find out more.
only other real complaint is the UK retail price. I'd love
to know why Titan are charging £24.99 when the US price
is 50% cheaper (at 2007 currency rates) at $24.99. While I'm
sure Titan could use the argument that it's expensive to ship
the original stock over from America, I'm afraid that doesn't
wash. Titan also produce a lot of guide books in the UK. I
recently moaned about the UK printed Supernatural
which is twice the price of the American version (which has
to be shipped from the UK to the US).
price isn't a problem, then you'll love this collection. For
me, though, I'd feel a little annoyed at having to pay twice
as much than our American cousins.