ADVANCE REVIEW: The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2: The Plot Thickens

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2: The Plot Thickens

Writer/Artist/Letterer Francesco Francavilla continues to deliver the goods with The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2, proving that Will Eisner‘s most famous creation packs his boldest punch when there’s a singular creative vision at the helm. The issue opens with what is probably Raymond Chandler’s definitive quote, “The streets were dark with something more than night…” and utilizing that quote and that writer should tell you the kind of Spirit story Francavilla is telling. After last…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #1 – Masked Noir

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #1 – Masked Noir

I’ve never been familiar with Will Eisner’s Spirit. This isn’t for lack of interest, but time and bandwidth. There’s so much to dive into and enjoy, and I’m just really not terribly conversant. I’ve read some trades here and there, sampled some of the Darwyn Cooke material. And I enjoyed all of it, but somehow never found enough time to grab hold of the back catalogue in a meaningful way.  But, if you’re interested in getting…

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Dynamite Inks Licensing Deal to Publish Will Eisner’s The Spirit

Dynamite Inks Licensing Deal to Publish Will Eisner’s The Spirit

In the midst of San Diego Comic-Con hysteria last week, Dynamite Entertainment announced that they have just signed a licensing deal to add Will Eisner’s iconic series The Spirit to their publishing roster. The Spirit (a murdered cop named Denny Colt turned masked vigilante) is Eisner’s most legendary character, first appearing as part of a newspaper supplement in 1940. The Spirit isn’t the first golden era property accrued by Dynamite who currently publish similarly classic titles…

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DC Comics: Now with less pulp!

DC Comics: Now with less pulp!

News broke yesterday that DC Comics, one of the largest comic book publishers in the world, has allowed its rights to some of 20th century fiction’s most beloved pulp characters to lapse. After the failure of their 2010 “First Wave” initiative, which sought to bring characters like The Spirit, Doc Savage, and The Avenger into mainstream continuity, the decision was made by the publisher to focus on their own library of little known characters to…

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