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C. K. Lidster
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DC is not exactly one of my favorite publishers, largely because of their shameless use of cheap materials, cutting every corner in order to maximize profit. Their typical 'Deluxe Edition' is just a regular hardcover, most of the time. Beneath the dust jacket you usually find a particle board cover, with the title pressure-stamped on the front and the spine. The paper is always a bit thinner and cheaper than what it should be. Worst of all, they charge more instead of less, even though they get their lower-quality books printed in the largest quantities of any comic book company, and therefore are paying far less per unit than, say, Dark Horse. Regardless, a number of very talented people publish their stories under the aegis of DC, and a great many epic stories have been told... Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman', Grant Morrison's 'The Invisibles', and Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso's '100 Bullets', for example. Rarely has a collaboration between writer and artist been as seamless as the one that produced all 100 issues of 100 Bullets. And there has never been an artistic accomplishment as impressive in every way as the work Eduardo Risso does here. His chiaroscuro - ligne claire style has echoes of Frank Miller, Jordi Bernet, and Milo Manara, but the sum is far greater than the individual parts; he captures brilliantly the sinister nature of Azzarello's storytelling from the very first page to the last, some 2400 later. It is a flawless performance... when lesser artists are overwhelmed by the workload of pencilling a monthly title, inevitably blowing deadlines and requiring a fill-in artist so they can catch up, Risso pencilled AND inked every single issue of the series for 100 issues/100 months straight, never missing a deadline. Only a very, very talented artist can do that and still produce art that blows fans and peers away, snaring multiple Eisner awards in the process. Some of my favorite artists have strapped themselves into the cold metal embrace of the monthly-comic-machine, and almost always get caught in the gears and pistons; Frank Quitely is on the same level, artistically, as Risso, with a ligne claire style that is similar, but Quitely rarely pencils more than 4 straight issues, even with a huge lead-in time; Guy Davis is another artist admired for his unique style and creative vision, and he insists on inking his own pencils. His run on 'B.P.R.D. - Plague of Frogs', recently collected in 4 deluxe hardcovers (TRULY deluxe hardcovers that put DC to shame, for less money), is one of the best of the new millennium; but it was done in a series of 4 - 6 issue mini-series, allowing him time in between. No artist of Eduardo Risso's caliber has been able to replicate his prolific abilities. I picked up all 13 volumes of the trade paperbacks collecting the series, and I hated them. The paper used is a kind DC picks for paperbacks, a pulpy mess one step above newsprint, rendering colors flat and murky, blacks dull and tending to bleed. I couldn't believe they would treat such beautiful art so badly, it was a f***ing travesty. These deluxe hardcover editions present the art as it should be seen, on a thick, glossy paper that is of a higher quality than usual; and by collecting the series into 5 volumes between 420 & 530 pages, instead of the 13 volumes of the TPB format, the reader is getting a lot of material for their money. The Fables deluxe editions, by contrast, average around 260 pages, barely condensing the series at all (volume 9 of the hardcovers collects material from volume 10 and some of 11 of the paperbacks). For anyone interested in crime fiction, this is as good as it gets, right at the top alongside Criminal, Stray Bullets, Sin City, Blacksad and the Parker books. Hard boiled comics-noir, as dark and nasty as anything by Jim Thompson (that's high praise). For fans of great comics art, this is one to get; Risso is one of the mediums' greatest talents, in era particularly rich with talent. The MSRP of $59.00 is ridiculous, but fortunately, Amazon has knocked off the usual 37-47%, bringing the price to a very reasonable $36.00. The writing is on the wall for Ye Olde Comic Shoppe, since that 37-47% represents their entire profit margin.
P.S.: The other person involved in every issue of '100 Bullets' was cover artist Dave Johnson, who also designed and illustrated the 5 deluxe hardcover edition dustjackets, which form one large image when placed side by side; when Dave Johnson is on, he's one of the best book designers around, and this could be his most impressive work.