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The Best of the Spirit by Will Eisner
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Jan 15, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: graphic-novel, fiction, favorites
Read in May, 2009 — I own a copy

I'd heard of The Spirit, and specifically, its important place in comic book history, but I always suspected it would be kind of a letdown. It was, but not in the way I'd suspected. The letdown had more to do with how few comics have been able to show the same inventiveness demonstrated by Eisner, or even develop it further.

The Best of the Spirit is a tour de force demonstration of what a skilled artist can do with the combination of words and pictures. Eisner doesn't need to lean on graphic sex or violence to push the limits of the comic book form. He shifts tones effortlessly from comic to dramatic to tragic, and every story is well-paced and plotted.

The Spirit truly lives up to the hype.
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