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The Spirit, Vol. 1

(The Spirit #1; issues 1-6)

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Written by Darwyn Cooke and Jeph Loeb Art by Darwyn Cooke & J. Bone Cover by Darwyn Cooke The first volume of the award-winning series is collected in trade paperback, featuring BATMAN/THE SPIRIT and THE SPIRIT #1-6.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 24th 2007 by DC Comics
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Anne
Nope. Not feeling this one.
Which is a shame, 'cause I really loved DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1.
This thing just felt sort of awkward. Like maybe it was trying to be a sort of parodyish spoof of an old-timey comic...or something.

The whole thing was a collection of one-shot issues that tied together (kind of) loosely at the end.
The last issue, which was a Spirit/Batman team-up, was cute, but not worth slogging through the rest of the stories.
Everything had a sexist/racist undertone to it that ma
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John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This homage to Will Eisner is absolutely amazing and I think everyone who reads this will love it.
Nate
I adore Darwyn Cooke’s art. If you know his style, I don’t have to tell you why, but I think he really was one of the best modern comics artists. My quest to read all his projects comes to The Spirit, which he also wrote. I’ve only read a handful of the original Eisner stories but I can tell Cooke’s version respects the source. His Spirit lives in the 21st century with cell phones and computers but he’s still very much the same character. These stories - all standalones more or less - are fun, q ...more
Loyd
Mar 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Darwyn Cooke is the only writer/artist I've seen in thirty years that actually captures the spirit of... well, The Spirit. Alan Moore has written some fine Spirit stories, but since Moore doesn't draw, the art always suffered. Cooke totally "gets" the character and atmosphere, and the ghost of Will Eisner proudly haunts these stories. Not only are "problem" characters (such as the "comically" stereotyped 1940's cab driver Ebony) updated in convincing ways, but the new original characters, such a ...more
Jacob A. Mirallegro
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Darwyn Cooke is the perfect person to make the remake of Will Eisner's work. His sense of style and storytelling is just so fitting for The Spirit and it perfectly delivers a modern take. I'm curious what the thought process was behind holding the origin until the 3rd issue because it was a stroke of genius. It helped to establish all the characters beforehand so that their perspectives during the flashback was more meaningful. The flashback also had a different art style to make it more disting ...more
Kay
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhero-comics
I love Darwyn Cooke's art, but I also really enjoyed the writing here.

I never got through Will Eisner's The Sprit, but happily enjoyed this/Cooke's take on the gumshoe-hero instead. Cooke took these characters and brought them into the 21st Century while keeping the retro/noir feel without too much of the racist and sexist garbage from the 1940's, I think. I mean, there is a bit of it, but not as cringe as I imagine the original to be. At least, I think so.

I also enjoyed the Batman/The Spirit cr
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Michael
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good. It's like a good cover of a great song - different enough from the original to be worthwhile, but still keeping the positive qualities of the original. I still prefer the Eisner originals, but Cooke did a great job with these. Even Loeb's issue - not good enough to be a Best Single Issue or whatever award it won - was mostly well done, a huge surprise given Loeb's severe hackiness in recent years. The one thing that Cooke improved on, compared to Eisner, is Ebony. I love Cooke's Ebony ...more
Reyel2107
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
as good as will eisner !!!
Derek Royal
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Darwyn Cooke is one of the best writers/artists of The Spirit outside of Eisner himself.
Brian
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Edit: I have since read three volumes of Will Eisner's Spirit Archives and it really does improve this series. Having come across P'Gell, the Octopus and Mister Carrion and Julia before, I can appreciate how Cooke brings them into the modern day. I also can appreciate more of the slightly light-hearted tone of the series, at least in how it mostly comes down to The Spirit punching someone, heh. Also, it's a HUGE plus to see Ebony rendered as an actual human being (the definite low point of readi ...more
Benjamin
Jul 27, 2012 added it
Shelves: comics
I've never read Eisner's original Spirit comics--in fact, I've never read any Eisner, which is a big hole in my comic book education--but my local library happened to have Darwyn Cooke's recent run. I've read Cooke's previous adaptations, Richard Stark's Parker #1: The Hunter and Parker: The Outfit, and I enjoyed the art, so what would Cooke do with Eisner's characters, especially since Eisner is noted for his experimental and artistic layouts.

The Spirit started in 1940 and exists now in some hy
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Alex Ham
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc
*Note: This is a general review for Darwyn Cooke's run on the book, Volumes 1 and 2.

If someone, anyone, was going to revisit Will Eisner's classic The Spirit, it had to be Darwyn Cooke. No one else in comics was better suited to handle both the narrative and artistic tone of the character, and I think Cooke nails it. I don't know any of the stories of The Spirit before reading this book; I just knew that a lot of the characters had horrible puns for names (Sand Saref? Silken Floss?). And coming
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Blindzider
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I'll start by saying that I had no idea who the Spirit is, other than Eisner basically wrote the book on comics and visual storytelling. But the character? Nada, so I had no idea what to expect other than Cooke's artwork and that is truly wonderful, especially some of the single and two page spreads that are the title cards for the issues.

There's no intro, in the story or on a summary page of who the Spirit is. The first two issues show him on two separate cases, but there are no captions and no
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Derek Davis
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all comix lovers, anywhere
This is a lump-all review of "The Spirit" in general, the most delightful comic strip (well, maybe "Pogo") ever to run in the papers. There are so many collections of "The Spirit" out these days that I've lost all track of them. Originally, it had a unique format: an eight-page supplement to the Sunday comix section of the 1940s that told a complete adventure by, or as often, surrounding the masked crime fighter hero/anti-hero of Central City.

It was unlike anything else to run in the papers. Hu
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Joseph
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Darwyn Cooke, and his adaptation of The Spirit does not disappoint. It's humorous without being silly and stylish without descending into self-parody. Unfortunately, my only prior knowledge of the character comes from the trailers for the absolutely terrible-looking movie that just came out, so I can't say if Cooke's done the character any favors.

Here, he comes off as sort of a low-rent, low-tech, light-hearted version of Batman, which makes his pairing with Batman at the end of the book
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Gavin
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I really enjoyed the artwork here, and the entire spirit (lol) of the book. It makes me think this is what good comics would have been like in the 50s. There are bad guys with schemes, and people die, but still, it harkens back to a more innocent age, but still retains relevance. The Spirit is a fun hero, one who died, only to be reborn (he was really just in stasis for a few weeks, and like he wisely points out...good thing he was in a crypt and not buried or cremated!). He's got a colourful ca ...more
Chris
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicnovels, 2009
For me, the draw here was Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone rather than Will Eisner's streetwise superhero. I've never been a huge fan of The Spirit, in that most of the stories I've read featuring the guy barely feature him- he's a supporting character in his own comic.

The individual issues here give a good taste of the character and his world and I really enjoyed a lot of the stuff here. Cooke's artwork is amazing; I've been a fan since I scooped Baman: Ego out of a quarter bin back in high school and
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Jacobi
Jan 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trades-read
It feels wrong giving anything Darwyn Cooke is responsible for one star. He's one of my favorite working creators and the man behind one of my favorite comic stories ever, New Frontier. Yet, here we are. It's hard for me to put my finger on what didn't work about these stories for me, I just know I was bored. I think it could be because I'm one of the six people who really liked The Spirit movie, and prefer the characterization of the character found there compared to what's present in this book ...more
Jamie
May 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Like The Batman, The Spirit has no superpowers, a young sidekick and a close relationship with a police chief. But he differs from the Dark Knight in that he does little to hide his identity (a Zorro-like mask and a trenchcoat) and he doesn't have any fancy gadgets (doesn't seem to carry a weapon of any sort). The Spirit's just a former cop trying to foil a few criminal plots in Central City, and he has a habit of running into dangerous attractive women. I like that he's more of a normal guy tha ...more
Oliver Hodson
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love darwyn cooke's art and will get just about anything he does. I have a couple of the spirit archives as well and was interested to see how this would work, especially considering the spectacular parker series being able to adapt older source material. While not having super knowledge of what exactly the adaptation could pick up from the original, i think he tried to keep the personality of the spirit and his rogues while updating the world around. It is hard to believe that a goof like den ...more
John
Sep 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, 2008
I will be happy to look at anything Darwyn Cooke draws. He takes the superhero back to that golden age. After reading Darwyn Cooke's "New Frontiers" I looked for anything else he illustrated and this is the first one that arrived. I read this with reservations since taking on Will Eisner's creation is a risk, but it really captures the look and feel of those early Spirit serials. MY favorite story was the Spirit and Batman, even though parts of it felt very forced.

Okay, I admit it I'm a sucker
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Christi
Jun 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: ggnft
A new take on Will Eisner's Spirit. After suffering a death, of sorts, private investigator Denny Colt becomes the vigilante Mr. Blue. The Spirit.

Notes:
- short stories, can stand alone...as a whole create back story for main character. format was a bit confusing at first, though
- great artwork...reminiscent of 1940s comic books
- The Spirit is truly accessible - no superpowers, doesn't always win right away, interesting life
- cheesy, old-style comics tone (sometimes great, sometimes not)
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Kandice
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
They did a great job of keeping it "Eisner-ish". The colors were excellent, and I like when there are seemingly unconnected chapters that all fall into place at the end.

This was a quick, enjoyable read, with the added pleasure of being very visually stimulating. The names usually associated with The Spirit are so great! I would love a name like Pink Taffetta, Scarlet Rose or...well, if you read these type of comics, you'll know what I mean. I wouldn't complain about one of those Varga Girl bodie
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Rahadyan
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Darwyn Cooke is a very worthy successor to Wil Eisner in the revival of the Spirit (a newspaper comic strip serie, created by Eisner, that first appeared in 1940). Though firmly set in the modern day, it has the feel of Eisner's work on the character during its heyday of the 40's. This volume collects the first six issues of the DC series as well as a crossover between Batman and The Spirit that is faithful in its depiction of both characters. An enjoyable read and very highly recommended. ...more
Bob Collins
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've been a big fan of Eisner's the Spirit comics for decades - have all of the Kitchen Sink editions. Eisner "invented" the comic book and his style is cinematic - reading his comic stories are like watching a movie. I had the pleasure of meeting him briefly before he passed away - priceless.

DC Comics had (has?) Darwyn Cooke telling new Spirit stories in the style of Will Eisner. Cooke and crew do a pretty good job of recreating the feel and look of the old Spirit stories.
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Jamil
Nov 01, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, batman, marvel
For my money, while the art is certainly gorgeous, the stories here kinda fail to capture the spirit of Will Eisner's ,,(heh). I think the Veitch/Moore Greyshirt stories were a much more interesting and vital take on the Spirit tradition. It kinda scares me that the Batman story basically worked best for me also, since it was co-authored by Loeb. ...more
Steve
Dec 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Cooke's revival of the Spirit takes the classic character and re-imagines him for the modern day. The core of the character is intact; it's only the details that have been updated. It's a bit dark, but that feeling of it being a book from a foregone time, one which you remember fondly, is still there. ...more
Adam
Oct 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Darwyn Cooke writes a modern day Spirit like Will Eisner would have if he was around to do it. It's fresh but respectful, funny, and a blast to read start to finish. And to top it all off Cooke is an amazing artist. The title pages in particular are some of the most striking images I can remember in recent comic book history. ...more
Jay Bullman
Oct 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-comics
I love Darwyn Cooke's throwback style of art. It is mesmerizing. I had never read any Spirit stories prior to this so I knew very little about the character. I thought the stories were nothing groundbreaking but they were solid and entertaining. When combined with the art it is a really fun read. The cast of villians are goofy but interesting. Good stuff overall. ...more
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Darwyn Cooke was an Eisner Award winning comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator, best known for his work on the comic books Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier and Will Eisner's The Spirit.

In 1985, Cooke published his first comic book work as a professional artist in a short story in New Talent Showcase #19, but economic pressure made him leave the career and he worked in Canada as a magazi
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