- Posted by Johanna on September 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- CREDITS: written by David Hine; art by John Paul Leon
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics; $2.99 US
It’s several months old now, and the series has been cancelled, but if you’re interested in clever things that can be done with comic history and format, you should seek out The Spirit #16.
If you’re familiar with the history of Will Eisner’s character, you probably know that one of the many graphic innovations associated with the Spirit is the way that word is incorporated into the images on his title pages. Here are two examples I found on the net (although that second one is clearly a modern piece):
Well, in this issue, David Hine and John Paul Leon pay homage to that idea by doing something similar on EVERY page. Yes, most of the issue is made up of “splash pages”, with one image per. And yet, the gimmick doesn’t overwhelm the story, about someone impersonating the Spirit in order to murder criminals.
If you can find a copy of this issue, you should really flip through it and see how creatively this concept was used, from the logo in pipe smoke to signs on cityscapes to spilled blood. There’s one page that evokes the classic brickwork effect, and another that goes symbolic, with giant letters in their own right. Here are a couple of my favorites, along with this issue’s cover:
There’s even a bigger theme involved, about what makes a hero and how he sets his own principles. It’s quite the nifty comic to view, if you get a chance to check it out.