Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Sword

At more than 600 pages, and weighing-in over seven pounds, the Complete Deluxe Hardcover (complete a slipcase cover and all 24 issues and covers from the series) isn't for the casual fan. But that doesn't mean it's not a must-read.

The Luna Brother's tale of Dara Brighton and her quest for vengeance against the immortal beings who murdered her family over a mystical sword is a great read. This hardcover oversized edition captures all the gore, pain, and triumph of the series in the way only these oversized editions (similar to DC's Absolute Editions) can.

The only complaint I can make her is that the collection wasn't split into two volumes (such as DC's Absolute Crisis on Infinite Earths). The size of this edition is a little daunting (it's actually larger than Absolute Batman - The Long Halloween, Absolute Dark Knight, or Absolute Watchmen) and limiting due to it's size. That said, you are getting every single issue in one volume which, in itself, is pretty cool.

With a quality far surpassing that of Image Comics much maligned trade paperbacks, this hardcover edition is a must for fans of the series. It comes with with a hefty price tag, but if you grab it online (as I did) you should be able to save yourself $30-$40.

[Image, $99.99]

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