The (Modern) Debut of The Spirit

The Spirit #1
Written by Darwyn Cooke
Art by Cooke

I have absolutely have no familiarity with the Character of The Spirit. I am a complete newbie and I have to say I am a fan of the character after reading this issue. My first introduction to The Spirit was on that History Channel documentary about comics from a few years back. He looked kinda interesting but nothing I would seek out. Now, I wanna read everything the character has ever been in. Cooke writes a wonderful little adventure for the Spirit and unlike most new series, he does not recap the Spirit’s origin, which I don’t mind at all. I suppose he will tell it eventually but it is not important right now. I think this series is supposed to slowly intergrate The Spirit into the DC Universe but I am not sure. I hope it does. The story is a lot of fun. I expected that The Spirit would be a dark and grim character like Batman but it turns out he has a sense of humor and a good one at that. His little comments to Ginger Coffee were very funny. I hope her character will make a return. Cooke manages to reintroduce The Spirit’s Sidekick, Ebony White, without being racist. That is pretty incredible. The villain in this issue is pretty gross, his name is The Pill and I don’t know if he is a new character or not. Great start to what looks like will be a great series, highly reccomended

One thought on “The (Modern) Debut of The Spirit

  1. I’m a big fan of the original Spirit. It was the late Will Eisner’s primary showcase for his sequential art. You should pick up one of the compilations (there’s a cheap trade paperback, and much more expensive hardbacks.) A few Spirit stories also come up for analysis in Eisner’s two books on graphical storytelling.

    IMHO, Darwyn Cooke does a fantastic job of capturing The Spirit’s, er, spirit. He uses many of the devices that Eisner did, but doesn’t make it look too derivative. The Spirit is certainly on my buy pile now.

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