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1001 COMICS

A Review By: Comic Heroes Magazine

The following review by Jes Bickman appeared in the October 2011 issue of Comic Heroes.

Think you know 1001 comics you reckon everyone should read? Think again. We all think we know the classics, but odds are you’ll never have read,much less heard of, the bulk of the masterpieces in this book - which is brilliant. The world of comics is impossibly vast, and 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die is a fascinating attempt to sketch its boundaries.

Of course, all the comics you actually do know to be classics - Maus, The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen and the rest - are all present and correct, but what 1001 Comics does is make you appreciate how much more there is to the medium than superheroes. They have their place, of course, but so does everything else - and there’s a lot of the latter.

Gravett - a man who’s probably forgotten more about comics than the rest of us will ever learn - notes in his excellent introduction to this shelf-busting colossus of a celebration that “There can never be one history or one experience of comics,” but he does a damn good job of attempting to provide some kind of definitive statement of the ninth art, dividing his and his 67-strong team’s picks by period.

There are entire universes turning inside the covers of this book, and it’s a delight to just flick through them or get lost in their joyous mysteries for hours at a time.

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