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BEST CRIME COMICS

A Review By: Crime Time

Barry Forshaw is the editor of Crime Time, the UK magazine devoted to crime fiction. This review first appeared on the Crime Time web site.

What a rich and loamy mix is here! Comics authority Paul Gravett is the perfect guide for the reader through one of the richest and most subversive genres of comics, taking us from the hyper-violent American crime comics of the 1950s (the very tales that brought the wrath of the moral guardians of the day down on the industry) right up to modern-day masters such as Brits Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman. Despite an interesting selection of material, the last book in this series (devoted to horror comics) was compromised by the reduced format and artwork that suffered when shrunk to the smaller page size: no such problems here: the wonderful black-and-white artwork is given room to breathe. And the list of artists is matchless: from the legendary Jack Kirby to EC giant Johnny Craig, from Alex Raymond (working from a Dasheill Hammett script, no less) to the bizarre and surrealistic Charles Burns. An unmissable collection.

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