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BEST CRIME COMICS

A Review By: Morning Star

The following review by Mat Coward appeared in the Morning Star newspaper on 10 September, 2008.

The Cream Of Crime: The Mammoth Book Of Best Crime Comics, edited by Paul Gravett, is a good-value collection of 24 comic strips in 479 pages.

It features work from Britain, the US and Europe, dating from the 1930s to the present decade, by some of the greatest writers in the medium’s history. Will Eisner, Ed McBain, Dashiell Hammett and the incomparable dark poet Alan Moore all make an appearance.

The only slight disappointment is that the definition of ‘crime’ is perhaps a little too narrow - the stories are, without exception, noir or hardboiled, so there’s no room for, for instance, Spot The Clue With Zip Nolan or Grimly Feendish, The Rottenest Crook In The World.

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