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BEST CRIME COMICS

A Review By: The Observer

The following review by Roger Sabin appeared in The Observer on August 17, 2008.

The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics, edited by Paul Gravett, is a lively compendium of mostly hard-boiled fare, including some terrific scripts by Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane and Ed McBain. What strikes you most is the onomatopoeia - the SKUEEELLL! of car tyres and the TAT TAT TAT! of machine guns (not to mention the IFFFFTT! of a cigarette being stubbed on someone’s cheek). It seems that crime comics are in vogue at the moment in the wake of The Wire (both Marvel and DC have launched crime series), and this anthology is a great introduction to some of the genre’s roots.

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