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BEST CRIME COMICS

A Review By: The Times

Neel Mukherjee presents the summer’s best graphic novels in The Times on 5 September 2008.

In The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics, the editor, Paul Gravett, has done more magic digging, this time in the lost world of crime comics, and excavated 24 short pieces spanning nearly 75 years. The usual practitioners of crime are all here: Ed McBain, Will Eisner, Dashiel Hammett, Mickey Spillane, even Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, but there are genuine finds, such as the first English outing for the Milanesi Commissario Spada, by Gianluigi Gonano and Gianni De Luca, or the female detective, Ms Tree (geddit?), by Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty. A box of unmitigated delights.

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