Category Archives: Books

REVIEWED: Absolute Batman: The Killing Joke

September 2018 saw the release of DC Comics’ Absolute edition of Batman: The Killing Joke. This new collection celebrates the 30th anniversary of writer Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland’s seminal Batman and Joker story, originally published in 1988. For this review I’m not going to look at the story, but rather at the Absolute edition itself in order to discover if this new prestige format re-release is worth a double — or even triple — dip. I’m also going to take a quick look at the history of DC’s Absolute range of reprints. Continue reading REVIEWED: Absolute Batman: The Killing Joke

James Bond novels: Penguin Modern Classics (2004)

Casino Royale

A series looking at some of my favourite book covers and cover artists

#9: The James Bond novels published by Penguin Modern Classics in 2004

Since his first appearance in 1953’s Casino Royale Ian Fleming’s super-spy James Bond has become a global cultural phenomenon, appearing in over 20 blockbuster movies while the original novels have stayed constantly in print.
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