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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; De Luxe edition edition (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401247601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401247607
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 2.2 x 28.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,224,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment. Prior to his current post, Lee served as Editorial Director, where he oversaw WildStorm Studios and was also the artist for many of DC Comics' bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER, BATMAN: HUSH, and SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW. He also serves as the Executive Creative Director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). As part of DC Comics-The New 52, Lee is drawing JUSTICE LEAGUE.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Jim Lee sins. 12 April 2000
By Jeremy King - Published on
Format: Paperback
Deathblow was one of the best of the early Wildstorm creations. The character has a depth and intensity seldom found in Image comics. This volume collects the first twelve issues of Deathblow, in which a regretful killer must try to save his soul while dealing with armageddon. Though the story stretches on a bit long, it's worth it. The first two parts feature incredible Sin City-inspired art by Jim Lee. The rest is by Tim Sale, now known for his work on Batman: The Long Halloween. This collection is well worth the investment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Underground Anthem TX - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Think "MERCENARY HAS SUPERNATURAL ADVENTURES" and you basically described Deathblow in a nut shell, with two notable twists: he's a very important player in the history of the underappreciated Wildstorm Universe, and he's dying of cancer.

Containing Deathblow's first appearance in Darker Image #1, along with the first 12 issues of his own series, this new hardcover edition reshuffles the story so that it reads chronologically rather than in flashbacks, as it's structured in the original comics. I don't know if this is how the previous softcover collection (Saints and Sinners) was compiled, but I thought it was an interesting approach. Narratively, it makes sense to streamline the story and is a fresh way to look at old material. Visually though it's a bit of a mess, as the story begins with Jim Lee's strong Sin City-inspired artwork, then switches abruptly to fill-in artists Tim Sale and Trevor Scott, then back to Lee, then back to Sale. It makes for a disorienting reading experience, to say the least. The positive note for the art is that once Lee departed the book's interiors with #3, Tim Sale improved issue after issue as the series progressed and it was really neat to watch him develop his early style before becoming the incredible artist he's known as today.

This new edition also features the covers of each issue at the start of each chapter, the Jim Lee pin-ups from the original comics, and some other pinups/covers. I'm not sure if the original art has been re-scanned from previous collections, but compared to my original issues this is hands down the best the art has ever looked. But, the big draw for this collection will undoubtedly be the new dust jacket and cover artwork. While previously released online by Jim Lee as individual painted sketches, the 2 pieces are showcased here with gorgeous high resolution printing, and they wrap the book perfectly.

I imagine this is a probably a must-buy only for hardcore Wildstorm fans like myself or Jim Lee completists, but for $25, this particular trip down memory lane has never looked so good.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Call it 3.5 stars - Team 7 vs. the Apocalypse 12 Aug 2006
By Justin G. - Published on
Format: Paperback
Despite a somewhat rough start, Deathblow ended up becoming one of the better early Image Comics titles, thanks in large part to the issues collected in this volume.

Deathblow: Sinners & Saints collects issues 1-12 of the ongoing Deathblow series, which focused on Michael Cray, aka Deathblow, a black ops warrior with a bloody past, a guilty conscience, and a disease that leaves him with very little time left to live. This series was obviously born of superstar artist Jim Lee's joint fascination with Richard Marcinko novels and Frank Miller's groundbreaking Sin City work. The first couple of issues, which were drawn by Lee, featured an abundance of military jargon and artwork that was extremely similar to the black and white style found in Sin City. They basically established Cray as a warrior without peer in a military unit known for doing the government's dirty work.

How that turned into a series about the Antichrist and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is anybody's guess.

The story took a radical turn in issue 3, in which the Black Angel (who for some reason looks a lot like Trent Reznor) was released from Purgatory, where he was imprisoned by the holy Order of the Cross. Seriously, the story became ½ black ops and ½ supernatural horror. Weird, but writer Brandon Choi makes it work. Cray is forced to reconcile the events in his past and lead the fight against the Black Angel and his Horsemen. In a nice turn of events, Cray's former Team 7 mates reunite to lend a hand. The Team 7 back story is really what ties the Wildstorm Universe together, so seeing them together again, particularly in such a spectacular fashion, is a real treat.

The artwork from issue 3 forward was provided by former Grendel artist Tim Sale. He would later become a major name in the industry with his work on Batman: the Long Halloween and several other projects with writer Jeph Loeb, but this was where he made his mainstream debut. He obviously started out with the same Miller worship that Lee brought to the series, but established his own unique style soon enough.

Overall, this was a good series and makes a nice trade paperback. Looking back a decade later it's easy to see the flaws in a lot of these Image books, but I think Deathblow holds up pretty well. My only complaint about this volume is that it did not include the Deathblow preview story that ran in the Darker Image one-shot. Not only did it feature Jim Lee artwork, but it was also the character's first appearance, and should have been included here.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Sin City Legacy 3 Sep 2000
By An English Reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
I admit having found this hard to come-by but was pleased to eventually recieve it because Sinners and Saints is a dark comic in unique style both artistic and story based. the stark black and white images with limited use of colour provides a nice alternative to the over-coloured world other titles may portray.The story is interesting and seedy and reminds me of frank millers Sin City books it is an overall good title and worth the investment though perhaps not if you live in the UK
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