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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401243975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401243975
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.5 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 869,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walter Simonson is a legendary writer/artist who began his career at DC Comics over the years with the award-winning Manhunter feature that ran in DETECTIVE COMICS from 1973-1974. His best-known work may be a highly acclaimed run on THOR in the 1980s (Simonson made a cameo appearance in the 2011 THOR feature film). He also has written and illustrated runs of FANTASTIC FOUR, ORION, METAL MEN, ELRIC: THE MAKING OF A SORCERER, as well as original graphic novels like THE STARSLAMMERS and the official comics adaptations of ALIEN and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. His most recent comics work is writing the comics adaptation of WORLD OF WARCRAFT for DC.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 50 Squirrels of Grey TOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is an original `graphic novel', containing a series of short stories running across the DC Universe from AD 30something to AD 2087, linked by a coin from Judas Iscariot's final pay packet. The coin brings bad luck to its possessor, starting with a man who picks up one of Judas's discarded coins outside the Temple, but fails to look both ways when crossing the street...
The stories are -
P01: `The Judas Coin'
P05: 73 AD - The Golden Gladiator in `Blood Peace'
P19: 1000 AD - The Viking Prince in `Black Blade - Silver Heart'
P35: 1720 AD - Captain Fear in `Mutiny'
P53: 1881 AD - Bat Lash in `Ill-Gotten Gains'
P63: The present - Two-Face in 'Heads or Tails'
P79: 2087 AD - Manhunter 2070 in `An Epilogue - 2087'
P97: Sketch Gallery

As you know, Walter Simonson can draw in a number of styles, and each story here has more and more stylised artwork, starting with almost Joe Kubert-like realism and ending with Walt at his nutty and most stylised best. The Two-Face story is almost a newspaper-strip, in black and white (and red all over...), and printed sideways to give the newspaper-strip shape. As the art progresses, so do the deaths, starting with a man under a horse, and ending with a sun going nova.

I read a library copy, so it was money well-spent (I pay local government taxes); but I'm not sure I'd have felt the same if I had bought it myself. Walt Simonson's art is excellent, but I am not a fan of the short-story anthology, however it is themed. So, pay your money and take your choice.
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Firstly, this book may not be what you think or expect. It's not a Batman story featuring the return to the character by the great Walt Simonson, despite what the front cover shows. Secondly, it's not a Two Face story.

Instead, it's a series of vignettes with a strand running through each, following the journey of a coin throughout the centuries. The coin is special, being one of those received by Judas upon his betrayal of Christ, hence the title of this book.

Once you understand what this is story is not, you can enjoy the story for what it is. This is a great GN from a narrative and artistic perspective. Plus, it's great to see Simonson back illustrating a main stream book again.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Sept. 2014
Format: Paperback
This is NOT a Batman book. I know he’s featured prominently on the cover, along with Two-Face, but the two characters are in the book for a handful of pages before disappearing. I understand why DC did this, because Batman sells, but it is misleading.

I thought this was going to be - as strange a concept as it sounds - a weird origin story for Two-Face’s coin, the one he flips to decide the fate of his victims. But it turns out The Judas Coin isn’t even that lame! Instead, this is the story of one of the thirty pieces of silver that Judas gets for selling out Jesus, and that coin’s journey through the years, spreading bad luck to everyone it encounters.

From the crucifixion, the coin falls into the hands of a Roman soldier/gladiator, a Viking Prince, a pirate, a card shark from the old west, Two-Face, and finally a bounty hunter from the future. Not that the stories are connected or anything - they’re totally arbitrary and events in one story don’t affect the next. I get it, the coin brings bad luck to whoever has it - why repeat this in every story without variation, Walt Simonson?

Like other classic artists who turn their hands to writing as well as drawing, Simonson doesn’t prove to be much of a writer (though he’s not nearly as bad as Neal Adams. Batman: Odyssey was unforgivable!).

Simonson can’t make us care about any of the passing characters and the tenuous story isn’t in the least bit interesting - guys, the main character is an inanimate coin! Each of the stories contains a betrayal but when you barely know the characters, it’s hard to give a damn, especially when each one is so formulaic.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely fantastic 25 Sept. 2012
By Fernando H. Ramirez - Published on
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Any Simonson work is great work, and there is all too little of it out there.

What can I say? I snatched this up from Amazon as soon as I could... it was a fantastic read. Roughly 90 pages of Simonson storytelling. The book is a series of short stories that all feature a legendary (and cursed) coin. The coin bridges the gaps, and it is there until the stellar (pun intended) ending.

Simonson is at the peak of his powers. A few of his sketches and pencils were reproduced at the end of the book... simply amazing artwork. Simonson displays storytelling at its finest... smart writing, energetic layouts, and awesome art. The lettering by longtime collaborator John Workman is beautiful. And the coloring by Lovern Kindzierski is also wonderful to behold.

Whoever art directed the book did a phenomenal job. Everything about it...the introductory pages... the beautiful embossed coin on the hardcover... the paper stock, the stock of the dustpapers... a work of art.

What can I say? I LOVED THIS BOOK. And I would buy newer ones by Simonson sight unseen.

Bravo DC, for putting this out. Now let's get Simonson to do some more!!!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Walt Delivers a Wallop 4 Oct. 2012
By Martin Kilroy - Published on
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I have been reading comic books for a long time (about fifteen years) and the longer I have been at it, the more I find myself lamenting the fact that I have seen so much of everything before. At the same time, I have noticed that there are certain creators, who with each work always bring something uniquely new to the comic book medium. These master writers and artists are always a step above the run of the mill tropes that long time comic book readers see over and over again. It is these masters who refresh long time readers with their meticulous and artful works. Walter Simonson is such a master.

I am a little too young to know firsthand of the time that Simonson was at his heyday, but last year I was exposed to his mastery in the newly printed Thor Omnibus, which reprints his epic run on the character. After reading that I was hooked. It was his artwork that led me to start buying Bendis' Avengers series during the Avengers versus X-Men event. Unfortunately, Bendis writing brought down that arc. For some reason his modern blend of dialogue did not quite match Simonson's style. I find this a lot with Bendis. It must be that he tends to be overly wordy and does not always allow his artists the full freedom to really cut loose and tell the story with their art. Thankfully, the new work The Judas Coin is a return to form since it is written and drawn by Simonson.

The Judas Coin is a 96 page graphic novel that consists of six thematically linked short stories featuring characters from the DC Comics Universe. The stories follow the eponymous coin, one of the thirty pieces paid to betray Christ, as it travels chronologically through time leaving behind a trail of death, betrayal and misfortune. Do not expect many familiar faces as the only truly recognizable characters featured are Batman and Two-Face. The six characters/timelines that make up the anthology are: the Golden Gladiator (Ancient Rome), the Viking Prince, Captain Fear (Pirates), Bat Lash (Western), the Batman/Two-Face story, and the future looking Manhunter. Each is well crafted, displaying clever writing and astounding art and if that was not enough, each is rendered in a slightly different style. I will not spoil it, but one story is done as a black and white newspaper strip and another is manga inspired. My favorite story was the Captain Fear story, which is probably the most classic Simonson you could ask for. Besides, in my opinion the ultimate betrayal always involves a mutiny on a pirate ship.

Although the work is brief, only 96 pages, I had more fun reading it than many other longer works. It serves as a great showcase for a master comic booker and will be a great intro to Walter Simonson for new readers, who may be unfamiliar with his artistry. Each story is told with such precision, care and aplomb that each page offers a satisfying perfection that makes it a near flawless work.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Another masterwork from a comics master 11 Oct. 2012
By A. KAPLAN - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Any time Walter Simonson writes and draws a new story, it's cause for rejoicing. While I would rejoice more if he were working on his own creations, either his Star Slammers series or something else, I really enjoyed this new graphic novel. By focusing on one of Judas' thirty pieces of silver, and how it affected different people throughout history, Simonson almost gives us a multi-genre collection of short stories, rather than one big story. He also shows us the variety of stories that DC comics used to tell, before sales shifted to almost exclusively superheroes, since each story focuses on a DC character.

We see the ancient Roman Empire through the character of the Golden Gladiator, before moving on to the days of Joe Kubert's Viking Prince. Then it's a pirate adventure with Captain Fear (who was also, I believe, the first DC character Simonson drew) and a western tale with charming gambler Bat Lash. We get a nice Batman story (told elegantly in black and white) before moving on to a manga-inspired future, where we learn the end of the story along with Manhunter 2070.

With each story, Simonson adopts his art and storytelling approach. To see a veteran craftsman continue to experiment, rather than resting on a comfortable, familiar style is heartening and refreshing. For example, his layouts on the Viking Prince segment were a bit wilder and varied than, say, the Bat Lash pages, echoing the storytelling creativity of Viking Prince creator Joe Kubert without aping his style. And while Simonson is no stranger to drawing Batman, here he changes up the page layouts, going for a horizontal orientation in black and white, continuing to innovate, even on a familiar character.

While I felt some segments were more successful than others, taken as a whole, this book continues to show a comics master working at the top of his game. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
very good but not great simonson 7 Dec. 2012
By woodrow locksley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Walt Simonson is one of my favorite comicbook artists and I usually like his writing. I was not disappointed by The Judas Coin a story of how one of the thirty pieces of silver Judas received as payment for betraying Jesus to the Jewish religious leaders cause havoc for its possessors because the coins are all accursed because they were used as payment to the man who betrayed the Son of God. The opening prologue is excellent it sets up the six chapters and is the best part of the book in many ways it adds depth to the stories that follow by linkingthem to the betrayal of Jesus. As for the six stories the Batman story is stellar done in magnificent black and white showing off Simonson's exquisite inks to goodeffect .Done as a black and white newspaper and laid out in a style that you have to turn book on its side to read it is also clever. The other stories are very good except for two that keep it from being a 5 star book. The Bat Lash was too jokey humor undermines the tone of the book and it was not great humor. The last story was also disappointing not because of the story but because of the ugly anime inspired art the worst Simonson art I have ever seen an experiment gone awry. Sofive stars to the intro and Batman stories 4.5 stars for the first three stories three stars for Bat lash some fine art and two stars for the last story add up to an average 0f 4 stars Good I would say very good Simonson would give 4.5 stars if Icould the concept is a 5 star concept easily but execution in the two not so good tories lower it to 4 Still strongly recommend
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting But Different 4 Dec. 2013
By Neil Wayne Miller - Published on
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First, this is not a batman story. This is a story that spans centuries and centers on the coin. Second, the art is very typical of Simonson. If you like other projects that he has done then you should appreciate this. Finally, this was an interesting story. As I said it spans centuries and has elements from many points in history.

I really like other stories that I have read by Walt Simonson and I hate to say this but... I don't feel like I wasted my money on this story but I wouldn't recommend it either.
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