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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (25 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857689738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857689733
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 1 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It has the warmth and whimsy of a zine drawn from love." --Bizarre Magazine

"When I sat down to read through this collected edition of SPANDEX I read through it in one sitting! I read through the whole thing as soon as I opened it and I loved it! It s got fun characters, neat super-heroic adventures, a terrific sense of humor, a bit of naughty sex in it, and a love for its genre. Imagine that! A superhero book that loves the idea of superheroes! To put it another way: It was love at first sight as soon as I laid my eyes on SPANDEX." --Ain t It Cool

"Eden's art has a power and intensity to it that is perfectly suited to his story -- you seem to be sucked in by the simplicity of the art and then bam - there's a character moment or scene that's so interesting or intense or clever that it just takes your breath away." --Comics Bulletin

"I hope the current trend in Gay Superheroes brings more traffic Eden s way, as this collection definitely deserves it... Eden s Gay superheroes aren t just a gimmick, rather genuine layered characters in a superhero realm. And some of the best written at that." --Bad Haven

"Sensational superhero story" --gay.net

"Justice League meets Ghost World." --Geekery Converged

"It s smart, sexy, full of surprises and perfect for any fan of the superhero genre. If only I had Spandex when I was a kid, those closets would have been a lot more fun to be in." --Nerd Locker

"Justice League meets Ghost World." --Geekery Converged

If Astonishing X-Men s same-sex nuptials between Northstar and boyfriend Kevin seem too orchestrated to you, then Titan s first collection of Martin Eden s brilliantly riotous Spandex could be the perfect tonic. --SFX

"A thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable read, Spandex is a comic which deserves to reach a wide audience. Whether you're gay or straight is completely irrelevant - it's just a damn good book." --Comic Book Movie

"Justice League meets Ghost World." --Geekery Converged

"Eden s message is heartfelt. And Spandex is a small step towards what one hopes is an inevitable acceptance of homosexuality in our world." --Unwinnable

"As the series progresses, it's not only interesting to see the characters grow, but also to witness writer/artist Martin Eden's talents evolve." --The Trades

"Justice League meets Ghost World." --Geekery Converged

a sharp, witty, intelligent, and most of all, fun book that embraces it s readers and invites them to share all that it has to offer. --Mass Movement Magazine

"One of the better Super Hero graphic novels to come out in the last decade." --One Geek Nation

"Fresh and fun and gayer than every Bravo reality show rolled up in a rainbow and smashed inside an episode of Glee" --After Ellen

"It s the characters of Spandex that make it worth the read, heavily influenced by an amalgam of comic book references and queer culture they are at once an explosion of kitsch and camp and yet they also go beyond the stereotypes that they fill to the deeper characters that exist beneath." --brwc

"Justice League meets Ghost World." --Geekery Converged

"I enjoyed the living hell out of it." --The Tomb Review

"What worked for the writing and worked better than nearly every other new franchise team book I ve ever read, was the fact that there was a history for these characters and a world that felt real." --Comic Bastards

"Justice League meets Ghost World." --Geekery Converged

"The art is original and visually interesting throughout the whole book." --Daily Rotation
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"A fun, new comic that deserves an audience beyond queer fans and a significant achievement worth celebrating for independent artists and the queer geek community in a ground-breaking year full of them. Read it!" --Geeks Out

"Justice League meets Ghost World." --Geekery Converged

About the Author

Martin Eden is the creator of Spandex, the UKs first all-gay superhero team. He is also the creator of indie series The O-Men. Martin is a full-time editor at Titan Magazines, with over 10 years experience in the field.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Terry on 30 May 2012
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My favourite kind of storytellers make sure their work is kept in check by two ruling equals: Story is King, and Character is Queen. It sounds an obvious recipe to aid success, but to many comic auteurs, filmmakers, etc, these 'King & Queen' components do not rule their tales - but they clearly govern Martin Eden's creative mind.
I've been a fan of Eden's 'The O Men' comic series since it began many moons ago, and that saga, along with his latest 'Spandex' creation, are heads and shoulders above so many comic creators' output.

Eden's 'Spandex' is full of action and humour, but most importantly, heart. His superheroes and supervillains have the same kind of day-to-day emotional challenges that we all face - and it's Eden's decision to have this be the glue that holds everything together that keeps the most outlandish adventures grounded in a reality we all understand: love, loss, and everything in between.

This first hardback collection is gorgeously designed, and collects the first 3 issues together in a larger format, along with a ton of ace bonuses, lovingly crafted by 'Spandex's creator/writer/artist/letterer extraordinaire, Martin Eden. And make sure you seek out 'The O Men' too, then you can be proud that you got into Eden's wonderful worlds of super-struggles and relationships well before the inevitable multi-million dollar movie adaptations.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Wells on 7 Jun 2012
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This book has been getting a lot of well-deserved press attention lately, and not just because it features Britain's first gay superhero team, but because it's a great superhero comic. Despite being a 'mature' title, and slightly rude in places, Spandex is quite reminiscent of those classic Claremont / Byrne issues of the X-Men, and as those were the comics that got me hooked on the medium in the first place, that is no bad thing at all. Eden has created some very strong characters for this series and his sense of page and costume design is impeccable (I love Diva's outfit). This book collects the first three issues of the series, and it's a shame that it doesn't collect more, but as #4 was the first part of a four part story, I can see why they left it at three issues. However, there is plenty of reading in these three issues, and unlike in your average comic written by Brian Michael Bendis, stuff actually happens (there are also some bonus features)! Best of all, the comic only improved after #3, so the second book (come on, Titan!) will be even better.
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
Awesome 9 Sep 2012
By James Bacigalupo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love SPANDEX and wish there were more comics like this. I can't wait for the next issue and collection.
More! Deeper! 31 July 2012
By Richard S. - Published on Amazon.com
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The problem here is that three issues was too soon for a collection. There is a lot of good stuff, but lots (and lots) of hints get dropped and nothing gets a payoff. Everyone has a secret - is it too much to ask that there be one actual hero type in a gay supergroup?

I'm kind of on the fence about the art. It's cutesy and faux naive, but there are some really nice compositions. I wish I could enjoy it without the winking and the ghostly voice whispering, "It's meta. Meeeeetaaaaa..." in my ear the whole time.

The best thing, though, is that Eden clearly loves his characters. He knows all about them, and he wants to share them with you. I hope he gets the chance, and we see many more of these books.
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