The Wordy World of Spirit #9

Zombie Art Darwyn Cooke

Darwyn Cooke
The Spirit #9
October 2007 Cover Date
DC Comics $2.99 Cover Price

Darwyn Cooke's strengths has been his simple-looking, clean design sense and his brevity in writing. In The Spirit #8 and now with this issue (#9) that brevity is pushed out of the way, and a wordy, text heavy story swarms over these pages. Cooke is making single panels do double and triple duty supporting all this verbiage, and its just a hard slog to get through this story.

And what is the story? The origin of the character "El Morte" who is a cliché from a zillion zombie movies. It doesn't really make a lot of sense, though, as Cooke wants it both ways: he has a zombie with feelings (tears even!), dialogue lines of articulation, and he also has a zombie-slave that does the foul deeds commanded of it. As if to get the point across that the zombie angle is right out of Hollywood, the four-panel a page grid looks like a stack of letterbox movie stills.

Cooke's artwork is well done, as usual, though there are still instances when his tendency to make his cranial proportions get out of whack and the characters look like they have huge doll heads. It draws me away from the story and makes me ponder the mechanics of the images, and not the tale.

There are good things about this title, and I look forward to every issue, but this series needs an editor.

Below are a couple of pages from the issue. Click to view enlarged views. Notice on the bottom of page 6, the text says the Spirit "screams" - - but the panel art doesn't support this.

Darwyn Cooke Spirit Zombie Darwyn Cooke Zombie


Darwyn Cooke

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Spirit #6 Cover art by Cooke, J.Bone

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Spirit #7 Page by Kyle Baker "The Spirit", DC Comics

Spirit #9 - Zombie - Page 20

Spirit #9 - Zombie - Page 6

Spirit #12 - 2-page Spread by Darwyn Cooke

Spirit #13 Ty Templeton art

Spirit #13 by Eduardo Risso

Spirit #15 Cover art by Bruce Timm cover

Spirit #15 : Art by Paul Smith A

Spirit #15 : Art by Paul Smith B

Spirit #16 - Justiniano art Spirit Artwork - Page 16

Spirit #16 - Justiniano art Spirit Artwork - Page 11

Spirit #16 - Justiniano art Spirit Artwork - Page 6

Spirit #17 Cover art by Paul Smith, DC Comics 2008

Spirit #26 cover Art by Brian Bolland

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