Spirit Summer Issue

The Spirit #7

$2.99 Cover Price
Cover dated August 2007 (Purchased June 2007)

Darwyn Cooke has completed six issues of the retooled The Spirit series, and for this DC Comics "Summer Special" of the Spirit (#7) he contributes the cheesecake/beefcake cover artwork (hey, where are his nipples?) Inside, though, is Jordi Bernet, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, and Kyle Baker handling the art chores. Three brief Spirit tales are packed into this 36-page comic, written by Walt Simonson ("Harder than Diamonds"), Jimmy Palmiotti ("Synchronicity"), and Kyle Baker scripting his own tale ("Hard Cell").

Darwyn Cooke Spirit 7 Cover

Baker has the strongest story, and though laced with humor it is darker than the usual Darwyn Cooke fare. His kinetic artwork is slabbed with large blacks, and this helps create the mood, and also obscures a little bit the grisly nature of his tale.

The Jodi Bernet/Jimmy Palmiotti tale suffers from the unevenness of Bernet's artwork. The story is Spirit "lite' and Bernet's straightforward cartoon approach fits the tale, but the action element is missing. It's the Spirit halfway to camp.

Jordi Bernet on this web site

The Walt Simonson scripted "Harder Than Diamonds" has meticulous artwork from Chris Sprouse and Karl Story. It looks pretty stiff compared to the other artists in this issue, but the artwork has some fine moments, and the coloring by Dave Stewart goes a long way toward filling in a more detailed visual world than either Bernet or Baker bother with in their stories.

Related:

Darwyn Cooke Index for this web site

The Spirit

The Spirit

Batman + Spirit One Shot = It's A Mad, Mad, Mad World, January 2007

The Spirit #1, "a reborn Spirit" by Darwyn Cooke, Feb 2007

The Spirit #9, Words and more words, Oct 2007

The Spirit #12 Sand Seref - Too well drawn to be bad, Jan 2008

The Spirit #13 "Holiday Special", Feb 2008

Spirit Artwork Pages

Batman and The Spirit One Shot - Joker and Harley Quinn

Batman and The Spirit One Shot - Darwyn Cooke

Batman and the Spirit One Shot - Joker and Harley Quinn

Batman and The Spirit One Shot - Commissioner Gordan and P'Gell?

Spirit #1: It's hard getting re-born

Spirit #1: Ginger Ice

Spirit #1: Ebony

Spirit #6 Cover art by Cooke, J.Bone

Spirit #7 page by Jordi Bernet, DC Comics, 2007

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


Original Page July 2007
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