Review: Will Eisner’s The Spirit #3

Spirit03-Cov-A-PowellWill Eisner’s The Spirit #3 is the third part of a twelve issue story arc follows some of the most beloved characters from The Spirit‘s world, Commissioner Dolan, his daughter EllenEbony White and Sammy as they continue to try and uncover what has happened to The Spirit.

This issue is divided between two stories; one continues to follow Ebony White and Sammy as they track down any and all leads that may help them find out what happened to the eponymous character two years ago, and the other focuses on a fisherman.

Matt Wagner continues to tell a story centered on The Spirit‘s disappearance, and in order to have the eponymous character appear in the series while the current (and first) story arc is focusing on the fact that he has been missing for two years. For the previous few issues, The Spirit‘s appearances in the comic thus far have been almost entirely told from the villain’s side point of view as they tell the story of when they last saw our hero. It’s a unique way of exploring the relationship between hero and villain, and what The Spirit means to the villains.

Dan Schkade and Brennan Wagner continue to bring some great art work to the table with this issue, and while there are some fantastic layouts in this issue, they seem to fall a little short of last issues brilliance (but only by a little). That being said, the first story in this comic features some solid colouring work that sets the mood of the piece rather well.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a soft spot for many of the vigilante style pulp heroes like The Spider, The Shadow, The Phantom, and yes, The Spirit, or crime noir style heroes, and almost any story set around the 30’s and 40’s, and Will Eisner’s The Spirit #3 retains the a quality that reminds me of a story told during the Golden Age; whether I am imagining the comic’s ability to emulate the feel of that bygone era or not is tough to say as that was before my time.

This is a fantastic series thus far, and I’m enjoying every page.

Story: Matt Wagner Art: Dan Schkade Colours: Brennan Wagner
Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.