Frank Miller's Big Damn Sin City Oversized Hardcover

Script and art Frank Miller with additional coloring by Lynn Varley. All illustrations are ©Frank Miller.

note that there is no dust jacket for this book

Published in June 2014 by Dark Horse (ISBN 978-1-61655-237-4, cover price 100$), this über hardcover book (8.5 x 12.5 inches or 22 x 32 cm, around 10 kg for 1360 pages) is printed on thin glossy paper. The picture below is here for size comparison with original issue #1 of A Dame to Kill For.

Diana Schutz is still the editor of the series, and this edition has been designed by Cary Grazzini.

Second an third of cover are identical (plain red). This edition goes to the essential right away, i.e. the complete Sin City stories. No introduction, afterword or any extra whatsoever (only a short bio at the end of the book).

All original issues are reprinted with their respective virgin covers and back covers (except for The Hard Goodbye that were originally published in Dark Horse Presents anthology).

That Yellow Bastard

Hell and Back

My own Dark Horse "Big Book" collection so far:

breathtaking! (especially if you are used to read in bed)


All-Star Batman And Robin The Boy Wonder Absolute Oversized Slipcase Edition

Script by Frank Miller, art Jim Lee. All illustrations are ©DC Comics.

This beautiful glossy oversized slipcase (8.5 x 12.8 inches, 21.5 x 32.5 cm) designed by Robin Brosterman was published in July 2014 by DC Comics (ISBN: 978-1-4012-4763-8, cover price $99.99, my copy is a first print).

The main book inside has no dust jacket and features a black bookmark ribbon. It contains the collected (but unfinished) All-star Batman And Robin The Boy Wonder originally published in 10 parts from September 2005 to August 2008, printed on glossy quality paper (almost 310 pages). One of the picture below is for size comparison with issue #3 of the original series.

back cover of the inner book

Second and third of cover display the same illustration. After the credits pages, there is 3 pages introduction written by Bob Schreck and dated March 2008, so it probably originates from the 2008 first collected hardcover edition. Paradoxically, this introduction salutes the liability of everyone involves in the series...

Note that this absolute edition collects all ten issues of the published series (so far) which was not the case for the 2008 Hardcover. All covers and variant covers are included in their virgin form as well as the wraparound opening pages of issue #4 (in its wraparound form indeed). The redacted F* words of issue 10 are still redacted (with a much deeper black) and the art is still revised from what have been seen of Jim Lee's pencils.

one of my favourite part (yellow is the new black)

absolute edition version of issue #10 page 14

enhanced excerpt from original comic with transparent redacted f* word

penciled page that were visible here (notice the hands of Batgirl)

Then comes a comprehensive bonus section of 60 pages, with the complete script and penciled art for issue #1 (including its cover) as the morceau de choix.
Notice also character designs, promotional images, thumbnails, penciled art and to put the knife deeper into the wound, cover art from the still-to-be completed issue #11.
The book ends with a short bio of the authors.

a feast for the eye