The Definitive Shi: The Essential Warrior, Vol. 1 |
by Billy Tucci, various artists (Crusade, 2006)
Sure, it's a "complete" repackaging of the various Shi storylines -- the first of four volumes that promise to bring the whole series together for the first time -- which is certainly convenient for people coming late to the game.
But stripping the beautiful art of its color is a mistake that simply makes no sense. The original art was glorious in its use of color; in plain black and white, it's bland.
I would love to see some of the hard-to-find storylines from Shi collected in a proper package, but readers deserve the full effect, not a stripped-down version for budget shoppers.
27 January 2007