This beautiful glossy oversized slipcase (8.5 x 12.8 inches, 21.5 x 32.5 cm) designed by David Lloyd was published in 2009 by DC Comics (ISBN: 978-1-4012-2361-8, cover price 99.99$, my copy is a first print).
The main book inside comes with a fully illustrated dust jacket (illustration printed with varnished parts). It contains the collected 10 issues of V for Vendetta printed on mat thick white quality paper (396 pages). Below there is also a picture for size comparison purpose (with one of the original Warrior magazine were V was first partially published, and issue 6 of the DC colorized series).
|back cover of the dust jacket|
The inner faux leather cover of the book displays the now famous Guy Fawkes/V mask (no illustration on the back cover). Second and third of cover show different illustrations.
This edition reprints the DC Comics series in ten issues published in 1988-1989, covers and back covers included.
|reprinted back cover (slightly different) and cover of volume 6|
A brief history of this comic is perhaps needed here. V for Vendetta was first published in B&W (without shades of grey) edited in book and chapter form in Quality Comics UK magazine Warriors from 1982 to 1985 (a 6 to 8 pages chapter per issue). The magazine was cancelled before the story was finished and colorized when it was published by DC Comics in comic format. In each 30 pages 'volume' of the 10 part DC series several original chapters has been reprinted with additional full page illustrations, exclusively re-colorized for this absolute edition. To illustrate that I have chosen to display pictures comparing this edition to the first publication and the DC series.
|absolute re-colorized additional pages vs the DC series|
|same colorization between the absolute and the DC series only it is now on white pages|
|opening additional pages from volume 2 of the absolute edition|
|pages following the previous picture from the absolute edition ....|
|... and its counterpart in the original Warrior magazine (note the extended artwork at the top and bottom)|
|the end of chapter five in the original publication ...|
|... and its counterpart in the absolute edition with an extra page|
The two out of continuity interludes "Vertigo" and "Vincent" are included between act 2 and act 3. Tony Weare drew one chapter ("Vincent") and contributed additional art to two others ("Valerie" and "The Vacation").
This edition also displays 28 pages of extra material, but nothing really exclusive to this edition :
- March 1988 Alan Moore's introduction for vol 1 of the DC series
- January 1990 David Lloyd's introduction to the first DC paperback
- October 1983 Moore's "Behind the Painted Smile" essay originally published in Warrior #17
- a number of preliminary and promotional pieces of artwork "many of which have never been reproduced" says the introduction of this 20 pages section, and cover of the previous collected hardcover edition.
Note that to be exhaustive this absolute edition should have reproduced 5 of the exclusive Zenda French painted covers (published in 6 part, part #4 sharing the same cover than vol 7 of DC Comics series).