Ronin Absolute Edition

Script Frank Miller, art Frank Miller with Lynn Varley. All material (except Jenette Kahn introduction) is ©Frank Miller and used for illustration purpose only.

This beautiful glossy oversized slipcase (8.5 x 12.8 inches, 21.5 x 32.5 cm) designed by Amelia Grohman was published in October 2008 by DC Comics (ISBN: 978-1-4012-1908-6, cover price 99$, my copy is a first print).

The main book inside comes with a glossy fully illustrated dust jacket. It contains the collected Ronin originally published in six parts in 1983 and 1984, printed on mat quality paper (328 pages).

back cover of the dust jacket
The inner cover of the book is also fully illustrated, as well as the second and third of cover displaying different illustrations. It features a black ribbon bookmark.

After the credits pages, there is 2 pages introduction written by Jenette Kahn exclusive to this edition. It is followed by two pages "from the diary of Casey McKenna" that I am not able to source (they doesn't appear in the French edition that I also own, so it's perhaps exclusive to this edition).

Jenette Kahn intro

Casey McKenna diary

Then comes the main material. Each part of the original 6 issues mini-series is introduced by its wraparound virgin cover (plus sometimes enhanced excerpts). Original fold-out pages are indeed in their fold-out form.

fold out final pages (recto)


This edition ends with a bonus section of 14 pages. The pictures below display them all:

poster illustration

Frank Miller short bio


V For Vendetta Italian B&W Warrior Absolute Edition

Script Alan Moore, art by David Lloyd (additional art by Tony Weare). The translation is from Leonardo Rizzi. All illustrations are © DC Comics.

This article is dedicated to the only Absolute edition of V For Vendetta (that I am aware of) to publish the story in B&W as it was originally intended and done by the authors in Warrior magazine.

This oversized hardcover book (8.5 x 12.8 inches, 21.5 x 32.5 cm) was published in Italy in March 2013 by RW Edizioni in its Lion line (ISBN: 9788866914679, cover price 34.95€, 396 pages). Except the slipcase, second and third of cover illustrations, and the fact that the main material is published in B&W, it features the exact same content as the Absolute US DC edition, and it is also printed on mat thick white quality paper. Below there is also a picture for size comparison purpose with one of the original Warrior magazine were V was first partially published, issue 6 of the DC colorized series and the US DC absolute edition inner book.

Italian edition plain black second of cover

As it's mainly the translation of the US Absolute Edition, I will focus on the differences between the two editions. For details of the content and contextual insights don't hesitate to go to the US article.

Let's start with an additional 2 pages introduction written by Luigi Bernardi to introduce this Italian "Warrior" edition.

the new introduction

Moore and Lloyd's introductions
So all the main material from the US edition is present here, but in its original B&W form as it appears in Warrior, including the end of the story only published in colored comics by DC, and the additional transition material produce for the US Absolute (printed in shades of Grey for the latter, except the first opening page published in colour). I haven't spotted any differences between the printing quality of this edition and what has been published in Warrior.

comparison between this edition (left) and original Warrior material

left: one of the Absolute transition page printed in shades of Grey

another comparison latter in the run

I have taken the next picture during an exhibition dedicated to Alan Moore and it represents original David Lloyd art before the printing process. It is followed by the same page in this Italian edition, and you can see that the printing precision is pretty faithful to the original.

this is one of the last pages that have never been printing in B&W before

The extra section is also identical to its US counterpart, and the Italian editorial team have used the colored illustrations for all DC related material (including the covers) which is an excellent idea.

back covers of the DC 10 issues series

authors small bibliography