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I’m happy to see this series receiving the deluxe hardcover treatment, the first of which has just arrived here. I enjoyed working on it writer Mike Carey and artist Peter Gross. It was often challenging, but also well written and drawn, and fun to be part of. The deluxe format is about ten percent larger than previous printings, on glossier paper. The colors are slightly brighter. There’s about 20 pages of additional material like sketches and alternate script versions, as well as a nice introduction by editor Pornsak Pichetshote. This first volume includes issues 1 to 12, including two of my favorites, issue 5: “How the Whale Became” about Rudyard Kipling and issue 12: “Eliza Mae Hertford’s Willowbank Tales” which is a delicious combination of Beatrix Potter and a thug out of “Goodfellas.” The price is $29.99, and should be in shops and online soon.