I picked up the new HC edition of Hard Boiled from Dark Horse. I had enjoyed the previous HCs in the same format (for Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy and Big Guy And Rusty), and was looking forward to this.
Although I remember Dave Stewart’s recolouring of Big Guy And Rusty being quite a departure from the original, I remember quite enjoying it as an alternate take, and I still own both the original collection and the new HC.
When I opened the new edition of Hard Boiled, I was quite surprised that Stewart’s recolouring was even more of a departure from the original than with Big Guy And Rusty - the bright, bold colours and neon nightlife of the original Hard Boiled have been replaced with a more muted and earth-toned palette. I haven’t read through it in full yet, but already I can tell that it changes the feel of the book considerably, and I’m interested to see whether the book reads very differently with these new colours.
Does anyone know if Darrow or Stewart have talked about their intentions with the recolours of Big Guy And Rusty or Hard Boiled? I’d be interested to hear their thoughts to better understand the choices they’ve made here (I presume Darrow was involved with the recolours). One thing I noticed is that Darrow’s linework is much more visible and clean in the new edition, which I guess must be part of it.
Here are some comparison pics anyway. This first one has the new colouring on the left and the old on the right:
While these others have the new colours either on the right or below.
(Also, slightly disappointingly, the art in the new OHC is actually the same size it was reproduced in the old TPB, due to the unusual dimensions of the art - the old book was more square and the art took up the whole page, but this new edition is more standard in its page dimensions, so you get a bit of empty white space at the top and bottom of each page with the same size art in the middle - with the exception of the double-page spreads.)