Frank Miller's Sin City: The Hard Goodbye - 1st Edition Paperback – Oct 19 2010
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Sin City launched the long-running, critically acclaimed series of comics novels by Frank Miller. Having worked on some of the most important comic books in the 1980s, including Marvel Comics's Daredevil and the influential Batman graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, Miller was already a heavy-weight cartoonist, but he hit his stride with Sin City. It gave him the freedom that doesn't come when working on someone else's characters. While the art isn't as polished as in later books, it is in many ways the quintessential Sin City story: tough-guy Marv finds the girl of his dreams, an incredible beauty named Goldie. But when Goldie is murdered on their first night together, Marv scours the bars and back alleys of Sin City to find her killer in hopes of avenging her death. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
www aintitcoolnews.com: " Dare I say the most perfect depictions of noir in illustrated literature form? yes indeedy..." The Guardian Guide, April 23-29 2005: " Graphic novels rarely get this graphic-in content or style." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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And then he created "Sin City," making everything which came before seem amateurish in comparison.
"Sin City" is the story of a down-on-his-luck,dumb schlub named Marv who wanders into a tangled situation he cannot begin to understand. Naturally, his life heads straight down the toilet immediately after making love to an incredibly beautiful woman. Marv's single-minded pursuit of vengeance consumes the remainder of the series in true film noir fashion.
I could go on and on about the classic noir elements Miller blends into the tale, the obvious glee he takes in crafting this work, or the extraordinary nature of the villain he has constructed to be Marv's foil.
Forget all that and look at the art. It explodes off the page in glorious black and white. Miller's use of light and shadow and the cinematic nature of his composition is the most remarkable thing I have seen in the medium. The best way I can describe the illustrations in this series is to say it looks like a storyboard Orson Welles would have put together for "Touch of Evil."
Let's face it: "Sin City" is no "Othello." ("Titus Andronicus," maybe, "Othello," no.) But Miller's not looking to create great literature here, as Chris Claremont often attempts in his overwrought "X-Men.Read more ›
For me Frank Miller began the road that ends in "Sin City" with "Daredevil" #164, which retold the hero's origin. There is a series of panels in which Daredevil is chasing down the Fixer, the man who arranged the fight that Battling Murdock refused to throw. In each frame Daredevil gets closer to his quarry and cutting across the panels is a line representing the Fixer's heart beat, which goes from blind panic to full cardiac arrest before flatlining. It was at that point that I knew Miller was starting to think of what he could do with art in a comic book. After his work on "Daredevil" there was "Ronin" and "The Dark Knight Returns," and eventually Miller gets to Marv.
There is no doubt that Marv is the walking path of destruction that dominates this narrative. He is extremely violent, deeply disturbed, and whatever medication he is taking is just not doing the job. Still, he is a sympathetic figure because pretty much everybody he is maiming and killing are the real scum of the earth and he is on a mission to avenge the death of Goldie, the beautiful blonde who gave him a toss in the hay.Read more ›
"The night is hot as hell. Everything sticks." With those words, tough, scarred Marv encounters and beds a beautiful, alluring "goddess" named Goldie. No sooner have they made love than she is found dead beside him, and unsurprisingly the police believe that Marv is the killer. Case closed? Not really.
Being blamed for the murder of the woman he loved, Marv devotes himself to finding who killed her and framed him. He rampages through the depths of Sin City, unearthing the twisted power structure that holds it up -- and in his homicidal quest, destroying his hidden enemies for the murder of Goldie... and in the process, dooming himself.
The noir atmosphere starts from the first panel -- toughguyspeak, a silhouette and a beautiful woman. That dark, dirty feel sets the mood for the book, and in fact for the entire series. Imagine one of those old Humphrey Bogart noir movies, with the smoky atmosphere and black-and-white film... but darker, more violent, openly sexual, and often gruesome in tone.
Miller's drawing style is all in black and white, and in "Hard Goodbye" the style is simple, but effective. He uses stark swashes of dark and light to illustrate the characters' faces and bodies, never overburdening the reader with too many unnecessary details. Although later volumes have more visual detail, Miller strips it down here to the bare bones, and it fits the spare narrative beautifully.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Frank Miller's drawing style rocks my world! As far a the service goes, it's a book and it arrived a 2 days after I ordered it. Good job all around.Published 14 months ago by bigGUY
If you loved the movie or want to read a good story with violence and dames, you'll like it!Published 17 months ago by Gérard Denis
the movie was actually pretty faithful to the original source. Can't wait to get through all of them! and then a Dame to Kill For!!!!Published 18 months ago by J. R. Martinez
A new series for me, I found the art work quite different from that of any other graphic novel or comic book series I'd ever read before. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2014 by Bill Dumoulin
Get dark. Get bloody dark. This tale of twisted love and satisfying vengeance breaks the mold of comic art and plot. Sin City comes at you with pummeling force. Read morePublished on June 2 2005 by George Rishel
I love what Miller did with Batman, Daredevil and I'm a big fan of Sin City. This book is excllent and will be loved by all Miller fans. Read morePublished on April 12 2005
Well there is very little to like about this book. It's violent, has no story, and we are supposed to care about people who are nothing more then street gang killers. Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by D.W. Smith
If I said that this is the most hard-boiled, unsentimental, brutal, and shocking graphic novels I've ever read I would not lie. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by isala
This is by far one of my All time favorite Frank Miller books. The art is dark and it fits the story VERY well! Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003 by Lotus Scrum