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Frank Miller's Sin City: The Hard Goodbye - 1st Edition [Paperback]

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Nov. 2 2010
The first volume of the crime-comic megahit that introduced the now-infamous character Marv and spawned a blockbuster film returns in a newly redesigned edition, with a brand-new cover by Frank Miller - some of his first comics art in years! It's a lousy room in a lousy part of a lousy town. But Marv doesn't care. There's an angel in the room. She says her name is Goldie. A few hours later, Goldie's dead without a mark on her perfect body, and the cops are coming before anyone but Marv could know she's been killed. Somebody paid good money for this frame . . . With a new look generating more excitement than ever before, this third edition is the perfect way to attract a whole new generation of readers to Frank Miller's masterpiece!

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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 " 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sin City is Absolute Heaven for Noir Fans May 3 2000
No one in his right mind would argue with Frank Miller's pedigree as a comic artist. Miller single-handedly reinvented the superhero genre with his seminal "Batman: The Dark Night Returns" in 1986, then took on a flagging Daredevil title and made it the most gripping reading available in the comic book racks. Even the X-Clone fans had to applaud Miller for breathing life into a dying medium.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this very much Jan. 4 2014
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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. Interesting story, I can't compare to the movie, but I found this to be graphic, exciting and thoughtful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You don't know the power of the Dark Side... June 10 2002
With the Force as my guide, I picked up this book. And damn! I'm extremely impressed!
I've heard a lot of people rave about Frank Miller, and this was the first of his works I've been exposed to. The story revolves around a guy named Marv that we can all somehow relate with. His goal is to avenge the death of a woman, the only woman who gave a guy like him a night to remember. This story is dark. It's not something I expected, violent and showing the dark side of humanity, but damn if it isn't great! If you have any doubts about Sin City, extinguish them now, and buy this book!
And for the record, the black and white noir art is amazing!!!
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
In a note in the back of "The Hard Goodbye," Frank Miller explains that this one got away from him. What was supposed to be a 48-page crime thriller turned into a 200-page graphic novel, all because Marv, the story's brutal misanthropic protagonist, started bossing Miller around. If you have seen "Sin City" the movie where Mickey Rourke steals the film as Marv, then you can understand Miller's explanation. You will understand it even more when you read the graphic novel, the first volume in the Miller's comic noir saga.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to say goodbye March 25 2007
With a name like "The Hard Goodbye," it isn't surprising that the first volume of the Sin City series is pure, gritty noir. After practically reinventing the superhero comic, Frank Miller created a series that can definitely be called his opus -- gritty, dark, sexy and heady. Think of it as "The Big Sleep" meets "Kill Bill."

"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.
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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 more
Published on June 2 2005 by George Rishel
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan
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 more
Published on April 12 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars Miller and Dark Horse equals terrible comics....
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 more
Published on June 8 2004 by D.W. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sensitive people might be slightly shocked by Sin City
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 more
Published on May 26 2004 by isala
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
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 more
Published on Dec 31 2003 by Lotus Scrum
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Drawn But Very Short
The first sin city is a simple mainly to have something to show off the beautiful drawings. It was a bit over the top, but not as much as "A Dame to Kill For. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2003 by Daniel Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Great art is not enough
But it is such a perfect place to start, ho hum.
Macho posturing: check.
Zero characterization: check.
Idiotic plot: check.
Repetitive action: check. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003 by Daniel Paikov
5.0 out of 5 stars Sin City, more like GREAT-Freakin-story-and-art CITY!
Best noir graphic novel, EVER. If you are a Frank Miller fan already, you must've read this so I am not going to waste my time on you. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2003 by E. Thomas Erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Marv makes the book.
When I get too depressed with the Way Things Are I get this graphic novel out. I've never found it to be shocking or upsetting. To me it is inspiring. Read more
Published on May 18 2002 by OAKSHAMAN
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