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Blacksad [Hardcover]

Juanjo Guarnido , Juan Diaz Canales
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22 Jun 2010 Blacksad
Private investigator John Blacksad is up to his feline ears in mystery, digging into the backstories behind murders, child abductions, and nuclear secrets. Guarnido's sumptuously painted pages and rich cinematic style bring the world of 1950s America to vibrant life, with Canales weaving in fascinating tales of conspiracy, racial tension, and the "red scare" Communist witch hunts of the time. Guarnido reinvents anthropomorphism in these pages, and industry colleagues no less than Will Eisner, Jim Steranko, and Tim Sale are fans! Whether John Blacksad is falling for dangerous women or getting beaten to within an inch of his life, his stories are, simply put, unforgettable.

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (22 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159582393X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595823939
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 21.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This hardback book collects the first three out of the four Blacksad books. As far as I know this is the only way to get hold of volume three in English. It is either long out of print or was never released as single volume. It is great getting all three stories in a sturdy hardcover. Here are my reviews of the individual stories.

Blacksad: Somewhere within the Shadows

This is a classic noir detective story where the human characters are portrayed with animal faces and characteristics according to their natures. Originally published in French, Blacksad refers to the main character, private detective John Blacksad.

The art in this book is superb, as you would expect from ex-Disney artist Juanjo Guarnido. The glossy Technicolor medium of comics finds it hard to do noir effectively without it just becoming murky. Guarnido's amazing watercolour work and profound understanding of lighting is a superb fit. This truly is a cinematic book, just "like a film on paper" as Jim Steranko's introduction puts it.

The animalisation of the characters is so appropriate it becomes transparent. What better detective than a curious cat right? Just the faces look like animals the rest of the body is human but does retain their particular colouring. The rest of the world is human too with classic automobiles and cityscapes straight out of film history.

Although a translation everything looks and feels appropriate. All the street signs, matchbooks and newspaper headlines are in English. The boxes and balloons are oversized to make substitution easier which is a little disappointing as it covers much of the art and draws too much attention to them.

The plot is classic noir staple and our hero suitably embittered, troubled and far too curious for his own good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who let the cat out of the bag? Blacksad did. 9 April 2012
Format:Hardcover
Blacksad is amazing. The art is out of this world. Rendered in a film noir style, the stories are set in late 1950s America. All of the characters are anthropomorphic animals whose species reflects their personality, character type and role in the story. The personality of a character is often potrayed by what animal they are : for example, nearly all of the policemen are canids, such as German Shepherds, Bloodhounds, and foxes, while underworld characters are mainly reptiles and mice. In Red Soul(the third story in the book), Adolf Hitler is portrayed as a cat (possibly in homage to Art Spiegelman's Maus), Senator Joseph McCarthy as Senator Gallo (a cockerel), Mark Rothko as Sergei Litvak (a bear).The main character is John Blacksad (a hardboiled private investigator who is portrayed as a black cat).This book was bought for me by my mum for Easter and recommended by my local Waterstones. It is becoming one of my favourite books and is a 'must read' for any fan of graphic crime fiction and film noir.

PS: It's better than Maus!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome "tail" of John Blacksad. 31 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This product is huge value for money. You get three graphic novels in one, in an oversized, full colour, hardcover book. If you want to start reading Blacksad, this is the book you should start off with, followed by Blacksad: A Silent Hell.

You follow John Blacksad, a feline humanoid and Private Investigator, as he takes on various cases. I loved it.

The story is told in classic murder mystery / cops and robbers style. A similar atmosphere to "Dick Tracey", "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Fish Police" the cartoon. The characters are anthropomorphic, in that they are animals that walk and talk like humans. I purchased this purely because I am an anthropomorphic comic book fan. If you like "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", or "Usagi Yojimbo" you will love this book. But because the artwork is so realistic, I think it would appeal to any comic book fans craving a serious read. What I love about this series is how seriously detailed it is.

The creators put as much realism into the characters and story as any human based story does, but the characters just happen to be animals. All the animal puns are quite funny, but it's dark too. Blacksad is a tough, darkly portrayed character, but he's also the hero.

If you love comic books, cats, animals, murder mystery or just a good "tail", then I think this would be a great choice.

I recommend this and hope for more. ^w^
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 17 Jun 2013
By car182
Format:Hardcover
Can't rate this comic highly enough. Truly an amazing piece of art and literature!

Altogether in Hardback? It's a must Buy!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Noir cat tales 15 Jun 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
European comic books stand out mainly because of the art and story telling. Blacksad is a gritty piece of intelligent noir set in a world that is reminiscent of 30s America. This book is one of most beautiful pieces of comic book art I have in a long time. Stories are excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? 2 May 2014
By Xyalon
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'd heard about this series from some friends. The truth was far better than I could have ever imagined. It's wonderfully created - excellent art and wonderful stories. Beautiful recreation of the old hard-boiled detective stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars so good 20 Mar 2014
By cbib46
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this graphic novel, well written, love drawing and amazing story. I still re-re-re-re-read it. We need more editions like this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sperb! 17 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Absolutely marvelous artwork. The setting and background of the individual frames, are amazing! It is deep as every character is not only an animal, but also has the personality of the animal in question.
Love it!!!
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