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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (19 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401211844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401211844
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.6 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,171,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With Filthy Rich, crime fans will get their money's worth." - Maxim" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Brian Azzarello has become one of the biggest names in comics thanks to his outstanding work on 100 Bullets. Batman, Superman, Jonny Double. The best-selling Joker has further projected him to the forefront of contemporary comics writers. Victor Santos work includes Gaijin, Pulp Heroes, Protector. He is also the writer and artist of Young Ronin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
A graphic novel in a volume with A5 sized pages. It runs for one hundred and ninety six pages, and it tells a complete story in one volume. A story of crime in film noir style.

It comes with the label 'suggested for mature readers' on it. And this is a fairly grim and gritty piece of work, with strong language, violence, and a few scenes of an adult nature. So it's strictly for over eighteens.

It's set in America in the 1960's, and it's the story of Rich Junkin. Who narrates it in the first person, via copious thought panels. Once an american football star with a glittering career ahead of him, that was all cut short by injury. And now he's trying to earn a living as a used car salesman.

Trouble is, he's not very good at that.

What he is good at is losing his temper and winning in fights. Thus his boss asks him to look after his daughter Victoria. Darling of the New York club scene and a lady who is frequently in the headlines. For the wrong reasons. Rich isn't supposed to let her know what he's there to do, but Victoria is a smart girl and wilful with it. And when she gets into trouble, Rich is sent down a path from which there may be no turning back....

The style of the period is superbly recreated. And Rich is a strong central character who really grounds the story. This isn't a mystery tale as there's no detection here, it's more a thriller. And a pretty good one it is. It does manage to grab your interest and make you turn the pages rapidly, desperate to find how things will turn out. Which is the mark of good storytelling.

The art is in black and white and has a good style which suits the needs of the tale.
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Ignore the scenery. 27 Jan. 2010
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Brian Azzarello, Filthy Rich (Vertigo Crime, 2009)

Brian Azzarello is one of the new kings of noir, and as such, any release of his should be hailed. And as a Brian Azzarello title, Filthy Rich, the first stand-alone piece of his I've read, is deserving of all the usual praise. Not so, unfortunately, the Victor Santos art with which the story was paired. I get what Santos was trying to do here--noir is a genre that feeds on murk--but too many of Santos' characters are a little too abstract, resulting in a number of them looking alike. This gets confusing in crucial scenes. (Amusingly, I was put in mind of certain shojo titles, most notably Fruits Basket, more than once because of this. As a codicil, Fruits Basket would have been so much better with ruined football players, guns, and rich heiresses.) Eduardo Risso, working with Azzarello, showed decisively that noir can be done with distinctive characters in 100 Bullets; someone forgot to give Santos the memo. ***
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Filthy noir 24 Sept. 2009
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
You like noir? Then you'll like Filthy Rich, part of a new line of hardcover crime/mystery graphic novels from Vertigo. Written by celebrated 100 Bullets creator Brian Azzarello, Filthy Rich finds ex-football star turned car salesman Junk recruited by his boss to oversee his socialite party animal daughter Vicki, and she sure enough has some big plans for Junk. Azzarello weaves an intriguing story to be sure, twisty enough to hold your interest. The black and white artwork from Victor Santos is very reminiscent of Frank Miller's Sin City work, so much so that some panels almost appear like they're outtakes from one those books. All in all, Filthy Rich is a quick and fun read that is definitely worth your time if noir tales are your thing.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Ill-Fated Attraction 25 Aug. 2009
By Jon Repesh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With this second installment in the new Vertigo crime series, confusion and apprehension are indeed key elements, but not in the stimulating manner one might expect. This of course is nothing new to crime dramas. Just try deciphering The Big Sleep. With movies though, it's normally a case of sloppy editing. Graphic novels cannot use that defense. For a purported crime suspense tale, the first half of the book is basically devoid of either, instead comprised predominately of obviously essential but overly excessive characterization, with only minor plot setup occurring with nary a twist or turn to be found. The pages however are still turning rapidly, but not in anxious anticipation of exhilarating events, but impatient exasperation over a paucity of events. We are introduced to the main protagonist, a regular stand up guy with past aspirations of playing pro football until an undisclosed scandal and devastating knee injury prematurely ended that dream. His personality is a case of paradoxical extremes, at times an affable, secure ladies man, at others a bitter, insecure professional man, making him difficult to empathize with despite his former hardships, many of which were brought on by himself. Unbeknownst at the time, buried deep inside is a bubbling cauldron waiting to explode, when along sashays the fateful spark, a sexy and seductive woman who happens to be the boss's daughter. By the time the story's first dramatic plot development transpires, it comes out of nowhere and makes little sense, leaving the reader slightly dumbfounded with only more contradiction to come. From that point on, the lead characters change personalities and motivations more often than Harvey Dent, ultimately leading to a perplexing finale inspiring comparisons to the turbulent and ambiguous ending to Taxi Driver, right down to the very last panel. Brian Azzarello's writing is solid as usual, though considering the subject matter it lacks his normally nuanced crime patois. It doesn't really fit the noir genre, with the only correlation being bits of internal monologue reminiscent of voice over narrations from older movies. Azzarello's reputation has been firmly established in this area, due to his lengthy 100 Bullets run and his superb Batnoir tale Broken City. After the underachieving Dark Entries, this unexceptional followup is regrettably not the auspicious start that Vertigo had in mind when they launched this highly anticipated series.
The story and art just fall short 16 Jan. 2012
By Talvi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In writing this review, I had a hard time figuring out if it was the art or the story that led to my disappointment.

Story wise, main characters seem to change motivations and even personalities constantly. The side/secondary characters are one-dimensional cut outs created to ironically add depth to the story. And the story didn't flow: I had no idea what was going on about midway through and certainly the art didn't help clear anything up. I just started turning pages until something made sense again.

The art was a very blocky stylized serialization type of feel that should have worked but didn't. I think mostly because the characters had short squat bodies on giant square heads so the visual appeal lacked the smooth fluidity of the noir gentre. It might have been considered a modern take on the old 1950s serialization style but somehow it just wasn't working. Add to a cover that completely does not resemble anything from inside the book and it just comes out a wash.

As other reviewers had noted, you really had to search the art to try to figure out what was going on. I couldn't tell the difference between characters and in a climactic scene near the end, it really became frustrating to not know who was killing and who was being killed for a full 4 pages. After that, I was just turning pages to keep going. The ending was very anticlimactic but by then I was already so lost, I wasn't even reading the dialogue any more.

I finished the book without enjoyment - more like a duty. Because it is a smaller sized book (not much larger than a paperback), already crowded art with overly heavy dialogue really made reading a chore. I don't have any like or dislike of noir - I just wanted a good story and interesting art. This book provided neither.

I gave it a 3 starts because it wasn't unprofessional or poorly written or amateurishly drawn. Just confusing and unsatisfying.
Noir in the Truest Sense 17 Nov. 2009
By GraphicNovelReporter.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
One of the graphic novels launching the Vertigo Crime imprint is Filthy Rich, the latest from writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Joker), along with artist Victor Santos (Young Ronin).

Filthy Rich is noir, in the truest sense, and as such sees its central character, Richard "Junk" Junkin, constantly drawing the short straw in life. He is a former pro football player whose career ended abruptly with an injury and accusations of cutting points in conjunction with his addiction to gambling.

Junkin finds himself in a stereotypically dead-end job as a used-car salesman, and not much of one at that. Junkin is good for helping others close the deal, when customers get to meet the former star, but he doesn't sell much on his own. He also finds himself the butt-end of jokes around the sales floor. The only thing he seems to be really good at is bedding customers or customer's wives while on the job.

His sexual urges carry over to the boss's sexy, spoiled-rich daughter, Victoria. The femme fatale is a celebutant of the 1950s who finds herself in the tabloid pages on a regular basis for her promiscuous nightclub exploits.

So, when the boss asks Junkin to be Victoria's personal bodyguard as she trounces through the New York City club scene, it has to be either a godsend or a surefire way to drawing the short straw once again. Being a classic noir male character, Junkin is too blind to see which way the path is leading. He lets his pants, rather than his brain, guide the decision, and soon life gets much worse for Junkin than he could have ever imagined.

Filthy Rich works because both Azzarello and Santos understand the core components of noir. The story and dialogue are pulpy, by nature, and the author and artist work together to create just the right amount of sleazy sex and gritty violence committed for all the wrong reasons--primarily greed--with a stylistic black-and-white flair.

Azzarello doesn't stray too far from the noir formula--in fact, some might call it noir-by-numbers--but he falls comfortably into that formula and works from within it to create intriguing characters and a story that serves as a great start to Vertigo's "Crime" line. None of the characters are sympathetic. They're all pretty stupid, in fact, but the women know how to use their assets to get what they want, and the poor guys just fall in line taking one crack after another at a life that doesn't seem to have anything positive in store for them. Things have to get better at some point, right? That's what they think, but in true noir fashion, those promising futures are often empty.

Santos's art can be a bit cluttered in certain spots, especially near the beginning. With similarly greased hairdos and suits of the era, it can be hard to tell a group of guys apart when they're standing around on the car lot. But as the story progresses, readers will become very familiar with the notable characters. The panel construction isn't anything out of the ordinary but fits in well with the digest-sized hardcover. The important thing is the use of dark tones, and Santos does a great job with shadowing. There are more than a few iconic shots to be found in Filthy Rich.

Filthy Rich may not break new ground, but the work of Azzarello and Santos embodies the best parts of the genre in homage to crime fiction in comics form. Azzarello's writing is smart, and Santos' art gives it the perfect setting. Filthy Rich is a great way to kick start the Vertigo Crime imprint, hopefully helping, along with 100 Bullets, introduce a new generation of comic fans to crime comics done the right way.

-- William Jones
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