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Frank Miller Complete Sin City Amazon [Paperback]

Frank Miller
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23 Aug 2005 Sin City
This bundle contains all seven volumes of Frank Miller's landmark Sin City, the hard-boiled stories that started it all! The books that inspired the critically-acclaimed film, the now-infamous Marv, Dwight, Gail, Miho, Hartigan, Nancy, and the Yellow Bastard will transport you to Sin City and show you the bloody lives they lead ... bloody by choice or by circumstance. Frank Miller's Sin City is a triumph for its fiercely independent creator, and has been honored with Eisner awards, Harvey awards, and the prestigious National Cartoonists' Award.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (23 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593963149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593963149
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,196,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not value for money 25 Dec 2010
hi this isn't a review regading FRANK Millers work which I know to be excellent, it is in regards to this deal, all 7 volumes for the princley sum of 95 however if you take time to simply add each volume seperately the running total drops to 61.12 a whole third off the the asking price for the exact same thing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The only thing that didn't meet my expectation was that it didn't come as a box set with a holder for the books, because I was buying the whole set I thought it would, however this may have been my fault for not reading exactly what I was buying to start with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Sin"-ful 26 Sep 2005
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Call it "noir meets Kill Bill." Frank Miller stripped comic art to the bone in his "Sin City" series, which takes place in the fictional "Basin City," where corruption is the rule and life is cheap. It's a gritty, dark, edgy series with several interwoven stories, and artwork that give no distraction from the rocky stories.

It opens with "The Hard Goodbye," a bloody revenge tale about a scarred hulk named Marv. He meets a beautiful young blonde who sleeps with him, but she is dead the next morning. Revenge spurs Marv to hunt down and destroy the people who killed Goldie, including a silent cannibal and a corrupt cardinal, no matter what the price.

"A Dame To Kill For" is pure noir, set before the first book of the series. Dwight is a photographer with a shady past; his ex-girlfriend Ava reenters his life, announcing that she's scared of her ultrawealthy husband, Damien Lord, and seeking Dwight as a knight in tarnished armor. But Dwight doesn't know if he can trust her -- is Ava really in danger, or is she manipulating him as a pawn to get back at her husband? The truth just might destroy him...

Elsewhere in Sin City, the streets of Old Town are ruled by the ladies who walk them. And in "The Big Fat Kill," Dwight comes to their aid. A bunch of drunks invaded Old Town and get killed by the prostites... but then they find that one has a badge. Now Dwight must help the prostitutes -- to whom he owes a debt -- defend themselves against the rest of Sin City.

"That Yellow Bastard" introduces us to Hartigan, an ailing cop who receives a distress call from an 11-year-old, Nancy Callahan. He does rescue her, but at a price -- the rapist-murderer who attacked her is the son of a senator. Hartigan ends up in jail. And after eight years, he finds that teen stripper Nancy is now being stalked by the senator's son again...

Dwight returns in "Family Values," arriving at an old diner and finding that someone shot up the place. Turns out an Old Town prostitute was murdered by a Mafia shooter, and now Dwight is on the warpath. Accompanying him is rollerblading ninja/assassin/prostitute Miho, as he works his way to the top of the powerful Mob...

"Booze, Broads and Bullets" is a short story collection, full of little gritty vignettes. It provides little insights into the characters -- among other stories: Dwight rescues a beautiful mystery woman, Marv rescues a little girl from sex slavery, the lethal Delia lures in men for sinister purposes, and a pair of dumb crooks debate whether to steal a corpse's boots.

"Hell and Back" is the end of the "Sin City" series... so far. It introduces us to Wallace, a shaggy artist who also happens to be a Vietnam veteran. He saves a stunning starlet named Esther, and goes out for a drink with her... only to be drugged and tricked by a mystery woman when he awakes. As he struggles to rescue Esther from her kidnappers, he discovers the gruesome reason they want her.

Anyone who has seen the excellent "Sin City" movie will know what to expect -- a bloody, stark, lawless retro-noir story, with a lot of killing, sex and revenge. Wallace puts it well at the end of "Hell and Back": "That rotten town. Those it can't corrupt, it soils. Those it can't soil, it kills."

The artwork is usually stark black and white, with a few splashes of colour (lipstick, for example). It's stripped to the basics, with lots of nudity and blood. But the protagonists aren't black-and-white. Except for the rough but kindly Hartigan, they aren't really heroes, but a part of Sin City.

Some of the stories are stronger than others -- "Family Values," for example, is the weakest of these stories, just because it feels like it's been done before. And a few of the short stories fall flat. But the overall effect is a shocking, lingering one, and it's a credit that Miller can create such a complete mini-world in only seven volumes.

The "Sin City" series is Frank Miller's opus, a horrifyingly realistic look at a metropolis that is all dark side. Rough, stark and exceedingly well-written.
53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent series of graphic novels...and a good price to boot! 4 Sep 2005
By Nathan Jones - Published on Amazon.com
These graphic novels are a great read. They do tend to be pretty darn dark and twisted, but are good stories nonetheless, showing the gritty underside of Sin City (As if there was anything but that).

I love the monochromatic style of artwork Miller produces. Not even a hint of grayscale. Nothing but black on white (or vice versa). This method truly adds to the overall mood of the stories. Once in a while Miller will use color, but it will only be a single color on a single character. Like the color yellow, for that yellow bastard in..."That Yellow Bastard." One color, simply used, same effect.

Chances are you've seen the movie, and I must say that you have already read volumes 1, 3 and 4. The movie follows the books so closley that it is almost, scene for scene, in sync with the comic. You do miss a couple of scenes and some dialogue, but not a whole lot.

The rest of the books are just as well conceived and written. This is a great deal for all 7 books. Retail is $125 (individually or as a set), buy them on Amazon idividually is around 83 bucks, so might as well get it all in one fell swoop for the 75 amazon is offering; you won't be disappointed!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The set is fantastic 26 Oct 2005
By Morgan Hua - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've already seen the movie, it is no wonder that they could use the artwork as storyboard for the movie. It has a uniquely noir look and feel. The art is crisp and has energy and each frame could be blown up into to a wall poster.

For those who don't know, most of the books are in black-and-white with some splashes of color. The movie was black-and-greys with some splashes of color.

The set is a great deal, cheaper than buying them individually. If you are a real collector, you can go for the Sin City Library Collection I and II which is hardcover, oversized, and on higher quality paper. But for a heafty price. If you just want to savor the series, then buy this version instead.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best comics i've read!! 27 Mar 2007
By Philip Burgmann - Published on Amazon.com
Ok, i'm assuming you know a bit about sin city, so i'll simply say, these books are awesome. I just love the way it's written from the main character's point of view, and how they narrate the story. The drawings are excellent too. Very stylish, almost completely black and white, with the most amazing silouhette pictures. The set is amazing. Decent size books, each is around 200 pages. 7 books all up. The only thing lacking is a box to put them in. But great value for the complete set of the most captivating comics i've ever read.

Also, if you like Max Payne, these comics are very similar in style.

Final note: these comics are not for children, contains violence, sex, and drugs/alcohol abuse.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good stories 8 Mar 2007
By Robert W. Griswold - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a fan of the movie and wanted to get a flavor of the source material. I'm glad I did. Very entertaining and thought provoking. And the more I read, the more impressed I am at how faithfully the movie translated the story and feel into the movie. Can't wait for the next one!
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