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SIN CITY VOLUME 1: THE HARD GOODBYE (3RD EDITION) BY (MILLER, FRANK)[DARK HORSE COMICS]JAN-1900 Unknown Binding – 2 Nov 2010


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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
Having fallen under the gritty, mesmerizing spell of the Sin City motion picture, I was very interested in exploring the original graphic novels from which the movie was drawn. The Hard Goodbye is by far the most impressive sequence in the movie, so it was a real treat to be able to sit down and go through the original story and artwork. This is especially the case since the film brings the story to life almost frame by frame. In a sense, if you've seen the movie, you've seen the graphic novel – yet there is more depth and atmosphere on these pages than any movie can reproduce.
Marv is just a fantastic character, a big, ugly lug of a guy who grew up hard and never experienced anything real in his interaction with his fellow human beings – not until the night he met Goldie, a beautiful woman who was kind to him and made him feel truly alive for the first time in his life. When Marv wakes up to find Goldie dead and the cops closing in on him in what is obviously a frame-up, he basically devotes his life to finding Goldie's killer and making him pay – long and hard. We watch as he beats up and kills his way to the truth, on a pathway that takes him to the highest echelons of Sin City society and power. Marv's a funny guy, in his own way, and you can't help but root him on with all your might.
This book, like every Sin City offering, is very dark and full of violence. Miller has a very distinctive artistic style that fits his subject and his film noir-ish genre perfectly – although I must admit that I sometimes have a hard time really seeing what I'm looking at in certain frames.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 2 May 2005
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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. He falls asleep in bed with her, having one of those moments of true happiness that never bodes well, and wakes up with her dead and the cops on their way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "tayor" on 4 Jun. 2000
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I have just bought this and read it and I can honestly say, without doubt, that this is one of the greatest comic book series ever conceived.
It's a dark, down & dirty and often funny noir tale of revenge. We follow Marv, a near psychopathic mountain of a man who, after one night of passion, wakes up to discover that someone has killed the new and only love of his life, a woman by the name of Goldie. Marv immediately sets out to punish whoever committed the crime, with very bloody results.
Sin City really shows both how great an artist and storyteller Frank Miller is, mind you so does most of his work. Its humour comes as fast as the violence and you really feel for Marv throughout the story, no matter what he does. The art is simply gorgeous in parts and a joy to behold, while the plot has the odd slick and unexpected twist in the tale to surprise the reader. I will not, however, reveal any more, as I do not want to spoil it for you.
Buy this book now, if you want a top quality read, comic fan or not. This is truly amazing piece of work and is one work to be treasured by all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By c pidgeon on 16 Jun. 2005
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The first of the sin city novels and possibly the most entertaining due mostly to Marv the main character. what a quality bloke, hard as they come but still seems like he could be your mate. he likes nice coats and 50's cars. the story is simple revenge but the its anything other than predictable. the art is amazing, really strong contrast and hard lines which really sets the tone of the novel. great humour and damn scary characters. Kevin is wrong. Miller has one hell of a twisted mind. its great. buy this book. then buy all the other sin city novels.
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