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Sin City [Hardcover]

Frank Miller
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15 Nov 1994 Sin City (Book 1)
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!
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 117 pages
  • Publisher: DARK HORSE (15 Nov 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569710481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569710487
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 17.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,406,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'s no understatement to say that he (Miller) has shaped the current wave of big-budget franchise moview more than anyone." -- The Guardian May 27th 2005

"Dare I say the most perfect depictions of noir in illustrated literature form?" -- Reviewer: Ambush Bug

"In the world of comics, Miller is regarded as the very best working today..." -- The Times Magazine, 21 May 2005

"Why go and see the film? Because..there's nothing wrong with a revisit when the material's this good." --Comics International, March 2005, Issue 182 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING. 22 April 1997
By A Customer
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. In pure Film Noir tradtion, the characters are gritty and tough. The females aren't women but dames. The Scenes are rendered in pure black and white that adds to the clear distinction between good and evil set by the story.

You wont find subleties here. The plot is straightforward, just like the dialogue. The action is quick and inventive. The violence gruesome (barbed wire laced with razor-blades to begin with).

The true subtlety of this book is its very existence. Nothing is quite like it. No one will even dare. Except maybe Frank Miller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fan-bloody-tastic! 4 Jun 2000
By "tayor"
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, disturbing, and completely spellbinding 19 Dec 2005
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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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Brilliant stuff. I was worried at first as the film seemed almost identical, but it's so much more. Depth and character. The artwork is superb
Published 1 month ago by Pubcrawler644
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this graphic novel
I loved this graphic novel, it was quirky, well written and the art work was pretty intense.
I cannot wait to read further into the Sin City world.
Published 1 month ago by Kaylie
4.0 out of 5 stars Marv rules!
Because he has his very own set of rules. I enjoyed this to the fullest and for the lovers of crime noir extravaganza this should be a must have. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Johan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, but some niggling kindle faults
Inspiring artwork and lusciously dark story.
Only downsides on the kindle version are -
1) Some of the zoomed in panels are out of their intended reading order. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
"Sin City: The Hard Goodbye" really is that good! It deserves every bit of hype and fame it gets. Its a freaking work of art! Its that good. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Joao Cardeira Jorge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Amazing story! I wonder why it took so long for me to read it. I bought the kindle version, so I would have something to read on a quick trip. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Fernando
5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as I was expecting
Loved it. Brilliant story and a character u can get behind. Marv is a bad ass dude and the anti hero that we love to cheer for. Read more
Published 15 months ago by good game
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great read. Really well written and the art work is something else. A real treat. Worse thing is that it ends too soon!
Published 15 months ago by darkspirit13
5.0 out of 5 stars Good work!
Haven't had a chance to read but got here in good time. I will be reading it as soon as I finish 'fear and loathing in Las Vegas'
Published 16 months ago by T. Latham
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
Ok, lets start by saying this is a very good book. No doubt about it. The writing is so artistic that its a blessing to read a single line! Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2012 by Billy
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