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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (18 Jan 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852864680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852864682
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 1.3 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,375,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frank Miller's Sin City is visually quite astonishing. A brutal adult noir set in the fictional Basin City, Miller's black and white artwork realises the atmosphere of some weird Depression-era-style future superbly well. Our principal character, Marv, is a giant, as large as he is ugly, who has found some peace, some kindness, some shelter in the arms of a prostitute called Goldie. Goldie, running from someone, scared as hell, needs protection as much as Marv needs a little human kindness. Hauling himself out of the depths of a huge hangover Marv wakes to find Goldie murdered. And revenge is one of the things Marv does best. While the artwork is undeniably fine the story is rather thin in places, and the sound effects come a little too thick and fast. Although not a great comic it is a very good one and, as the first part of the classic Sin City series, the beginning chapter in what has become an essential addition to the adult graphic novel collector's list. --Mark Thwaite

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"...it'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?" -- aintitcoolnews.com. 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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "santino01" on 4 Nov 2005
Format: Paperback
Good day to everyone who has decided to read my review!
I must say that i really really enjoyed this comic book! I'm not a fan of the word graphic novel, right anywho!!! Yes this comic is really good i thought. I heard people saying it wasn't ol' Frank Miller at his best but i think that it is.
I thought that the art and use in the comic was pretty much spot on. There were a few moments i had to stop and examine the picture with more detail to understand it properly but you realise that every picture is in some way unique!
Also the story in the comic was rather different from what i originally expected it to be. At first you havew a small idea of where the story is going but never actually sure. That's the joy of it. You know the story is heading somewhere but you don't really have a clue until, well you can find that out!
Yeah so its all good i thought! And ofcourse one must remember that Marv is back in there! Good ol' Marv, he's as crazy as ever!!! Give it a read some time! it's fun!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 May 2012
Format: Paperback
It's hard to give a summary of the story without making it sound cheesy and stereotypical with far too much macho action, because the book, and series even, is all of those things but manages to be so much better than all of that. A sleazy photographer takes pictures of an extra-marital affair with which he plans to blackmail the man with - this is our hero. Then the noir element kicks in - the femme fatale enters the bar in a haze of smoke and shadows. She's in trouble, and the photographer called Dwight is the one to save her after all... they used to be lovers. And then we're off, onto a twisting plot through the deadly streets of Sin City to a blood soaked ending.

I read the Sin City series shortly before the first movie back in 2005 and, now that the sequel's out, I thought I'd revisit this one to see if it holds up - and it most certainly does. This is Frank Miller: The Glory Years, when he was writing amazing Batman books, Daredevil stories, and creating his own comic masterpiece with Sin City. He writes and draws these books providing a master-class to all artists who read it: this is how you write a noir comic and make it both high art and bad-ass to boot.

The book is in black and white, and Miller uses light and shadows to full effect in all of the panels. Look at Ava Lord's entrance: first full page silhouette with hazy white smoke at the top, then close up, then look at Dwight's face, then close up still but not making out any features on the shadowy face, then the meeting, then straight into dialogue fresh from the 1930s. It's so cinematic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen O'Connor on 19 July 2005
Format: Paperback
Having only discovered Sin City in the cinema recently (purists are going to hate that), I was pretty blown away by the movie. A Dame to Kill For is the second book in the original series. The synopsis above pretty much covers the plot, so what's it like? This book is pretty amazing stuff, especially if you liked the Dwight McCarthy character in the movie (but there is a good deal of Marv again in there to keep hisfans happy). Finding out his background is quite cool if you're a fan, especially how he alters his whole appearance to appear as he does in the movie. The story certainly holds together well with a few nice twists. Some other characters re-appear (Nancy, Kadie, Marv, Shelly and so on), as well as some familiar locations, which lends a nice air of nostalgia to the book. If you liked Dwight and his connection to the girls of Old Town, you're going to love this (there's plenty of Gail and Miho in there). Excellent book, inspires one to read on in Miller's wonderfully twisted Basin City tales...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Oct 2001
Format: Paperback
Interesting story and art. This is not as good as some of Miller's other Sin City graphic novels but it is deffinately worth reading. This is the first part of series within the Sin City books including The Big Fat Kill and Family Values. Dwight is an interesting recurring character. He is a photogropher turned criminal and friend of the Sin City hookers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Phillip Robinson on 4 Jun 2004
Format: Paperback
The book really shows what Frank Miller can do with graphics - the artwork is absolutely superb. However he doesn't manage to pull off the Chandleresque style - the story feels like it was written by an adolescent trying too hard. Miller can write (Dark Knight Returns, Electra Lives Again), but the noirish realism of Dame to Kill For exposes a lack of subtlety here. Still, worth it for the art
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct 2001
Format: Paperback
Frank Miller's original Sin City story was a classic piece of storytelling. It brought noir to mainstream comics in terms of both artwork and storytelling. Miller's striking use of black and white marked a departure from conventional comic artwork. The original also had a very engaging protagonist in the form of Marv.
How does anyone top a work like that? The answer is that you don't. A Dame to Kill For is the "sequel" of sorts to the original. Marv has a guest role but the main protagonist in this story is Dwight. Unfortunately, Dwight is not nearly as engaging as Marv. The story is also not as tight as the original. And the novelty of the Sin City style is no longer there. All in all, not a bad story, but not the classic that the original was.
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