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4.0 out of 5 stars Chaykins dark sexual thriller, 15 Feb 2005
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This review is from: Black Kiss (Paperback)
This book was originally published in 12 installments back in 1990 and caused a great deal of controversy at the time due to it's explicitly sexual content.
It is hard to tell if Howard Chaykin was pandering to the sleazy end of the market with this book, or whether he was playing some subtle joke. Either are possible and with hindsight it probably doesn't matter.
Even by today's standards the book is most definitely for adults due to it's graphic sexual content.
The story is very much in the film noir crime thriller tradition but with an added element of the supernatural.
If you imagine a combination of Mulholland Falls, Body Heat, Body of Evidence and The Hunger, you can probably get a sense of the story's style and content.
The art is very typical of Howard Chaykin at the peak of his power and is drawn in the same style as Blackhawk, American Flagg and Time[squared]. This graphic novel is however presented in black & white without a great deal of shading. That combined with an often very detailed panel composition has the effect of making the art look a bit cluttered at times, particularly when combined with the normally excellent depiction of sound effects.
The story is complex and at times you don't know who is who, but it does keep you guessing "what is going on " right up to the end.
There is no moral centre to the story (everyone is corrupt ) and the characters are pretty one dimensional but, I did find it interesting enough.
While it is by no means the highest point in Howard Chaykins career it remains a curiosity and given the controversy that it caused in its original release, it is worth reading so that you can make your own mind up.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noir. Very, very noir., 2 Dec 2011
This review is from: Black Kiss (Paperback)
Not the easiest panels to navigate but for sheer, reckless, noir-tastic abandon this is excellent material. Not for those without an appreciation of beautiful schlock.
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Black Kiss by Howard Chaykin (Paperback - 3 May 2000)
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