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on 11 November 2006
The first Sin City book was incredible, I've never read anything like it. So, how come the next book is such a flop? Firstly, all the characters are a bit dull, none of them have the charm that Marv did in the first book. This being set before and during the events of the first book, Marv makes a cameo appearance, but you never get to hear his thoughts during the book, which is what made him such an interesting character.
The plot is as flat as the characters. The first book has you constantly wondering what's going to happen, and could easily be read in one sitting, you just don't get bored enough to put it down. This time, however, you think nothing of putting it on the shelf and returning to it later, when you have the free time. It just doesn't draw you in as well.
The biggest problem with the book is the art work. What happened here? Miller spends less time trying to be artistic this time round, with much less of the kind of shots that made sin city good in the first place. Many panels lack any kind of shadowing at all, which ruin the atmosphere completely. And some characters appear slightly more cartoony than those in 'The Hard Goodbye'. It's only a small change, but it's noticeable. And lastly, he's not as willing to experiment with styles as much as he was last time round, so if you were expecting something elaborate such as the scene set in the rain, you can forget it now.
So put simply, not as interesting, not artsy enough and appears like a total lack of effort on Millers part. However, it is still very much Sin City, and still an OK buy, even if it isn't the best in the series.