Sin City

After years and years of internal debate (within myself, that is), I have finally added all seven volumes of Frank Miller’s Sin City to our collection.  For those of you who have never experienced these books – and these are most certainly books you experience rather than simply read – they are the absolute essence of hard-core noir storytelling.  This is perhaps the quintessential distillation of Miller’s high contrast black and white art combined with his deeply engrossing and often shocking plotlines and characters.  The hesitation I’ve felt over the years comes from the level of violence, sex, and nudity in these books (just for the record, I realize I’ve also given you a very attractive reason for reading these books, but that’s just the way it is).  Miller is so iconic that he is probably responsible for a third of the “must-read” comics and graphic novels ever written (with another third belonging to Alan Moore).  His work on Batman – The Dark Knight Returns and the four issues of the Batman comic that became known as Batman: Year One – have done more to shape the current Batman Universe than any other set of stories.  Add that to Sin City, 300, Ronin, and his work on countless other titles, and you have a serious contributer to comic book history.  But as for the delay in adding this series, I loved it myself, but we really don’t have anything quite like it as far as mature content goes.  Then again, there’s nothing quite like it… that’s the point.  So, for those of you have somehow missed Sin City, now’s your chance.  And I’d love to know what you think about it, so please leave a comment on this posting, if you can!

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  1. graphicnovelthrone
    May 01, 2012 @ 09:22:51

    The black and white art is impressive! Notice how Miller uses only black or white and rarely any grays. Yet his art is detailed and has depth of field. As with any other craft, Miller must be following certain principles of art. It would be extremely interesting to hear Miller (or someone else) articulate those principles.

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