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Sin City, Volume 1: The Hard Goodbye

by Frank Miller
Paperback EditionRead August 5, 2015

Original Release Date: June 1992

Length: 208 pages

Official Description:

The first volume of the crime-comic megahit that introduced the now-infamous 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 . . .

My Take:

Much like reading 300 I watched the film, the first one, before reading this graphic novel.  Set in a noir style world with only black and white art, Frank Miller’s Sin City was a ground breaking novel. Or so I’m told, I don’t really know that much about all the comic world stuff. I like Marv. I like that the book is all about Marv and his desire for his version of justice for Goldie, a woman that he just met. I enjoy a good noir every now and then, as well as a good anti-hero. I love that this sticks with the noir grittiness and the rough around the edges, with a non PC approach. I also find it great the Miller not only wrote the story he also did the art work and lettering, which is fantastically impressive, that’s a lot of immaculate work. Noir is almost always more violent than expected, this graphic novel is no different, along with the violence we have unrealistic nudity. I mean it’s a graphic novel, so we can pretend that people look like that. It has been a few months since I actually read this so, I am a little short on detail. The book draws you in, it is a quick read and you care about Marv, and his obvious rage and insanity. It is amazing how quickly he thinks he falls for a woman, I mean, he goes on a rampage after a one nighter, that’s some crazy commitment. Though I have a pretty good idea how the next comics will go, I still look forward to delving into the insanity that is Basin City and all the residents.

Quote:

“Hell’s waking up every goddamn day and not even knowing why you’re here.”

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300

by Frank Miller; coloring by Lynn Varley
Hardcover EditionRead July 25, 2011

Original Release Date: August 2009

Length: 88 pages

Official Description:

 The army of Persia – a force so vast it shakes the earth with its march – is poised to crush Greece, an island of reason and freedom in a sea of mysticism and tyranny

Standing between Greece and this tidal wave of destruction is a tiny detachment of but three hundred warriors.

But these warriors are more than men… they are SPARTANS.

300 is a story of war and defiance as only Frank Miller can tell. Featuring the watercolor talents of painter Lynn Varley, 300 marks the first collaboration for these two creators since 1990’s Elektra Lives Again. The five-part series is collected into a beautiful, 88-page hardcover volume, with each two-page spread from the comic presented as it was originally intended – as a single undivided page, greatly enhancing the graphic and narrative power of this immortal tale of heroic sacrifice.

My Take:

I’ve wanted to read 300 for sometime now, I happened upon it while in the library looking for books for my son. My husband read it first and then I got to read it. It’s a short graphic novel, which spurred a movie. Of course I saw the movie first, and the story is pretty much verbatim in the movie. However, I really enjoyed the art in this as it was really well done, and it must have taken a lot of time. I don’t know much about the process of these types of novels but it seems like a lot of work. The art is worth the time and the story is pretty good too. Of course the battle of Thermopylae is classic tale 300 Spartans (with a few thousand other guys) taking on the entire Persian army. I love these kinds of stories, but mostly it was the art that impressed me.

Quote:

“Spartans… tonight we dine in Hell!”

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