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Sin City The Hard Goodbye A hard boiled noir tale of revengeOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureFrank Miller s SIN CITY hit the comic scene back in the early 1990s like multiple shots to the head and body Readers were blown away with this hard boiled story and its stark, iconic black and white artwork In fact, Miller does all the writing, artwork and lettering for SIN CITY, which is pretty damn impressive The stories tapped into that rich vein of crime noir pioneered by writers like Dashiell Hamett, Raymond Chandler, James M Cain, Cornell Woolrich, Jim Thompson, etc, filled with down on their luck gumshoes, seductive dames with dark secrets, vicious hoodlums, corrupt politicians and cops, and powerful criminal masterminds lurking in the shadows The archetypes are so ingrained in our consciousness that we don t even think about them when we watch a dark crime drama or detective procedural The lone private eye sitting in his empty office, with street light shining through the blinds as he smokes a lazy cigarette, until a gorgeous femme fatale shows up, on the run from dangerous enemies and concealing secrets that will make our hero regret ever taking the case.So what was so special about SIN CITY Well, clearly the amazing artwork had something to do with it And the unabashedly over the top characters Not to mention the hard boiled narration and dialogue so many classic lines And the brutal violence of the action sequences Especially since the movie version came out in 2005, with three parts directed by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino, there were many complaints that the story glorifies violence and objectifies women Well, it s pretty hard to deny those accusations So if you prefer a nuanced, high browed crime story, you d best look elsewhere But that s not to say the story is not intelligently written it just exults in its own excesses, so you either go along for the ride and enjoy it, or not I can enjoy a wide range of genre fiction, so I don t really care as long as the story, characters, and world building grab me.There are seven collected volumes of the SIN CITY comic, and the original 2005 film focuses on the first, third and fourth volumes, with the 2014 sequel A Dame to Kill For based on volume two The first volume is called The Hard Goodbye , and it s the story of a hulking lug named Marv, a likeable but down and out guy with massive muscles, a hideously deformed face, a penchant for violence, and his own code of justice One night a beautiful woman named Goldie approaches him in a sleazy saloon As Marv later narrates, I m staring at a goddess She s telling me she wants me She sounds like she means it I m not going to waste one second wondering how it is I ve gotten so lucky She smells like angels ought to smell The next morning, Marv wakes up with Goldie dead beside him, not a mark on her body Before Marv has time to think, he hears the sirens of cop cars approaching, and realizes he s been set up He quickly decides on a course of action No reason at all to play it quiet No reason to play it any way but my way Whoever killed you is going to pay, Goldie The rest of the story speaks for itself.Marv is played extremely well by Mickey Rourke in the film It s a brilliant performance, with the help of some facial prosthetics He IS Marv, and his gravelly voice, distorted face, and powerful frame are perfect In many ways, the movie version is a perfect rendition of Frank Miller s vision, which is hardly a surprise since he co directed it It must have been quite an experience to be actively involved in directing his own creation The result is visually one of the most striking and original renditions of a comic ever to hit the big screen, and a hell of a lot of fun to watch I m planning to watch it again now that I ve read the comic I would recommend reading the comic first and then seeing the film, but you can enjoy both independently What are you waiting for Miller s The Hard Goodbye is a noir masterpiece that would ve given the great Jim Thompson a legendary hard on This was so obviously a labor of love for Frank He was really at the peak of his career when he put pen to paper with this one The descriptions and dialogue were hard edged and to straight to the razor sharp point, just like good noir should be And because of it, this book might not be for the easily offended Frank doesn t pussy around with what he wants to say and words like faggot and retarded manage to find their way into the finished product For me, words don t offend, so I liked it when Frank cuts loose I live and work in an environment where insensitivity reigns, the thin skinned cringe, and these types of tactless remarks tend to bead off Miller, much like myself, could give a rat s ass about political correctness Frank s portrayal of women could also be off putting for some Strippers, hookers, and topless parole officers pretty much sum up the kinds of ladies that populate Basin City A school boy s fantasy that I m ok with The men of Sin City aren t any better They re violent, corrupt, greedy, and always lead with their dick Actually, that s pretty much accurate everywhere AND I LOVED EVERY GODDAMNED MINUTE OF IT Miller s protagonist, Marv, is so fuckin great Tough, simple minded, loyal to a fault, and as dangerous as they come What you see is what you get I like that he s got a sense of decency A brutal killer that ll shoot you in the nuts or carve you up with a hacksaw, but still loves his mom and doesn t hit dames Miller s own description of Marv as Conan in a trench coat pretty much hits the bullseye.The artwork is magnificent It s almost unbelievable what Frank was able to produce with just a pen and some black ink And it just got better and better as it went Some of the best black and white comic art ever produced And Miller did it ALL Artwork, inking, and lettering Fuckin mind blowing I especially liked the rain effect Sick So many fantastic moments, I was surprised it took Hollywood so long to put it on film If you enjoy the book, check the movie out Mickey Rourke kills as Marv Frank peaked early with this book because most of what follows in the Sin City series falls a little short of the bench mark set by this one I don t think any of it was bad by any means, just that none of the later volumes were able to grab me by the short and curlies and command my full attention like meeting Marv for the first time Loved him so much I named my dog after him RECOMMENDED Unless you re a pansy Right Marv Get this review and at Ok I am tired of people liking this dumb review so I m erasing it Jesus And while we re here, fuck Trump. DNF.Again.This is my second attempt to get into Sin city but I simply can t.Problem isn t the writing, I think that Miller is great writer two of my favorite Batman comics are his work and there is good story in here too.Problem are illustrations, I loathed them from the start and I couldn t enjoy the story properly.I couldn t enjoy it but I don t think this is bad graphic novel, as I said above there is good story in there and if illustrations don t bother you than I would actually recommend you give it a try. There s no settling down It s going to be blood for blood and by the gallons It s the old days The bad days The all or nothing days They re back There s no choice left and I m ready for war Marv is taking medications to keep his anger and his killing impulses under control, but his efforts to become a better person are sabotaged when he wakes up from a drunken stupor to find Goldie, his gorgeous one night stand, dead beside him He is not anybody s idea of a knight in shiny armor a hulking brute, ugly as sin and with a temper to match But he has his own code of honor, and nobody is messing with his women A bloody chase starts seconds after Marv wakes up, and continues relentlessly for the rest of this first Sin City episode.I have grown weary of excessive violence in novels, comics and movies, especially the Quentin Tarantino brand of smug infatuation with killers, yet there is a gut wrenching rawness of despair and rage in the story offered by Frank Miller that puts it in a class of its own Marv is not a suave psychopat with sarcastic wit, dancing along to the tune of cool retro tracks He is a desperate man pushed over the edge by a world gone mad in its thirst for power He is a creature of the night, a walking nightmare that laughs at goons threatening him with firearms while he tears their limbs off with his bare hands Yes, the level of explicit violence and gore and cussing is over the top, but in the context of the story penned by Frank Miller, it doesn t feel out of place His Basin City gathers in one fictional location all the criminal underlife of the American noir canon serial killers, vilent thugs, drug lords, snitches, corrupt police officers, venal politicians, debauched clergymen, rundown neighborhoods where even the SWAT teams fear to enter, sleazy strip bars where the gangs meet to settle their affairs, derelict tenements where poverty rules supreme Marv is one of the top predators of this dark world, his murderous obsession in chasing a mystery killer the product and the mirror of the larger sickness that envelops a town governed by SinThe air cools The sounds change The suits and the briefcases scurry to their fortresses and bolt their doors and balance their checkbooks and ignore the screams and try not to think about who really owns Sin City, The blending of Miller s razor sharp writing, delivered in tense, minimalist sentences with the power of a machine gun burst, with the jagged edge, monochromatic artwork results here in one of the most memorable and disturbing adult themed comic albums I have ever read It pays homage to the classics of the 1940 s and 1950 s with the interplay between light and darkness in the construction of the panels, with the unusual camera angles and with the twisted threads of the plotline It takes the game to a new, up to date level of cynicism and despair The only minor complaint is surprisingly not with the explicit violence and language, but with the portrayal of women, strong in characterization but with a marked preference for nudity I know most of these Miller girls are supposed to be hookers, but the author walks here a too fine line between eye candy and gritty pulp fiction.I have been so caught up in the atmospheric drama of Marv, the killer with a keen sense of street justice, and in the poster like quality of the graphic art, that I have already finished the second Sin City album before I even tried to write down my impressions of the first I am now trying to slow down, to take it easy and spread the next installments out, so I don t get mixed up in the storylines.Final note Initially I had reservations about the movie versions for these first two Sin City albums, but now I realize they are quite good and mostly faithful to the source material Mickey Rourke is a great choice for Marv, and Nancy Callahan in the drawings looks like the twin of Jessica Alba in the movie I would leave my opinions about Eva Green pending for the next review I had enough excitement already for today.recommended for readers not easily offended by explicit violence or nudity, fans of noir literature and of finely drawn artwork. I don t normally enjoy murder sprees that don t have a deeper reason but this was an exception Honestly I love Marv He is a badass but he s not a generic badass He is vulnerable mentally but he s hard as hell to kill The other characters were just kind of there The villains were overly strange and had no depth The art was really good but I have to admit there was a panel or two that looked like Rorschach tests to me The story was good as well but it wasn t quite fleshed out enough More back story on the villains would ve helped I ll still be reading Volume 2 though. THINGS I LIKED The writing It was excellent.The drawings.Marv s distinctive dialogue I ve read enough Miller to know that he doesn t make all his main characters the same This is much to his credit ExamplesBy way of a for instance I probably would have had to paste you one Just give with the scoop The fact that Marv is almost impossible to kill Marv sleeps during the day and hates the sun Like a vampire.Lucille is a lesbian She is strong physically and mentally but is not a bull dyke stereotype.There were no sex scenes between Lucille and her girlfriend.The women aren t super skinny and I like the way Miller draws their hair.How Miller gave us little glimpses into Marv s slightly vulnerable past I loved hearing about his time at Catholic school, his bad experiences at camp, and his retard friend Chuck I loved seeing how Marv sees and interprets the world and why Almost perfectly done ruined by him striking Wendy, IMO The fact that Marv, big tough he man, cries, vomits from nerves, and admits fear.The scene where Nancy patches Marv up He s carrying an unconscious Wendy She trusts him and does what he says.The scene where Wendy is driving Marv to the farm and she s taking orders from him and asking no questions She just trusts him to know what he s doing and get the job done.The scene where Marv is confusing Wendy with Goldie and climbs into bed with her Wendy tells him off and orders him back to the sofa He obeys and feels really bad I wish she didn t hit him, though.Marv doesn t kill the dog It s a small thing, but small things matter.Marv says breasts and not some stupid ass word instead.Marv likes nice coats and when he sees a bad guy I use this term very loosely everyone is a bad guy in this world who s big enough he starts saying stuff like, Nice coat you re wearing etc It s funny Then he kills them and steals it.THINGS I THAT DIDN T BOTHER ME ONE WAY OR THE OTHER All the naked women I know I should probably feel that this is bad or exploitative or something, but honestly it didn t bother me at all.Marv s constant comments about what a waste it is that Lucille is lesbian If I felt Miller was just being a jerk here, that would be one thing But instead, this trait suits Marv to a T and I m choosing to interpret this as just excellent characterization on Miller s part Also, Lucille punches him in the face for one of these choice comments, so I feel like she s got it covered view spoiler Wendy visits Marv in prison and gives him a pity fuck before he is executed hide spoiler , Marv, Sin City Frank Miller, Marv, Sin City , Marv ,. I am so glad that I am finally reading this I saw the movie years ago and loved it This first volume was fantastic and almost every frame of it is included in the movie as is I love it when they don t mess with the story.The black and white art is great It had to be difficult to do a simple face using only the negative space through the rain or in the shadows than a complex picture with all of the colors you want If I could give it than 5 stars I would It is creative, raw, dark, action packed fun `Download Pdf ⇻ Sin City: The Hard Goodbye ⇞ Alternate Cover For This ISBN Can Be Found HereThe First Volume Of The Crime Comic Megahit That Introduced The Now Infamous Character 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 With A New Look Generating Excitement Than Ever Before, This Third Edition Is The Perfect Way To Attract A Whole New Generation Of Readers To Frank Miller S Masterpiece