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Review of comic book series “Sin City” by Frank Miller – from Stuart McMillen’s graphic novel recommendations.
Frank Miller began releasing his “Sin City” books in the early 90s, and they immediately caused quite a stir in the comics world.
Right off the bat, it was the artwork of “Sin City” that leapt out at everyone. The comics have a noir look, with extreme contrast between the light and dark parts of the images.
In other words, everything is either black OR white, and there is extensive use of shadows and silhouettes.
Frank tries a lot of interesting effects with the ‘look’ of the comic. For example, the way that Marv’s bandages show up on his silhouette.
As well as the artwork, the series is famous for its tone of writing, which uses the kind of language from detective pulp fiction. It’s fun to read, and the images and text work really well together.
I also like Frank Miller’s extensive use of onomatopoeia throughout the comic, with sound effect words like BLAM, BLAM, PUNT, SPAK, and POOM-POOM being incorporated into the artwork.
My three recommendations for the best “Sin City” yarns are:
• “Sin City Volume 1: The Hard Goodbye” by Frank Miller (1992)
• “Sin City Volume 2: A Dame to Kill For” by Frank Miller (1993)
• “Sin City Volume 4: That Yellow Bastard” by Frank Miller (1997)
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