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  • Series: Sin City
  • Hardcover: 1360 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616552379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616552374
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 3.6 x 14.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Frank Miller began his career in comics in the late 1970s, first drawing then writing Daredevil for Marvel Comics, creating what was essentially a crime comic disguised as a superhero book. It was on Daredevil that Miller gained notoriety, honed his storytelling abilities, and took his first steps toward becoming a giant in the comics medium.
After Daredevil came Ronin, a science-fiction samurai drama that seamlessly melded Japanese and French comics traditions into the American mainstream; and after that, the groundbreaking and acclaimed Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, both of which not only redefined the classic character, but also revitalized the industry itself.
Finally able to fulfill his dream of doing an all-out, straight-ahead crime series, Miller introduced Sin City in 1991. Readers responded enthusiastically to Miller's tough-as-leather noir drama, creating an instant sales success. His multi-award-winning 300 series from Dark Horse, a telling of history's most glorious and underreported battle, was brought to full-blooded life in 1998.
In 2001, Miller returned to the superhero genre with the best-selling Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again.
Frank Miller continues to push the medium into new territories, exploring subject matter previously untouched in comics, and his work consistently receives the highest praise from his industry peers and readers everywhere. In 2005, with the hugely successful Sin City movie release, co-directed with Robert Rodriguez, Miller added a director's credit to his already impressive resumé and introduced his characters to an entirely new legion of fans worldwide. The author lives in New York, N.Y..

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Big AND heavy with all of Frank Miller's Sin City stories collected in one volume.
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Giant book, but the quality is superb; thick, glossy pages that really make the art work stand out with beautiful & well-built binding and covers.
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Weighing in at the size of a bowling ball (About 12 lbs. or more) you'll definitely want to read on the couch or coffee table.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Frank Miller is one of the highest names in the comic world for his highly influential work for the medium including The Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil, 300, Ronin, and the esteemed work this very review is discussing, Sin City. Sin City is an ode to the classic film noir-mystery crime drama with elements of pulp and bold comic sequences spread throughout to make a strong book in terms of story telling and minimalist art that is a beautiful combination. The series ran off and on from 1991 through 2000 with various trades over the years, and even made into a full-scale film in 2005.

It being the year 2014, with the release of a new Sin City movie coming out next month (based on the second book, A Dame to Kill For), Dark Horse has not only re-printed A Dame to Kill For in a new hardcover (Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For) with some bonus material, but they did something that has not been done before until now: make an omnibus of Sin City. Although it is not labeled as an omnibus, it pretty much is to a fault. This being Frank Miller's magnum opus to the comic world under one large hardcover, this is a must have for content and price tag alone.

BIG DAMN SIN CITY collects the entire series.

The Hard Goodbye (Sin City) Episodes #1-13 of 13 from Dark Horse 5th Anniversary Special and Dark Horse Presents issues #51-62
Sin City Volume 2: A Dame to Kill For (3rd Edition) Issues #1-6
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By C. K. Lidster TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This really is a big damn book, and I have many big books in my collection. Its' 9" wide by 12.5" tall format is impressive, but that's not SO big compared to the 16" x 21" Little Nemo editions, or Kramer's Ergot 7. And now that omnibus editions are fairly common, 1400 pages doesn't seem that surprising... Comix 2000 was 2000 pages, and The Invisibles Omnibus (for example) is over 1500 pages. But when you combine the XL dimensions with the page-count -- wow. It's a huge, heavy, beautiful book. Dark Horse deserve credit for the care they take to produce quality volumes, using the best grade paper-stock, cover-boards and binding, while keeping the price at a reasonable level. In stark contrast, DC uses the lowest grade materials they can get away with, and almost always set an MSRP higher than other publishers. DC's Absolute Editions, which are excellent books, can't compare with this colossal release; and yet, Big Damn Sin City is more affordable than Absolute volumes that are the same size and 1/4 the length.

Anyone who is contemplating this purchase is no doubt a long-time Sin City fan, or at the least a hardcore fan of more recent acquaintance. In the near quarter-century since the first classic story featuring 'Marv' was serialized in Dark Horse Presents, a great many 'Comics Noir' titles have revived a genre that was nearly dead before Frank Miller blew everyone away. After Sin City, there emerged a wealth of high-caliber crime comics -- Stray Bullets by David Lapham, Whiteout, Queen & Country, and Stumptown by Greg Rucka, Azzarello and Risso's 100 Bullets, Blacksad by J.D. Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, Scene of the Crime, Criminal, and Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, and Richard Stark's Parker by Darwyn Cooke.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Taylor on July 8, 2014
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I couldn't believe the size of this book when it arrived. Looks really impressive on the shelf. Haven't gotten into Sin City before so when I saw this on here I just had to pre order! Best way I(and easiest) to collect the entire series! And for this price you can't beat it. My only other book that compares in size is the Sandman Omnibus and that was 100 and is still quite a bit smaller. So if you are a Frank Miller fan or just a fan of the movies you must get! Highly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Doescher on August 17, 2014
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Its' HUGE. Weighs a TON! But it does have EVERY Sin City story in it. Never read these stories? This may be a way for you to go. Buy 'em all at once for a really good price! The Sin City saga is one of Frank Miller's best, and certainly his most original idea to date. This is up there in the top 5 with his work on Daredevil, Elektra, The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One.
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Wow. The sheer size of this book is something you truly have to witness in person. Pictures will not do it justice. It may seem an unusual thing to focus on in this review, but anyone who has bought big books before will know of the need for high quality binding, else the book just falls apart in a few years. In Sin City, the binding is terrifically strong, whilst somehow managing to preserve the integrity of the books double-page spreads. It's a neat trick, and a sign that the designers put great thought into making this book feel right. Props also to Amazon for handling such a heavy book respectably.
In terms of the stories, Son City is comprised of high quality, hard-boiled crime stories drawn in artfully stark black and white. Characters talk in wonderfully (and deliberately) overwrought metaphors and struggle valiantly against the bad guys and girls that make up this cesspool of a city. They're entertaining and often experimental stories, but they're certainly not realistic. This is stylised, high concept noir, where fights take place over a dozen splash pages, and where Miller devotes a double page splash to a single word. If you want a more grounded and carefully constructed story with a similar premise, I would recommend Criminal by Ed Brubaker.
If, however, you like what you hear, Big Damn Sin City is a terrific purchase.
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Frank Miller is one of the seminal creative talents who sparked the current gigantic sub-industry of motion pictures featuring comic book- initiated product. A sub-industry which had become a super-industry. This most profitable aspect of this millennium's film production, now producing an annual flow of box office profits in the Billions of dollars, was launched when Frank Miller's graphic novel re-take on the classic comic book hero, Batman, resulted in an entertainment industry-wide reconsideration of the genre in the deeper and darker vision Miller brought to it.

Miller re-defined the presentation of comic book characters and heroic fiction with his grand-daddy of graphic novels, "The Dark Knight." This revolutionary work
not only kicked off the series of Batman films based on his redefinition, but a craze for such material that has thrown dozens of such heroes into multiple film franchise heaven. Certainly chief among these has been Miller's uniquely classical take on superheroic narrative, "300," and his "Sin City" books, each of which entered motion pictures with historic successes, and each now in Miller's creative phase of achieving its highly-anticipated sequel. Miller's co-direction of "Sin City" has made him one of the hottest
directors... as well as a guiding creative force...for the new genre. Or one might say "super genre."

Miller's latest graphic novel, Holy Terror, is his first original graphic novel in ten years. Join The Fixer, a brand new, hard-edged hero as he battles terror in the inaugural release from Legendary Comics.

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