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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Originals (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159582393X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595823939
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well executed plot and story telling as well.
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The best comic book/ graphic novel about animals that I have ever seen or read.
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As great as the stories are, the standout is Juanjo Guarnido's art.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Matthew L. Brown on September 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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Featuring some of the most gorgeous artwork I've ever seen, and scripting that would make Philip Marlowe proud, Blacksad is probably the best comic you've never heard of. Republished in English earlier this year by Dark Horse, the critically and commercially successful story follows private detective John Blacksad through three separate cases dealing with classic noir trappings like murder, kidnapping, and Cold War hysteria. It's a brilliant collection, and is a book that every single person should be reading.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Adam Saltsman on July 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been trying to get my hands on just volume 1 of Blacksad for years now - the going price for it was almost $200 this time last year (2009). Now you can get all three volumes, including one never before published in English, for $30 or less. This is a no brainer - the stories are really fun, and the art is absolutely second to none. I literally cannot name another graphic novel that succeeds visually the way this does, with the same level of polish. So much detail, such perfect lighting and composition. This is definitely a must-own book (and very much not for kids - the themes, art, violence and nudity are not really ideal for young ones)!
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Blacksad is one of those comics that astounds you with every turn of the page. Its beautiful illustrations pop off the page with vibrant color and detail, while the writing is so sharp and deep that you can't help but feel you're getting but a small glimpse into a much, much larger world. If someone told me that Blacksad was the product of pre-production work on a big-budget animated movie that got scrapped, I wouldn't be surprised. That's because the book looks like it's the product of high production values and masters of their craft. But, in reality, this is just pen, ink, and paint, expertly applied by two exceptionally talented creators.

Before I continue to pile effusive praise onto this book, I should probably explain just what it is: Blacksad follows three adventures of John Blacksad, a detective in a mid-20th century America that is populated entirely by anthropomorphic animals. On the surface, this seems like an overly complicated premise--after all, why throw talking animal-people into a perfectly acceptable detective character? I'm not sure what specifically motivated writer Juan Diaz Canales and artist Juanjo Guarrnido to go this route, but using animals allows them to tell standard noir detective tales with far more expressiveness and excitement than they would have had otherwise. Comics are a medium in which people and ideas are reduced down to more easily communicable images and figures. And since noir as a genre tends toward characters and ideas that use animals as stand-ins ("You dirty rat!" "He's a cold-blooded snake," etc.), the switch seems so natural that you forget you're reading about animals. The animal characters, too, seem to allow for more significance and resonance of the characters' actions than they would if they were simply depicted as humans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louis Jones on February 5, 2011
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The Blacksad books are wonderful, and I'm so pleased that the third installment has finally been made available over here. Aside from giving us some great little detective episodes, the artwork is just an absolute treat for the eyes. Juanjo Guarnido's background in animation really comes through, every panel is so powerful and full of energy. As a side note for parents, these aren't for kids, keep 'em high on the bookshelf for your own enjoyment. Highly recommended!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Claunch on June 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This amazing series is always a number one recommendation. The artwork and writing are both superb, and this hardbound collection is the first time the third Blacksad story has been printed in English. Without a doubt, worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K K S on December 21, 2012
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I love comics, but always have a hard time finding ones I like. Which is why I'm so glad to have picked up Blacksad. It's so good!

The hard-boiled detective mixed with an all animal world somehow works amazingly well. This is a very smart and well drawn book. My only criticism is that it's all episodes--short stories that don't necessarily relate to each other. So there's not a whole lot of time for character development or ongoing plot lines. But that's the style of the book, and I don't feel that it takes away too much. It's great-- I've been telling all my friends about it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bandlith on June 24, 2011
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At first I thought this was just the first volume in a book, I already owned the second one in paperback and the sketchbook in paperback, but this is actually the first 3 comics together in hardcover, so its a wonderful deal to get all 3.
Second, you shouldn't take this as "just a furry comic". Its not, its gritty and dramatic noir comic in a wonderful art style, that uses anthropomorphic characters, sometimes to the extent of using it to stereotype roles,(if you read the 2nd one, Artic Nation, you'll know what I mean). I would say it would be on par with something like the Dinotopia series, using a traditional and well done art style to tell a story.
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