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Blacksad Hardcover – June 22, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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5 FULL STARS! I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL! All three of the comics in this book are great, but I like the first two the best. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Melissa A Martin
I had to get this for school but ended up changing classes. Read it for fun later on and i actually enjoyed it. It's interesting to see animals as "humans" lolPublished 1 month ago by Mandy
Great noire comic that takes place in various turbulent times in us history. The first story is a little slow, but after that I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Pucii
The quality of the original book itself is excellent. However, the quality when it was delivered to me is bad. Amazon did an awful job on protecting books in their storage.Published 3 months ago by Tuan
Easily my top 5 of all time.
Gritty, impressive artwork with a daring nor story type. Likeable characters, impressive twists and subject matter (from murder to communist... Read more
If Dashiell Hammett hacked hairballs or Ray Chandler came with claws, they could easily have produced Blacksad. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jennifer Grey
But it's the superb drawings that push this up to five stars. The characters are fully realized in a very non-Disneyish manner.Published 4 months ago by J. Wood