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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Originals (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159582393X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595823939
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Matthew L. Brown on September 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Length: 2:11 Mins
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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28 of 30 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 EisNinE TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Artist Juanjo Guarnido met writer Juan Diaz Canales while both men worked as key artists and conceptual designers at Disney's now defunct Animation Studio in Spain. Canales makes the transition from artist to writer amazingly well; the sheer brilliance of Guarnido's artwork in Blacksad make it easy to miss just how damn good the plotting and dialogue are, capturing the mood and culture of cold-war America as the grip of the Red Scare tightens. The artistic education Guarnido acquired at Disney serves him well here, his anthropomorphic animal characters displaying the exaggerated facial expressions of films like 'The Jungle Book', but adapted for the detailed line-work and painted coloring of 'Bande Dessinee' masters like Milo Manara, Vittorio Giardino, and Liberatore. This exquisitely designed omnibus edition, published in English for the first time since 'I-Books' attepted it several years ago, collects the first three European albums. Printed on heavy, glossy, high-quality paper (Dark Horse, unlike DC, spares no expense producing their deluxe hardcovers; even their TPB's are higher-grade), Guarnido's art is displayed to excellent effect, capturing his subtle palette and intricate representation of light and shadow. The three stories in this 190-page collection deal with racist conspiracies and shocking secrets, drug dealers and junkie musicians, the red scare and the political witch-hunts that followed - don't let the animals fool you; this is hard boiled comics-noir in the tradition of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Jim Thompson.Read more ›
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