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Frank Miller's Complete Sin City Library Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593963149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593963149
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This method truly adds to the overall mood of the stories.
Nathan Jones
Even if you did not see the movie, if you are a fan of comic books and graphic novels I highly recommend this item.
Grendel-san
The set is a great deal, cheaper than buying them individually.
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132 of 133 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
Call it "noir meets Kill Bill." Frank Miller stripped comic art to the bone in his "Sin City" series, which takes place in the fictional "Basin City," where corruption is the rule and life is cheap. It's a gritty, dark, edgy series with several interwoven stories, and artwork that give no distraction from the rocky stories.

It opens with "The Hard Goodbye," a bloody revenge tale about a scarred hulk named Marv. He meets a beautiful young blonde who sleeps with him, but she is dead the next morning. Revenge spurs Marv to hunt down and destroy the people who killed Goldie, including a silent cannibal and a corrupt cardinal, no matter what the price.

"A Dame To Kill For" is pure noir, set before the first book of the series. Dwight is a photographer with a shady past; his ex-girlfriend Ava reenters his life, announcing that she's scared of her ultrawealthy husband, Damien Lord, and seeking Dwight as a knight in tarnished armor. But Dwight doesn't know if he can trust her -- is Ava really in danger, or is she manipulating him as a pawn to get back at her husband? The truth just might destroy him...

Elsewhere in Sin City, the streets of Old Town are ruled by the ladies who walk them. And in "The Big Fat Kill," Dwight comes to their aid. A bunch of drunks invaded Old Town and get killed by the prostites... but then they find that one has a badge. Now Dwight must help the prostitutes -- to whom he owes a debt -- defend themselves against the rest of Sin City.

"That Yellow Bastard" introduces us to Hartigan, an ailing cop who receives a distress call from an 11-year-old, Nancy Callahan. He does rescue her, but at a price -- the rapist-murderer who attacked her is the son of a senator. Hartigan ends up in jail.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Jones on September 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
These graphic novels are a great read. They do tend to be pretty darn dark and twisted, but are good stories nonetheless, showing the gritty underside of Sin City (As if there was anything but that).

I love the monochromatic style of artwork Miller produces. Not even a hint of grayscale. Nothing but black on white (or vice versa). This method truly adds to the overall mood of the stories. Once in a while Miller will use color, but it will only be a single color on a single character. Like the color yellow, for that yellow bastard in..."That Yellow Bastard." One color, simply used, same effect.

Chances are you've seen the movie, and I must say that you have already read volumes 1, 3 and 4. The movie follows the books so closley that it is almost, scene for scene, in sync with the comic. You do miss a couple of scenes and some dialogue, but not a whole lot.

The rest of the books are just as well conceived and written. This is a great deal for all 7 books. Retail is $125 (individually or as a set), buy them on Amazon idividually is around 83 bucks, so might as well get it all in one fell swoop for the 75 amazon is offering; you won't be disappointed!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Morgan Hua on October 26, 2005
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If you've already seen the movie, it is no wonder that they could use the artwork as storyboard for the movie. It has a uniquely noir look and feel. The art is crisp and has energy and each frame could be blown up into to a wall poster.

For those who don't know, most of the books are in black-and-white with some splashes of color. The movie was black-and-greys with some splashes of color.

The set is a great deal, cheaper than buying them individually. If you are a real collector, you can go for the Sin City Library Collection I and II which is hardcover, oversized, and on higher quality paper. But for a heafty price. If you just want to savor the series, then buy this version instead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philip Burgmann on March 27, 2007
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Ok, i'm assuming you know a bit about sin city, so i'll simply say, these books are awesome. I just love the way it's written from the main character's point of view, and how they narrate the story. The drawings are excellent too. Very stylish, almost completely black and white, with the most amazing silouhette pictures. The set is amazing. Decent size books, each is around 200 pages. 7 books all up. The only thing lacking is a box to put them in. But great value for the complete set of the most captivating comics i've ever read.

Also, if you like Max Payne, these comics are very similar in style.

Final note: these comics are not for children, contains violence, sex, and drugs/alcohol abuse.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Griswold on March 8, 2007
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I was a fan of the movie and wanted to get a flavor of the source material. I'm glad I did. Very entertaining and thought provoking. And the more I read, the more impressed I am at how faithfully the movie translated the story and feel into the movie. Can't wait for the next one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 29, 2006
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Though he's been renowned for his revolutionary work on Marvel's Daredevil and his visionary re-imagining of Batman in the Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller really found his voice with Sin City. In each of the seven volumes collected in this bundle, we are introduced to the crime ridden Basin City (refered by it's inhabitants as, you guessed it, Sin City), and the few who try to make some kind of difference, whether they want to or not. The Hard Goodbye is the beginning of it all; introducing us to scarred tough guy Marv, looking to avenge the death of the only woman to ever show him physical love. What he uncovers is something you'll never see coming, and it's outcome will stay with you long after it's over. A Dame to Kill For is a prequel, introducing us to photographer Dwight McCarthy, drawn into a murderous plot by his ex. Dwight's story continues in the Big Fat Kill, as he returns to Sin City and becomes a reluctant ally of the hookers of Old Town when their shaky truce with the cops comes to a violent end. That Yellow Bastard, the best Sin City story and possibly the best thing Miller has ever written, revolves around old cop John Hartigan and his efforts to save a little girl from a psychopath. Years later, he gets the chance to save her again, no matter what it costs him. Family Values finds Dwight and the deadly Miho teaming up to take on the mob. Booze, Broads, and Bullets is a collection of short stories, featuring many familiar faces. The final book, Hell and Back, is the longest of the series, and revolves around Wallace, an artist with a bloody past who gets in way over his head when he saves a seemingly helpless damsel. What happens after that you'll have to see to believe.Read more ›
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