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Frank Miller's Sin City Volume 7: Hell and Back 3rd Edition (Sin City (Dark Horse)) [Kindle Edition]

Frank Miller
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Book Description

Hell and Back, the final volume of Frank Miller's signature series, is the biggest and baddest Sin City of them all! This newly redesigned edition features a brand--new cover by Miller--some of his first comics art in years! It's one of those clear, cool nights that drops in the middle of summer like a gift from on high. If it weren't for the rent, Wallace wouldn't have a care in the world. Then he sees Esther, about to throw it all away--and throw herself off a cliff. Wallace jumps in after her, saves her life, and falls in love, but before he can find out what she was running from, she's gone again, kidnapped. But Wallace isn't the kind to lose his head. He's calm. Like a monk. Like an executioner. And he'll find them. With a new look generating more excitement than ever before, this third edition is the perfect way to attract a whole new generation of readers to Frank Miller's masterpiece! * Over a million Sin City books in print! * New cover by Frank Miller! * With Miller and co-director Robert Rodriguez gearing up for Sin City 2, this third edition is being released at just the right time! * Hell and Back is planned for a future Sin City film, starring Johnny Depp as Wallace

Editorial Reviews Review

Can anything be darker than noir? Try Frank Miller's Sin City series. The tasty Hell and Back features Wallace, a brooding artist with a decided talent for hurting people, and Esther, a stunningly beautiful actress accidentally mixed up in a slavery ring that extends far and deep enough to transcend the word conspiracy. The tale twists, turns, and backtracks, teasing the reader with hints of terror to come--until the explosive climax. Miller's art is exactly right for his words; he uses more black than white, and color only when appropriate. The chapter dealing with Wallace's drug hallucinations is beautiful, heartbreaking, and terrifying in turn. Readers interested in the human dark side should find out what fans of Sin City already know: Frank Miller has seen it and wants to share. --Rob Lightner

From Publishers Weekly

Wallace is a complicated guy. He's a shaggy, unshaven artist with a cool car and artistic integrity that makes it difficult for him to make a living as a commercial artist. He's also an ex-marine with a Congressional Medal of Honor for service in Vietnam. When he saves the mysterious, beautiful Esther from committing suicide, it looks like the stage is set for a great romance. But there are mysterious forces with warped plans for Esther. This is a typical Frank Miller story, crammed with operatic drama, passion and stark violence and clearly influenced by classic crime fiction masters like Raymond Chandler. And while the cars and architecture are straight out of the '50s, Wallace's slacker wardrobe (Converse high-tops, long hair, trench coat) and high-powered weaponry all have a distinctly contemporary flavor. Those looking for sensitive investigations of love and character won't find them here: Miller's stories are over-the-top, high-tension pulp fiction, racheted up to farcical levels of frenzied violence and action. His drawings are spectacularly graphic and Varley's strategically placed color, amid Miller's rich black-and-white drawings, accents the book's stylish atmosphere of dread. All told, this is an important addition to the ultra-hard-boiled crime fiction genre.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 148712 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; 3rd edition edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7H2OL4
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Thrills And Noir Spills February 24, 2006
Yes, it's a Frank Miller/Sin City joint. It's a graphic novel about Wallace, a painter who is very very good at hurting people, and Esther, an aspiring actress who has just been targeted by a vast conspiracy of white slavers. She ends up kidnapped, and Wallace ends up on a quest to rescue her, by any means. Like any distillation of a Frank Miller graphic novel, that doesn't do it justice in any way, shape, or form.

We meet a lot of tangential Sin City characters in here--most notably Delia, the assassin in blue, and the leopard-print Mariah who works for the notorious Wallenquist. Miller seems to excel at portraying dangerous, dangerous women with breasts that make Pamela Anderson green with envy. But it's in his heroes that Miller really shines, heroes with serious honor complexes and hair-trigger reflexes. Heroes seemingly just designed for a punk babe's heart.

I'm always a sucker for a love story, and Wallace, with his Converse high-tops and habit of being very dangerous (as well as sensitive, let's not forget sensitive) seems expressly designed for honorable-antihero status. The impetus for his war against Sin City's worst flesh merchants is Esther, who for some reason Miller drew with a distinct resemblance to Rick James. But that's okay, because it works, even if for half the story the reader can't figure out what Wallace sees in this aspiring actress.

This is the longest of the Sin City novels, and in a way the most difficult, since it slides away from the territory of grit and pulp the other Sin City books cover with such devastating grace. It works best as a retelling of a fairy tale: princess kidnapped by dastardly orcs, the prince surmounting obstacles to rescue his lady love with bullets, brains, brawn, and sheer sickening endurance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Hell, the heart of darkness" June 1, 2005
As with most Sin City stories, I give this one a solid four stars. I find it hard to actually pick favorites among the series since they are all unique and beautiful in thier own way, and each one represents something different. Dame to Kill For is the most "classic style" crime noir book, while Hard Goodbye has some of the best action and narration. Family Values is like poetry and Yellow Bastard showcases everything a Sin City comic should be.

Hell and Back is called "A Sin City Love Story", and for a good reason too. All Sin City's are love stories, but Hell and Back is different. The lead character, Wallace, is a tough guy ex-marine turned starving artist with a heart of gold. He saves a beautiful woman named Esther from killing herself and falls in love with her, only to have her kidnapped and taken from him. Wallace becomes a man possessed, focused only on finding his lost love and keeping her safe. On the way he deals with crooked cops, beautiful assassins, and finds himself deep in a conspiracy that involves the slave trade.

The plot of Hell and Back is something to be in awe of, as it twists and turns and keeps you on your seat till the very end. Despite this books massive size, most likely you will want to read it all in one sitting. As the epic story unflows, you keep wanted more and more and find yourself really connecting with the character. Wallace is a true hero that is unique in Sin City. Not to say that Hartigan or Dwight aren't heroic. It's just that Wallace is different. He's a nice guy who's polite and goes out of his way not to kill.

Wallace's nice guy attitude can be either good or bad thing depending on what type of story you like.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great art, somewhat gratuitous gore & nudity March 15, 2001
Don't be expecting any reveltations in plot here, but this is really
great entertainment, beautifully ink-drawn scenes and a storyline that
doesn't drag. It's all violence and hot chicks all the time here,
In the "Hell and Back" book of the Sin City
series, our loveable and lonesome hero Wallace meets the girl of his
dreams just as she tries to committ suicide. She is, of course, the
girl of everyone's dreams: all boobs and bottom, and seems to have
everything she needs even in this run-down town. Unfortunately for
the new lovebirds, she is kidnapped later that night. After just a
few hours of knowing this woman, Wallace (who we learn is an ex-Navy
Seal) is obsessed with finding her, and will do absolutely anything it
takes to get her back. This includes killing dozens of people; anyone
who stands in his way. What he learns about why she was kidnapped is
unexpected and unnerving.
In all, I would say the series is
probably more enjoyable taken in the small monthly doses of a serial
so that each scene can end with a cliffhanger. And really, the story
does move fast enough and with enough twists and turns to keep you
interested without becoming entangled or confusing. This entire story
is in black and white except for one episode, the wildly imaginative
hallucinations scene, which I felt was truly impressive in both its
asthtetic quality and attention to detail as well as the sheer genious
of it. Truly one of the best scenes in the history of graphic novels,
in my opinion.
My only real complaint was that I didn't feel even a
smidgen of realism in the comic, and it wasn't really otherworldly
enough to be believable on the opposite level.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best graphic novel series I've read.
Published 4 months ago by Sathanous
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it or hate it.
Part of the series. You'll either really like it or hate it. I like Miller's graphic style.
Published 6 months ago by -JP
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh finish to a kick ass series
Clearly written after Frank Miller lost his damn mind post 9-11. Not his best work, but worth reading to finish the series
Published 7 months ago by Becky
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I think this is an excellent addition to the Sin City series. Really enjoyed the story and the art, with the new characters.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars The story was kinda boring
Other Sin City yarns are more enjoyable. I don't recall the names off hand, but the stories that were in the movie. I like Marv, Dwight McCarthy, and John Hartigan. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Robert M Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
If you're a Miller's fan you just must have it!
Paperback is great and the ink is perfectly dark!
I just love it, it is exactly as I expected it!
Published 20 months ago by Caterina Vespa
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE STORY
One Story that introduces new characters and atmosphere, one that stands on its own, if you like these Sin City Graphic Novels then it would be a must-Have.
Published 21 months ago by excellent
3.0 out of 5 stars Great content, but size is smaller than original editions from early...
Beware, these editions are about 30% smaller size L X W" than the original editions from early 90s that i still have to compare with. Read more
Published on January 18, 2013 by Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to Hell for the last time
"Hell and Back" is the seventh and final volume in Frank Miller's superb Sin City series and while it's his longest Sin City book it's also his most underwhelming. Read more
Published on September 19, 2012 by Sam Quixote
5.0 out of 5 stars Miller-tasic
Frank Miller is the master of modern day comics/ graphic novels. He brings the character to life and builds a hilarious and fun world that only Miller can do.. Read more
Published on July 14, 2012 by DK
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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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