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Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot Hardcover – September 12, 2011

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The sparseness of Manchette’s prose lends itself perfectly to comics and particularly to Tardi. In turn, Tardi, in the starkest, crispest black and white, is able to capture all of Manchette’s traits – the increasing oddness of the unfolding plot, the perfunctory interactions of these unattractive, scowling characters, the bleak, black humour―expertly on his pages. ... If you’re a fan of noir or hardboiled crime comics, it doesn’t get much better than this. (Cameron Ashley - All Star Comics Melbourne)

…Tardi’s backgrounds and lighting effects are a realist’s dream and his action sequences and set-pieces are choreographed tighter than a drum… [T]he book delivers a fastball to your face… (Sean T. Collins - Attentiondeficitdisorderly)

These are two masters at their best. Crime novelist Manchette pulls no punches in delivering gritty, violent episodes that still can shock even the most jaded reader. Jacques Tardi’s confident, almost brazen artwork is just as dark, cold and gripping…. Get this book! (Horatio Hornblower - The Comic Book Snob)

Another brilliant adaptation of a Jean-Patrick Manchette crime novel by Jacques Tardi… [who] brings gritty crime to brutal, realistic life ― and indeed equally cold, hard unpleasant death ― like few others can. (Jonathan Rigby, Page 45)

About the Author

With over 30 graphic novels under his belt (a half-dozen of which have been translated into English), Jacques Tardi is considered the leading European cartoonist of the generation that came of age in the 1970s. His books published in America by Fantagraphics include West Coast Blues, You are There, It Was the War of the Trenches, and The Arctic Marauder. He lives in Paris with his wife, the singer Dominique Grange, and their cats.

The Marseilles-born Jean-Patrick Manchette (1942-1995) authored ten short, tough-minded, highly acclaimed crime novels, as well as a multitude of other books, screen- and teleplays, magazine columns, and translations of American crime and science fiction novels. A lifelong comics fan, he also wrote the hardboiled graphic novel Griffu for Jacques Tardi in 1978, and in the late 1980s, was selected to translate the French edition of Watchmen.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (September 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606994484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606994481
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another solid work From Tardi. I think Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot was a great adaption and worked very well as a graphic novel. The illustration and simple and clear. They supplement the story well. The plot is classic noir. Simple, cliched, you don't know exactly where it is headed, but you can be sure the general direction is down, down, down.
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A fine crime story, I'm not familiar with the author's other works but as a fan of Darwyn Cooke's recent Parker series I picked this up to try something different. This is a great crime story, with an added layer of complexity as the protagonist is, more or less, an incredibly naive professional killer. There is real beauty and tragedy as he deals with life not following his plans. This is not a heroic noir. This is not hard boiled noir. This is a European crime story touched with tragedy.
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This is classic french - attempting to make the noir crime novel high art, and it doesn't work. The ending falls apart in melodrama. The art is nothing spectacular, certainly not worth the praise by the publisher.
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