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With The Big Fat Kill Frank Miller is at it again with another comics packed with guns, lovers, losers, and surprises. In Sin City's Old Town, the prostitutes run the show. "The cops stay out. That leaves the girls free to keep the pimps and the mob out." Sounds like an OK place, right? It is until a pushy, loud-mouthed guy who has had one too many drinks comes into Old Town and gets himself killed by the ladies. When they find out who he is, they realize that "it'll be war. The streets will run red with blood. Women's blood." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


The Guardian Guide, April 23-29 2005: " Graphic novels rarely get this graphic-in content or style." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; 3rd edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593072953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593072957
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,444 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ron Tothleben ( on July 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
The first thing you should realize before you order "The Big Fat Kill" is that it's really a big pro if you read the original Sin City story, and a MUST to read "A Dame to Kill For" prior to this one. See, the main character in this book is Dwight, a man who tries to stay as anonymous as possible because elseways his criminal past may catch up with him. This past that he's hiding from is the story from "A Dame to Kill For", so you should really get that first. It makes it a lot easier to understand a lot of why Dwight's acting the way he is. There's also some conversation about Marv, the main character from the original story. But Marv is not a major factor in this book so reading the original story is really only a pro, not a must.
About the story: Oneday a girl named Shelley is being harassed in her own home by a guy named Jack, her drunk ex-boyfriend, and his friends. Dwight, who is living with Shelley 'convinces' them to leave and decides to follow them to make sure he doesn't do any more damage. Only Jack turns out to be so dumb to drive into Old Town, a place where the hookers are the law because of the pact they made with the police ('they stay off the police's back, the police stays off their backs'). Jack and his friends wind up dead, upon which they find out Jack is really a cop while examing the body. This will clearly lead to war between the cops and Old Town, leaving it a free warzone for the mob, IF the cops ever find out about Jack. Dwight thinks to have the solution to get rid of the bodies and goes on his way. But things turn out to be not that easy. What follows is an interesting story with several different parties of power and interests, violence, a lot of backstabbing, loyalty and finally an interesting plot-twist.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
I've never written one of these reviews before, but I had to put in my two cents and say that yeah, "Big Fat Kill" is kind of slim in terms of a plot, but it's slim like a sharp-ass ninja sword - it sticks right through ya. I can't look at a single page of this book without starting over and reading it all the way through (and there's something excellent about the fact that it takes maybe half-an-hour to do that). Don't let these chuckleheads fool you - this book has the simplicity and power of fairy tales, dirty jokes, and (gasp!) crime stories and comic books. It's a bracing reminder that not every graphic novel needs to be freakin' "Watchmen"!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N8 on January 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Like I said in my Sin City review, if you're buying this book this late in the Sin City game, it's probably because you've been intrigued by the terrific trailer of the Robert Rodriguez directed film. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have made what appears to be the most successfully adapted comic book movie of all time. If you buy this book, you will see DOZENS of scenes from the preview within the pages of "The Big Fat Kill" because Rodriguez and Miller stayed 100% true to the comic story. So with that said,congratulations! You've just stumbled across one of the best comic stories ever told.

Frank Miller tells a story unlike any other comic artist in the history of comics. The Big Fat Kill takes the story of Basin (Sin) City's prostitues and their power they have over Sin City's "old town" to a whole new level. Miller and the girls of his story make the reader care about filthy immoral prostitutes, murderers, mobsters, and dishonest police officers to a degree that they dnever thought possible. Miller's drawings, while vague, match the storytelling to a degree that is all too rare in comics today.

THe Big Fat Kill is a very well told story that is well worth the read to Sin CIty fans both new and old.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on March 22, 2005
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Sin City: The Big Fat Kill is a direct sequel to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. It picks up the story of that book's hero, Dwight, a few months later. Dwight has a weakness for rescuing "damsels in distress", which constantly puts his life in danger. I don't want to give away the plot, so that's all I will say about that. This is another beautifully drawn, black and white "noir" comic by Frank Miller. It has a lot of violence and nudity (although the nudity is mostly in the shadows). This is one of the stories that is being adapted into the Sin City motion picture. If you're curious, here is the cast list of who is playing the characters from this book:

Dwight - Clive Owen
Gail - Rosario Dawson
Miho - Devon Aoki
Shellie - Brittany Murphy
Becky - Alexis Bledel
Jack Rafferty - Benicio Del Toro
Manute - Michael Clarke Duncan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debi Crabtree on June 17, 2006
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A direct follow-up from what happened in "A Dame to Kill For," Dwight, with his new face, is now dating Shellie, one of the waitresses at Kadie's, the strip club, coming in between Shellie and her ex boyfriend Jackie Boy. When Jackie Boy and his gang roughs Shellie up at her apartment and heads into Old Town afterwards, Dwight trails Jackie Boy down, altering Gail and Miho of the approaching danger. Things get out of hand, and Miho slices everyone up. The big twist is when Dwight searches through Jackie Boy's wallet that he discovers he was a police officer, thus destroying the little "truce" the Old Town prostitutes have with the police force...unless Dwight can dispose of the body first, and then rescue Gail, who has been kidnapped by an angry, revenge-seeking Manute...

They often say three time's the charm, and that's the blunt truth with Frank Miller and his third installment in most likely the most artistically unique comic book series of all time, "The Big, Fat Kill." That spectacular style of exaggerated artwork and descriptive storytelling Miller is known for is still here, and it's never been better. Dwight McCarthy is back and Miller shows that he is still capable of what he can do, despite what Ava Lord did to him in "A Dame to Kill For." His relationship with Gail is also more focused on. Manute and, of course, Miho are back. Manute is even more sadistic and evil here, and Miho, as she did before, shows the killer born underneath her otherwise cute appearance. Speaking of which, I really like Miho. She just rocks. I've said before, I'll say it again: Miller is a genius. Strongly recommended, in addition to "The Hard Goodbye" and "A Dame to Kill For."
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