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4.0 out of 5 stars Great art, somewhat gratuitous gore & nudity, March 15, 2001
This review is from: Sin City: Hell and Back (Book 7) (Paperback)
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,
baby.
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. I thought most of the
characters were flat and two-dimensional. Many elements of the plot
had the depth of a mid-eighties action flick, with everything from the
crooked cop to the boozy barfly chick to the long-suffering vet who's
tried to play it straight for years but finally gets pushed over the
edge by a super-evil-not-so-good-very-bad-guy/organization. However,
the heros are easy to like and the bad guys easy to hate. There's
even a few black widow type females thrown in to ensure enough
gratuitous nudity for even the most demanding of spandex superhero
connesieurs. It's fun, and you'll enjoy reading it.
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