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Jinx: The Definitive Collection Paperback – February 1, 2001
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But Bendis didn't get his start with superhero comics. His first truly notable work - and some, including myself, would argue his very best work - is right here in crime comics like Jinx. This, when set alongside Goldfish and Torso, make for an impressive body of noirish crime fiction which proves that, like his Marvel work or not, Bendis is the real deal.
Here we have a story about three people - a bald, stupid young crook; a young grifter who wants out of the crime life; and the bounty hunter woman he falls in love with - who are chasing after a hefty payday right within their grasp ... if they can work together without killing one another, that is. If Quentin Tarrantino filmed his movies with 1940s technology, they'd look like this.
Jinx may have been originally published as a comic series, but make no mistake, this is a graphic novel in the truest sense of the word. It's dense with dialogue and plot, rich with characters, and is just BEGGING to be on the big screen. Bendis' artwork (that's right, folks, Bendis used to draw) is moody and full of shadows. His page layouts are bold and dynamic. Sure, he does a poor job showing action, leaving the reader confused until the text clears up what they just saw, but that's a minor niggle, since most of the action here is made up of intra-character interplay.
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The Pros: Noir makes for some of the most intriguing story telling to date, so instantly I was drawn to the Jinx collection. Knowing Bendis' popular Powers series, I figured I couldn't go wrong with some of his earlier works. Photo referencing was genius. It added a thicker layer to Jinx's world that we don't see often in the comic universe. I'm all about presentation in comics and graphic novels, and I think this was done well (albeit one portion I'll explain in the cons.) Original story crafting was a plus. Typical crime drama setting -- i.e. casual noir -- with some real tragic characters. They carry their own individuality with precision. And finally, when you take it to the streets, this is some epic storytelling.
The Cons: Right off the bat, and again, sorry to those who disagree, I could not stand the dialogue. Trying to mimic realistic (real life) conversations just doesn't work on paper. In the movies, yes, because it obviously doesn't sound so scripted. But, your eyes don't accept the words so willingly when you just wanna get through a comic book. Especially a long one, it's frustrating to read someone stutter constantly or people interrupting each other and even finishing each others sentences. And, I really don't want to see "..." several times in a bubble.Read more ›
Jinx is a prequel of sorts to Goldfish. David "Goldfish" Gold, a petty grifter, is plying his trade with his sleazeball crony Columbia, when they are almost run over by a car containing 2 dying thugs- before they die, though, they pass along a tip about a hidden stash of loot...$3,000,000.00, to be exact. The problem is, Goldfish was told the location of the loot, Columbia was told the name it's stored under. So they're going to have to play nice to get the cash. Then along comes "Jinx" Alameda, a female bounty hunter looking to get enough cash to leave her sordid job behind. Goldfish and Jinx fall for each other, Columbia decides he doesn't want to share, the REAL owner of the cash comes looking for it....you can just feel the trouble brewing......
The story is well-told, and the book itself is HUGE; a tremendous value for your money. I loved the way that Bendis told the stories of the bystanders at the Arcade. It really made the scene take on more urgency by turning the onlookers into real people, as opposed to potential victims. Jinx is a great character; one of the most fully-developed females in comics, and I loved the dialogue- it's really Bendis' strong suit.
The bad...? The same as all of Bendis' other collections- POOR PRODUCTION VALUES. The introduction to the book has the usual transposed pages, a trademark of Bendis. There is also the typical mind-boggling array of misspelled words throughout the book. Bendis seriously needs an editor, and his wife just ain't cutting it.
You'd probably want to read Goldfish first- It'll make the ending easier to follow. And check out Torso, also by Bendis. It's amazing!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a fan of Bendis' 'Powers' line, I wanted to like this graphic novel, but I had to stop halfway because the story wasn't going anywhere. Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by Joel B. Kirk
Gives a bad name for noir comics. Dialog is terrible, plotline is a weak rip-off of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," and the art is unimaginative and bland. Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by Jana Henslee
Before being the main writer at Marvel, Bendis was an indie comic book writer. Writing Torso, Goldfish, Fortune and Glory. Read morePublished on January 5, 2010 by Enrique Treviño and Yuliia Glushchenko
Jinx is very early Bendis (anyone remember 1997?), both illustrated and written by Marvel's latest flagship writer. Read morePublished on August 28, 2008 by Jared
Jinx is one of those crime caper stories. Dodgy characters abound. In fact, the three main characters are dodgy. Read morePublished on September 2, 2007 by average
This is not Bendis' best work (that would be his work on "Daredevil"), but it is an interesting crime tale that has an ending as abrupt and as unlikely as they come. Read morePublished on April 8, 2007 by Doug Brunell
There is a scene in JINX (and this gives nothing away) in which writer/artist Brian Michael Bendis deviates from the plot to show us people in an arcade talking. Read morePublished on February 5, 2007 by Tony C
If you enjoy Brian Michael Bendis's prose then you will like this work. In tone, it is much more similar to Powers and Alias than his more recent Marvel work. Read morePublished on November 2, 2006 by R. A. Patton