1000 Books In 10 Years; Vol. 180-186: Sin City (vol. 1-7), by Frank Miller

Frank Miller’s Sin City series is a throw back to the era of pulp crime stories.  A sort of film noir put to paper.  The stories are a joy to read and are page turners to say the least.  Miller does a fantastic job building a fictional city and then filling it characters that are almost mythical.  The story telling comes first and foremost and though it would be easy to stripe the narratives down and apply literary theory to them, the work doesn’t really beg that of the reader.  Instead the reader is presented with material that will entertain.  Being a graphic series the art work also plays a huge part in the series and Frank Miller relies heavily on black and white illustrations the employs the use of negative space to form an image.  And nobody can draw a female figure better than Frank Miller.  Each volume also has samples of art work that didn’t make the final cut, some of them in colour and though I love the black and white images, some of the coloured prints have a lot to offer as well and I would be curious to see how some of the characters would have been translated if they were in colour.  If you love crime fiction or detective novels, and love comic books, this is a must read.

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Jason John Horn is a writer and critic who recently completed his Master's in English Literature at the University of Windsor. He has composed a play, a novella and a number of short stories and satirical essays.

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