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Sin City Volume 4: That Yellow Bastard (Sin City #4)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  20,895 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Just one hour to go. Hartigan's polishing his badge and working himself up
Paperback, 117 pages
Published October 19th 2004 by Dark Horse Comics (first published 1996)
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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John Hartigan has served the police force well and his retirement is deserved, but when he gets word that little Nancy Callahan has been kidnapped he can’t just hand over his badge and gun without attempting to save her. Little does he know that his final moment of heroism will haunt him for years to come . . .

For all of you who know me in real life, follow my blog, or are friends with me here, you are probably well aware that I’m qu
Sep 05, 2014 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Noir fans
Recommended to Carmen by: Book Store
Hartigan is a cop. Last day before retirement. He spends it hunting down a pedophile and saving the little girl, 11-year-old Nancy Callahan. Because the pedophile was the senator's son, Hartigan - who was shot 6 times AND has a bad heart - is fingered as the pedophile. He spends 8 years in solitary. Nancy loves him and writes him a letter a week. For eight whole years. Then the letters stop coming. Just an envelope with the finger of a 19-year-old girl. Hartigan knows what he has to do...


David Schaafsma
This is the best so far of the Sin City volumes, which I am reading as part of the BIG DAMN Sin City complete collection, which is 1357 pages long and in a really BIG format, which is sort of appropriate for Miller's sort of approach to noir, mostly black and white (though this one adds yellow for the yellow bastard guy), with BIG cops and BIG women and BIG criminals and BIG splashy art. The art and story seem to work better here than in the previous volumes, seems a bit more inspired.

This one
Felisberto Barros
4º Volume de Sin City, 4ª narrativa poderosa, 4º espaço de acção e aventura - Sin City.

Neste volume, mais uma vez não se dá tréguas e paz aos cidadãos de Sin City. Mais uma dose muito bem conseguida de desespero, vingança, violência e, claro, uma boa dose de amor que serve de mote para a narrativa. Só que agora com um ingrediente especial, sendo que a ideia de amor é multifacetada; ora amor-paixão; ora amor-fraterno.

Mas, não obstante, para que este amor tenha êxito só há uma solução, a habitual
Andre Odysseus

Gosh, this book was really good... The meaning that is encarved in this book is so beautiful, sweet and heart-warming and it is between the many layers of a grotesque, bloody, violent graphic novel which is a lovely twist... It makes satisfied when you reach the end of the book... AND THE END IS MIND-FUCKING-BLOWING... I think a decent human-being will cry at the end of this novel... This graphic novel has such a meaning to me...

SCORe: 98%
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Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of great comics / graphic novels
Recommended to Mark by: Found it on the name Frank Miller
The name Frank Miller is a certificate for quality in the comics world, his noir series Sin City are an excellent example of a quality comic that is based purely on the writer/artist and owned by him as well.

That Yellow bastard is a brilliant telling in the oldish noir style with its b/w drawings it sets the mood. But the great thing is that the baddie, the title of the novel. is despicted in yellow. And it works very well.

John Hartigan the protagonist (and our hero) is only a few hours from ret
By this point in reading the series I was damn sick of seeing Nancy twirl herself around on stage in that damn cowgirl outfit. I always figured she was a big shit character and was hoping she'd have a hell of a back story. Well, here it is. This is my second favorite so far (first being "The Hard Goodbye". The story it's self is sad if a little unbelievable- the idea of an older guy with Angina going through all he did just to save a little girl is a little ridiculous in my opinion. But, it's mo ...more
Peter William Warn
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Out of all of Frank Miller's Sin City books this has to be the best or tied with The Hard Good Bye (vol.1). In some cop movies or works there are always an older cop like Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon who are getting too old for their work, or are two days from retirement or something. [Spoiler alert] John Hartigan the protagonist (and our hero) is literally only a few hours from retirement, he is in his 60's (or near enough) and saves a little girl from a fate worse then death from a psychotic ...more
This is the first of the Sin City series I ever read. I actually have the original four issue comic. This is also one of the stories shown in the Sin City movie. For those who are familiar with Frank Miller's work, nothing in here will be surprise. Sin City is dark, twisted and bad people thrive as good people have to do bad things to survive. It is ironic that in a comic drawn in black and white (and in this case, some red and yellow) that everything that happens inside is every shade of grey i ...more
This volume features the colouring style that really adds something else to Miller's art. Compared with the other books, this one has a pace to it that seems more determined than before. The path seems more linear and the goal stays more straight-forward. However, that doesn't remove from the enormity of Sin City and still allows for a brief cross-over with Dwight near the beginning.

Perhaps the most emotional of the series so far, the story is much more developed and the book is all the better f
Sr. Lado Brillante
Aquí tenemos a Frank Miller en toda su fuerza.
Sin los problemas que tenían los primeros volúmenes de Sin City (dialogo forzado, paneles que no aportaban nada a la historia, personajes que se ven diferentes de un cuadro a otro, etc.) y sin la sutileza que antes lo podría haber caracterizado (no es un Batman Year One desde luego, aunque, como con todo Sin City, es evidente que muchas de las historias fueron pensadas en Batman o Daredevil y muestra situaciones que podrían incomodar a cualquiera, si
Frank Miller continues to weave his magic.I like that each book is basically a prequel to the book before it.Mr.Miller penchant for penning kick ass characters continues.Hartigan stole the show.Real tough cop with a big heart.Also liked how Nancy Callahan origin came about.Lastly the artwork and writing of the character the yellow bastard was truly demented and disgusting.Just the way it should be.
no es solo la mejor historia de sin city, además de la mejor tramada (considerablemente mejor que the big fat kill), sino que es también el tomo más atrevido formalmente. páginas totalmente en negro, o con tan solo pequeños cuadros de monólogo interno; letreros que "caen" en direcciones inusuales por toda la página, la introducción de una tercera tinta al universo de sin city --el amarillo del bastardo amarillo del título (un personaje que, me parece claro, está basado en el joker de batman. en ...more
More awesome Miller art, but there's a fatal flaw that unhinges the entire story for me. (view spoiler) ...more
Here’s a little bit of history for you. In 1988, the final “Dirty Harry” film was released, “The Dead Pool”. After it was released, Clint Eastwood publicly stated that he will not do another Dirty Harry film, as he believed the character was getting too old and becoming a joke. However, a certain comic book writer by the name of Frank Miller was not happy with the ending to Dirty Harry’s legacy, and in typical Frank Miller fashion, decided to use his “Sin City” comic series to say how he thought ...more
A series that was ever so slightly declining (but still awesome) takes a big leap to the positive with this book.

John Hartigan is a cop wrapping up his last day on the job when a call comes in about an abducted 11-year-old girl named Nancy Callahan. With a crazed kidnapper/sex offender on the loose, he doesn't want to stop until he find her. Several things/people try to make him stop. He perseveres.

Is it possible to hate the end of a story and still think it's absolutely top notch? I guess so
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Dima Yakovenko
Четвертый том "Города Грехов" продолжает добрую традицию – он заставляет удивляться тому, насколько же у Миллера выходят ровные работы. Уже четвертый том, который читается на одном дыхании и выходит примерно на том же уровне, что и первые три работы.

Четвертая часть рассказывает историю честного копа Хартигана, который спасая 11-и летнюю девочку от насильника, калечит этого самого насильника, которым оказывается сын мэра. И дальше начинается череда ужасных событий, ложь, клевета, а самого Джона о
Until now, this is my favorite installment. Even though it's hard to pick, because "The Big Fat Kill" was also really good, I'm sticking with this one. The Yellow guy is really creepy and the fact that he is drawn in yellow in an all-black drawing work makes him stand out even more.

I've already started the 5th Sin City volume.
Sin City is awesome. Purely and simply awesome.
I learned about this story in '05 w/ the first movie. It was one of the more memorable viewing experiences, in that it really looked like a comic book. I saw an interview with Robert Rodriguez where he said his goal was to make a movie look like a comic, not vice versa.
But none of that is about the book. It's all an aside.
My basic point is that the movie made me read the books, and I'm so glad I did. The graphics are seemingly basic, in that t
This is so far the best of the series. To me, it captures the essence of the hard-boiled genre - a detective who hit rock bottom, a disillusioned, in a world that is hardly "fair" to common people in whichever way you want to put it. Also, it seems to me like the best drawn comic book of the series thus far. And not only that, but the imagery intertwines very well with the storyline and dialogues and creates a thoroughly bitter and dismal (or, in other words, brilliant) reading experience.

Oh, an
That Yellow Bastard is the main inspiration for the cinematography used in the film adaptation. Officer Hartingan went on a hunt for a serial killer who rapes and kills girls, he managed to save Nancy, but was falsely accused as the serial killer and spent 8 years in prison, he finally got out but his reunion with Nancy put them all in danger.

I really did enjoy volume 4, it is one of the most memorable stories from the franchise. The story itself was compelling with lots of breaking of the fourt
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Willem van den Oever
After three 'Sin City' books, Frank Miller reaches the peak of both his story telling- and his designing abilities with 'That Yellow Bastard'.
The story is top notch, leaning heavily on the usual pulp-themes of good vs. evil, a rightious detective, a troubled past and a crazed serial killer. Miller takes these clichés and twists them around to form the story of detective Hartigan, who saves little Nancy from a pedophile, only to find himself set up and imprisoned at the end of this affair. The s
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Easily one of the best comics ever written. The Sin City comics are all fun, but this one is the best of the best. Very old detective noir style. But with a dark realistic story. Came out when most comics were all fictional and had no real life horrors dealt with in them. When most comics were about super powered heros fighting super powered villains in silly scenarios, this book had more human characters and sinister acts that are more real.

When I read this the first time years ago, I knew this
While not as relentless as the other novels in the Sin City series, That Yellow Bastard is the most emotional (just like a previous reviewer stated). The story's character is more sympathetic than Brutal Marv or Dwight, and the despair is more heavily-perceived than in the case of those two characters, probably because it's a really well-meaning guy who takes a severe beating from fate than a half-thug trying to make some sense out of his life. Regarding Miller's drawing style - and that goes fo ...more
Volume 4 of Frank Miller's Sin City graphic novel series is thus far, the most entertaining. The artwork was great as usual and I found myself wanting more, which, thanks to Miller, there are 3 more volumes to keep me busy.

In this the 4th volume, we watch as soon to be retired John Hartigan struggles to save poor little Nancy Callahan from the quite disgusting son of the powerful Sin City politician Roark. Hartigan is shot by his long-time partner and then is convicted of the atrocities he was t
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Frank Miller is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. He is one of the most widely-recognized and popular creators in comics, and is one of the most influential comics creators of his generation. His most notable works include Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Year One and 300.

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