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

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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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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...more
Dominick
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Mark
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...more
Teresa
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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Vincent
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
Henry
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
abatage
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...more
Ana
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.
Tom
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...more
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...more
J.
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Matt
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...more
Gene
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
Matt
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...more
J.D. Estrada
Frank Miller doesn't pull many punches when he writes. I use the word raw to describe his writing because honestly, there is no more appropriate word if you ask me. His characters exist and breathe unapologizingly in the world of Basin City and That Yellow Bastard is way at the top of the best Sin City books for a reason. You have a hero that doesn't have an ounce of quit in him and who's pushed beyond what's even amorally admisible. Hardigan is the type of hero everyone says they would be in a...more
Andre
GREAT... GREAT NOVEL... GREAT...

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...

5 STARS
SCORe: 98%
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...more
Sachin Dev
Gut-wrenching, rip-roaring read. One that socks you right between your eyes with it's rivetingly glorious b/w pictures. Images that shock you, stun you and packed with winsome poignant writing that will for sure make you gasp and wrench your soul away. LOOOVED It. ( this is my re-read of the entire Sin City graphic novels.)
Chrissy
I think reading four of these in a short amount of time killed my enthusiasm for the series a bit. The art is still fantastic, the characters and dialogue still incredibly emotive, the story still a bit predictable but consistently good fun.... maybe I'm just getting bored of Frank Miller. Because objectively, I'm sure this is the best of the first four; it's on par with "The Big Fat Kill" in fun and explosive style, but I feel like it has more heart than any of the three before it combined. Sub...more
Tays
Flawless. Just flawless. From the twisted plot and overachieving artwork, this book is just the way it should be. Some of my well loved Sin City characters may night be here, I'm looking at you Miho and Dwight, but seriously this fourth volume is just perfect. The story was well planned and well written. Frank Miller! You never fail to amaze me guy! The boobs are still here though, more of Nancy Callahan's boobs. Hahaha. But story wise, this has got to be the best out of every Sin City book I ha...more
Michael (Tattoogirl Reads)
This one was a good one too!! So far I’m thinking I need to lower my rating for A Dame Worth Killing For because all these other graphic novels raise the bar. Of course…movie similarities…but what I liked about this novel is how it’s different from the rest because of the main character, Hartigan. He is a cop who has been straight as an arrow from day one of his career. He ends up becoming a vigilante to save “Skinny Little Nancy Callahan.” I was okay with it because even though he did things he...more
Akhil teja
it's intense, more deep and nice kills..
the sentiment was good.. the climax was perfect..
the crossovers of the characters from previous volumes are nice..
the protection he wants to give her was pretty awesome.. sin city is evolving more darker, more intense and more deaths..
Brendan Nicholls
Definitely my favourite story, the lengths hartigan went for Nancy is epic storytelling. Right up with my noir genre this clearly has miller at the top of his game. Great bad guy who creates an eerie feeling every time he is on the page. The old detective story works wonderfully here
Matej
Great book, that does not dip in quality when compared to previous volumes.
The only thing that I didn't really like was the ending, and a few minor things, but the good stuff definitely outweighs the bad.
Just another great story from the Sin City.
Sarah SE
THIS. I have no words to describe how incredible this story is, from the writing to the actually heartbreaking plot to the viscerally shocking use of colour... just read it and bow before the excellence that is Frank Miller.
Ivy Courtney
My favorite of all the Sin City books, a horrible story come to life which leads you wondering how crazy these characters really are and how cruel humans can be.
Terry
I really should give this two stars just because of the major plot flaw. The girl is in hiding. The richest and most powerful family in the state can't find her. But our hero just looks her up in the phone book? What?
Alicia Scully
We have some COLOR in this one! I think I am sufficiently excited about that. Yet again, another thrilling installment to the _Sin City_ series. Here, we meet Hartigan, a cop who's due for retirement but needs to tie up one loose end before he's done--he needs to stop a murderous child-molester from claiming his latest victim. Hartigan must choose between what would be easy and what his conscience is telling him to do, and he makes a lot of people angry in the process. Filled with heartache, dra...more
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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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