Blacksad 1. Un lugar entre las sombras (Blacksad, #1)
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Blacksad 1. Un lugar entre las sombras (Blacksad #1)

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Estos dos autores españoles entran por la puerta grande del mundo del cómic con el primer álbum de una nueva serie que dará mucho de que hablar. Género policíaco con animales antropomórficos en un ambiente de serie negra magistralmente ilustrado por Juanjo Guarnido, autor ya consagrado en el extranjero y que ahora da la campanada en nuestro país.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published November 2007 by Norma Editorial (first published 2001)
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Okay, okay... I'm sold. For a couple of years I've been hearing about how good the Blacksad graphic novels are, but the world is made out of hype and I'm tired of chewing it, so I wasn't biting this time.

Recently, though, I ran across the graphic novels at Periscope Studios, where I work, and since they're hard boiled detective fiction, and that's what I was in the mood for, I brought them home and read them.

And, yeah, they're fantastic.

Juan Diaz Canales hits all the right chords for detectiv...more
Willem van den Oever
With police cruisers parked outside along the driveway of a colonial home, a private detective is leaning over the corpse of a young movie starlet. Next to the private eye, the chief of police keeps hammering into him when the detective last saw the young woman and later warns him to keep out of this one. It’s police work. The detective pulls up the collar of his trench coat, tells the chief to go to hell and walks out.
Blacksad’ starts off like any pulp novel from the 1950’s. The dialogue is sn...more
"Hay mañanas en las que cuesta más trabajo digerir el desayuno. Sobre todo si amaneces frente al cadáver de un viejo amor." Un comienzo así es toda una declaración de intenciones: estamos ante una historia de género negro que sigue los esquemas clásicos, protagonizada por un detective descreído para el que el caso es algo personal. Después de leer estas primeras frases lo siguiente que siente el lector es asombro ante el esmerado dibujo de Juanjo Garnido, una auténtica maravilla, y su genial uso...more
Philippe Lhoste
Un livre déjà réputé, ce qui soulève souvent chez moi un peu de suspicion...
Une BD animalière, un genre que je prise peu, à quelques rares exceptions près (Usagi Yojimbo, les Macherot...).

Et pourtant, cela prend. L'histoire est ultra-classique, un polar dans les règles de l'art, où on n'évite pas les clichés, on les embrasse sans qu'ils soient un carcan. L'intérêt est souvent dans l'intrique et dans la narration, languissante ou palpitante selon les moments. Bien raconté.
Le dessin n'est animalie...more
One of the first thing that hits you about the graphic novel is the brilliant art (Guarnido). It is just too awesome and in my opinion one of the finest. The story revolves around Jean Blacksad who is investigating the murder of his ex-flame a famous actress. The set up is the noir style and the story moves at a good pace to keep you hooked. However the story(by Canales) is a bit predictable and what could have lifted the entire novel a notch would be to see Blacksad's detective skills. He gets...more
Ryan Mishap
Spaniards obsessed with noir, racial oppression in the United States, and McCarthyism. Weird. Oh, and the characters are all anthropomorphic animals--Blacksad himself being a cat. The stories are okay but they are shallow raking across ground already dug deep.

Every panel, however, could be a painting hanging in a gallery. So much beautiful care wasted on human-shaped animals. Sigh.

This totally got dinged for one of my mystery-crime pet peeves: showing the dead body of a woman (a cat woman in t...more
Ricardo Alves
Lembremos as sombras de Alack Sinner e a virulência de Torpedo 1936. Vamos encontrá-las em Blacksad, com a particularidade de os episódios de violência, sexo & outros vícios serem protagonizadas por personagens antropomorfizadas, saídas do lápis de um desenhador da Disney -- e Guarnido foi-o, em tempos. Do meu conhecimento, havia Canardo, que já entrara por aí; mas o pato era uma espécie de Columbo de penas, um pouco mais ébrio e atrevido. Claro, que o autor que mais longe levou o antropomor...more

Um, the one I saw has a guy drowning on the cover. Kind of like Raymond Chandler noir with animals. But damn the art is nice. Think of those detailed backgrounds in old Disney animated movies. Just read a little bit so far. Apparently it's a big hit in Europe and just got translated into English.

Ok, wrong volume. I reviewed the French version of volume 4:
Even though this is gorgeously drawn (making it flow like a movie) and I love the whole 1950s detective world, the actual content and plot aren't very challenging. I also can't really see the point of the characters being animals, since they do everything what humans do. I'm still going to read the others too, but they're mostly going to be little snacks whenever I don't feel like reading a book.
carl caesar
Una gran historia "típica" de novela policíaca con los ingredientes justos para hacerla fantástica. La historia engancha lo suficiente, aún que a mi gusto el tomo se hace excesivamente corto. Pero lo mejor es sin duda el fantástico dibujo, movimiento, color, diseño de personajes y el ambiente.

Francamente espectacular y necesario.
João  Cardeira Jorge
Jun 20, 2013 João Cardeira Jorge rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone! Really, everyone!
Words fail me to express just how sublime “Blacksad” is. The art is simply magnificent, every page a masterpiece, with amazing detail and fantastic use of color. The drawings are beautiful, stylish and a perfect fit with the genre. “Blacksad” is all about noir. The title character is a hard boiled private detective wearing a trench-coat and taking on an investigation involving powerful people who want it buried even if they have to bury him along with it. Did I mention Blacksad is a cat? Every c...more
Dec 10, 2010 Madeleine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of noir fiction. And animals.
Shelves: graphic-novel
Wonderfully written with beautiful art, Blacksad is your typical noir story and tone but with cute wittle animals!! Seriously, though, although I say it's your "typical noir" that doesn't mean it's cliche or uninteresting and although I do love cute animals, they aren't a gimmick to make this stand out from other noir stories.
Blacksad is a dark story (noir! duh!) that, by using human-esque animals (don't remember what it's called when you give animals human traits. Anthropomorphizing?) the story...more
Pour préparer la sortie du cinquième tome de Blacksad, j'ai entrepris de relire les précédents. Cette nouvelle lecture a produit sur moi la même impression qu'il y a des années — une dizaine — lorsque j'avais découvert ce qui n'était pas encore une série. Une grande claque. Graphiquement le résultat est époustouflant: le raffinement des dessins, leurs détails, la représentation des intérieurs avec des points de vue audacieux en plongée notamment. Le bureau de Blacksad, cette pièce surchargée de...more
Apr 15, 2013 Raquel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Raquel by: my brother
Nunca fui especialmente fã de Bandas Desenhadas, se bem que tenha devorado a maioria da série das Witch, cuja colecção ainda guardo religiosamente. Contudo, "Blacksad - Algures entre as sombras" surpreendeu-me e conquistou-me, tanto no que toca ao género, tendo em conta que não sou apreciadora de policiais (mesmo que em BD), e, sobretudo, no que toca à Arte.
Este volume 1 apresenta-nos John Blackmore (ou só Blacksad) e a sua busca pelo assassino da bela e deslumbrante actriz, Natalia, a sua ex-n...more
An odd European album that sort of posits what would have happened had Raymond Chandler written for Disney. The story is what you expect, and excellently written as such by Juan Diaz Canales. Private detective Blacksad's former lover is killed, and finding her murderer becomes his personal mission. The thing that really sells the book, however, is Guardino's beautiful drawing. The lush coloring and detail of European comics married to classical anthropomorphic cartooning, creating a sort of beig...more
This is definitely noir. Enough so that I think even Chandler would admire it and while the story is the stuff of pulp fiction, the artwork is what really creates this immersive world.

This also stars a cat as a detective and no not in the Rita Mae Brown manner. Thank God. This actually works and not only works, it excels. I could go on and on about the marriage of the art to the narrative in this graphic novel but I think it's best experienced first hand.

The first and third stories are superb....more
Excellent! Cela faisait longtemps que j'entendais parler de cette BD mais je n'avais jamais pris le temps de la lire. C'est chose faite et je dois dire que j'ai beaucoup aimé. Les dessins sont superbes et le fait que les personnages soient représentés par des animaux ne m'a pas gêné du tout. J'ai adoré l'ambiance "polar" très bien rendue, l'enquête est sympa sans être très originale, c'est rythmé. Bref un gros coup de coeur!
The art is seriously lovely. And I love the concept in general. Unfortunately, the writing and the plot don't do justice to the artist's work. The characters are pretty straightforward archetypes. Nothing too complicated or challenging. But, like I said, the artwork and the world depicted are enough to keep me interested, and I'll definitely be checking out the next book in the series.
Farouk Bahri
Une bd qui flirte avec le polar noir, un graphisme magnifique et un anthropomorphisme à faire pâlir tous les dessinateurs de bd de l'univers.
Hormis, un dénouement un peu simpliste, cette bd est une référence. Blacksad souffre un amour perdu, (sur)vit à la souffrance et connait la rédemption. Un magnifique prologue à une magnifique série.
Dit was een teleurstelling. Ik had zoveel positieve reviews gelezen over deze comic. Blijkt dit eerste volume toch wel niet de standaard "woman in a refrigerator" trope te gebruiken? Daarbij heb ik gemerkt dat het noir genre mij niet zo goed ligt, dus dat komt er nog eens bij. De 2/5 is vooral voor het tekenwerk.
Can't say I'm a big fan of the anthropomorphic genre, but I heard great things about this book and was excited to receive it as a gift.

The art is drop-dead gorgeous and the layouts are beautifully cinematic. The stories are hard-boiled crime and contain some great twists and turns that caught me by surprise - in a good way.

The use of animals here does not relate to race, rather it is used to embody and accentuate the personalities and values of the characters. Race does play a pivotal role in on...more
Incredible...much better than I originally predicted. The anthropomorphism actually makes the book what it is. The animals are not arbitrarily picked; they actually symbolise the personality of the character so that when John Blacksad is followed down a dark alley, you're not too surprised when the dim streetlight shows that it's a lizard on his tail (no pun intended)...and Blacksad is quite the badass when needed.

Great storytelling...superb art and coloring...I hope they keep translating these...more
Questo fumetto ci porta nelle strade di una New York anni '50, con un detective privato pronto a risolvere ad ogni costo l'omicidio di una sua ex-fiamma.
I disegni sono stupendi grazie all'animatore della Disney, Juanjo Guarnido, le espressioni assunte da ogni personaggio sono più che reali.
José María Nebreda
Cuando dibujo y guión combinan como una partida de tetris bien jugada. Una maravilla.
I imported this up based on recommendations on a french site and boy I am glad I did.
Amazing art and story telling, this is the start of something great and to boot the story ends without a cliffhanger. To summarize quickly , this is a crime investigation story in a world where every character has an animal's face, the face based on their behavior and acts ( dogs and foxes tends to be cops for example).
I highly recommend this, and can see why people consider this one of the best 'bandes dessinee...more
Molto particolare questa trasformazione sotto forma di animali antropomorfi dei personaggi di Juan Díaz Canales. Atmosfere cupe, spesso claustrofobiche e violente con molta cura del dettaglio e colori sembre soffusi, tono su tone. Nell'insieme storie interessanti ma i disegni sono poco di mio gusto.
VanGogh's Beard
What an amazingly enjoyable GN. Having read great reviews of this one a few years back, I couldn't find it in English and it was relegated to the hind of my mind. So, it was a sweet surprise to find it on the shelves of my local comic shop, all translated and ready for consumption. With no recent hype to cloud my thoughts, I must say this one is not to be missed if you enjoy a good noir detective story. The anthropomorphic characters are created full and subtle. Enjoy!
Brillante en cuanto al arte, decepcionante por la trama y el guión. Acostumbrado a las complejidades de las novelas negras clásicas, a las que pretende rendir tributo, "Un lugar entre las sombras" flojea donde debería apoyarse, y sin ese referente languidece hasta el final. Los siguentes títulos de la serie mejoran mucho en este aspecto y, por lo tanto, mejora la obra. De todos modos, este primer título forma parte ya de una de las mejores sagas del género.
Enfin, je parviens à lire cette BD si souvent recommandée et qui semble recevoir une majorité d'excellentes critiques.
Un plaisir pour les yeux, à lire et à regarder, avec une vraie qualité de dessin et de colorisation et une étude des personnages fine, qui se reflète à travers leurs expressions, des gueules dignes des films noirs des 40s et 50s. Génial.
Tout y est. Mais ce tome se termine trop vite... je vais donc m'empresser de dévorer le tome suivant!
I would not have thought anyone could have told an excellent noir story using anthropomorphism, but these creators did it. While a brief tale, we get to join PI Blacksad on an emotional journey that can leave one almost as dejected as the PI himself. There are no winners, and everyone loses something (life, love, idealism, etc.)
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