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Sin City, Vol. 5: Family Values (Sin City #5)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  7,100 Ratings  ·  186 Reviews
There's a kind of debt you can't ever pay off, not entirely. And that's the kind of debt Dwight owes Gail. The girls of Old Town have their own family values, their own laws-and when someone too dumb to know better breaks them, an example needs to be set. Dwight's got his own reasons for taking the job, and deadly little Miho . . . Miho likes to play with them a little fir ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 128 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Dark Horse Books (first published 1994)
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Aug 28, 2015 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2015

"Family Values" is vintage Frank Miller: what I have come to refer to as a typical visit to the dark underbelly of his Sin City noir universe. Two old acquaintaces, Dwight the photographer turned vigilante and Miho the diminutive ninja hooker, investigate a mob assassination in a rundown diner. The usual suspects feature in the case: the ladies of Old Town, the Mob bosses and their henchmen, corrupted cops, hard-fisted anti-heroes. An alcoholic hooker tells her sob story to Dwight along with the
Sep 05, 2014 Carmen rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Die-hard fans
Recommended to Carmen by: Book Store
There's nothing really to this novel. A bunch of killing. Only the barest shreds of a plot. It's disappointing.

Great illustrations, as usual.

Also, Dwight is the main character. I hate Dwight. At least he didn't hit any women in this volume. If he did, this would be 1-star instead of 2. But even though he's not practicing his usual women-beating ways, I still hate the way he talks and acts towards women. Zero points. He's still a jerk, in my opinion.

There's a lesbian couple in this novel, and aga
Sam Quixote
Jul 06, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
“Family Values” is the shortest Sin City book (barring “Booze, Broads, and Bullets” which is a collection of short stories) featuring Dwight (from “A Dame to Kill For”)and Miho (from “The Big Fat Kill”) as they set their sights for revenge against one of Basin City’s mafia families. The story is standard fare if you’re familiar with Sin City; if not, the story is told in black and white with flashes of primary colour (often red) and reads like the hard boiled noir thrillers of the 30s and 40s by ...more
Feb 06, 2012 Chrissy rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Miho is my favourite character in this series; I love the way she's drawn in lighter lines than any other character, wispy as if she wasn't really there. Contrasted with the heavy black lines and bold strokes of most other characters, she really stands out. You can feel her deadliness in the way Miller draws her. And without any dialogue, he brings her completely to life in this volume. The story was mediocre, as usual, but damn if that isn't some slick art. I'd forgotten since the last volume h ...more
May 17, 2014 Andrew rated it it was ok
The book takes a few pages before it really gets going, but even then the plot is pretty thin and doesn't really go anywhere. The are is inconsistent, some pages are amazing but others look sloppy.

I didn't like the Miho character as she didn't have any depth. I also didn't like the way she was drawn, it's almost as if Miller drew her on a different page, cut the image of her out and pasted it on the final page with the rest of the characters and background. She seems detached from the world.

Jesse A
Mar 24, 2015 Jesse A rated it really liked it
A step down from volume 4 but still quality.
Penny Raspenny
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous ones. The story hadn't much to say, and the sketches were not as marvelously made as in the other books. It took me a long time to finish it, because somewhere in the middle I got bored and left it asided to read another book.

I feel I have to point this out, but I was realy dissapointed from this novel. We could find Miho in a leading role here (as leading as it can be, since she never talks), and I like Miho as a character (hope to hear her story
David Schaafsma
Feb 16, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-crime
A simple tale of mob revenge by Dwight with his assassin Miho, who is one of the great characters in this series. Dwight, Marv, others that look and act like them, they all seem to be one character, (though I admit they are one entertaining character in this series!) but Miho is unique and great and undermines for a bit the claims of misogyny that are made against Miller. This is a short volume in the series, but has all you want in noir… though it is not subtle like Chandler, it is Big and Beef ...more
Nov 18, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Frank Miller
Recommended to Mark by: Millers brilliant Batman book
It is a well told tale of revenge all in a Noir kind of style in which one man searches for the truth behind a hit on a mobster. He is closely followed by Miho a skating assassin of little words and a rather impressive arsenal of weapons all in the no-gun variety. To call her a Ninja would be apt but she wears a shiny white outfit that gives her a more angelic style.
The tale is told in a sparse way you have to read all the way to the end to know what it is all about.
The Art is true to Frank Mill
My Brief Bookshelf Overview: badass-to-the-extreme, bold-or-unapologetic, gave-up-before-finishing, grim, mature, story-not-intriguing-enough, unrealized-potential, violent

Additional Notes: This collection contains Sin City: Family Values issue #1.

Miller doesn't seem to be particularly adept at writing dialogue. He's much better suited to narration. And ever since the last volume, his increasingly numerous attempts at humor have been embarrassingly ineffective and annoying. All this, combined wi
Feather Mista
Lo tengo y lo leí en la edición argentina en dos tomitos, que después chequearé si anda dando vueltas por goodreads o veré si lo subo. Recuerdo que no fue la historia de Sin City que más me gustó pero sí está mejor que lo que vendría después.
Miho y Dwight hacían buena dupla, habrá que ver si la terminan adaptando a película.
Aug 14, 2016 أحمد rated it it was ok
The worst in the series, so far.
'kris Pung
Jul 31, 2014 'kris Pung rated it liked it
While still fun this was my less favorite of the Sin City books I've read so far.
Willem van den Oever
That Yellow Bastard’ was – by far – the greatest piece of comic book writing and –penciling Frank Miller has ever done. In terms of style and narrative, it was tight, slick and absolutely unique. Miller was in control of every shape and every word put unto paper. It was one of those comic books damn near everybody should have a copy of.

So opening up the first pages of its follow-up – ‘Family Values’ – it is somewhat disappointing to see that übertight use of silhouettes and shapes gone out the
Oct 06, 2015 Suncerae rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Starring recurring characters Dwight and Miho, Family Values is about the vengeance than ensues when someone breaks the law of Old Town. Dwight’s involvement is pure business (ongoing debt to Gail), but Miho loves every minute of death and torture she can inflict. An investigation of a diner shootout leads them to one of Sin City’s mafia families.

Once Dwight finds his goons and gets on the inside, he hears the mafia bad guy boast about how much he enjoyed killing every living thing he saw, inclu
In my re-read of Sin City this is the first of the series that achieved only a two star rating from me. It seemed as if the art quality in this issue diminished - there were less defined and spartan drawings, far more busy scenes that were ultimately a bit difficult to parse out. Miho, further, looked strangely unfinished. At times I had to reread a page multiple times, looking over the scene to figure out just what I missed.

Family Values largely focuses upon a mob-hit and the repercussions. So
Oct 18, 2015 Suncerae rated it it was ok
Starring recurring characters Dwight and Miho, Family Values is about the vengeance than ensues when someone breaks the law of Old Town. Dwight’s involvement is pure business (ongoing debt to Gail), but Miho loves every minute of death and torture she can inflict. An investigation of a diner shootout leads them to one of Sin City’s mafia families.

Once Dwight finds his goons and gets on the inside, he hears the mafia bad guy boast about how much he enjoyed killing every living thing he saw, inclu
Jun 02, 2013 Matt rated it it was ok
Shelves: rpl
This volume of the Frank Miller Sin City saga took me a long time to finish. Not because it's long or difficult to read, I just had a lot of other stuff on my plate, so I took my time with it.

I found this one to be rather unremarkable. The story was interesting and all, but I didn't find myself as interested in Miho as perhaps others might. Yes, she is an intriguing character, but the concept of a ruthless killer riding around on rollerblades is somewhat... well... lame. It just kept bringing me
I was very underwhelmed by this installment of the Sin City series. Reading over other peoples' reviews here on Goodreads, I'm heartened to see I'm not the only one.

There were couple of things that made this one so much weaker than its four predecessors.

(1) Simplistic storyline. True, the other volumes mostly contained various concatenations of vintage pulp tropes, but through the artwork, characterization, and language, the stories took on emergent properties.

(2) Characters. Very flat. Miho is
Marshall Hanlon
Nov 30, 2015 Marshall Hanlon rated it liked it
My least favorite Sin City comic.....but it's still good.

A man with his deadly little miho must rectify an injustice done to one of their own in a gory war for their own protection.'s underwhelming.

There's still high points: the humor which is a precursor of things to come is fun especially with main character and the cop, miho is always fun, and the silent panels are wonderful.

The story is not as strong as the previous though. It's cohesive and makes sense in the end, but doesn't ha
Ordinary Dahlia
Mar 17, 2009 Ordinary Dahlia rated it really liked it
Pesona Asia yang mematikan deadly little Miho banyak beraksi di sini. Dipimpin oleh Dwight (again?),dia mulai menyelusuri tempat tinggal mafia setempat yang telah melakukan vendetta dengan brutal&sadis. Agak kaget di akhir cerita setelah mengetahui ternyata pelacakan itupun berlatar belakang balas dendam (juga)! Ampyuuuun deh, akhirnya terjadi pembantaian yang lebih brutal&sadis dari sang mafia lakukan?! kapan seh sincity bisa damai?
*Muncul Halo dan sayap naga berubah seputih salju*
جلد پنجم از مجموعه کمیک "شهر گناه" از فرانک میلر.

به نسبت ماجرای اصلی، مقدمه ای بیش از حد طولانی و غیر ضروری داشت. اتفاق اصلی داستان، فقط پنج صفحه بود، در حالی که داستان صد و بیست صفحه بود. یعنی صد و پانزده صفحه مقدمه چینی که خیلی ارتباطی هم به داستان نداشت.

البته بخش زیادی از این مقدمه چینی، قتل های "میهو"، دختر قاتل ژاپنی بود که خیلی هیجان انگیز و جالب بودند. مخصوصاً بازی کردنش با مرد چاق، مثل گربه ای که با شکارش بازی میکنه، قبل از اینکه بکشدش.
Sep 14, 2010 Linds rated it liked it
Shelves: 1980s, crime, comic, noir
This is my least favorite Sin City book that I've read so far. There wasn't much of a story - it's mostly Miho laying waste to the mafia. In the 80's I'm sure that a ninja on roller blades was insanely cool. But reading it for the first time now it's just kind've silly.
Sep 04, 2014 Albert rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
3.5 out of 5 --- Shortest Sin City story so far... Story was pretty straight forward; nice highlight for deadly little Miho.
Jan 28, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
This book was the shortest in the series so far but had plenty of action.Miho wiped the floor with a bunch of mobsters.All out action and great dialogue and artwork.Onto the next book in the series.
Cemre Serpal
Mar 04, 2017 Cemre Serpal rated it it was ok
2.5tan 2

hikaye her zamanki gibi basit ötesi
karakterler yüzeysel
çizimler okay i guess ama yaaaani

video oyunlarının varlığından önce gereksiz ve ölçüsüz şiddete ihtiyaç duyan kişilerin buna ulaşması için iyi bir yöntem olurdu da, artık biraz ehhh gereksiz anlamsız manasız

olmasa da olur
Tomáš Kratochvíl
Mar 02, 2017 Tomáš Kratochvíl rated it did not like it
The storyline of this Sin City was dull and uninteresting. Maybe I'm getting to old to read revenge stories just because they are vengeful. But I don't think so. I like revenge stories... when there is more to the book than the revenge itself. And honestly, this Sin City didn't have anything else. From all of the Sin Cities, this look like Frank Miller can only draw cars and guns. Which is usually only a faint feeling while looking at a small part of his pictures. And the dialogues - again, usua ...more
Liz Whitehouse
Feb 10, 2017 Liz Whitehouse rated it really liked it
It is safe to say that I am addicted to this Graphic Novel series, and this is definitely a great edition.

I really love the change in perspective to little, deadly Miho. Her ruthlessness is mentioned throughout the other but is really shown in this novel. I also really really love the mob war angle in this one as well.

there was a little something, not quite sure what it was, that stopped it being a 5. It just didn't work quite as well, maybe the change in viewpoints, or the slightly different
Apr 09, 2016 Stuart rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sin City, Vol. 5: Family Values: Dreadful artwork and dreary story
Originally posted Family Values
Family Values is the fifth volume in Frank Miller’s SIN CITY series, and its a serious stinker. Until now, the first four volumes have been consistently well-drawn, distinctive, hard-boiled, and fun in a mean-spirited way. I came in expecting more of that, and was shocked to see almost from the first panels an unmistakable drop in the quality of the artwork, dialogue, and story.

Miller is still using
Jan 02, 2017 Tomáš rated it it was ok
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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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Sin City (7 books)
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