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Sin City, Vol. 2: A Dame to Kill For (Sin City #2)

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The second volume of Frank Miller's signature series is now planned as the lead story in the upcoming Sin City 2! This newly redesigned edition sports a new cover by Miller - some of his first comics art in years! Stuck with nothing but a seedy gumshoe job and some demons, Dwight's thinking of all the ways he's screwed up and what he'd give for one clear chance to wipe the ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 208 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Dark Horse (first published November 1993)
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Jul 01, 2015 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2015

You got me good, Babe. Just when I was pulling it back together you come along and rip my heart out one more time. Only this time you crossed a final, fatal line. You tricked me into doing something there's no coming back from. You've damned my soul to hell.


In the first Sin City album, bruiser Marv got into a war with society over the killing of his one night stand. This time, scandal photographer and freelance investigator Dwight puts his own neck in the noose over an old flame of his. Av
Oct 20, 2015 Magdalena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it would be fun in anticipation for the new Sin City movie A Dame to kill for to read the comic that the movie is based upon. I loved the first movie (Actually bought it today and will try to re-watch it again soon) and I hope that the sequel will be just as good.

Anyway the story in Sin City: A Dame to kill for is quite simple: Dwight is working as a photographer taking pictures of men having affairs with women. He gets contacted after a job by his old flame Ava Lord and she is the dam
Sam Quixote
Aug 24, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
It's hard to give a summary of the story without making it sound cheesy and stereotypical with far too much macho action, because the book, and series even, is all of those things but manages to be so much better than all of that. A sleazy photographer takes pictures of an extra-marital affair with which he plans to blackmail the man with - this is our hero. Then the noir element kicks in - the femme fatale enters the bar in a haze of smoke and shadows. She's in trouble, and the photographer cal ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carmen by: Book Store

I don't like Dwight. And that's unfortunate, seeing as he's the main character. He looks down on other people. I also don't like the way he treats Marv or the way he talks about Marv. He also makes incredibly stupid decisions.

This book is actually a great portrait and portrayal of addiction. Dwight is an addict. He has completely given up alcohol, drugs, and killing. Because he thinks he's a monster. He's sure that any little thing... speeding, having a d
4.5 stars

Not quite as good as the first one, but still damn good.

Dec 16, 2015 Mahdi rated it really liked it
دومین کمیک از سری "شهر گناه" از فرانک میلر افسانه ای!
ساختار همه ی کمیک های این مجموعه، کمابیش ساختار فیلم های نوآره: ژانر کارآگاهی، با فضایی تیره، قهرمانی تنها با اصول اخلاقی خاکستری و عنصر بسیار مهم: زن زیبای اغواگر یا فِم فَتَل.
femme fatale

این کمیک، نسبت به کمیک قبلی (خداحافظی سخت) خیلی افت داشت. شخصیت قهرمان به اندازه ی قهرمان کمیک قبلی جذاب نبود، هر چند ضد قهرمان به نظرم از ضد قهرمان کمیک قبلی بهتر و هیجان انگیزتر بود.
مشکل بزرگ کمیک، این بود که بیشتر صحنه ها، به جای این که ضمن نقاشی ها نشون
Mar 27, 2016 Stuart rated it liked it
Sin City, Vol. 2: A Dame to Kill For: The ultimate femme fatale
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Frank Miller’s SIN CITY series is famous for its hard-boiled crime noir stories, characters and black-and-white artwork. In the second volume, A Dame To Kill For , Miller gleefully tackles that most classic of noir tropes, the seductive and deadly femme fatale. Ava is her name, and when she beckons, men cannot resist. Our lead this time is Dwight McCarthy, a photographer who is trying to live a
Oct 11, 2010 abatage rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It seems that Sin City is populated by noir stereotypes. All the men are plagued with aggression and will do anything for a dame, while all the women are calculating and trade sex for favours. With this in mind, I like to think that everyone who reads these books can have a laugh and consider how hyper-real Sin City actually is - the notion that the clear male/female dichotomy is something to be learned, might be a frightening one.

However, when viewed as the stylised hyper-reality that it is, Si
Aug 06, 2007 Marissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: comix, crime
The Sin City movie is literally the only film in the huge mass of comic book movies that have been made lately that is an improvement on the graphic novels. I enjoy Frank Miller's signature art style, all the black drips and angles, but his writing is just terrible. Lines that were charmingly campy and over-the-top in the movie, are juvenile and awkward in print.
Roya Shaban
Oct 22, 2014 Roya Shaban rated it really liked it
قرات الاول من فترة طوووووويلة جداً و الأن قررت العودة لاكمال السلسلة
علي كل حال ، الرسم بديع و فريد من نوعه اظنه السبب الرئيسي لمتابعتي للقصة
خصوصا التضليل و الاضاءات
و ايضا اللغة جميـلة لابعد الحدود

بعض السطور تبدو كانها بيوت شعريه من سلالة و جمال اللغة الانجلزية فيها

اعجبتني فكرة لم انتبه لها من خلال مشاهدتي للفيلم
ان بطل الكتاب الاول مات ف نهاية القصة
و ان بطل الكتاب التاني مات ف نهاية القصة
و البطل التاني كان موجود ف خلفية القصة الاولا
و البطل الاول كان موجود ف خلفيه القصة التانية

بداءت اشعر بالحماس
Nov 29, 2013 Felisberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
“Se você não me puder amar… Então me odeie! Se não pode me perdoar… Me castigue!” (Sin City #2, pp. 63)

Resumidamente um dos valores cultivados em Sin City! Esta cidade é mais uma vez o panorama que não dá tréguas e paz aos seus cidadãos. Mais uma dose muito bem conseguida de desespero, vingança, violência e, claro, uma boa dose de amor que serve de mote para a narrativa. É assim a vida em Sin City, não se escolhe: ou se morre assassinado ou vive-se assassinando. É a cidade em que o amor à própri
Jul 22, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it
This was just like the beautiful, so intense and so good. Frank Miller is the man.
Apr 14, 2016 Damon rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Quite a nasty pile of grit. Interesting story but the protagonist seriously lacks character when compared to Marv from the first story.
Story Synopsis: (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 25, 2014 Celine rated it it was ok
Summary: Dwight holds a tight control over his inner monster - he doesn't drink, plays by the rules and stays out of trouble. But then Ava comes back into his life, a woman that broke his heart. When she tells him she's in danger, his control starts to slip.

What I liked:
- There were some nice twists in the story that I didn't see coming
- The art sometimes has a kind of cut-out quality that looks pretty awesome; though everything is done in black and white there is still plenty of detailing
- A Da
May 26, 2008 Trebro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tradepaperbacks
The end of my review for Volume 1 was "It's great stuff, I hope the rest is even close to being this good." Fortunately, I was not a bit disappointed.

This time around, we follow Dwight, a man who had a great fall and has tried to live a better life, albeit one that still deals in the smut and dirty-dealing of life in Sin City and its environs. When a woman from his past comes back with one hell of a sob story, will he stay strong? Or fall right back into the abyss he thought he'd managed to craw
Cinthya Brenes
May 29, 2016 Cinthya Brenes rated it it was amazing
I have a love/hate relationship with Ava!
Jan 21, 2016 Cyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Revenge is revealing, painful and thoroughly satisfying.
Apr 02, 2008 Andy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: storyboard
Shelves: comix-novel
Frank Miller may be the ultimate storyboard artist. His comics are stark black and white sketches with little dialogue involved. The plot is laid out like a basic outline and there’s nothing wrong with that, but by no means does he deserve the genius tag some people give him.
“A Dame To Kill For” is a pretty cool drink of noir erotica, but it’s pretty stark stuff and not too deep. Not bad, but nothing that’ll frighten the horses..
Mar 07, 2015 Bellagbear rated it really liked it
only the end essay of # 4 would be worth to read this. The essay is about the degeneration of comics and especially comic artists agreeing with that. If you love comics stand up for it, if people don't understand f*ck them. Some days ago I was asked why I still read comics, while being an university student. I think that question is bullshit. Why wouldn't I be allowed to read comics when I am 'too smart'? One way of talking other people into the ground. Comics are just as smart as regular books. ...more
Apr 27, 2016 Omar rated it did not like it
In this book there were some things I didn't like, one of them being is that the book is in black and white making it very hard for me to know what the drawings are. Also I didn't like Dwight very much, he was , very weird, especially with Ava. Since when she first came, in the book,he hated her, but then Dwight goes to Ava's house and then they love each other and would kill for each other. I also didn't appreciate how the book ended, it ended with Dwight and Nancy were next to each other, and ...more
Alice Marsh-Elmer
Jun 04, 2014 Alice Marsh-Elmer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
A huge fan of both the series and Frank Miller, full disclosure--I knew this would be excellent before I even requested it on Netgalley. Still, I enjoyed the opportunity to revisit it.

The Sin City series is pulpy, noir, and altogether splendidly done. This one, which highlights a female antihero and a rather lost protagonist, attempts to turn the "damsel in distress" quite on its head. A few of the other characters whose storylines intersect are the focus of other Sin City novels, and the interp
A Dame to Kill For has me oscillating between two and three stars. I go for two after writing my review and seeing how frustrated I currently am with this volume. There are good things here, but right now the annoyances are winning. For starters, the whole thing is far too familiar, with this story told so many times that anyone with a sophomore knowledge of noir could predict the whole thing. And herein is the big problem.

Miller's world is pretty cool and his black and white visual style excell
Hannah  Messler
May 17, 2008 Hannah Messler rated it it was amazing
This one is just like my life. Cats, sandwiches, murder, treachery . . . the bathtub . . . yeah. I can really identify.
Lars De Richter
Dec 24, 2014 Lars De Richter rated it really liked it
Perfecte kerstlectuur ;-).

Minder bij de keel grijpend dan de eerste, maar misschien komt dat wel omdat de eerste echt nieuw was voor mij. Ik ken de film zo ongeveer van buiten, maar dat doet niets af aan het boek.

De tekeningen zijn buitengewoon mooi. Het spel met zwart en wit en het gebruik van licht, schaduw en tegenlicht is heel fascinerend.

Wat ook leuk is aan dit tweede deel is hoe de samenhang met deel 1 gesuggereerd wordt, in sommige prenten zie je op de achtergrond gebeurtenissen uit het e
Первый том Син Сити был о мести, слепой ярости и Марве. Второй же сконцентрирован на женщине, за которую стоит убивать — Аве Лорд. Марв использовал грубую силу, а что в наборе у хрупкой и ранимой женщины? Центр тяжести ощутимо сдвинулся в сторону блистательных дам.

Сюжет и интрига довольно просты, но я читала том в один присест, так что некоторые повороты стали для меня неожиданностью. Атмосфера нуара никуда не делась, отвлеченные пассажи о городе и окружении все так же читались у меня в голове г
Feb 19, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Sinister. Sexy. I love this volume because it is both those things in abundance. The characters are volatile, unpredictable, manipulative and deadly and Sin City itself is dark and filthy yet deliciously corrupt and immoral. I just love reading about the place and watching as characters try to stay ahead in a world that is always looking to crush them.

The main character, Dwight, is very endearing and you find yourself willing him to succeed. I love how he represses some sort of buried anger whi
Feb 09, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It occurs to me that I may be padding a little bit by listing a comic book in here, even if it is a really damn good comic book. So after this, no more comics.

Unless they're super damn good.

I chose this volume of Sin City because it was one of the stories that wasn't featured in the movie. It precedes one of them - "The Big Fat Kill," and explains that line about Dwight having a new face, and also explains why Michael Clarke Duncan has a golden eyeball. Of course, knowing this story is not a pre
Jul 23, 2016 Manuel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Ancora più bello del primo volume (che era già di suo parecchio bello tra l'altro): i disegni mi son parsi più belli e più curati, ricchi di dettagli e con un bianco e nero usato alla perfezione; Ava è probabilmente una delle femme fatale meglio riuscite nella storia del noir; la storia è avvincente e ricca di plot twists; il finale è duro e crudo e l'intera vicenda è cupissima e iper-violenta come piace a me.
Tra parentesi il film (o quantomeno l'episodio ispirato da questo volume) regge molto
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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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“Nancy's got a guardian angel. Seven feet plus of muscle and mayhem that goes by the name of Marv.” 12 likes
“Most people think Marv is crazy, but I don't believe that.
I'm no shrink and I'm not saying I've got Marv all figured out or anything, but "crazy" just doesn't explain him. Not to me. Sometimes I think he's retarded, a big, brutal kid who never learned the ground rules about how people are supposed to act around each other. But that doesn't have the right ring to it either. No, it's more like there's nothing wrong with Marv, nothing at all--except that he had the rotten luck of being born at the wrong time in history. He'd have been okay if he'd been born a couple of thousand years ago. He'd be right at home on some ancient battlefield, swinging an ax into somebody's face. Or in a roman arena, taking a sword to other gladiators like him.
They'd have tossed him girls like Nancy, back then.”
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