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Sin City Vol. 1 (Sin City #1)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  39,816 Ratings  ·  744 Reviews
Basin City è una città basata sul vizio, tanto che tutti ormai la chiamano Sin City, la Città del Peccato. E in una tale città non è importante essere positivi o negativi, l'importante è essere vivi. Con la proprioa testa, con il proprio corpo, con i propri muscoli... con qualunque cosa si abbia, l'importante è sopravvivere. Fino a qiando la propria vita non è importante q ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published 2004 by Magic Press (first published June 1992)
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RESOLVED: The Sin City movie was superior to the graphic novel*.

*Note: This debate covers only the first 45 Minutes of the Sin City movie which encompassed the adaptation of this graphic novel.


Assumption 1: Sin City: the Hard Goodbye was a ground-breaking graphic novel and worthy of its critical and commercial success.

Assumption 2: Sin City: the Hard Goodbye should be read by fans of the graphic novel format and those interested in a grittier, edgier read.

Hannah Messler
Nov 30, 2016 Hannah Messler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok I am tired of people liking this dumb review so I'm erasing it.


And while we're here, fuck Trump.
Aug 16, 2015 Lono rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Miller’s “The Hard Goodbye” is a noir masterpiece that would’ve given the great Jim Thompson a legendary hard-on. This was so obviously a labor of love for Frank. He was really at the peak of his career when he put pen to paper with this one. The descriptions and dialogue were hard-edged and to straight to the razor-sharp point, just like good noir should be. And because of it, this book might not be for the easily offended. Frank doesn’t pussy around with what he wants to say and words like “fa
Jun 23, 2015 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2015

There's no settling down. It's going to be blood for blood and by the gallons. It's the old days. The bad days. The all-or-nothing days. They're back. There's no choice left and I'm ready for war.

Marv is taking medications to keep his anger and his killing impulses under control, but his efforts to become a better person are sabotaged when he wakes up from a drunken stupor to find Goldie, his gorgeous one-night-stand, dead beside him. He is not anybody's idea of a knight in shiny armor - a hul
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carmen by: Book Store

The writing. It was excellent.

The drawings.

Marv's distinctive dialogue. I've read enough Miller to know that he doesn't make all his main characters the same. This is much to his credit. Examples:

By way of a for instance...

...I probably would have had to paste you one...

Just give with the scoop.

The fact that Marv is almost impossible to kill.

Marv sleeps during the day and hates the sun. Like a vampire.

Lucille is a lesbian. She is strong physically and mentally but is not a
Sin City (The Hard Goodbye): A hard-boiled noir tale of revenge
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Frank Miller’s SIN CITY hit the comic scene back in the early 1990s like multiple shots to the head and body. Readers were blown away with this hard-boiled story and its stark, iconic black-and-white artwork. In fact, Miller does all the writing, artwork and lettering for SIN CITY, which is pretty damn impressive. The stories tapped into that rich vein of crime noir pioneered by writers like Das
Thematic BuddyRead with that gang we shouldn’t even be admitting to belonging to (but somehow proudly emblazon it wherever we go), the Shallow Comic Readers.

Criteria: An embarrassing amount of jugs on display

Yes, Miller had a real talent for drawing...


[it's almost balletic]

...even if he spent a remarkable amount of time focusing on the female nipple...

[I mean, seriously Frank. Porn wasn't *that* hard to acquire in the 80's...]

And no, I can't approve of the throwback-to-unapologetic
Nov 05, 2016 Trebro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About ten pages into this, I commented to Erica that "I forgot Frank Miller used to know how to draw." That's my first and most lasting impression of this trade, the fact that before he lost his anatomy books and gave way to caricatures-as-commentary, Miller was a damned good writer and artist of comic books that were dark without being oppressive.

Sin City is a really bad place, filled with really bad characters that do really bad things. And yet, none of it--save perhaps the jarring disfigureme
May 11, 2015 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is technically a 3.5. The story merits a 4. The art only 3.
I know Miller's style is supposed to convey a frenetic edginess, and yeah, the boobs are all nice and round and gravity-defying...
But, I grew up on Vampirella, Eerie and Creepy. To me, the artwork just looks sloppy.
Paul Nash
Forgot all about this series. The art is so simple yet different. The movie really nailed the look of this graphic series!
Aug 30, 2016 Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This blew my brains out. The book is so much better than the movie for Marv's narration alone. Who's Marv? Marv is a killer, hardcore ex-felon, pill-popping alcoholic, sadistic, homophobic, womanizing hateful fuck. He's kind of a bastard. But I love how extreme and uncompromising he is, even if he is mostly evil. Marv is the anti-hero. Does anyone else think Marv looks and acts like a more extreme version of The Dark Knight? That was my thought when reading this.

The women in this book, though,

This is my second attempt to get into Sin city but I simply can't.Problem isn't the writing, I think that Miller is great writer(two of my favorite Batman comics are his work) and there is good story in here too.Problem are illustrations, I loathed them from the start and I couldn't enjoy the story properly.

I will leave it unrated.I couldn't enjoy it but I don't think this is bad graphic novel, as I said above there is good story in there and if illustrations don't bother you than I wo
Asghar Abbas
Mar 22, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Five stars for the artwork, narrative, the movie and the timeline of 2005 2006 when I was heavily into this.

And absolutely zero stars for Frank Miller's rabid personality , xenophobia, and general pigheadedness.
Marnie  Krüger
I am absolutely crazy for this art!


I've never seen the movie, and I believe it or not, this is my first ever Frank Miller read.
It's dark and sinister. It is treacherous and hankering.
I don't think this comic would have succeed if it was in color, the black and white gives you the dark mysterious feel that makes the whole thing work.

I'm definitely getting myself the rest of the Sin City series.
Apr 30, 2015 أحمد rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أدهشني أسلوب تصوير وإضاءة وتلوين الفيلم، لكن قراءة "سين سيتي" أدهشتني أكثر. فلقطات الفيلم تكاد تكون صورة طبق الأصل من لوحات الرواية المصورة. رائحة الفساد التي تفوح من المدينة هي نفس رائحة مدينة جوثام. تطرف "مارف" هو نفسه تطرف "بروس وين" كما كتبه ميلر. حتى حدود الجسد الخارجية في الظلال! يقفز "مارف" من فوق البناية في نشوة انتقامه فيبدو في لقطة - ربما تعمدها ميلر - تماما كفارس الظلام، باتمان.
أستمتع للغاية بكتابة فرانك ميلر، لكنني هنا استمتعت كذلك برسومه كما استمتعت بكتابته.
هذا هو العمل الذي يعبر بد
Nov 27, 2013 Felisberto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2013
Crime, Mistério, Violência e Paixão: Sin City!

Sendo este volume uma leitura poderosa, relembra-nos constantemente que “O seu nome era Goldie”, o nome da mulher de ouro que serve de alavanca a um trabalho de ouro de Frank Miller.

Para quem não conhece, “Sin City é uma mulher enorme e sacana, implorando por ser possuída” (in Sin City, pp. 69). Não é uma cidade de heróis como podemos pensar à primeira vista, pois os “heróis não ficam com as pernas bambas e com vontade de vomitar, chorar e se encolh
David Schaafsma
Dec 10, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gn-crime
I read this first a couple years ago, and reread it because of the second Sin City movie, to see if my initial ideas about it held true. When I first read it, I think I knew some people hated Miller, though knew his Sin City/Batman/ Daredevil work made him one of the very top most influential writers in comic history.

Based on the range of his work, there is a lot of bitterness and anger in it. Rage. Maybe this is true. It seems to be. Also, many people seem him as sexist, racist, and there may
Eh. I really wanted to like this one, since it's Frank Miller and Sin City and all, but I didn't, really. I will admit that I found the art stunning. The black and white was gorgeous, and the fact that the movie version followed the visuals of the graphic novel so closely is probably why I found the movie intriguing. I do also like the idea Sin City, of a place that merely exists and prospers due to it's prostitution trade, which has interesting effects, such as the paradox of a town with a thri ...more
El duro adiós (The Hard Goodbye, 1991-1992) es el primer volumen de esta saga de historias ubicadas en Basin City. A través de los pensamientos de Marv desentrañamos una historia de corrupción y muerte que no deja indiferente. Todo comienza con la muerte de Goldie, una prostituta que se ofrece a un hombre solitario, borracho y desesperado, Marvis. Tras el silencioso asesinato de Goldie, el protagonista se toma la justicia por su mano e investigará que oscuros intereses se ocultan tras l
Mar 21, 2009 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what it is about this story, but it's my favorite so far. The author managed to make me feel so bad for Marv, it might be because of the simplistic way he refers to his mental disorder ex. "i get confused" or the fact that he really isn't a bad guy just a little off. Who knows, maybe it's because i'm a romantic and the idea of a guy tracking down his girls murderer and killing anyone involved is...kinda romantic to me. Don't let that scare you away though, the book is a bunch of vio ...more
Dec 21, 2015 Eisnein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After long years spent locked down, sick and ailing -- an invalid by law, unable to go anywhere or say anything, he was finally free and healthy.


Frank Miller had suddenly kicked down the door, pulled Comics Noir roughly out of bed, tossed him a new suit, and slapped him hard when he started to whine. When Miller and Noir were back on the street, as the sickly man breathed in the cold night air, and examined the long shadows being cast by the streetlights, he began to look and feel younger, healt
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sin city

انا من مريدين فرانك ميللر , ومن مريدين خطوطه وأفكاره

اعتمد هنا تماما علي الظلال والابيض والاسود
ك خط موازي من حيث الرسم

علشان يواكب الاجواء القوطية , لا قوطية ايه شديدة القوطية
ف الحدوته

الجزء دا هو قصة "مارف " لو شوفت الفيلم ف الغالب هتكون قولت عليه رجل المستحيل

الراجل اصلا مجنون وبياخد ادوية , بيقع ف غرام عاهرة مش عارف انها عاهرة
بتتقتل وهي معاه

بس ف بيقرر الانتقام ليها بيعمل سلسلة من الانتقامات القصيرة الي ان يصل للعقل المدبر

كيفين والقديس باتريك
طبعا بيشوف كوارث

Mar 29, 2012 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noir isn't for everyone, I've learned over the years. Not everyone gets as excited as I do about gritty stories about those who slip through the shadows of the city, the ones that humanity supposedly forgot about. People think it's cheap for violence, punny narrative, old slang and standard mystery skeletons all mixing about on the streets of a dark city where no one seems happy.

But I love that shit.

I seriously do.

And the opening installment had all that: lone anti-hero on a war path to the top
Aug 09, 2014 Selwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought and read the 7 Sin City books when the first movie came out, and, low and behold, the second movie is (finally) coming out and I'm rereading them! The downside to this plan is that I'm on vacation at the moment and only brought 3 of the books with me, but I finished this volume in a matter of hours. This vacation is gonna be hard, man.

Anyway, I'm not going to bother writing up my own synopsis, since whoever is reading this can just scroll up and get the idea from that. I will say that I
Having already seen the movie, the plot didn't impress me. One small but important detail: the big screen work kept most of the original lines from the comic book, which is really nice because it really gives an authentic edge to it.

A bit of an edgy drawing style, but it helps for the end effect.

Starting the second volume in 2 mins!
Aug 27, 2016 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead prostitute, ugly thug, silent killer, corrupt police, fallen clergy, and cold, messy revenge. Just another night in Frank Miller's Sin City.
Jan 30, 2016 Joey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Pretty good. Some of the graphics are a bit discernable at times. I may have liked it more if I had not seen the movie first. Frank Miller is near genius.
Jesse A
Jul 09, 2015 Jesse A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good. Looking forward to continuing these.
Raw. Gritty. Original. Awesome. Are the words I would use to describe this.
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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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