Willem van den Oever's Reviews > Sin City, Vol. 4: That Yellow Bastard

Sin City, Vol. 4 by Frank Miller
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Oct 27, 2013

it was amazing
bookshelves: comics, thriller-mystery, in-english, trenchcoats-and-dames
Read on March 04, 2011

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 story gradually jumps ahead some years after Hartigan is released and discovers that Nancy, who has supported him throughout his years in the can, may once again be chased by a mad man.
As uncomfortable as the relationship between Hartigan and Nancy might get over the course of the story, there's no denying that Miller manages to pull some of the old heartstrings by the time 'That Yellow Bastard' is over.

Art-wise, this part of his series has the best looking character designs, the best framing and boldest shapes - especially during the scenes taking place in Hartigan's prison. At the same time, Miller introduces some colour in his otherwise black and white world, giving the graphical nature of this beast some extra punch with a dull mustard yellow.

Miller seems to be completely at ease during the entire production of this book, leaving the reader with a book that thrills and shocks and entertains; that's hugely impressive both in terms of its artwork and its hardhitting plotline. Of the seven titles in this series - possibly of his entire career - 'That Yellow Bastard' is Frank Miller's masterpiece.

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