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Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales
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May 14, 2011

really liked it
Read in May, 2011

Guarnido's art makes the star turn here, to be totally honest. His painted art joins meticulously detailed backdrops of 1950s New York to perfectly pitched coloring in service of a story told with beautifully rendered and compellingly expressive character work. Canales' writing hits all the right beats of noir detective fiction, balancing postmodern darkness with tragic romanticism just right and creating memorable characters to wrap it all around, but Guarnido's (a former animator for Disney) "funny animals," at turns sexy, haunting, funny and terrifying, sell this as a great piece of sequential art. Excellent comics here, presented in a fantastic oversized hardcover from Dark Horse that serves the material beautifully.

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