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Frank Miller's Sin City Volume 3: The Big Fat Kill

(Sin City #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  14,883 ratings  ·  304 reviews
One of Sin City's most fascinatingly conflicted characters, Dwight, returns in The Big Fat Kill, the third volume of Frank Miller's seminal noir comic and the inspiration for one of the segments of the blockbuster Sin City film! This third edition is newly redesigned and features a brand-new cover by Miller-some of his first comics art in years!

For Dwight, sometimes stand
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Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Dark Horse Books (first published 1994)
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Matthew
"You gotta stand up for your friends. Sometimes that means dying. Sometimes that means killing a whole lot of people"



In volume 3 of the Sin City series, the story remains dark, gory, and creative. For those who have seen the original movie you will recognize this as the middle part of it.



This is a highly entertaining mix of action, humor, and bad-ass-ery (a word that I am growing very fond of using). If you like your thrills noir, your heroines very naughty, and your heroes fighting to within an
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Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, comics
[7/10]

By the third tradeback album, readers should no longer be surprised at the excessive violence, nudity and cussing that define night life in Basin City. The question is not if things are about to go worse, but into what kind of horrible manner will the s--t hit the fan next. The Big Fat Kill starts with a case of domestic violence as a former minor character, the waitress Shellie, is battered in her own apartment by an old flame. By the end of the installment we will witness wholesale slau
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Luís C.
The Big Fat Kill introduces Miho, the ninja hooker and shows a significant part of Old Town, one of Sin City's most intriguing districts. Dwight's narrative is more succinct, more astute and more accessible than Marv's from The Hard Goodbye. In fact, The Big Fat Kill has more interesting characters than most of the other books in the series and has a few truly great cinematic moments.
Where The Hard Goodbye was about revenge, The Big Fat Kill is about loyalty and duty and how we set our own oblig
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Melki
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best of the series so far.

This time the curvy gals of Old Town have gone too far and killed the wrong man.

No. Let's rephrase that. They killed the right man, at the wrong time, and in definitely the wrong place. This guy will be missed.

Soon, cops and the mob will be swarming the place. Deals will be broken.

And let's face it...nobody wants to see that many 38DDs shot full of holes.

Now guess who's gotta clean up the mess before all hell breaks loose?

Will there be enough body bags in Sin City
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Dan
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The events of this book were a chapter in the first Sin City movie.
https://youtu.be/LdggXkVl8gA
E.Y.E.-D
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite from the series so far. The art was awesome as usual but I thought the story was much better.
James DeSantis
Well this was the weakest by far for me.

So the storyline is just basically a big old "oh we fucked up let's cover it up" but of course no one can be trusted, everyone is a backstabber, and the ending ends in a "well everyone might be dead" but you know they aren't.

I just didn't enjoy this one as much. I didn't like any of the characters, the art makes it REALLY hard to enjoy the fight scenes, and there really needs to be women in this series who aren't whores. Like it's insane...
Stuart
The Big Fat Kill: One of the most original Sin City stories
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
The Big Fat Kill is the third volume in Frank Miller’s SIN CITY series, featuring Dwight McCarthy, Marv, and the ladies of Old Town delivering justice with extreme prejudice to some very deserving goons. It’s another celebration of violent revenge against some pretty reprehensible people, so it goes down fairly easily. It’s also the most creative storyline of the first three volumes, and is featur
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Carmen
Aug 31, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Carmen by: Book Store
Ummmmm...no.

Dwight's the MC again, and I don't like him.

Also, I have some questions:

1.) Why didn't Dwight take care of the men BEFORE Shellie got beaten?

2.) Why didn't Shellie tell him Jackie-boy was a cop before? Like, way before?

3.) Why didn't Jackie-boy, when in Old Town, being threated/maimed by the whores, tell them he was a cop? It would have been a simple, quick solution to his problems and it's RIDICULOUS that he didn't mention it. I mean he was drunk, but not THAT drunk, and getting hur
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Mizuki
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great, comic
My review for volume. 2: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

The girls all know the score. No escape. No surrender. No mercy. We got to kill every last rat bastard one of them, every last one. Not for revenge. Not because they deserve it. not because it'll make the world a better place.


Sharp, awesome artwork in simple black and white! Crime-noir with a lot of action scenes and gun fights! Breathtaking gang wars! Hardass hookers and a crazy male lead! Tons of quotable lines! Sassy dialogue
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Ill D
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hindsight can be something of a “mutha.” Some look back in anger. Others prefer those rosy tinged glasses tinting everything with saccharine nostalgia. Swooning one way or another, the Frank Miller canon should include a heavy dose of both. And his seminal Sin City, is no exception.

The virulently stark pencil-work remains phenomenally unique as it is painfully effective, to readers and those within the story alike. Piercing those within and without, the chosen duo-chromaticism actually works to
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Dimitra
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That...was...EPIC!
The story of this volume was amazing! Thrilling and full of badass action!
So far, my favorite volume!
Of course, the artwork is mesmerising, as always!
Dave
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Sin City volume 3 is as dark, bleak, and violent as the Sin City series can be. Despite the few color pages in the front, the darkness of the black and white art permeates it. Noir as a graphic novel.
Liz Whitehouse
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel has all the grit and darkness expected from a Miller Sin City book, but for me, it has an extra level that wasn't in the first 2 volumes.

In the previous stories, the protagonist has influenced how much I liked the volume, and the story is almost solely focused on their plight. In The Big Fat Kill, I feel like the dynamics and politics of Old Town, the prostitutes, the mob, the police, are at the forefront and make for a fascinating dimension to the otherwise stellar graphic no
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Tom
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
More of the same...I'll probably finish the series just to satisfy my inner completionist, but Frank Miller's style can grow tired after a couple of these. His characters aren't complex or rich enough to make this series something special.
Michael Benavidez
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I do enjoy this volume, it seems less focused on the characters and more on the action filled plot. Where as the last two were focused on the character's state of mind, this one seems merely content to let the action push them forward.
That isn't to say it isn't a good part, the best moments come when there is no action and merely reflection on the events that are taking place.
3.5
Fiona
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I already new part of the story from the Sin City movie but it was still really interesting. I was missing a bit of backup information. But I have to admit I don't now much about the series and it is a while ago that I read the first two books. All in all it was again a really entertaining story with awesome pictures and a lot of violence and good written texts.
Nicolo Yu
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sdcc-2008-hauls
The Sin City movie made me want to check the original graphic novels. I found this lone Sin City hardcover at a dealer table at a discount and I just got to have it. I like the story but I found myself preferring the movie over the book.
André
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This volume 3 presents another story about dames, but, this time with more action.
The story is set in a period after Marv's death. Dwight, the male protagonist, is dating Shellie, a bartender. Inside Shellie's apartment, Dwight, is comforting her dear dame while an acquaintance of Shelly, the drunken Jackie Boy, bangs on the door. Jackie boy enters into the apartment with his fellow drunken fellas, and tries to convince Shellie to join them in a pub crawl run. Shellie refuses and Jack hits her.
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Fox
I previously mentioned my love of the Sin City film and how it was what spurred me on to read the books. This was by far my favorite plot in the movie, and indeed, the comic delivers in spades. All the humor, all the suspense, and all the ridiculously noir proclivities are here in spades. Dwight is back, as are Gail, Shellie, and deadly little Miho. Old Town is in trouble, and it's up to Dwight and the lovely girls to save the day.

Dwight, now dating Shellie, is not amused when she gets some rath
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Jack van Riel
Graphic Novels are hard to rate. This gets maybe 2 stars for the story, 5 for the art.

Brutal pulp noir story filled with with half-naked bad-ass prostitutes with guns, a nihilistic cold-blooded bastard of a hero, mercenaries that kill for pleasure, abusive drunks, swastika-shaped ninja stars that slice off body parts, severed and exploding heads, and lots and lots of shooting and killing.

What is it with highly stylized, uncompromising, visually striking ultraviolence that's so fascinating? Why d
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abatage
Sep 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
By now it's easy to know what kind of deal you're getting into with a Sin City book. The art is consistently stark and dramatic, while the story runs the gamut of noir possibilities. Fortunately though, this doesn't seem to matter.

Part of me is glad to see how well the books were translated into film version, as most of the scenes and dialogue are carbon copies. Although, while the film was incredible, it has nothing on the books. There's just something about the way Miller collects panels and d
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Vivienne
Sin City is considered among the best noir comics ever created. Based on volume three, I don't know why. The storyline seems to be an excuse for pseudo-porn images of gun-toting prostitutes, and the monochrome art style is hard on the eyes. It was an entertaining short read, but I'd forgotten I'd read it within 24 hours, probably because I had zero emotional engagement with the characters. They were as one-dimensionally violent and underdressed as the cast of a Michael Bay movie. Vol 3 does noth ...more
Jonathan


Further proof that Sin City is the truest movie adaptation of comic book source material. This series might be my favorite in comics. Period.

ashlee
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this sin city volume is a more in depth look at "old town" and we are introduced to all of the girls. We meet dwight's "valkyrie woman" and "deadly little miho" and they're both equally badass! there is lots of action, great art and vulgar dialogue, everything essential in a great sin city comic :)
Jerry
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the book, the story kept me hook. The book is full of action and surprises.
Julio Bonilla
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Revenge is a dish best served cold" - The Godfather.

Prostitutes walking the streets at night makes me wonder, why didn't these young ladies just go to school and learn something new? The climax is reminiscent of "Sin City," but in very-slow-motion. This story is full of action, suspense, betrayal and a whole lot of payback.
Joseph Inzirillo
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember this story from the movie. Dwight was never my favorite character but I think reading this after the last puts him in perspective. Gail and Mijo will always be my fan favorites. Great story.
Trey
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few random observations three volumes in:

1) The first page of issue five is an explanation of King Leonidas of Sparta's defense against the Persian army. Is this the first time Miller wrote about this in a comic? I bet researching the info for this page got him excited for 300, which came out about four years later.

2) For someplace supposedly in a desert region, it sure rains a lot in Sin City. It's rained in each volume so far. You know, the kind of rain "that doesn't hit Sin City more than
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Chris Van Dyke
The hero kills because the hooker he loves ends up dead; there's a homosexual bishop protecting his canibal gay-lover; the hero chops off a mans limbs then feeds him to hungry dogs; and it never stops raining. Okay, Frank Miller, we get it - you're gritty. I find all the Sin City books so over-the top bad-ass blood, guts, and sex that I have a hard time not laughing when I read them. Sorry, but its true.
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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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Other books in the series

Sin City (7 books)
  • Sin City, Vol. 1: The Hard Goodbye (Sin City, #1)
  • Sin City, Vol. 2: A Dame to Kill For (Sin City, #2)
  • Sin City, Vol. 4: That Yellow Bastard (Sin City, #4)
  • Sin City, Vol. 5: Family Values (Sin City, #5)
  • Sin City, Vol. 6: Booze, Broads, and Bullets (Sin City, #6)
  • Sin City, Vol. 7: Hell and Back (Sin City, #7)
“DWIGHT:

Stay smart. Stay cool. It's time to prove to you're friends that you're worth a damn.
Sometimes that means dying.
Sometimes it means killing a whole lot of people.”
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“She doesn't quite chop his head off.
She makes a Pez dispenser out of him.”
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