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Sin City: The Hard Goodbye

(Sin City #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  51,960 ratings  ·  985 reviews
The first volume of the crime-comic megahit that introduced the now-infamous character Marv and spawned a blockbuster film returns in a newly redesigned edition, with a brand-new cover by Frank Miller - some of his first comics art in years! It's a lousy room in a lousy part of a lousy town. But Marv doesn't care. There's an angel in the room. She says her name is Goldie. ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published April 22nd 2005 by Titan Books (first published 1991)
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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.

I am so glad that I am finally reading this. I saw the movie years ago and loved it! This first volume was fantastic and almost every frame of it is included in the movie as is! I love it when they don't mess with the story.

The black and white art is great. It had to be more difficult to do a simple face using only the negative space through the rain or in the shadows than a complex picture with all of the colors you want.

If I could give it more than 5 stars I would! It is creative, raw, dark,
Hannah Garden
May 17, 2008 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 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels

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 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 would actually recommend
Tina Haigler
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I don't normally enjoy murder sprees that don't have a deeper reason but this was an exception. Honestly I love Marv. He is a badass but he's not a generic badass. He is vulnerable mentally but he's hard as hell to kill. The other characters were just kind of there. The villains were overly strange and had no depth. The art was really good but I have to admit there was a panel or two that looked like Rorschach tests to me. The story was good as well but it wasn't quite fleshed out enough. More ...more
Mar 24, 2014 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 “
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, comics

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
Aug 29, 2014 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
Luís C.
To all those who consider comics as a minor art, I say stop to fire, the balls are hollow ...Miller is a great, a huge draughtsman with a more than obvious sense of storytelling. I want to prove these different cinematographic adaptations more or less convincing.

Besides the fact that his comics rocked my adolescence, we must recognize a style of his own and immediately recognizable paw that is the prerogative of the great! A two-tone universe that immediately sets the tone ... Sin City is not a
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
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
James DeSantis
So I never had much interest in Sin City. I saw parts of the movie and the style never stuck with me. So with the graphic novel I never really wanted to dive in because Frank Miller, while I respect, usually isn't my style of comics. Yet, I'm kind of glad I picked this up, because it was pretty fun ride.

Marv is a old asshole ready to fuck some shit up after he wakes up to a dead girl on his best. After making love and waking up and seeing her dead he flips out. He goes on a hunt to find out who
Jan 30, 2012 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.
Rob McMonigal
Apr 12, 2008 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
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Sin City franchise is typified by stark black and white ink, far more verbiage than in many other graphic novels, and it feasts on the back alleys, strip clubs, and forsaken wastelands of a dark city where daylight never shines. It contains numerous noir themes such as waking up to a corpse in bed with you, being framed for a murder you didn't commit, and stalking serial killers. If noir-infused graphic novels are all about feel, look, attitude, it's here.
L. McCoy
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of gritty crime drama.
So I wasn’t sure what I was gonna think of this one. I hear some say Sin City is a masterpiece in comics and others say it’s just edgy trash. I think it’s good though I don’t agree with saying it’s a masterpiece.

What’s it about?
Marv (our main character) is aggressive, mean and fugly. However without even thinking he agrees to sleeping with and having sex with a very attractive woman named Goldie. She’s pretty much irresistible (at least her looks are) and why in the hell would such a beautiful
Aug 21, 2015 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,
Ayman Gomaa
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
" Walk Down The Right Back Alley In Sin City And You Can Find Anything "

One of the most known Comic\Movie , not only coz of it dark action story but also coz of it's drawings \ it drawings was unique and different from any other comics and it made it one of it kind.

Volume 1 was all about Marv Story :

Begins when Marv wake up and found Goldie the only girl who was nice to him and treated him good no matter his awful looking is dead and someone set him up and made him the criminal of killing
Asghar Abbas
Jan 15, 2016 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  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
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.
David Schaafsma
Aug 25, 2012 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 ...more
Feb 24, 2009 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 ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like darkness, tough love and underdogs
I Loved Every Page.

Marv is such a good character. So dark, mysterious, violent and yet honors a type of moral code fit for a priest.

He is vengeful, hard and unyielding. A true survivor. He loves like no one I've ever seen and I felt a special kind of romance ouze from him in every move as he tries to avenge his lover - angel as he calls her, "she smells like angels ought to smell" sttaaaaaahhhhppp.

The villains of the story were immaculate. Evil down to the bone and made the fight sooooo
Mar 28, 2016 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.
Rebecca McNutt
Brilliantly artistic and an intense story shrouded in mystery and crime, Sin City (Volume 1) is a book that any graphic novel fan should read.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utterly violent, this graphic novel is set in a highly dysfunctional city. A city dominated by the wickedest crimes, depravity and all levels of corruption. In spite of being consumed by a shade that surrounds all its residents, Sin City is the tainted town that so many seek.


In this first volume of a metaseries created by Frank Miller, "The Hard Goodbye" presents a dark chapter of this rotten town.
The story begins with Mark, the protagonist, in his room with his dear Goldie, a prostitute he
Oct 31, 2010 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,
Story Synopsis: (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 22, 2010 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
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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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