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Alack Sinner: The Age of Innocence

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The first of two volumes that present for the first time in English the complete Alack Sinner comics by the Argentine-born team of artist Jose Munoz and writer Carlos Sampayo.
For this collection, Munoz has painstakingly reviewed every page -- every panel -- making clarifications, adding invaluable insight to this provacative story.
Sinner is a hard-boiled private detectiv
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Paperback, 392 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by IDW Publishing (first published 1984)
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David Schaafsma
As a comics guy, with a commitment to and interest in the history of comics, and as someone who has in the last couple years read a lot of mystery/detective/noir comics, you would think this would be right up my alley, but I guess it wasn't exactly for me. This is the first volume of an oversized and long (390 page) collection of black and white comics by Jose Munoz and Carlos Sampayo of a cop turned detective who looks quite a bit like Charles Bronson.

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Grady McCallie
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
The art is remarkable - most panels are pools of ink, as though someone took a photograph, cranked up the contrast and vastly underexposed the print, so all the grays went to black, and then drew it. Almost everyone but the main characters (and sometimes even those) are physically grotesque, faces and bodies impossibly distorted. That aesthetic reinforces the alienation and darkness of the fictional, iconic New York where these stories are set. I can't say the early stories were a pleasure to re ...more
Mateen Mahboubi
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I generally enjoy the harsh black and white European style (like IDW EuroComics other recent reprint of Corto Maltese) and this one being set in gritty 70/80s NYC was particularly interesting to me. The quality of the actually stories was a bit up and down, I feel like it lost steam about half way but the meta episode where the writer/illustrator befriend Alack for the purpose of writing a comic about him was fun. It was a bit problematic at parts which would have been a combination of the time ...more
Koen Claeys
Nov 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
It just wasn't for me, I guess....
John Pistelli
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first of two American omnibus collections of the noir graphic novels by Argentine writer Sampayo and artist Muñoz, originally published in Europe from 1975 to 1982. Set in a phantasmagorically corrupt New York City, its grotesquery somewhere between Raymond Chandler and Chester Gould, and focused on the titular hard-drinking but fundamentally decent ex-cop P.I., Alack Sinner is an outsider's jaded perspective on American society, pictured as a fever dream of rape, murder, police corr ...more
J
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this volume, just grabbing it because it was an oversized black and white European comics edition and I've had pretty good success with that line. Well, this one proved no disappointment though it had to be read in small doses over a period of time, the grime of the artwork and the bleakness of the stories being depressing and a bit too much at times, a hair too melodramatic at times, a bit too on-the-nose "down these dark streets" noir-a-rama.

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Andrew
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, graphic-novels
While some of these comics are 30-40 years old, this classic European series of noir crime stories in New York completely hold up. Telling the story of former cop turned private investigator Alack Sinner, this series starts out with somewhat straightforward then-contemporary noir crime stories, equal parts Chandler and Serpico. As the book progresses, the stories grow increasingly twisted and political, moving away from the crime elements a bit to focus on the darker aspects of daily life in New ...more
Aaron
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
A world-class masterpiece; a truly essential comic. It starts out as a hard-boiled detective series, but turns into something more personal and idiosyncratic. José Muñoz is one of the world's great masters of black-and-white comics.
Michael
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-books
via NYPL - Solid art, okay script - Really nothing terrible here if you really dig the genre, but there's also nothing particularly memorable. It's a mediocre noir riff repeated yet again.
Dario Malic
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alack Sinner je jako dobar strip, tu nema sumnje. Melankolični samotnjak razočaran sistemom i praktički bez ikakve volje za životom, ali s i dalje aktivnim osjećajem za pravdu i uvijek spreman pružiti pomoć onima kojima je potrebna, lik je koji nas, unatoč mnogim klišejima, neizbježno dotiče. Za to je prije svega zaslužan Munozov fantastičan, izuzetno ekspresivan crtež koji stvara gotovo opipljiv crno-bijeli (samo vizualno!) svijet i u potpunosti nas uvlači u njega. Moj problem je što je to depr ...more
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Escritor y guionista, es autor de novelas, relatos cortos, poesía y guiones de historieta y cine. Además es especialista en jazz, tema sobre el que ha publicado ensayos y ficciones, y dirigido y coordinado enciclopedias. Su obra ha sido ampliamente publicada en América y en Europa. En 1974, conoció a su compatriota José Muñoz, con el que comenzó a dar vida al célebre detective Alack Sinner. Sampay ...more

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