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Sin City, Vol. 7: Hell and Back

(Sin City #7)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  6,446 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
In the Town Without Pity, good men are hard to find. Enter Wallace, a man of mystery. He's a nice guy who's very good at killing people. Out for an evening drive along the beach, he meets the woman of his dreams -- and she's trying to kill herself. Why? And who are the shadowy cabal of power brokers who wrench her from his arms? When will all hell break loose? Comics legen ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 240 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Dark Horse Books (first published 1999)
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Algernon
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, comics

I have read this last album twice, once for the actual story and secondly trying to summon some of the enthusiasm I had for the start of the Sin City series. The best I could come up with is that Hell and Back is an improvement on albums five and six, but the storyline is a rehash of the standard Miller plot of one tough guy going on a rampage for a dame he just met and the artwork (the best selling point of sin city for me) is looking like a rough draft: unpolished, doodling lines, sketched
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Carmen
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Noir fans
Recommended to Carmen by: Book Store
Miller pulls ANOTHER 4-star review from me in a surprising comeback. *slow clapping

Wallace is a veteran and an artist. He's polite and deadly.

I like him.

He meets a woman who's about to commit suicide by jumping off a building. Esther. He saves her and they go for drinks. They get to know each other. Just when they're about to have their first kiss, Wallace is shot with a tranquilizer dart and Esther is kidnapped.

Now Wallace must find Esther and bring down an evil human-trafficking ring...
....

Thi
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David Schaafsma
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-crime
The big finish seventh volume of Sin City, where Miller pulls out all the stops to create a long epic story. He slows down, so this is longer, but the pace serves a kind of operatic intention, a. . . big finish! So there's a long drug-induced sequence that brings in comics history and pop culture and different types of art, and color. . . as part of pulling out all the stops, part of the dramatic finish, putting in everything visually that he can think of. . . think of the orchestra of the opera ...more
Foad
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
آخرین جلد از مجموعه کمیک "شهر گناه" اثر نویسنده ی معروف "فرانک میلر".

این جلد نسبت به دو سه جلد قبلی خیلی بهتر بود. داستان خیلی خوبی داشت. چندتا از شخصیت هایی که تکلیفشون معلوم نشده بود توی کمیک های قبل، کمابیش تکلیفشون معلوم شد.
شخصیت اول این کمیک، خیلی بهتر از شخصیت اول بیشتر کمیک های قبلی (دوایت) بود. اگه به من بود، ترجیح میدادم این رو شخصیت اصلی بیشتر کمیک ها بکنم. حالت آروم و مهربان و درونگرا و هنرمند و کمابیش عارف مسلکش، مخصوصاً با موی سیاه بلند و ته ریش، خیلی دوست داشتنی بود.
Stuart
Sin City, Vol. 7: Hell and Back: Treads very familiar territory
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Hell and Back is the seventh and final volume in Frank Miller’s SIN CITY series . The artwork is still dramatic, and the story and characters are hard-boiled, dark, and intense. The bad guys are nasty, and the femme fatales have curves that kill (literally, almost). Of course we have the loner anti-hero tough guy, a lethal weapon who isn’t looking for trouble, but trouble seeks him out. We’ve
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Sam Quixote
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Hell and Back” is the seventh and final volume in Frank Miller’s superb Sin City series and while it’s his longest Sin City book it’s also his most underwhelming. The plot centres around an ex-Navy SEAL turned artist called Wallace who saves a beautiful woman called Esther from drowning only to see her abducted. Incensed and in love, he sets out to save her from her captors.

In a poetic way, the last Sin City book mirrors the first: Marv and his search for Goldie’s killer, a woman he barely kne
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Jesse A
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great final volume. A top notch slow burner. Fantastic!
Ben Winch
Say now, for what it was this little piece of retro cinematic noir-pulp wasn’t bad. I love the use of frame (every page a different pattern, with bodies arched splayed spreadeagled across it) and the art, though primitive (not to say hamfisted) in many ways, packs more of a punch than comics I’ve seen by artists, at first glance, far more proficient. The power of story conjoined with pictures. The use of visuals to power story. And there’s a hallucination sequence in the middle that’s just gold, ...more
Luis Reséndiz
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canasta-básica
en contra tiene que es un volumen cuyo argumento es casi idéntico al de, por ejemplo, a dame to kill for. pero en serio idéntico, con la salvedad de que el protagonista aquí es wallace --una especie de trasunto de dwight. otra cosa en contra: como todos los volúmenes de sin city (y como mucho del noir, también), es profundamente machista --a veces borda la autoparodia, incluso, quién sabe si voluntaria. otro posible defecto --o quizá solo soy yo-- es que la resolución de todo el caso, que se ant ...more
Fox
Hell and Back is probably the best of the Sin City volumes. Instead of telling a story of hideous corruption (which it certainly includes) and dark resignation, Hell and Back tells the story of moving past Sin City, effectively offering a more hopeful ending for those who have read from the start.

Wallace is an ex-soldider with a heart of gold. He saves a woman, Esther, from suicide only to get far more than he bargained for when he ends up drugged, and her kidnapped the following day. What fol
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abatage
Oct 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm not sure why this volume ended up being the largest of the series - there's certainly more action than dialogue, which might account for more panel space required, but the story seems to say less than most of the others that came before it.

Miller's characters never really need a whole lot of motivation for anything they get themselves into, but all Wallace needs in this book is a damsel in distress... not even one he knows. Depth isn't something I'd associate with Miller at the best of times
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Andrew
May 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: c-comics, read-own-d
I would recommend trying to get this book in the individual comics because the covers and other miscellaneous art are the most enjoyable thing about this book. The story was typical for Sin City, so if you've read the other volumes you know what to expect. The sixth chapter was a nice detour from the norm, however, as our protagonist (view spoiler)

I can't say I recommend this anymore th
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J K
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last one, sniff. Great fun as here they let loose with a trippy sequence with loads of cameos, and colour that reminds me of the Ghost in the Shell's manga colourising. So, as usual, beautiful, savage, pure pulp wonderfulness from 1990s era Frank Miller.
Dan
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Couldn't get into this and honestly I liked all the other volumes, but I didn't feel anything for the characters. Mostly new characters and the use of color just made this not seem enjoyable as the other previous volumes.
مصطفي سليمان
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
بعد مأساة الكام جزء اللي قبل كدا
النهاية كانت كويسة

والاس شخصية جيدة للغاية اينعم متداخلة مع شخصيات لها نفس الهدف
بنت واتخطفت ف بيقتل نص البلد بسببها
زي ميرف ما عمل ف الجزء الاول مثلا

لكن هنا الشخصية لطيفة كان فيه كان حلقة سخيفة ومملة

ميللر اذن مش بتاع الحاجات الطويلة
واكيد مش مخرج
اكيد يرحمنا ويركز ف الكتابة والرسم

والاس شخص واضح انه يعني برنس جوه نفسه كدا بيلحق بنت بتنتحر ف اول عدد
وبيحبها هووب بتتخطف منه
بيحاول يعرف ف بيمشي علي خيط قدامه
بيروح ع بيتها صحبتها بتلبسه ف الحيطة
لغاية ما العصابة بتحاول تقتل
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Caitlin
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is actually one of my favorites in the Sin City series. I enjoyed the first three and then got tired of the same formula Miller uses for all of them. Hell and Back is still the lone soldier fighting against corruption but it's more interesting than that. I liked that he fought so hard to save someone he barely knew and that the theme of Sin City corrupting all it touched. Much more interesting characters than some of the other Sin City volumes and finally a woman besides Miho who doesn't ju ...more
John
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fitting end to the series.This one was one helluva roller coaster ride.Ladies galore and plenty of bad guys.Their was also a intermission of comic relief were the man good guy Wallace has a drug induced haze were he sees the following a dinosaur,raggedy Ann,a Spartan,Captain America,Rambo,Dirty Harry,and the cat in the hat just to name a few.Lot of laughs plenty of action.Im really going to miss this series.
Eve Kay
Initially the drawing in this one was bad but half way it got good. I liked all the animals and super heros and such. The story itself was very basic Sin City, somehow the hero just beats up everybody. It wasn't the most ludicrous of all of them, but it was puts-a-smile-on-your-face-cause-it's-kinda-dumb.
MarinaLawliett
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
La parte de la sobredosis y las alucinaciones es perfecta! 10/10 todo
Rural Soul
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Hell&Back is the last volume of SinCity series and my first comic by Frank Miller . It is the largest volume in this particular series. It deals with an Ex Military,nasty looking guy named Wallace having medal of honour and his quest of his first sight love. I have been longing to read Frank Miller's work. Finally i started with this last volume and it was very beautiful experience to read Noir Crime Comic.
Story is very simple and obvious.
A tough guy being one man army kicking butt of bad gu
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Katherine
This volume had mostly original characters.

A man who used to be a hero turned into an outcast/artist finds a woman ready to kill herself jumping off a cliff. He saves her, brings her home with him and their kind of amazed by each other and only lightly courting and being gentle. She is then abducted by some evil people who have a business of abducting babies, organs and young beautiful people for the black market.

He goes on a mission to bring her back and goes through a sex crazed murderess, ga
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Tiara
Out of all 7 books, this was probably my favorite. I'm glad that I saw the movie before reading these because I would've been so disappointed not to see this one (and Family Values, which is my 2nd favorite). The story is titled Hell and Back, but its subtitle is "A Love Story." And it is just that.

An artist and former soldier (Wallace) saves a woman (Esther) who's trying to commit suicide only to have her taken away from him in the same night after making a deep connection with her. And he's mo
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BrokenMnemonic
I started reading the Sin City graphic novels knowing nothing more about them than that there'd been a movie based off a number of the stories, and I've not been in a particular rush to finish them, but I've grabbed each as it's turned up in one or other of my local secondhand bookshops. This volume feels distinct from the others in two ways: it has a somewhat upbeat ending in terms of both outcome and tone, and it has a genuinely entertaining action sequence in which the protagonist is fighting ...more
Matt Bromagin
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, wow, wow! Boy did this one deliver. The new character of Wallace is probably my new favorite Sin City character. (Sorry, Dwight.) The way he came into the lives of the characters I wanted to know more about after the sixth volume (Delia and the Colonel) was great. It was like nothing we've seen in Sin City since it started with Marv in the first volume. It steeps the city in more mystery to its seedy underground than any of the previous volumes. It had an almost science fiction angle to it ...more
Adam
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Suncerae
While out walking on a cool summer night, ex-Navy Seal and artist Wallace saves the beautiful Esther from committing suicide. They go for drinks, Wallace shows Esther his art, she asks all the right questions, and just as he’s falling for her, Esther is kidnapped, and Wallace begins his quiet deliberate rescue attempt.

Hell and Back is a return to the long story format, which, for my money, remains the best of what Sin City offers. However, compared to Marv and Hardigan, this character Wallace an
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Miguel Plante
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Même s'il mène une chaude lutte à «That Yellow Bastard», le dernier volume de la série est probablement ma préférée. L'intrigue, toujours centrée sur un éternel homme baraqué tombé obsessivement amoureux d'une femme fatale et qui fera absolument tout pour la sauver, est cette fois-ci servie avec une totale maîtrise de Miller. L'esthétisme toujours clair-obscur, à l'éclairage tranchant et net, apporte quelques nouveautés bien intéressantes, comme un mémorable trip de drogue meurtrier qui déjoue p ...more
Jeni
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one may have been my favorite of the bunch. Way to end it strong. (view spoiler) The hero in this story was actually likable, really likable, plus a few old characters and some awesome new ones (I don't know who red assassin lady is, but I like her). It also features a few new things in a Sin City story, like a gay couple of men, a trans who is taken seriously, a woman who doesn't have a perf ...more
Benjamin
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Film Noir fans.
I just finished reading this final installment in the series of Sin City, and it gave me shivers. Wallace is easily the male equivalent of Miho; confident, calm, cool, and deadly. Oh, so deadly. Watching the bad guys get what they deserve in this novel was one of my favorite moments in all of the Sin City books. In the others stories, all the protagonists (except for the obvious Hartigan) were vigilantes; anti-heros who were scum in some way, albeit lovable scum. But Wallace is very much the tru ...more
Trekscribbler
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it
When Frank Miller roared onto the comics' scene with SIN CITY, I was one happy camper. Being a huge fan of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer and other hard-boiled fare, I recognized the cast of characters populating Basin City for what they were ... modern day incarnations of the shucksters and flimflammers hopping from one job to the next, scraping away what life they could from dime to dime.
While the first SIN CITY held much to delight and paid tremendous homage to the pulps of the 30s & 40s,
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