[4], [A Silent Hell]

Comic Book - 2012
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"Detective John Blacksad returns, with a new case that takes him to a 1950s New Orleans filled with hot jazz and cold-blooded murder! Hired to discover the fate of a celebrated pianist, Blacksad finds his most dangerous mystery yet in the midst of drugs, voodoo, the rollicking atmosphere of Mardi Gras, and the dark underbelly that it hides!" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: Milwaukie, Or. : Dark Horse Books, 2012
Edition: English-language edition First edition
ISBN: 9781595829313
Branch Call Number: 741.5946 DIA NVD
Characteristics: 108 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Guarnido, Juanjo 1967-
Alternative Title: Black sad
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SCL_Justin Jul 18, 2017

Blacksad is a collection of three noir comics in a world of anthropomorphic animals. John Blacksad is a private investigator who is also a black cat. He does the standard noir detective shtick of solving crimes, working with people he doesn’t like and never coming out ahead.

The world has characters who fit into their animal roles, it’s not like there’s a bear society and a cat society; everything is a lot more individual than that. In the second story in the book there’s a Nazi in all but name group of white supremacists with polar bears, arctic foxes, snowy owls and weasels all dressed up in uniform with red armbands with a snowflake.

The art is very painterly with lots of detail and a colour scheme that makes me think calling this noir might be off. It isn’t filled with shadows at all, just muted colours. The edition I was reading was really big so you had a lot of room to really look at the art.

Very well executed detective stories which I liked a lot. They’d work even with lesser art, but with the great art it makes the book something special.

Oct 28, 2016

Very well written and the art is amazing. The animal characters suit the personalities perfectly. If you enjoy 50''s style film noir you will enjoy this graphic novel.

rodman856 Jan 30, 2015

Terrific Artwork & Storyline.

May 04, 2013

I agree with the previous comment (except for the Grandville part). The art is stellar, as usual, but the story is weak, and at this length it's really obvious how thin it is.

Sidewinder88 Jan 26, 2013

Awesome graphic novel. The characters are so well drawn, one can see their wide range of emotions perfectly represented. The stories are great detective works and I couldn't put the book down until the end of each one. Great stories with great anthropomorphic characters.Loved it.

theorbys Jan 09, 2013

Loved the art, the local color, and the narrative voice, but the story was not very well executed. If you like these theriocephalic comics, give Grandville a try, completely different art, but equally beautiful.

Library_Dragon Oct 09, 2012

Gorgeous anthro art offsets a passable script and plot, set in the early 1950s with noirish elements. The fact that it was translated from French may have something to do with the occasional flatness of the dialogue. The gorgeous art and wonderful character designs are enough to make up for it, though...

theorbys Jul 05, 2012

Blacksad ,a panther headed p.i. in an animal headed universe, narrates his adventures in a film noir-hard boiled detective voice that helps bring those genres back to life. The stories are very good and the art work is impossibly good. Using animal heads, that look great, Juanjo Guarnido is able to get incredibly expressive faces, over and over again, that take advantage of caricature but don't look like it at all. And yet he also throws in a entire cast of "funny animals" too. That's the best of the artwork, but the painting of everything else, atmospheric effects, buildings, cars, the people of the city or town, and so much more is also magnificent. This is a fine contribution to one of my favorite genres: animal comics.

metalsox Feb 05, 2012

Wow I really didn't think I would like this book mostly because I'm allergic to cats. But this book was awesome really gritty detective story that would work as well as if it was dick tracy instead of blacksad. I didn't sneeze once while reading it so anyone else with cat allergies don't worry! :)

Apr 12, 2011

Beautiful artwork, ambitious storytelling. The anthropomorphism is well done and appropriate for each character. I would definitely recommend this to any artists, comic fans, or people who just like a detective story.

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