Frank Miller’s Sin City (iPad Review)

Title/Book:Sin City Volumes 1-2
Frank Miller
Artist: Frank Miller
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date:
978-1593072933(Volume 1) 978-1593072940(Volume 2)
£.5.99 Each (UK) $9.99 Each (US)

If I asked you who Frank Miller was, you’d probably reply he’s the genius behind Sin City (We won’t mention Robocop 2 or The Spirit) Long before Sin City hit the big screens it was a series of graphic novels, each one focused on just one character.

The first story is that of Marv who we first encounter in a “delicate” situation with a hooker named Goldie. After a night of passion he wakes up next to a dead body and soon finds the police bearing down on him. After an action packed escape he goes on a one man mission to find out, who Goldie was and why someone wanted her dead.

The second story focuses on Dwight, who works for a Private Detective taking pictures of peoples indiscretions. One night in an old acquaintance makes contact with him. Fearing for her life she pleads with Dwight to remember her before being escorted out the building by a very large bodyguard. What follows is a story of manipulation, love and hate.

Frank Miller had specific inspirations when he first created the world of Sin City. As a tribute Miller did the whole series in a black and white film noir style. This helped to emphasis the grittiness and desperation of the universe. Miller practically leaves nothing to the imagination with even the most personal situations explained to the smallest detail.

Both stories are separate, however there is some crossover, Dwight meets Marv in a bar and actually recruits him for a later job. This adds some consistency to the universe and also allows for something of a timeline to be constructed.

Frank Miller can be an expert or the narrative based story and the Sin City series definitely shows this, however one of his less positive traits is his fascination with women. There is a large amount of time in each book used to describe women and their beauty.

While both of the stories do revolve around women they seem to either be complete angels or evil incarnate, there is never a normal women. That being said, most of the men are stereotypical as well, people in charge are fat and lazy, police are corrupt etc.

As with the 300 review, I still find the reader software lacking, while it is was a little more flexible than with 300 it still had trouble. I found that if I used the iPad in landscape mode that there would be some pieces of dialogue lost in the digital page fold.

Sin City is one of those books that should always be included in a list of comic books/graphic novels to read before you die. If you haven’t seen the movie, read the comics elsewhere or even if you have Sin City is a must buy and is priced very competitively as well. Sin City is Frank Miller at his best and at his best he is second only to Alan Moore.

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