Private investigator John Blacksad is up to his feline ears in mystery, digging into the backstories behind murders, child abductions, and nuclear secrets. Guarnido's sumptuously painted pages and rich cinematic style bring the world of 1950s America to vibrant life, with Canales weaving in fascinating tales of conspiracy, racial tension, and the "red scare" Communist witch hunts of the time. Guarnido reinvents anthropomorphism in these pages, and industry colleagues no less than Will Eisner, Jim Steranko, and Tim Sale are fans!
Whether John Blacksad is falling for dangerous women or getting beaten to within an inch of his life, his stories are, simply put, unforgettable.
* Dark Horse is very proud to present the first three Blacksad stories in a beautiful hardcover collection, completely relettered to the artist's specifications and with the latest album, Red Soul, in English for the very first time.
* This internationally acclaimed series has won nearly a dozen prestigious awards — including the Angoulême Comics Festival prizes for Best Series and Best Artwork-and is a three-time Eisner Award nominee.
First making waves a decade ago, Blacksad, created in Spain, published in France, has since garnered well-deserved critical success and status as an international bestseller. Writer D az and illustrator Guarnido take the detective noir genre and breathe new life into it with a trio of anthropomorphic animal gumshoe dramas centering around John Blacksad, a methodical PI who conducts his investigations in early 1950s America, a post-WWII society deals with upheavals involving racism and the "Red Scare." Within this atmosphere of ready-to-explode tension, the creators weave what can only be called narrative magic. This current edition collects the three graphic novels that have been released to date, the first being a standard (though beautifully executed) murder mystery, the second centering on the machinations of a white supremacist organization and those whose lives it has thrown into a very personal bedlam (perhaps the most affecting of the lot), and the third addressing the perceived threat of communism within the United States. All of this material is riveting, and Guarnido's artwork is atmospheric and full of indelibly captured characters he's a true master of the form. Blacksad is a comics classic, and American readers are fortunate to have these first three in one volume.
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Beautifully executed Noir
A more modern storyline written in the prose of the era. The story starts slowly, introducing the main chars and motives. So many of the facial expressions are eerily lifelike. Detail seeps it's way into everything from the side tables to everyone's clothing. The background has the same gritty feeling as the stories in old pulp fiction. I feel like this was something the author enjoyed creating, and wanted to communicate what he saw in his mind very carefully.
This isn't some generic "furry art" or some superhero comic along the way. True to the genre, the protagonist is very relatable. Fallible, he makes as many mistakes as the common person. He survives on his instincts, resolve, and emotion.
This powerful combination brings the story to life, both on the pages, and in your head.
View the sample. You won't be disappointed.