Marv spends a night of passion with a beautiful stranger he
meets in a bar. The next morning he awakens to find her dead.
Marv is besotted with the woman who showed him such kindness
and sets off to track down her killer - regardless of the
Hard Goodbye marks
the first Sin City graphic novel to be reprinted in
anticipation of the release of the Hollywood movie. Having
read this first release, I'm not entirely sure whether the
movie can even scratch the surface of Frank Miller's creation.
collection is incredibly dark. Marv is a mental patient with
a past shrouded in mystery. He's done time inside for crimes
unknown (although it's not difficult to guess) and takes medication
to stop the voices in his head. He's a savage, cold killer
who knows right from wrong, and enjoys punishing the wicked.
He's also built like a sh... er... an outside toilet and is
not the world's most handsome looking man. Not really the
sort of character you expect to be the hero in a blockbuster
summer movie is it?
Hard Goodbye is a rather sad tale. Marv isn't even aware
that the woman who he is avenging was a prostitute (most women
of the night won't sleep with him, even if he pays them, because
of his deformed features). All he cares about is that she
showed him kindness and gave him a night of heaven. He sets
about righting the injustice of her cruel slaying, knowing
full well that the chances are he will be killed before he
gets to the bottom of it, or thrown back in prison.
most anti-heroes, there is something likeable about Marv.
He's a bit slow in the brain department, but his heart is
in the right place.
beginning to end, this is a visual and mentally stimulating
treat and will prove once and for all, to all those misguided
fools, that comics are not for kids.
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