Just one hour before he retires John Hartigan performs
one last heroic act that will destroy his faultless record
as one of the straightest cops in Sin City. He stops a man
from raping 11 year-old Nancy Callahan. But the man he takes
down is the son of a high ranking official who frames Hartigan
for the rape of the girl. Convicted as a pedophile, Hartigan
is jailed but keeps his silence to ensure that Callahan comes
to no harm. Eight years later he is released and discovers
that someone has already gotten to Callahan. Hartigan sets
off to save her once again...
Yellow Bastard is the most powerful of the three Sin
City stories released this month - which are also the
tales that are used for the new movie (the other two being
Hard Goodbye and The
Big Fat Kill). While the previous volumes have
revolved around heroes (?) who have a jaded past, That
Yellow Bastard in concerned with the life of a cop who
has never been anything but straight.
thanks to years of Hollywood conditioning, makes it easier
to sympathise with Hartigan's actions. It's not until after
eight years at her majesty's pleasure that he sets out to
seek revenge - and only then because he has evidence that
someone has kidnapped (maybe even killed) Callahan.
seemed odd, given the seriousness of the sexual crimes that
Hartigan is charged with, that the court did not allow a medical
examination of Callahan to prove that she had not been raped.
But, having said that, this can be explained by the fact that
the man who wants him put away has the power and the influence
to do what ever he wants in Sin City. Also, surely Callahan
would have told somebody that Hartigan had saved her life,
not destroyed it.
is the comic book collection that will convert all non-comic
book fan into raving anoraks. The best thing I've read since
Frank Miller's Batman tale The
Dark Knight Returns
converted me into a true believer of the comic medium.
In fact, the best thing in the comics industry at this present
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