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Blacksad

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by Juan Díaz Canales
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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 Díaz 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. (June)
Library Journal
A European classic reappears in English, and a rich gift it is. This noir thriller set in 1950s America stars a cast of anthropomorphic animals, with the dirty-handed hero an impeccably trenchcoated black cat. John Blacksad is a sort of private investigator, and these three stories visit territory both familiar and unusual. Our hero's lost love is inexplicably murdered, a misinterpreted killing rocks a white supremacist movement, and a coterie of radical intelligentsia crosses agendas with a version of Commie-hunter Joe McCarthy. The second story, especially, offers complex and subtle plotting that earned an Angoulême award. But story aside, Blacksad soars on the art. If anyone could convince you that animal-headed beings could be real, these artists do. The evocative character renditions, draftsmanship, and painted colors simply take the breath away, from the polar bear police chief turned bad to the hog bartender, cockerel "Senator Gallo" (McCarthy), and bad guy reptilians. VERDICT A prime ambassador for the adult comic, Blacksad reinvents funny animals to a whole new purpose: suspenseful, sophisticated, and beautifully visualized drama with violence and sensual sex quite appropriate to plot and readership. Highly recommended for adult collections.—M.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595823939
Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Publication date:
06/22/2010
Series:
Blacksad Series
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
157,622
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Blacksad 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
CuteFluffyMurderNoodle 10 months ago
The idea of anthropomorphism has been around for centuries. It has since then become among the most popular methods of storytelling. Proof of that is the wide collection of animated shorts by Disney and Warner Bros. featuring beloved funny animal characters like Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny and comics like The Far Side, Garfield, The Smurfs, and, of course, Blacksad, which may be the leading example of modern mature anthropomorphism. The mix of the fine writing of Juan Díaz Canales and the beautiful watercolor art of Juanjo Guarnido is a brilliant concoction that must be read. This book contains the first 3 volumes in the series. The first one, Somewhere Within the Shadows (2000), deals with a murder case involving a former lover of the titular black cat character, John Blacksad, and he hunts down the killer. Next, Arctic Nation (2002), which is a kidnapping case that takes place in a suburb with a big racism problem. It also serves as the introduction of Blacksad's weasel sidekick, Weekly, who works for a tabloid magazine. Finally, there's Red Soul (2005), where Blacksad uncovers a nuclear conspiracy in which an old friend of his happens to be involved in during the Red Scare in late 1950's America. While the writing is top notch for a crime drama such as this, the highlight is the art style. Like I said earlier, it's absolutely gorgeous. Each panel is like a work of art. Even the dark scenes are lovely to look at. The character designs have a lot of variety and can range from being delightfully cute to tastefully sexy. However, there are some that argue that many of the female characters look too similar to humans, especially the feline ones. While I can see why it would be off putting to some, I still don't think it's such a heavy flaw the makes the whole comic fall apart. It offers enjoyable stories and characters that will satisfy not only crime drama fans but also comic fans in general.
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BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
Review by Chris for Book Sake This is amazing. If you love mystery or noir, this is the book for you. Both the art and the writing are spot on. The art pulls you in and then the story just won’t let you go. I felt like I was watching a movie. This has to be one of the most impressive graphic novels I’ve read. If you don’t like this book, then you will never like any comics. Don’t let the art fool you. Yes, I know it looks like a Disney movie. Maybe bringing memories of Disney’s Robin Hood to mind, but this book is not for kids. Yes, the characters are talking animals but they aren’t singing and dancing. This is a straight up, gritty, noir, detective story. There is murder, hate crimes, sex, knife fights, shootouts and anything else you’d want from the genre. So incase I wasn’t clear, yes read this book, then show it to your friends. Just keep it away from the little eyes. Review by Jessica for Book Sake This is the kind of graphic novel story I like. I'm not big into superheroes and I love a good story. This was a little weird, pretty dark and mysterious, and filled with conflicting emotions. While it does have some sex and violence to it, it isn't misplaced or gratuitous. It's still not for kids though. The art was awesome, and I agree with Chris about the Robin Hood look as well - but even darker. Animals with human-like qualities are the main characters and racism is written into the book in a pretty clever way. I'll be reading the next one to continue adoring the story and the artwork.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
blacksad has great art, idea, and ART. i love the art, it is part of the story. the mood is just there with the fine detail and light-tone. i read it and re read it. it is without doubt one of the greatest comic books out today.