Sin City - The Hard Goodbye
After spending the night with a blond haired angel called Goldie (Jaime King), disfigured brute, Marv (Mickey Rourke), wakes up to discover that she has been killed while he slept beside her.
So what does he do about it?
Well, for a start, Marv evades the baying police officers who suddenly show up to arrest him, before doing whatever he has to do next to avenge Goldie's death.
He visits his Mum's house and picks up his gun. He goes to his parole officer, Lucille (Carla Gugino), and takes his medication. And he then goes to a bar and has a drink or ten, prior to interrogating informants and shooting a corrupt priest in the head (Frank Miller) - whom tell him that the Roark family was behind this murder all along.
Still, Marv's mission does not stop there! As suddenly, out of the blue, a woman who looks like Goldie attacks him as soon as he leaves the church. Moreover, when Marv arrives at the Roark family farm to seek Roark, a silent killer called Kevin (Elijah Wood), attacks him as well - only to then lock him up in an abattoir with a severely wounded Lucille.
Thankfully, though, Marv is able to get himself out of this confinement, and then begin to make a number of startling discoveries that will aide him in his crusade. He finds out the true identity of the 'Golden' woman whom attacked him previously. He figures out how to overpower and silence Kevin once and for all. Plus in addition to this, he finally confronts the man who started all of this mess to begin with, Cardinal Patrick Henry Roark (Rutger Hauer).
Well, I suppose that is why what next transpires is a right sin of a circumstance all in all. As people are saved - people die - people know fear - and one person in particular feels the wrath of the electric chair.
THE REVIEW:Many a year ago, I went to my local comic shop in search for something a little different than my usual weekly dose of action and adventure. You know the type of thing, right? A four color funny that was more than just flexing mussels and a tale that felt part of the norm. Just something unconventional - something offbeat - something that would give me a bit of hope that comic books were more than a marketing device used by the corporate heads, to ply youths with superficiality and the next 'product of the month'.
I found '
Anyway, what was I saying again before I got sidetracked with 'mere trivia'? Oh yes! My first experience with '
You see, prior to reading this graphic opus, I mainly knew of Franks other works in Batman and Daredevil - which was f*cking brilliant by the way. So when I sat down to read this two-color sexually morose book, I was expecting to see more of the same in disguise. I was wrong. 'Sin City - The Hard Goodbye' was just a captivating read from beginning to end, and showed me that comic books could be 'adult' and 'relevant' if in the proper hands. Moreover, I also appreciated the cinematic edge that Frank's layouts brought to the printed page as well - as if I was watching a perverse combination of 'Raging Bull', '
Well, that is what Marv would do, right? So stay tuned folks for what is to come with this top draw comic book adaptation - one of the all time best - just like this colorful picture...
THE RATING: A