A Woman named Goldie takes pity on an unattractive and unstable man named Marv, and when she's murdered in bed with him, he sets out to not only discover who framed him, but to get revenge for one of the few women to ever show him kindness. His quest for answers leads him to a tangle of political deceit centered around a man with somewhat...unusual appetites. But all of this is just business as usual in the crime-riddled Basin City.
Book Rating: **** (out of five)
Movie Rating: **** (out of five)
- Drawings. Frank Miller's drawing style is dark and evocative. In this particular story, there's no color, just pure black and white. Miller switches between detailed images and outlines and shadows, which creates a feeling very much like film noir.
- Plot. The story is dark and disturbing (not kidding, corruption and cannibalism, for beginners) but it sucks you in. Marv exemplifies the "anti" in anti-hero, and in spite of his issues, he is a sympathetic character.
- Sex and Violence. This book is a graphic novel, in more ways than one. Murder, hookers, and did I mention cannibalism earlier? Yeah... Razor wire, and sawing off limbs, and, oh yeah, corrupt clergy who are covering up the murder of prostitutes. Stay away if such things offend you.