Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Book of Choice: Blacksad 4 - Silence of Hell

The Silence of Hell is the fourth part of the amazing Blacksad series by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, one of the best graphic novels I know. Don't let the fact that all persons are animals here deter you. The animal always fit the character perfectly and are beautifully drawn. It's also very definitely not for children, with very adult themes.

The drawings of the fourth novel are less detailed than the others and the story isn't quite as tightly woven. Of the four books, this is the weakest - but even so, it's well worth buying. There are magnificent pages that you can loose yourself in and it's a beautiful hommage to New Orleans and its music.

If you love graphic novels and hardboiled/noir detective stories, then go ahead and buy Blacksad. I promise you that you will buy all of them, never mind what I wrote here. Even a weak Blacksad novel is way above much of what is published in the comic genre and the first three books are very strong indeed.
I mean, come on, you know you want it:
(from the first Blacksad novel, by all means click for much bigger version)

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