It was not my intention to read a graphic novel… I didn’t even choose it. My nephew sent me a message one day asking if I would buy him a Sin City book. I had already bought one as a birthday present for a friend and he seemed to enjoy it. So I thought ‘hey why not?’.
I buy my niece and nephew books all the time and I make sure I read those books before I hand them over. Call me a paranoid aunt, but I like to know what the kids are reading. I watched the movie a few years ago, so I kinda had an idea of what to expect.
This wasn’t my first graphic novel experience, but it was definitely my first Frank Miller experience. The thing that struck me was that Frank Miller is obsessed with perky ‘surgically enhanced’ type of breasts. I’m guessing this is a common theme in comics/graphic novels. I enjoyed the story of Marv, as dysfunctional as it was. And having read The Hard Goodbye I appreciated how awesome Mickey Rourke’s performance in the film was. Book 1 (The Hard Goodbye) is all about Marv, he is a killer and seemingly unlovable. But he meets a woman who affects him significantly… Look to a normal person it doesn’t seem like a special ‘meeting’ and his actions are a little over the top. But in the mind of poor twisted Marv, it all makes sense. Someone kills Goldie (that’s her name) and all hell breaks loose. If you’ve watched the movie then you know what happens. If you haven’t then I wont spoil it for you.
The Hard Goodbye was an interesting addition to this year’s reading list. I did include some notes in the book, for my nephew, before I sent it off. I wasn’t in love with some of the language and I wanted him to know that. I’m curious to hear what HE has to say about it.