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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 351

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Let’s take a trip into Sin City…

Dark Horse Comics Presents #51 shows us the second installment of Frank Miller’s Sin City. To set the scene, our “hero,” Marv, just awoke to find the woman he slept with the previous night dead in his bed. He knows he is being framed, and he hears the police sirens in the distance – he knows that they are for him.

He is ready – he will not let her death go unavenged…

It’s hard to pinpoint just “a” moment here, but I’m going with the full page spread where he breaks through the window.

But the whole sequence is handled so beautifully by Miller.

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If I remember correctly, Sin City didn’t make the top 100 runs list, and no Sin City storylines have made the storyline list. I guess it’s because, while many people would have it in their top 100, not many would place it in their top 10.

Yet I suspect many would rank the movie among their top 10 comic book movies. So when are we doing that poll, Brian? What, you don’t think you’re entitled to some sort of break, do you?

This scene translated so well in the movie…

I do have a question though… I can think of three scenes where the protagonist is escaping from police, using a stairwell in much the same way…

This one, Rorshach’s arrest and Batman Year One…

Which came first??

Rorschach.

Watchmen had a major effect on Miller.

I love that art. Miller was still finding his style at the time and some shots (like the last one on the first page) aren’t quite right, but he had a lovely thin detailed line in the first Sin City book that I miss.

I just love this story for the use of pure black and white, with no greys. The use of contrasts, the huddled figures barely noticeable amongst the bags as Marv falls towards them…. stunning artistry…

Chiaroscuro? Is that the right word?

I love Miller’s art, especially his older stuff and Sin City because he is the master of black and white. I also really love when he has those panels that has the characters, an object in direct relation to the characters and nothing else. No background, nothing else. There’s a panel such as this in Year One as well and I don’t know if its Mazzucchelli doing that on his own of if it’s in Miller’s script, but its the full page panel with Gordon sitting on his bed with his pregnant wife sleeping. Them, the bed, NOTHING else. Mazzucchelli accentuated the fact that there was nothing else with the very detailed bed sheets.
Its just amazing, thd king of panel you look at and for so long you have to remind yourself to turn the page.

It really must be Miller’s day, not only he’s featured in today’s cool comic book moments, but snagged 3 of the 5 top ten spot of the 100 best storyline list.

Some other terrific moments I like about the first SIN CITY series, is the where Marv takes care of the assassins behind Jodie’s, and above all, the confessional scene.

Haven’t seen any new SIN CITY series for awhile lately.

This is simply bad ass

nice to see sin city get on the list and would have to go with Marv smiling and saying will be right out knowing trouble is about to happen

I always thought that frank miller would make an amazing finisher if he would let someone else work with him on layouts.

I just love this story for the use of pure black and white, with no greys. The use of contrasts, the huddled figures barely noticeable amongst the bags as Marv falls towards them…. stunning artistry…

Chiaroscuro? Is that the right word?

The right term for it is “negative space art.” Scott McDaniel draws in this style too although it’s a little less obvious because of the coloring applied to his work. It shows more in black and white.

Frank Miller is really the modern master of the action sequence. Other than Jack Kirby, I am not sure who else is even on his level. It is a genuine shame that he completely lost interest in story-telling.

This is my favorite miller art ever. I really actually dont like the art in DKR or anything else he’s done, but for some reason I just love his sin city art.

This is a great sequence. It’s interesting to see how much the art changes as the story goes on, people and things lose more and more definition.

Sequences like this are why I just don’t understand the “I read comics for narrative” contingent of comic book fans. The narrative in this sequence is not in any way impressive or even interesting, but the visuals? Absolutely superb, beautiful, moving. Stuff like this is what the medium is about.

Wasn’t this scene in the movie?

Beautiful. Maybe we should have a moment from Hard Boiled. Just remembered it now. So cool.

Wasn’t this scene in the movie?

Yup

The right term for it is “negative space art.” Scott McDaniel draws in this style too although it’s a little less obvious because of the coloring applied to his work. It shows more in black and white.

Um, that’s actually more of a modernised translation of “Chiaroscuro” than the “correct term”…

In fact, having quickly checked on Wikipedia, they even quote this as a modern example of Chiaroscuro…

Frank Miller’s Sin City is an example of this style in both the graphic novel and the subsequent film, as is the David Lloyd/Alan Moore book V for Vendetta and Mike Mignola’s Hellboy.

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