Blacksad I like comics about anthropomorphized animals as much as the next guy -- which is to say, not very much. But Blacksad, from Spanish-born creators… Blacksad I like comics about anthropomorphized animals as much as the next guy -- which is to say, not very much. But Blacksad, from Spanish-born creators… 2003-12-01 ibooks Inc.
Book Review

Blacksad (2003)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Dec 01, 2003; Writers: Juan Diaz Canales, Juanjo Guarnido; Publisher: ibooks Inc.

I like comics about anthropomorphized animals as much as the next guy -- which is to say, not very much. But Blacksad, from Spanish-born creators Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, does more than simply recast detectives as cats in trench coats and sleazy crime lords as trolls. It's a lovingly crafted homage to the Hammett-Chandler chestnuts of old: Set in a teeming, 1940s-style metropolis, weary PI John Blacksad is after the killer of an old flame, a Rita Hayworth-esque movie star. Canales' stiff dialogue perfectly suits the pulpy goings-on, and Guarnido's watercolor panels feel like the unearthed film-noir storyboards of a master.

Originally posted May 14, 2004 Published in issue #765 May 14, 2004 Order article reprints
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