''Sin City'' creator has plenty of artistic trademarks, including noir narration, grit, violence, and...she-ninjas?
The first thing to remember about Frank Miller is that he is the man behind a few of the greatest stories in the history of the comic book medium. Daredevil's ''Born Again,'' the double-Bat-punch of The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, early Sin City: These are furious acid-pulp masterpieces. And what unifies all of them is Miller's authorial voice, which often mixes together first-person narration with a more omniscient second- or third-person perspective, creating a dreamlike closeness to the story's characters. ''Born Again'' floats freely through the perspectives of the malevolent Kingpin and downward-spiraling Matt Murdock. Dark Knight Returns gave the older Bruce Wayne a running inner monologue that's half chiseled-pulp and half ambient koans, like a mixture of Phillip Marlowe and Terrence Malick. And in the most memorable Sin City story, the psychotically heroic Marv sets out to avenge a dead woman…and, in his semi-deluded head, seems to be talking to said dead woman the entire time.
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