Dark Horse Presents 51 (June 1991)

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I’m having trouble figuring out the big deal with Sin City. I mean, it looks cool and all, but isn’t Marv on the run from the cops a lot like that issue of “Batman: Year One” with the Batman running from the cops. The narration’s overbearing and all… but it’s fine as a stupid diversion. It’s relentlessly unrealistic.

Unfortunately, Harlequin wraps up this issue. Gaudiano tries out three different styles, all to great success. He introduces more design to his work here and it’s very successful. Csutoras comes up with a great close for the story (it seems to be paced more as a play or maybe a short film). Either way, it’s fantastic and I’m sad it’s over.

After a couple decent stories, Heartbreakers is back to the crap pile. Guinan’s art is still decent, but the writing is weak. It’s action-oriented, exactly what Bennett doesn’t do well.

CREDITS

Sin City, Episode Two; story and art by Frank Miller. Harlequin, Act IV; story by Stephen Csutoras; art by Stefano Gaudiano. Heartbreakers, Trouble in Paradise; story by Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan; art by Guinan; lettering by Willie Schubert. Edited by Randy Stradley.

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