That Yellow Bastard (Sin City Vol. 4)

by

Author: Frank Miller
Title: That Yellow Bastard (Sin City volume 4)

Genre: Graphic Novel, Thriller

Publication Date: 1996

Number of Pages: 223 (primarily black and white images)

Geographical Setting: Basin City, a fictional urban city in the western United States

Time Period: Unspecified (contemporary)

Series: Sin City

Plot Summary: The fourth volume of the graphic novel series, Sin City, centers around Detective Hartigan as he struggles to instill a sense of justice in a society characterized by corruption, organized crime, despair. Hartigan, plagued by heart problems and getting old, is one day from retirement when he faces one last mission: to save an 11 year old girl before she falls victim to a murderous mad man. Always adhering to his strict sense of justice and morals, Hartigan proves determined to rescue the girl at any cost. He succeeds and severley injures the mad man, Junior. In the process, Junior shoots Hartigan; the detective slips into a coma. While unconscious, corrupt police  frame Hartigan for the rape of the girl he saved. The real culprit, Junior, is the son of a corrupt politician and cannot be exposed. Hartigan serves an eight year sentence, never forgetting Nancy, the girl he rescued.. Finally out of prison, Hartigan once again proves good as he attempts to protect Nancy from a mysterious yellow figure who bares a striking resemblance to Junior.
Frank Miller’s stark black and white artwork helps convey the bleak mood of this gritty graphic novel that resembles film noir. The images and content both appear violent and sexually explicit. The action-based plot unfolds at a breakneck pace that is sure to keep the pages turning. Although this novel is not for the faint of heart, it is likely to pique the interest of many readers demanding a quick, adrenaline-raising read.

Subject Headings: Organized Crime–Fiction, Police–Fiction, Corruption, Noir–Fiction, Kidnapping–Fiction, Murder–Fiction, Rape–Fiction, Political Conspiracy–Fiction

Appeal: Breakneck, Bleak, Compelling, Dangerous, Gritty, Series (characters), Intriguing, Action-oriented, Atmospheric, Cinematic, Explicitly Violent, Sexually Explicit, Strong Language, Stark, Urban, Unsettling

Three Terms that Best Describe this Book: Gritty, Explicitly Violent, Action-Oriented

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:
Street Solider: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob by Edward MacKenzie (This memoir describes life in the rough neighborhoods of Boston. MacKenzie is involved in organized crime; the betrayal of his corrupt boss lands the author in prison. Eventually, MacKenzie proves good in a harsh environment. The book is gritty, urban, compelling, violent, and filled with action.)

Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun: A Personal History of Violence by Jamar Nicholas
(This graphic novel represents an adaptation of Geoffrey Canada’s description of a violent and dangerous Bronx neighborhood. Canada’s book describes political action that exacerbates crime and violence in the urban setting. The graphic adaptation relies on unsettling images sure to captivate the reader. The tone of the book is gritty; the mood is bleak and dangerous.)

L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City by John Buntin
(This compelling book details the history of Los Angeles through the lens of two historical figures-a mob boss and the police chief continuously hunting for him. The author describes the role of Los Angeles in influencing the thoughts, actions, and lives of these two men. This gritty book is a page turner that relies on its dangerous urban setting to create an intriguing story.)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:
Luna Park by Kevin Baker
(Baker’s graphic novel often resembles noir fiction. It relies on black and white images that frequently appear explicitly violent. The result is a fast paced, atmospheric, and gritty graphic novel, detailing organized crime and street life in a dangerous New York City setting.)

100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello
(This graphic novel-the first in a series-describes a violent setting consisting of gangbangers and mob bosses. It centers around a mysterious agent who offers ordinary citizens the chance to exact violent revenge upon those who have wronged them. The graphic novel ponders the theme of morality amid corruption and injustice. The graphic novel is bleak and violent in tone. It is also fast paced and gritty.)

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
(This novel revolves around a violent massacre and the decision of a bystander to profit from a stash of heroine and two million dollars found on the scene. The decision lands the protagonist in the midst of a dangerous environment characterized by drug lords, corrupt police, and violence. The novel is bleak and disturbing in tone. It also features a gritty writing style and atmospheric mood.)

Dan Thorson

Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: