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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Reader's Diary #1427- Juan Diaz Canales (writer), Juanjo Guarnido (illustrator), Anthya Flores and Patricia Rivera (translators): Blacksad

Blacksad is a great comic all around. Revolving around the titular Blacksad, a cat-faced private investigator, these stories have a noir feel, but with surprisingly progressive undertones. The art by Juanjo Guarnido is similarly great. The colours match the stories, his backgrounds are rich and detailed, and the characters (all have various animal faces) and superbly expressive.

There's an introduction, however, by Jim Sternako, that almost did the book in for me. You know the kind: so full of hyperbolic praise that it almost turns you from the get go. The largest sin is suggesting that there's something unique about the animals-as-people approach.

I didn't find anything particularly groundbreaking about Blacksad and I almost felt obligated to fault it for that. But no, it's a damned fine, damned enjoyable book.

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