My rating: 5 of 5 stars
1 part Walt Disney, 2 parts Raymond Chandler, and 3 parts Kentucky Bourbon. Blacksad is so good I’m definitely going back for a 2nd round. Almost took a pass on this one. Being a father, I’ve read my fair share of children’s books and when I saw that all the characters are animals I almost put this one back on the shelf. Stupid because this shit is GREAT and it’s NO fuckin’ kid’s book.
Blacksad smacks of old school noir at its finest. This one’s neck deep in double crosses, femme fatales, shitty bars, dirty cops, rough sex, and dangerous thugs. Juan Diaz Canales provides some of the most entertaining noir I’ve read in any crime novel.
The book is a collection of 3 short stories about the private eye, John Blacksad. He’s a cat. That’s the Disney part. Every character in the book is an animal. This was the part I struggled with the most at the start. Don’t let it stop you from getting this book, it’s actually one of the parts I ended up liking the most. Jim Steranko’s introduction said it best when he wrote that while many stories have animals that “act like people, the creators approach is predicated on people who resemble animals.” This was something really unique about this book.
The artwork is unbelievable. I really can’t say enough good things about Juanjo Guarnido’s stuff. Ironically, he actually has worked for Disney animation and it shows. He was an instant favorite of mine and a ridiculously talented artist. His stuff speaks for itself.
This hardback collection is a must read for any fan of crime fiction, noir, or books like Criminal, Sin City, 100 Bullets, or Darwyn Cooke’s Parker. If you’re a fan of any of that stuff, it’s a sure bet your gonna like this book.