Writer: Juan Diaz Canales
Artist: Juanjo Guarnido
Publisher: Dark Horse
Genre: Crime / Noir / Anthropomorphic
Have I Read It?: Yes
Suggested For: thejohnblog
Synopsis: [via Amazon] Private investigator John Blacksad is up to his feline ears in mystery, digging into the backstories behind murders, child abductions, and nuclear secrets. Guarnido’s sumptuously painted pages and rich cinematic style bring the world of 1950s America to vibrant life, with Canales weaving in fascinating tales of conspiracy, racial tension, and the “red scare” Communist witch hunts of the time. Guarnido reinvents anthropomorphism in these pages, and industry colleagues no less than Will Eisner, Jim Steranko, and Tim Sale are fans! Whether John Blacksad is falling for dangerous women or getting beaten to within an inch of his life, his stories are, simply put, unforgettable.
This book comes from the European market. It was collected and translated and released to the North American market a few years ago. It is, in a word, amazing. Most notably, Guarnido’s art is simply gorgeous. It may be my favourite book in my collection from a visual perspective. You really have to see it to truly appreciate the craft. The perspectives and the detail put into the environment really enrich the story. It’s also a great little noir detective story with a twist….namely that all the characters are anthropomorphic animals. That’s not to say that this is a childish story, though. This is intended for adults only.