Sin City
The Big Fat Kill

Author: Frank Miller
Artist: Frank Miller
Titan Books
RRP 12.99
ISBN 1 84576 047 6
Available 22 April 2005

Dwight has been fooling around with a girl whose ex-partner, Jackie-Boy, regularly gives her a beating. Dwight decides to follow Jackie-Boy and his gang and put a stop to his abusive behaviour. But when Jackie-Boy's crew head in to Old Town, a run down area where the local prostitutes are the law, Dwight knows they are all headed for a heap of trouble...

The Big Fat Kill, while never packing the same punch as The Hard Goodbye, is still an action packed adventure.

Dwight has a history in the dreaded Old Town, one he's not too keen to revisit. And when the local girls decide to have a little fun with Jackie-Boy and his gang, it's not too long before everything goes pear shaped. Jackie-Boy has a hidden secret that will make them all wish they had stayed in bed that morning.

The whole thing plays out like a cross between a Mike Leigh and Quentin Tarantino movie (if you can imagine that) and the end result is extremely satisfying.

Frank Miller's script and artwork are as sharp as we've come to expect. His black and white illustrations bring a grittier feel to the plot - something which just wouldn't have worked quite so well in colour.

Another cracking graphic novel from Titan.

Darren Rea

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