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REVIEW by Ginny: Blacksad: A Silent Hell (Blacksad #4) by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido – Release Date July 24th, 2012 (@puretextuality )

Detective John Blacksad returns, with a new case that takes him to a 1950s New Orleans filled with hot jazz and cold-blooded murder! Hired to discover the fate of a celebrated pianist, Blacksad finds his most dangerous mystery yet in the midst of drugs, voodoo, the rollicking atmosphere of Mardi Gras, and the dark underbelly that it hides!

Holy crud, this was the comic I had been waiting for my entire life.

Allow me to hit the highlights:

Anthropomorphism
Private Investigators
Blues musicians
New Orleans
1950s

I am not going to lie, a happy dance was done. It was embarrassing for everyone.

The art is stunning. I mean, anthropomorphism isn’t the easiest thing to do, and here it was done masterfully. You were able to look at the characters and instantly tell something about them, or at least you were able to see the human qualities beneath their animal shells. I could actually picture the characters as real human people.

Oh, and anthropomorphism allows us to take a nice long look at the race inequality that plagued the deep south without making anyone feel too uncomfortable. After all, a goat mistreating a dog isn’t nearly as stomach churning as a watching their real life counterparts.

The story was also superb. I can’t really say much without giving details away, but there was only one real moment where I went “wait, how did you reach that conclusion…” and in a crime story, especially one done in comic form, that was refreshing all on its own.

I’m giving Blacksad 4.5 stars.

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