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Graphic Novel Review: Sin City #2 – A Dame to Kill For by Frank Miller

Title: A Dame to Kill For
Author: Frank Miller
Series: Sin City #2
Rating: 2/5 Stars

208 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Dark Horse

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Summary: Dwight holds a tight control over his inner monster – he doesn’t drink, plays by the rules and stays out of trouble. But then Ava comes back into his life, a woman that broke his heart. When she tells him she’s in danger, his control starts to slip.

What I liked:
– There were some nice twists in the story that I didn’t see coming
– The art sometimes has a kind of cut-out quality that looks pretty awesome; though everything is done in black and white there is still plenty of detailing
A Dame to Kill For happens during the happenings of The Hard Goodbye. This means we get some more glimpses of Marv, my favourite Sin City character
– Many boobs, but rather clean sex scenes
– Although they only get a small role, the hookers of Old Town are cool ladies

What I didn’t like:
– I feel like we’ve seen this story before. It’s the same old song: guy is being hunky and dark, woman comes in, dies/asks for his help, guy kills a dozen other guys for said woman
– Marv was adorable in a way, Dwight didn’t have anything going for him
– The violence often seems to have no other goal than to shock the reader
– Because I didn’t care for Dwight I didn’t feel invested in the story

Verdict: A Dame to Kill For suffers severely from second-book sydrome. Its plot is too close to that of The Hard Goodbye and doesn’t add anything to it. It was okay, but I’m not sure whether I want to read the other Sin City novels


Stuck with nothing but a seedy gumshoe job and some demons, Dwight’s thinking of all the ways he’s screwed up and what he’d give for one clear chance to wipe the slate clean, to dig his way out of the numb gray hell that is his life. And he’d give anything. Just to feel the fire. One more time. But he can’t let himself lose control again, can’t ever let the monster out. And then Ava calls.

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