Kitty Noire

Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido is a Noire graphic novel where the characters are animals. Our lead detective is a cat with the last name of Blacksad. It’s a fairly stanard noire with the down-at-his-luck private eye, his failed and dying love life (literally) with kitchy dialogue and everything.

I couldn’t make up my mind while reading this weather it was supposed to parody the genre or whether it was taking itself seriously. If it was a parody, it’s mildly amusing, otherwise the story and dialogue are just too cliche. That’s not to say it’s not worth a gander.

It’s art is absolutely beautiful. The animals are wonderfully anthropomorphic, and the style harkens back to the earlier, much more complex, days of comic book art. So it’s fairly easy to put up with the easy one-liners. You’re too distracted by the art to care that much about it!

Cover of Blacksad

Anyway, sorry for the hinky schedule this week. I think from here on out, it’s going to be a prompt on Sunday, response on Monday, then other posts on Wednesday and Friday. That just seems to be like the schedule my brain actually wants to keep!

Happy reading!

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