Blacksad: Silent Hell Due in July

Blacksad: A Silent Hell

Exciting news! Dark Horse will be releasing another volume of Blacksad on July 11. A Silent Hell, by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, is set in 1950s New Orleans. The feline detective John Blacksad is “hired to discover the fate of a celebrated pianist [and] 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!”

The previous volume won the Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material, and Dark Horse has sold 20,000 copies in four printings. Blacksad: A Silent Hell will also have “an extensive making-of section, with tons of prelim sketches and watercolor studies, written by artist Juanjo Guarnido [and] two never-before-collected Blacksad short stories!”

If you’re not familiar with Blacksad, I’ve posted some preview pages from the previous book, showing off the gorgeous work. It’s astoundingly realistic anthromorphism with social commentary.

4 Responses to “Blacksad: Silent Hell Due in July”

  1. Jeff Says:

    That’s great! Just tonight finished the first one (behind on my reading – maybe I’ll move on to the final volume of Echo next). Loved it, from art to the style of the storytelling. Will definitely pick this one up.

  2. Diana Says:

    Delighted to hear this! Now for the next Grandville from Talbot….

  3. Vanja Says:

    I’ve read the volume in question, and it’s quite good. It lacks some of the topicality of the second and third album, and returns to it’s noir roots. In a way, “Silent Hell” feels like a reworking of the first album “Somewhere between the shadows”, but transplanted to a New Orleans atmosphere, another in a line of iconic American settings.

    What social commentary remains, for once centers on pharmaceutical practice and the effects of a seedy company’s experiments with the new drug, in a way that is reminiscent on Polanski’s “Chinatown”.

  4. Johanna Says:

    Thanks very much for that sneak preview. I’m eagerly anticipating seeing the story.




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