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John Blacksad is a private detective who's seen much evil in the past, but never in his long life has he encountered a case as bizarre, as twisted, or as deadly as the one he accepts now. In a town where white supremacists have moved in and are seizing control, Blacksad is asked to find a kidnapped child and bring the kidnappers to justice. John Blacksad is a private detective who's seen much evil in the past, but never in his long life has he encountered a case as bizarre, as twisted, or as deadly as the one he accepts now. In a town where white supremacists have moved in and are seizing control, Blacksad is asked to find a kidnapped child and bring the kidnappers to justice.


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John Blacksad is a private detective who's seen much evil in the past, but never in his long life has he encountered a case as bizarre, as twisted, or as deadly as the one he accepts now. In a town where white supremacists have moved in and are seizing control, Blacksad is asked to find a kidnapped child and bring the kidnappers to justice. John Blacksad is a private detective who's seen much evil in the past, but never in his long life has he encountered a case as bizarre, as twisted, or as deadly as the one he accepts now. In a town where white supremacists have moved in and are seizing control, Blacksad is asked to find a kidnapped child and bring the kidnappers to justice.

30 review for Arctic-Nation

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jokoloyo

    My second read of Blacksad. After reading this I suspect the creator prepare excellent background and setting. The background is about fur coloured discrimination. In real life we have layer upon layer of discriminations (gender bias, economy classes, racism, etc.), and this graphic novel could deliver another kind of discrimination! White fur coloured animals supremacy campaigns, black fur coloured street gang. And this unique setting affect the plot. The jokes and plots related to animal traits My second read of Blacksad. After reading this I suspect the creator prepare excellent background and setting. The background is about fur coloured discrimination. In real life we have layer upon layer of discriminations (gender bias, economy classes, racism, etc.), and this graphic novel could deliver another kind of discrimination! White fur coloured animals supremacy campaigns, black fur coloured street gang. And this unique setting affect the plot. The jokes and plots related to animal traits are still there as on the first book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    This second installment of the Blacksad series was beautifully illustrated and a great followup to the epic first volume. A dark, brooding police story with fascinating characters, it is a fascinating universe that Canales has created here!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aildiin

    Blacksad takes on racism, as good if not better than the first one

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dávid Novotný

    Another great story, this times centered around racism and prejudice. Sidekick is introduced and I like how the history events and movements are told in the background of lives of common people.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    This is the third in the Blacksad series I am reading, this one the second volume, though the order doesn't really seem to matter. Start anywhere. I liked the first one best, in part because the characters as animals approach was so well done, and it was so fresh for me; I liked the fourth volume less well. This one is sort of in between. It's a little too much story for 56 pages, I think, but as with all of these in this series, the storytelling and dialogue take second place anyway to the amaz This is the third in the Blacksad series I am reading, this one the second volume, though the order doesn't really seem to matter. Start anywhere. I liked the first one best, in part because the characters as animals approach was so well done, and it was so fresh for me; I liked the fourth volume less well. This one is sort of in between. It's a little too much story for 56 pages, I think, but as with all of these in this series, the storytelling and dialogue take second place anyway to the amazing Juan Guarnido artwork, which is all by itself worth picking it up. Guarnido brings characters, even animal characters, to life, and uses watercolors with a sense of flair and style. Gorgeous artwork. The story is a potentially rich one, focused as it is on southern racism of the 1950;s, involving a kind of KKK white supremacist organization, and Blacksad as (mostly) black works his way into the tale as not only investigator but object of derision. The tale involves a kidnapping, (maybe) pedophilia, a mixed marriage, and finally too much for this volume, in my opinion, but it's not boring. But even if you just look at the artwork, you will be amazed, so I will continue to find all the other volumes. It sort of is standard noir type telling, very much in the fifties noir style, which I like, generally, but it's done just okay as story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Constanza

    4.5 Much better story than the first volume!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nightlizard

    Loved it. More than the first story. This one was more twisted and more detailed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    This second volume I liked a bit more! It wasn't intricate, but still I liked how it was written. And the mystery was quite interesting! This second volume I liked a bit more! It wasn't intricate, but still I liked how it was written. And the mystery was quite interesting!

  9. 5 out of 5

    João Jorge

    “Arctic Nation” is a wonderful follow-up to Blacksad's first volume. The art is still superb, with amazing detail, beautiful color and just magnificent drawings. The character´s design and facial expressions are particularly admirable. When it comes to art this volume is truly a masterpiece. The way every character is an “animal” and how that combines with the the noir genre and the 1950's is still as refreshing an idea and as interesting as in the first volume. But also like in the first volume, “Arctic Nation” is a wonderful follow-up to Blacksad's first volume. The art is still superb, with amazing detail, beautiful color and just magnificent drawings. The character´s design and facial expressions are particularly admirable. When it comes to art this volume is truly a masterpiece. The way every character is an “animal” and how that combines with the the noir genre and the 1950's is still as refreshing an idea and as interesting as in the first volume. But also like in the first volume, the biggest problem here is the plot. Don't get me wrong. Its a competent, well thought out story. It just lacks a bit of a spark. While the first volume was completely and utterly a noir tale, “Arctic Nation” moves the action to a run-down, poor small town, where the factories have closed and poverty is rampant. Blacksad is looking for a missing black “girl” in a very racially tense environment, dealing with both a “black-power” gang and something akin to the Ku-Klux Klan. This is a thought provoking start for the plot, with lots of potential for examining social relations, hate and hypocrisy and to deal with some very heavy subjects. “Arctic Nation” however never uses the setting and the race angle as more than a plot tool, a plot that ends up being both too predictable and somewhat underwhelming. The story also moves away from the noir genre and while the plot resolution ends up conforming to some noir tropes, “Arctic Nation” is never quite as noir as the first volume. As a result, there is less focus on Blacksad as a character, less development and even less of a spotlight on his motives and reflexions. Its a less personal story. Other than that, the book moves along at an amazing pace, with great action, some funny moments and an explosive climax that was fantastic, both in writing and in drawing. As with the first volume, Blacksad is once again an unmissable album and a masterpiece in its medium. Both the character and the books stand proudly on my shelf as some of my favorites ever. No small accomplishment.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fredrik Strömberg

    The second volume and this is stil really, really good entertainment. The script is clear and easy to follow without being self-evident. Recreating the racial tensions in the US of the 1950s with anthropomorphic characters that are divided into white and black works on several levels. For me, reading this now, sadly resonates much more with my own country and my own time, than the first time I read this book. Now. we've got a major Swedish party which has based its ideals on nationalism and fasc The second volume and this is stil really, really good entertainment. The script is clear and easy to follow without being self-evident. Recreating the racial tensions in the US of the 1950s with anthropomorphic characters that are divided into white and black works on several levels. For me, reading this now, sadly resonates much more with my own country and my own time, than the first time I read this book. Now. we've got a major Swedish party which has based its ideals on nationalism and fascism, something that felt impossible when I read this book about ten years ago ... Anyway, Gurnido's art is still incredible and the story moved me, especially the part with the little girl being abducted and presumed molested for most of the story. As the father of a little girl, this got a bit too close for comfort. So, onwards to volume three, the last that I have read earlier, and then onto the, for me, new volumes. Really enjoying this, more than I've enjoyed any comic in a long while.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ercsi91

    A portrait of the cold, harsh and realist world as how it is. Blacksad solves a family case with marvelous actions, and with a help of a journalist. Liked very much the idea of a partner. Just like in old school detective stories. And still in love with these beautiful art works.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jesús Neira

    Strange fruit.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    If I was impressed by the first book in this series, then I'm definitely in love with this second one. The story tackles racism, in a way that is at first surprising but then very understandable. The main story is about a little girl who's gone missing, but it all revolves around two racist organizations. There is also a cool plot twist towards the end, which I enjoyed even if it was a bit sad. The drawings continue to be amazing, and I can't help but love the amount of thoughtful details. If I was impressed by the first book in this series, then I'm definitely in love with this second one. The story tackles racism, in a way that is at first surprising but then very understandable. The main story is about a little girl who's gone missing, but it all revolves around two racist organizations. There is also a cool plot twist towards the end, which I enjoyed even if it was a bit sad. The drawings continue to be amazing, and I can't help but love the amount of thoughtful details.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Yasemin Gyford

    Wonderful!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Willem van den Oever

    With the first ‘Blacksad’ comic, writer Díaz Canalez and artist Guarnido amazed the reader with a detective-story, populated with animals, which contained enough edge to lift it above any kind of Disney rip-off. It was a layered, mature story, brilliantly executed and drawn. With the series second chapter, ‘Arctic Nation’ – a kidnap story with its roots placed firmly in a 1950’s America when racism ruled its society – Guarnido’s art is as excellent as his previous work. Having been an animator, t With the first ‘Blacksad’ comic, writer Díaz Canalez and artist Guarnido amazed the reader with a detective-story, populated with animals, which contained enough edge to lift it above any kind of Disney rip-off. It was a layered, mature story, brilliantly executed and drawn. With the series second chapter, ‘Arctic Nation’ – a kidnap story with its roots placed firmly in a 1950’s America when racism ruled its society – Guarnido’s art is as excellent as his previous work. Having been an animator, the guy has a great sense for expressions, poses and framing, making everything look extremely cinematic and visually attractive. There are wonderful little things happening in each frame, making it worthwhile to linger on each frame – or to simply reread the entire novel – just to discover all the information each panel contains. Less fortunate perhaps, is writer Díaz Canalez. He has written an intricate, complex story that would make any Chandler-fan proud, setting up both character and background swiftly and precisely, without using a word too much on anything. Nevertheless, Canalez seems to be greatly limited by the boundaries of the 56 pages this book could contain. There’s hardly enough room to let the story breath. Doubling in pages would have given the story more space to develop in a more natural way. Though there’s nothing wrong with the plot itself, a slower pace would have been friendlier towards its reader. That being said, the ‘Blacksad’-series seems to be on the way towards making a great series with this second episode. With powerful, straightforward and daring storylines and wonderful, mesmerizing artwork, it’s one worth paying attention to.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jan vanTilburg

    A magnificent book! Story, graphics, layout, cadres of the pictures, perspectives; all contribute to the narrative and the atmosphere of the action. I liked it better than the first book in the series A story about racism. Blacksad is asked to find a missing girl of color. His quest brings him into the shady world of Artic Nation, a racist movement (reministent to the KKK) who has taken over the city. The police are condoning them for its own questionable reasons... Blacksad is helped by a side kick A magnificent book! Story, graphics, layout, cadres of the pictures, perspectives; all contribute to the narrative and the atmosphere of the action. I liked it better than the first book in the series A story about racism. Blacksad is asked to find a missing girl of color. His quest brings him into the shady world of Artic Nation, a racist movement (reministent to the KKK) who has taken over the city. The police are condoning them for its own questionable reasons... Blacksad is helped by a side kick which gives the story a comical note. Much needed because again this is a dark story depicting the lowests sentiments in society.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Subroto

    Feel under immense pleasure to say I love it but can't - cos I did not. I know I know how can i ? I know this is a multiple award winning book .....but i gotta be honest to myself. The book did not move me or excite me the way i had expected it to be. It was neither a great noir nor a great story played cleverly by executing human elements / traits via animal faces / identities. For me this was not as good as they all said it would be. Maybe some other time when i return to it like one does to a Feel under immense pleasure to say I love it but can't - cos I did not. I know I know how can i ? I know this is a multiple award winning book .....but i gotta be honest to myself. The book did not move me or excite me the way i had expected it to be. It was neither a great noir nor a great story played cleverly by executing human elements / traits via animal faces / identities. For me this was not as good as they all said it would be. Maybe some other time when i return to it like one does to a book / wine rejected earlier and beats himself up for not liking it the first time around.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd F.

    Animal comic with surprising depth I like a good furry comic and this is one of the best. A fantastic noir story, incredible art and a nice hardcover package to seal the deal. PI Blacksad takes on some racial hatred as white critters argue for racial purity in a slowly-decaying suburb and a long-simmering revenge plot bares some strange fruit.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    As with the previous installment, I refuse to give this one a five-star rating based on the lazily written and male-gazey female characters. Still, the art is stunning and the story is really compelling. It *could* be so much better though.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    A more intricate and thematic plot, with nods to Devil in a Blue Dress. Art and story work together thematically on a higher level than the first book. The art is so striking!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    A dose of noir from Mr Blacksad is welcome any time.........

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marion

    SO.BLOODY.GORGEOUS. I can't take it. I want pages of this blown up and pinned to my walls. Very rarely does a still image give you the impression that it moves. I will not get over it. SO.BLOODY.GORGEOUS. I can't take it. I want pages of this blown up and pinned to my walls. Very rarely does a still image give you the impression that it moves. I will not get over it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kasia

    Better story than the first part, still amazing drawings, more animal characters, perfect!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Interesting take on racism. I love the artwork, and Blacksad is becoming a favorite hard-boiled detective.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Blake Carson

    (Reviewed the 1-3 collection, copied to 1-3 individual issues) Awe-inspiring artwork on every page and a lead that’s hard not to love makes Blacksad a remarkable reading experience. Of the three stories in this collected edition, “Arctic Nation” had the best mystery and excitement but all three of the stories were dark, sexy, and mesmerizing. With a classic film-noir aesthetic, you can practically hear the soft jazz music dance around you and taste the cigarette smoke wafting through the air as c (Reviewed the 1-3 collection, copied to 1-3 individual issues) Awe-inspiring artwork on every page and a lead that’s hard not to love makes Blacksad a remarkable reading experience. Of the three stories in this collected edition, “Arctic Nation” had the best mystery and excitement but all three of the stories were dark, sexy, and mesmerizing. With a classic film-noir aesthetic, you can practically hear the soft jazz music dance around you and taste the cigarette smoke wafting through the air as cynical voice-over details his sins and reluctant victories. The anthropomorphic character design was very successful in making some characters feel more or less dangerous given our knowledge of the animal kingdom; the black cat as a bitter PI, the bald eagle as the President, the old owl as a professor, etc. The novel could skip on character exposition in some instances because we knew most everything we needed to simply by how the character was categorized via animal species. Of course, this is no longer a unique design choice but in a film-noir graphic novel? I struggle to think of a better use of anthropomorphism. …aside from the sloths in Zootopia, of course. It can’t be overstated that this artwork is breathtaking. The water color does so much work to make this feel lovingly handcrafted. I stopped and stared more times than I can count (if I can only count to about 12) and took pictures of the pages a few times as well. Like, there are “Kodi” levels of panel beauty in this book but with anthropomorphic nudity so that’s a bonus. /s After reading 4 and 5 as well, this 1-3 volume is where Blacksad is at its best. The most poignant emotion, palpable style, and infectious stories. Upping my rating from 8/10 to 9/10 because I can’t stop thinking about these three and I adore what I remember about them.

  26. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    Though the episodic format means there is no progression for the main character, this comic is coming into its own in this story. It has emotion, intrigue and violence in equal amounts. The characters' traits are an even better match to their stereotypical counterparts this time around. With racism added to the mix, it reaches a new level of greatness. The era these characters live in is openly racist. A black character has her child kidnapped, but doesn't even fathom going to the police who woul Though the episodic format means there is no progression for the main character, this comic is coming into its own in this story. It has emotion, intrigue and violence in equal amounts. The characters' traits are an even better match to their stereotypical counterparts this time around. With racism added to the mix, it reaches a new level of greatness. The era these characters live in is openly racist. A black character has her child kidnapped, but doesn't even fathom going to the police who would surely dismiss her. John Blackmore is her only chance while the blacks push against the whites in a conflict that can escalate rapidly. There is far more to this story than a simple kidnapping. (view spoiler)[The main suspect is a white supremacist who is accused of being a pedophile and murderer. His marriage isn't going well either. It's based on interest, not love, so his wife takes great pleasure in sleeping around with his main lieutenant who is the true author of the murders. He gets betrayed and killed by his own men in a chaotic scene where John fortunately manages to save the kidnapped girl. The true events that led to this are revealed in the end. The white supremacist's wife and maid were in reality his own long lost children from his first wife who was black. He sent her away to die while 7 months pregnant, but she survived and her kids wanted revenge. They got it, but at a steep price. (hide spoiler)]

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robinski

    I would accept some of the criticism of Blacksad, Vol. 1: Somewhere Within the Shadows, to the effect that the plot is rather sparse, predictable and runs out too soon. For me, the dynamism and energy of the artwork, and the nailed-on noir aesthetic more than make up for that, and I'm willing to forgive Shadows those shortcomings. Actric-Nation, however, grabs the plot-bull by the horns, diving headlong into the proverbial China shop with a powerful story bedded in racism and white supremacy. Oka I would accept some of the criticism of Blacksad, Vol. 1: Somewhere Within the Shadows, to the effect that the plot is rather sparse, predictable and runs out too soon. For me, the dynamism and energy of the artwork, and the nailed-on noir aesthetic more than make up for that, and I'm willing to forgive Shadows those shortcomings. Actric-Nation, however, grabs the plot-bull by the horns, diving headlong into the proverbial China shop with a powerful story bedded in racism and white supremacy. Okay, this is not To Kill A Mocking Bird, but considering the perceived shortcomings of Volume One, I think it is to the creators' credit that they took on this important subject. And they did so, I think, with the verve, style and intensity that made the first book so enjoyable, but with the added weight of an issue that could not be more critical today. At the heart of any good story, of course, are the characters, and there is much more of an emotional centre to this tale, I think, than the first, much stronger personal themes. The relationships are more involving, more complex, and that ups the ante on the story as a whole.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Haaland

    The second Blacksad-book is even better than the first - the art is again absolutely stunning, but the story is even more gripping than last time. The hatred of the white supremacists and the terror they create are so vividly portrayed, and I adore how well the medium is able to convey such expressions, through complex facial expressions or just the right framing, in a way that non-graphical novels can't. The only thing holding back the last star is that it's so short - I took my sweet time soak The second Blacksad-book is even better than the first - the art is again absolutely stunning, but the story is even more gripping than last time. The hatred of the white supremacists and the terror they create are so vividly portrayed, and I adore how well the medium is able to convey such expressions, through complex facial expressions or just the right framing, in a way that non-graphical novels can't. The only thing holding back the last star is that it's so short - I took my sweet time soaking in the pictures and reading the whole thing in French, but it still only lasted a quarter of my train ride. But really, it's 4 1/2. Even for the short duration, the characters develop, different plotlines intertwine, and we get thoroughly invested in the story. These books are a marvel.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Case Bontrager

    This issue finally got me to take comics seriously because it felt like one of the first comics I've read that had a serious message. Blacksad is a beautiful way to introduce comics to those who wish to get into them as a medium. The themes of fascism and racism are beautifully integrated into the narrative and the story took dark turns that destroyed my preconceived notions of what comics can do with their stories. This issue finally got me to take comics seriously because it felt like one of the first comics I've read that had a serious message. Blacksad is a beautiful way to introduce comics to those who wish to get into them as a medium. The themes of fascism and racism are beautifully integrated into the narrative and the story took dark turns that destroyed my preconceived notions of what comics can do with their stories.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Luana

    The first volume's breathtaking artwork is continued in this tale of racial strife in the anthropomorphic American South. The plot's a bit more complex than the first (with shades of Ellroy!) so we're definitely seeing a majorly talented artist hone the shit outta their craft. Surprisingly, comic relief weasel/fox (?) Weekly is a very adorable addition. The first volume's breathtaking artwork is continued in this tale of racial strife in the anthropomorphic American South. The plot's a bit more complex than the first (with shades of Ellroy!) so we're definitely seeing a majorly talented artist hone the shit outta their craft. Surprisingly, comic relief weasel/fox (?) Weekly is a very adorable addition.

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