If you walk down the wrong (or right, depending on how you look at it) back alley in Sin City, you can find anything. A dismembered body part. A few gallons of blood and guts. Frank Miller's signature series isn't just a grandiose homage to the film noir and hard-boiled crime genres, it's also one of the most creatively gory comics of all time. You're probably thinking, "So what? There are so many gory Frank Miller comics." And it's true; the guy inks his pages like Jackson Pollock painting with blood. But it's the imagination in the most violent Sin City scenes that truly sets the series apart.
Released between 1991 and 1992, the first thirteen installments, The Hard Goodbye, kicked off years of gory Sin City comics and violent graphic novels. From exploding heads to dismembered "members," these are the goriest moments in Sin City comic books.
Hartigan Blasts Off Roark Jr.'s Testicles
Hartigan blasts off (or more accurately, tries to blast off) Roark Jr.'s testicles in their first battle over skinny little Nancy Callahan. He also blows off Junior's hand. Unfortunately for all the non-Roarks in Basin City, his parts grow back yellower and nastier than ever.162Agree or disagree?
Jackie Boy's Many Gruesome Humiliations
The "god damn hero cop" suffers a comical gore fest at the hands of Miho. First, his hand is removed by her throwing star. He subsequently falls on said star, lodging it in his buttcheek. Then she blocks the barrel of his gun, it backfires, and the shrapnel flies straight into his brain. Finally, Miho cuts his head off with a katana, but it doesn't come off clean. Says Dwight: "She makes a Pez dispenser out of him."2116Agree or disagree?
Miho Punctures Some Craniums
In between the indignities she inflicts on Jackie Boy, deadly little Miho finds time to jab her katanas through the brains of three of his compatriots before decapitating a fourth.159Agree or disagree?
That Yellow Bastard's Little Yellow Bastard Gets Torn Off
Having failed to fully castrate Rourke Jr. on his first attempt, Hartigan finishes the job eight years later. Not only does Hartigan remove the younger Rourke's genitals with his bare hands, he also smashes his yellowed head into a pulpy soup.137Agree or disagree?