Wallace is a black-ops war veteran turned artist. The night he stops the beautiful and built Ester from killing herself is a turning point in his life. She admires his art and they fall in love and it all seems like it should be bliss. But this is Sin City, and when she gets kidnapped Wallace has to call on all his old tricks to find her and save her. This volume is the last in the Sin City series, and subtitled “a love story”. Given that all the Sin City stories are love stories one way or another, I’m not sure if perhaps Frank Miller wasn’t referring more to his own connection with Sin City. It’s the longest volume of Sin City, and I’m not sure that does the story any favors. It isn’t any more or less blood soaked than any of the other stories, but it does go on longer so it ends up feeling more violent. A lot of the scenes felt like filler, and probably could have been edited out to make a tighter story, but I feel like this was Frank Miller’s goodbye to the series and he wanted to spend as much time there as he could. It’s certainly worth having, and would round out the collection, but not one of my favorite volumes.
Sin City, vol. 7: Hell and Back
By Frank Miller
Dark Horse 2005 (2nd edition)