Sam Noir

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Sam Noir
Sam Noir issue #1
Publication information
Publisher ShadowLine, Image Comics
Format Limited series
Publication date(s) September 2006
Creative team
Written by Eric A Anderson
Manny Trembley
Artist(s) Manny Trembley

Sam Noir is a comic book mini-series written by Eric A. Anderson/Manny Trembley and illustrated by Manny Trembley, first published in September 2006.

Rendered in grayscale, the comic is a fusion of hardboiled noir fiction and a samurai adventure tale. While originally a three-issue mini-series, the comic's popularity and critical acclaim caused it to continue, with another 3-issue "Ronin holiday" mini-series getting published by Image's ShadowLine imprint (the last page indicates another mini to be published in June 2007 but as of early 2009 no new series has been announced).[1]

Plot[edit]

Sam Noir, a ronin detective, is paid to track a young woman named Jasmine, and after watching her for a while begins to fall in love with her. After Jasmine's murder by ninjas, Sam starts to look for "Master Fuyu", the man who ordered her assassination.

Reception[edit]

Comics Bulletin calls Sam Noir's art "fantastic", but the story "more than a little derivative".[2] Broken Frontier stated that "Anderson knows his hard-boiled style ... [making] the reading itself compelling—not to mention witty at times," while the art's "lyrical framing, evocative panel constructions, light and shadow effects [are] so well executed they’re like characters in the story".[3]

Conversely, The X-Axis found the series "frustrating", stating that "it feels like there are two completely different, and better, comics struggling to get out - one which is much more funny, and one which takes [itself] entirely seriously".[4]

Collected editions[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Samurai Detective Goes On Vacation". IGN. Retrieved December 7, 2006. 
  2. ^ "Sam Noir: Samurai Detective #1 Review". Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on May 27, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Sam Noir: Samurai Detective #1". Broken Frontier. Archived from the original on November 12, 2006. Retrieved December 7, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Sam Noir: Samurai Detective #1 Review". The X-Axis. Retrieved December 7, 2006. 

References[edit]

Video trailer:

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