This is a really nice oversize hardcover reissue of Munoz and Sampayo's 1991 masterwork. Solid black and white printing on flat white paper. Translated by Kim Thompson, Kay MacRae and Robert Boyd. This edition comes with plenty of bonus material that was not included with the earlier softcover Fantagraphics edition from roughly twenty years ago, namely: An introductory essay by Francis Marmande that includes plenty of classic photographs of Billie Holiday, and a sizable bonus gallery of outtakes, sketches and pin-ups by José Muñoz. This is one of the best jazz inflected graphic novels out there. Recommended!
Back in print at last! And Eclipse/IDW did it right in this fantastic 392-page collection of thse Munoz & Sampayo classics – the first of two! This full-size edition is crisply printed on heavy newsprint and quite reasonably priced. These works were quite influential at the time of their initial release thirty-some years ago, and once you start digging into this volume it's easy to see why.
It doesn't get any better than this, folks. Over 300 pages of black and white comics intensity courtesy of the one-of-a-kind-pair of Argentines-in exile, José Muñoz and Carolos Sampayo. To the best of our knowledge, the stories that populate this volume had not been translated into English before appearing hnere; almost certainly not the two 21st century stories, the existence of which we were not even aware. Alack Sinner: The Age of Disenchantment offers valuable perspectives on the United States, social, political and psychological, that you'll be hard pressed to find elsewhere in comics. And we don't even know where to begin on singing the praises of the art of José Muñoz, but we will say that the 300+ pages you'll find here include some of the very best work of his career. Basically: buy this book!