Black Burlesque

Great cinema were the film noir in the 50s and 60s, which often helped actors like Alain Delon or Jean Gabin to their fame. Even today, more than half a century later, these films have lost none of their charisma. No wonder this style of film is cited again and again, not only in cinema, but also in comic books like Noir Burlesque by Enrico Marini.

The story, set in 1950s New York, is about the gangster Slick, who commits his robberies with routine and seduces women, but has also attracted plenty of ill will and the envy of other shady and powerful figures in the underworld.

In this first installment, ex-boxer, war veteran, and hardened petty criminal Slick is doing his last heist for his boss when he meets Caprice, a redheaded beauty. As readers quickly discover, there is a backstory between burlesque dancer Caprice and Slick. Years ago, he had gone off to war as a soldier, leaving Caprice behind, who no longer wanted to wait for him and succumbed to the wooings of the underworld boss Rex. The encounter is thus also the beginning of the game with fire.

Swiss-born illustrator Enrico Marini took as a model for the style of his album that of Frank Miller’s Sin City, done entirely in black and white, with splashes of red color that illuminate the scenes all the more dramatically. Marine placed great emphasis on detailed drawings that capture the atmosphere of New York in the 1950s, showing the dynamics and brutality of the underworld.

Initially, Slick thought he could buy his way out of debt to Rex with his latest heist, but far from it. His relationship with femme fatale Caprice complicates matters and he must accept an offer from Rex that he cannot refuse.

Noir Burlesque is published in English by Europe Comics.

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