This is volume one in Frank Miller's Sin City, and is one of the three volumes which served as source material for the cinematic triptych now touring the theaters. It's a graphic novel I picked up from the library.
It's violent, often misogynistic, corny and melodramatic. It is, after all, a tribute to and a send-up of the novels of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, and the film noir genre that is filled with so many losers like Marv, the 'hero' of The Hard Goodbye. The hard, angular art, in blocky, stark black and white, is Frank Miller's signature style, and the perfect medium to portray the story.
I'm going to give it a rest, but I think I'll be grabbing the second volume, A Dame to Kill For next.