I actually saw a few panels of the book at some online forum before the book was published, possibly from other editions. Back then, I was blown away by the idea of using animals for all the characters, and putting them in exactly the same situation as any human. Well, that's Blacksad.
Here's a graphic novel with a very distinct, beautiful visual style and good detective stories.
Product description from Amazon:
Private investigator John Blacksad is up to his feline ears in mystery, digging into the backstories behind murders, child abductions, and nuclear secrets. Guarnido's sumptuously painted pages and rich cinematic style bring the world of 1950s America to vibrant life, with Canales weaving in fascinating tales of conspiracy, racial tension, and the "red scare" Communist witch hunts of the time. Guarnido reinvents anthropomorphism in these pages, and industry colleagues no less than Will Eisner, Jim Steranko, and Tim Sale are fans! Whether John Blacksad is falling for dangerous women or getting beaten to within an inch of his life, his stories are, simply put, unforgettable.
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