YMMV: Blacksad

  • All Animation Is Disney: Inverted. Guarnido worked for Disney, but it's really hard to tell (except for some of the facial expressions).
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Karup is quite despicable in several ways, but is he really a pedophile?
  • Awesome Art: Guarnido's expertise as an animator really shows through; the characters are very expressive and full of personality, and the coloring looks fantastic.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Somewhere Within the Shadows: Ivo Statoc is a powerful businessman who serves as the primary villain of this first album. Most of the other villains in the series get tragic backstories or redeeming traits, but Statoc is evil and depraved to the core. He made film star Natalia Wilford his mistress, but when he found out she cheated on him, he personally tortured her lover to death, killed Natalia in cold blood, had his way with her corpse afterwards, and threw money at it to make it go away. When one of his associates has had enough and tries to blackmail him with his crimes, Statoc arranges the man's death. Later, he taunts Blacksad by boasting that unlike his foe, he isn't limited by such silly things like ethics and moral scruples, and is so successful because of his cold-bloodedness. The only thing that really interests him is pure, unadulterated power.
    • Arctic Nation: Huk is The Starscream to Hans Karup, the leader of the racist Arctic Nation, of which Huk is the spokesman. Huk also inspires lynchings against "black" animals and praises the lynchings in public as a defense of the noble "white race." While seemingly loyal to Hans Karup, Huk schemes to overthrow him and steal his wife in the bargain. During his affair with Karup's wife Jezabel, Huk has the daughter of Karup's black maid kidnapped to frame Karup (who is suspected to be a pedophile), but murders her mother when he decides she might talk. He then tricks Karup's followers into lynching him, taunting Karup he'll see to Karup's wife and then tries to hang Blacksad's friend, a journalist who'd been spying on Huk. Manipulating a harmless old crow into helping him, Huk decides to murder the little girl as well and shoots his unwilling accomplice when he demands Huk save the girl from a burning building before leaving her to burn.
  • Hidden Depths: Neal, a lawyer who practices narcissism and womanizing almost as a religion, is shown to be genuinely friendly with Blacksad's kid nephew.
  • LGBT Fanbase: John Blacksad is quite the Stupid Sexy Flanders. Some gay readers have discovered the series after first encountering its LGBT Fanbase.
    • In fact, the characters themselves get shipped a lot, particularly Blacksad and Smirnov.
  • Moe: The children in this series, Kylie especially. So cute that it hurts.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The trip that Blacksad has when he nearly drowns in A Silent Hell.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The lynx with the chest tattoo of mermaids who saves Blacksad from drowning in the fourth volume. He is not named and appears in only one page, but has already become quite popular.
  • Tear Jerker: The end of album 2. That's all.
    • And the end of album 4. The entire fate of the town of Caldonia, in fact.
  • The Woobie: Kylie, her mother and her grandmother.