Blacksad's a pulpy noir detective story that is carried by the character's interactions and the fleshed out world they inhabit. The art is gorgeous to boot. The anthropomorphic animals may mislead you to believe the story can't be all that serious, but, as with Usagi Yojimbo, you would both be wrong in that assumption and robbing yourself of an excellent reading experience. I received the third volume as a gift during our /co/ristmas threads, but have yet to get the first two. That is a grievous error on my part that needs rectifying.