Sin City
Occupation: Vigilante, Ex-military, Artist
Gender: Male
Comic Appearances: Hell And Back
Affiliation(s): Esther

Wallace starts off as an ex-military civilian. He is a more upright, middle class citizen than Marv, Dwight McCarthy, or John Hartigan, none of whom he has any contact with.

A demobilized Navy SEAL who received the Medal of Honor, he lives a life of relative peace and solitude against the backdrop of crime-ridden Basin City. Having left the Navy years prior, he makes a living as an artist (usually for sleazy magazines, to his great disgust) and as a short order cook. His life changes drastically when he saves a suicidal woman named Esther from drowning. She is kidnapped and enslaved by the Colonel, one of Basin City's most powerful crime bosses, sending Wallace on a singleminded journey to rescue her and take down those responsible, no matter who gets in his way.

His land lady, Mrs. Mendoza is a retired nurse

Hell And Back

Wallace, with his habitual disgust for sexuality, realizes his delicate nature is offended by Purvis, the director of the Men's magazine he worked for as an artist. He quits his job with nowhere to go. He meets a suicidal woman, whom he rescues via CPR.

He brings the woman to Mrs. Mendoza and retires to his apartment when the girl walked in to thank him for saving her life. She put on some of his clothes and she suggested buying him a drink in a nearby bar where Peggy flirts with Darryl.

There Wallace finds out that her name is Esther and that she is a not-so-successful actress. They discuss his past in the military and her life, and then they kiss.

He realizes that someone shot him, but not with a bullet, it was something that made him paralyzed. He was able to hear and see but unable to move. Two men in doctors’ uniforms kidnapped Esther and he couldn’t move a muscle.

Wallace falls unconscious, and when he opens his eyes to see that Esther is gone. A cop, is hitting him and yelling in his face. Wallace doesn't resist the arrest. He tries to stay focused and remember what had happened. He remembers that Esther was kidnapped. She resisted but this is all he can remember for the time. Thought for a junkie, he is put in a cell.

After they lock him in, Wallace meditates to remember what happened earlier.

In the morning the policemen let him out and he drops by his apartment to take a bath and put on some clean clothes. Then he makes a plan how to find where Esther is. First he tries to find some witnesses. That fails so he goes to the police to file a missing persons report, but he doesn't know that much about her, neither her last name or her address, so he decides that the best thing to do is to draw a picture of her. The Lieutenant Liebowitz promises to do whatever he can and he tells Wallace that he better stay out of the way, but Wallace has already decided to go against the law if he has to.

On his way home, Wallace is stopped by the same cops who try to stop him. He attacks the officers and robs them. He goes to Mrs. Mendoza to pay his rent and let her know that he will be out of town for a while. Mrs. Mendoza tells Wallace that she took Esther's business card, which has Esther’s full name, phone number and address on it. This information was a good thing for Wallace who is not much of a detective, and unable to think as well as he can fight. He heads to Esther’s apartment where he finds Delia sleeping. She claims that she is Esther’s roommate and makes a pass at him. Just then, Manute comes in and tries to kill him. they fight, and Manute loses. Delia gets turned on, takes her clothes off and sits near the window. Wallace asks her to get away from the window. A sniper fires a shot at them. Wallace orders Delia to stay low, to get dressed and put on running shoes, Wallace shoots the sniper and kills him. When they leave the building, a Mercedes chases after them. Wallace shoots at the car’s tires and the car flips upside down. Strangely, Wallace says he feels bad for the car.

Since his car is bullet-riddled and easily identified by the enemy, he decides that he needs to get another one. So he goes to find his former Captain. He also borrows a pair of handcuffs. Delia is exhausted so they rent a room in the Last Hope motel. Wallace again orders her around, telling her to take off her clothes, lie in bed and close her eyes. She does as she's told and Wallace handcuffs her to the bed. He just leaves her there and starts looking into her things. He tells her that he knew all along that she was not Esther’s roommate but stupidly forgetting his own advice, he gets too close to the window and someone shoots him.

Wallace returns to consciousness being carried by the simpleton Gordo. Delia is giving the orders. There is another girl, Maxine, who drugs him. They put him in a car, with the corpse of a young girl in the trunk, they give him one more dose of a tranquilizer cocktail and Wallace begins to hallucinate. He manages to get out of the car before it explodes and has to face the policemen that he previously robed. This is where his former Captain comes to rescue him. He tells him that the enemies have established a perimeter of snipers and that was the reason why it took him so long to reach Wallace. He also tells him that he left one of the snipers alive enough to point them in the right direction. After they learn that Delia, Maxine and Gordo are driving a Humvee and heading to an old factory complex, they both decide to go after them. They stop for gas so Wallace and Captain can size up the moment and attack. Wallace kills Gordo with a head shot but Captain has already been hit. Wallace points his gun on Maxine, and orders her to fix his mind, she does and after a brief blackout he comes to find that either by his own hand or not, the gun hand gone off and Maxine was killed. He then walks over to Delia, who he also instinctively shot while recovering from the hallucinogen and, at her request, shoots her in the head to end her suffering. By the time he reached Captain, he was dead. Wallace took his body to Jerry, Captain’s lover. They burn Captain’s body and Jerry promises to take care of Wallace.

Wallace goes to the old factory complex where he finds out that this is where a black market operation which traffics babies, women and live organs is taking place. He snoops around and sees the nursery with the babies, the cages with the women and the morgue with the corpses, who have had their organs surgically removed. He also finds a room where porn movies are filmed. He goes to Lieutenant Liebowitz' house to tell him what he has stumbled upon, and finds out that the Lieutenant knew all along. While they are talking all of this out, the phone rings. It's for Wallace, The enemy offers a deal. Esther’s life in exchange for them keeping the black market operation running. Wallace accepts, The trade off is set at an old farm(The Roark Family Farm from the other stories). They tell him that he will find her in the barn. Wallace opens the door and finds Esther in there naked. He put his coat on her and they walk out. But It's a trap and there is a helicopter flying overhead which begins to shoot at them. Wallace has Jerry covering his back, and when the helicopter turns to Wallace and Esther, Jerry shoots it down with a bazooka.

Wallace and Jerry take Esther to the hospital. The nurse tells Wallace that Esther will be ok in a few days and that the person who did this to her was a professional. Wallace asks Jerry if he could count on him to rescue all those people in the cages and the babies, Jerry accepts. Then, to their surprise, dozens of wounded people are found and brought into the hospital after a massive police operation. Wallace realizes that this has to do with Liebowitz. After a few days, he takes Esther and moves out and far away from Basin City.

Special abilities


Wallace once worked as a short-order cook for a while. He is mostly a talented painter (his drawing are never shown but every characters who see them are impressed) and wishes to make a living through it.

Wallace is one of the most skilled characters in martial arts, being able to take Manute down all by himself quite easily. He tries to be patient with his opponents, giving fair warning to back off, but is always driven to violence, and proves to be far more dangerous than he looks. He is also a skilled gunman, often using Beretta 92F pistols. When acting in stealth, he uses a machete.

As said before, Wallace is as calm as an executioner. Thanks to this and meditation, he keeps his senses to master the situations. Though not much of a detective, he is very observant, noticing even the smell of cigarette smoke.

During most of his adventure, Wallace fights his enemies (and even police) all by himself. His only notable allies are two of his former comrades, 'Captain' and his life partner Jerry.

Appearance and Personality

Wallace is one of the only truly virtuous characters in Sin City. However, as an ex Navy SEAL, he also ranks among the deadliest.

In his late 30s or early 40s, Wallace appears to be around 5 foot 10 inches, to 6 foot tall. He has a lean, muscular build, long black hair, and stubble. He is depicted as having enormous hands, as big as those of Marv or Manute, this may be a minor deformity, but is more likely a device by the artist to suggest his strength and dexterity. His normal attire consists of a black T-shirt, black jeans, Converse All-Star shoes, and an ankle-length trench coat. Wallace dresses in such shabby clothing that he is sometimes mistaken for a bum. His long hair and stubble earn him frequent taunts from the police. He drives a Buick LeSabre convertible.

Wallace is a skilled artist. For a citizen of Basin City he is shockingly prudish, as when he chose to tear up a nude portrait he created rather than allow it to be chosen over a more tasteful painting. He was caught by surprise when the assassin Delia propositioned him. He is very respectful toward the opposite sex referring to women as "Ma'am" regardless of age or status. He does not, however, share Marv's aversion to hurting women, as shown by his lethal actions toward female opponents.

It is implied that his childhood was spent growing up in New England. Little is known about Wallace's past in the military, but he keeps scars from this part of his life. Wallace is most of the time self-assured, confident and cool-headed, but remains so even in mortal peril, implying he is simply apathetic. Though he is honest, diplomatic, warm-hearted, selfless and semi-pacifistic, Wallace can be stirred to violent action when it is required, such as for revenge. He never shows exterior signs of panic and doesn't seem to fear anything. Wallace (understandably) dislikes the police, comparing them to the same people that worked for Stalin (the KGB).

Whenever under intense stress, he meditates. This helps him clear his mind and recall things that might have escaped him in the heat of the moment. Using this method, he is able to recall how he was first drugged by the Colonel's subordinates and what happened to Esther when she was taken by them. It also seemed to lessen the effects of a powerful hallucinogen injected into him when men working for the Colonel try to frame him. He mentions that he has been meditating for much of his life, referring to things having "gotten bad" during his childhood. He also mentions that his meditation saved his life during "the mission," alluding to the mission where he earned the Medal of Honor.


Sin City
Films Sin City - Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Main Characters Miho - Dwight McCarthy - Gail - Marv - Ava Lord - Wendy - Goldie - Johnny - John Hartigan - Nancy Callahan - Bob - Mort - Marcie - Sally - Joey Canelli - Becky - The Colonel - Customer - Lucille - Manute - Shellie - Senator Roark - Wallenquist - Dallas - Delia - Wallace
Groups Girls of Old Town - Basin City Police Department - Roark family - Irish mercenaries - Magliozzi Family - The Bikers - Wallenquist Organization
Locations Basin City - Old Town - Sacred Oaks - The Projects - The Pits - Kadie's - The Docks - Mimi's - Farm
Music Sin City (soundtrack) - Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (soundtrack)
Comics The Hard Goodbye - A Dame To Kill For - The Babe Wore Red and Other Stories - The Big Fat Kill - Silent Night - That Yellow Bastard - Daddy's Little Girl - Lost, Lonely & Lethal - Sex & Violence - Just Another Saturday Night - Family Values - Booze, Broads, & Bullets - Hell And Back
Short Stories And Behind Door Number Three? - The Customer is Always Right - The Babe Wore Red - Fat Man and Little Boy - Blue Eyes - Rats - Wrong Turn - Wrong Track
Original Yarns The Long Bad Night - Nancy's Last Dance
Important Articles Chronology - Fan Art - Sin City - Sin City Comics to Film Differences - The Truce - Yarns