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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (October 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878574582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878574589
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The List 7-21 October 2004, review by Danny Graydon: "...intensely detailed and highly visceral..."; Go! Essex Chonicle: " packed to bursting with intricate illustrations." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Frank Miller is one of the seminal creative talents who sparked the current gigantic sub-industry of motion pictures featuring comic book- initiated product. A sub-industry which had become a super-industry. This most profitable aspect of this millennium's film production, now producing an annual flow of box office profits in the Billions of dollars, was launched when Frank Miller's graphic novel re-take on the classic comic book hero, Batman, resulted in an entertainment industry-wide reconsideration of the genre in the deeper and darker vision Miller brought to it.

Miller re-defined the presentation of comic book characters and heroic fiction with his grand-daddy of graphic novels, "The Dark Knight." This revolutionary work
not only kicked off the series of Batman films based on his redefinition, but a craze for such material that has thrown dozens of such heroes into multiple film franchise heaven. Certainly chief among these has been Miller's uniquely classical take on superheroic narrative, "300," and his "Sin City" books, each of which entered motion pictures with historic successes, and each now in Miller's creative phase of achieving its highly-anticipated sequel. Miller's co-direction of "Sin City" has made him one of the hottest
directors... as well as a guiding creative force...for the new genre. Or one might say "super genre."

Miller's latest graphic novel, Holy Terror, is his first original graphic novel in ten years. Join The Fixer, a brand new, hard-edged hero as he battles terror in the inaugural release from Legendary Comics.

Customer Reviews

Very obscure Frank Miller book.
Eddie Arafat
This comic is to graphic novels what short stories are to novels.
Alexander P.
The art in this book is phenomenal.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ObiWanShinobi on August 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Haven't bought a comic in a while. Hollywood, having finally admited to running out of ideas has turned to the great and ultra-cool comics (Hellboy, Sin City, V for Vendetta, etc) in order to make some dough, has once again sparked my interest in graphic novels. I bought this one based soley on the art and was not dissapointed.

The ultra-violence can get a bit tedious (If you like tons of bloody naked people getting mauled by flaming vehicles....then prepare for your boat to float), but overall its not a bad read.

The story is ok. Not amazing but interesting never-the-less.

The cool thing about this book is the illustration. Which, is a virtual "Where's Waldo" of advertising icons, naked people, drug parephanilia, blood, and robots. Folks who say you can reread this a few times just to look at the amazing detail are telling it to you straight.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Morrison on April 2, 2009
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I got the original comics when they were first released, being a fan of Frank Miller. I hadn't heard of Geof Darrow at that time.

Since then, I have picked up this book for myself to replace a worn copy of an earlier reprint (this printing has the cover art, which is most welcome), and for everyone I know who doesn't already have one. It's that good. You'll read it, put it down and stare into space for a while, then immediately start reading it again. It's that good.

Now, if it was just for the awe-inspiring, OCD-derived skills of artist Darrow, the book would be visually impressive enough. Nowhere is there the clean, spartan lines of a mainstream superhero comic. Clutter is everywhere, and it is as lovingly detailed as are the bizarre residents of this dark future. Car seats and footwells are littered with junk food wrappers, spare parts, toys, and utensils. Cars parked on the street are dented. Trash heaps are strewn with recognizable artifacts, not only from the modern day but things that should be available any day now. Japanese characters and English exist in a side-by-side melange on buildings and packages. It's a confusing swirl that somehow makes sense. Oh, and yes, it's hypersexual and ultraviolent; human life is cheap. But that's a reflection of the culture. Even if not a single shot was fired, it's clear that the individual means little or nothing to the people running the world. As Barbara says, "I hate flesh."

But you also have the literary talents of Miller, who has in this work exceeded even the high bar he has set for comic-book writing. It's not only entertaining, it's important. I'd rank this as the graphic novel equivalent of George Orwell's 1984-- the book that I think people HAVE to read these days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Arafat on April 10, 2014
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Great art style. Very obscure Frank Miller book. Geof Darrow also does the art in Shaolin Cowboy, which is great too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Miera on December 15, 2009
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this is a classic Frank Miller and a must have for any comic book fan or if you prefer Graffic Novel it doesnt matter, the artwork is incredible so much detail its unreal. i highly recomend this for anyone who loves graphic novels.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Erb on August 23, 2007
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Frank Miller's Hard Boiled is lots of fun. It's a really short story, but it's a very good one at that. Hard Boiled takes place in a bizarre future, very bizarre. The art is breathtaking, it makes what to scan over each page to make sure you're not missing a little joke. Fulled with hardcore violence that makes you laugh in wonder, Hard Boiled is a weird graphic novel but it's surely another awesome story by Frank Miller. I hope you enjoy this book!
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The art work in this book speaks for itself. It seems like words are not necessary, if anything the speech bubbles get in the way. Geof Darrow's drawings are so highly detailed and descriptive the story is clear without the words. Dark Horse even released a deluxe over size black and white version with no words (I would definitely buy if it weren't $130). So if your into science fiction and amazing artwork this book is definitely worth having, even if the words are kind of annoying.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eddie on July 28, 2013
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Solid writing by Miller. Just as good as Ronin. It makes me want to consume his whole portfolio. Artistry was extremely detailed. I could have stared at the pages for days and still have found new pieces in each scene every day. Definite recommendation for a classic graphic novel.
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By Drewford on December 17, 2013
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This book does what many graphic novels do - but to an extreme. I am referring to the way they tend to tell a little snippet of story that exists in a huge universe, leaving the reader to ponder what else there is or could have been. To me this is a charming aspect of graphic novels but this book is so short, the story so tiny, that I can certainly understand the criticism.

On the other hand, what little bit of story you get is awesome. And then as others have said the art is in another galaxy. I hate the comparison to "where's waldo" but it sort of accurate for some panels that show zoomed out sections of densely populated city. On the other hand, Darrow's obsessive attention to detail turns brings even the simplest panels to life.

Reading this book in 20 minutes (although it is possible) does not do the book justice. The best way to enjoy it is to immerse yourself in each spread and just admire the detail while the story reminds you to turn the page every once in a while. The book's not perfect but its a fine little slice of brilliance for a small price
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