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Holy Terror Hardcover – October 11, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Legendary Comics LLC (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193727800X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937278007
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

As much as it pains me to say this, I just don't like this book.
Mike Kenny
Don't blast it until you have read it, please, and don't buy it if you find something you don't like here.
Nicholas J. Nuttall
There is no story here, no interesting character, no tension, no plot.
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231 of 290 people found the following review helpful By NazzNimrod on September 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Although I had some reservations about the subject matter compounded by the "quality" of Frank's recent work, there's so much he's done right (albeit more than 15 years ago) in comics that I have remained willing to give him another, then another, chance to make good on his early promise.

"Holy Terror" is puerile garbage of the lowest order. Miller's "art" has devolved from his last outings (hard to imagine!), and although the earliest pages are invested with some kind of experimental energy, they are also the least comprehensible in a book that makes little sense. But at least they have a spark, even if the actions depicted are near-impossible to follow and the writing/dialogue is shameful.

I assume these early pages were done almost a decade ago, when this was originally envisioned as a Batman vehicle for Miller to funnel his 9-11 anger into. Vengeful anger may not be the best motivation to tell a story, but those emotions have fueled some powerful art in the past. This isn't one of them.

This opening sequence has "Batman" (I read it this morning and cannot even remember what the lead's name was changed to after DC declined to publish it) pursuing "Catwoman" (did this character even get a name here?) after she commits a theft. They engage in a brutal extended acrobatic/arial battle, before becoming aroused and "Batman" admits he loves her - In what world does this make sense? They appear to have (or be ready to have, who can tell?) post-battle sex when a terrorist's nail bomb goes off, catching "Catwoman" in the leg.

Apparently Miller doesn't think we readers would understand that A NAIL IN THE LEG HURTS because she keeps talking about it for what seems like four pages.
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107 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Veese on October 1, 2011
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Be forewarned. The only reason to purchase this worthless mess is to see just how far Miller has sunk to the depths of madness and contempt.

Originally I was compiling a lengthy review of "HOLY TERROR" covering story, plot, etc. but realized this horrendous tomb was not worth any more effort on my behalf than Miller exhibited on any page of this book.

Like others here I am in total agreement that this is not only Frank Miller's worst output in his storied career, this is an example of Miller's contempt for the Graphic Novel genre and any audience his work is intended for. No matter if you are a fan of his work dating well back into the `80s (Daredevil, Dark Knight) as I was or a potential reader completely new and curious about the "controversial" 911 subject matter, Miller has delivered nothing less than a punch in the face and kick to the groin of anyone who pays to suffer through this utter garbage.

I use the word "contempt" for the genre and audience because this is a creator who has professed over and over his influence and mentor in comics has always been Will Eisner. Eisner was one of the most respected proponents, teacher even of comic book or graphic novel storytelling. Miller spits in the face of every rule here and you can't even defend he does so for some sort of artistic "voice" or groundbreaking storytelling advantage. Even the most hardcore fan of Miller's work will struggle to get through the story and decipher action on many, many pages.

I'm not offended by a "plot" centered around a superhero (Fixer/really Batman) avenging himself against a 911 terrorist attack, I'm talking about obvious lack of engagement between creator and reader and even creator and his own vision.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book was originally a Batman story and it's easy to see how as the book opens with "Cat Burglar" being chased by "the Fixer" across rooftops a la just about every Catwoman/Batman story there's been, and it's equally easy to see why DC turned Frank Miller down for the use of the "goddamn Batman".

Explosions rock the city and buildings fall down - Cat Burglar and Fixer witness this and immediately chase up suspects, all of them al-Qaeda terrorists (there is some real world input throughout) via the Police Chief who looks remarkably like Jim Gordon, and bring them all to justice before they achieve their coup de grace at midnight - blowing up the entire city!

Frank Miller doesn't really seem to have a message for this book except pointing out that Islam has some truly despicable practices such as burying women up to their necks in sand and throwing rocks at their heads and making women wear tent-like clothing covering every inch of their bodies and then, behind closed doors, having their husbands beat them senseless. Obviously this doesn't apply to most Muslims but the practice of stoning is still used today and just by inserting them into the story with no further comment, Miller seems to be using those examples as justification for the way Fixer and Cat Burglar use torture to extract information from the terrorists.

It's clear Miller sides with the way the US government has conducted the war on terror. He seems to be saying that the terrorists started it, they hit us so we hit back, and that the terrorists' extremism makes them different from other humans in the way they should be treated.
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