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Holy Terror [Hardcover]

Frank Miller
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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Book Description

October 11, 2011
There's a deadly menace somewhere in Empire City, and The Fixer only has until dawn to save his town - and civilization as we know it! Legendary Comics presents an all-out, head-busting, bone-breaking, neck-snapping brawl of a tale from Frank Miller, one of the most celebrated storytellers of the medium. Years in the making, HOLY TERROR features the desperate and brutal quest of a hero as he is forced to run down an army of murderous zealots in order to stop a crime against humanity.

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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: 12.3 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,387 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.

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231 of 291 people found the following review helpful
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 152 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If Miller can't care you should not care October 1, 2011
By Veese
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Holy Terror, Batma... er, "Fixer"! October 8, 2011
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Shite
I will give the book 1 star for the art, Miller is unusual, kinetic and original and was keen to develop his style from his earlier work. (see wolverine mini series, 1980s). Read more
Published 23 days ago by AlexanderTGish
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST.COMIC.EVER!
Frank Miller has completely lost his damn mind. This is possibly the ugliest ( In art and in content) thing I have ever read in my entire life. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Joker
1.0 out of 5 stars Demented Hateful Mind
Sad thing is that Frank Miiller has a solid fan bas in so many major Muslim populations, i.e. Turkey. Well, I understand that he is as shallow as a tall Starbucks coffee ... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cemal Melih Yildiz
5.0 out of 5 stars More hate for Miller than for terrorists.
There seems to be more hatred directed towards Frank Miller than there is towards the actual terrorists who have racked up quite the body count since 9/11. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anthony Figueroa
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Ultimately this will break most people's Frank Miller love not just because of his style, but the harshness of the story depicting his ideas of the bad guys as being religious... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Luis R. Diaz
3.0 out of 5 stars Exploring the art form of comic storytelling
Tho, I say it's okay, more so for the art and Frank Miller's ability to play around with the art form. His interpretation of destruction was very powerful. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Samuel Barden
3.0 out of 5 stars Cons and Pros
Cons: Very short, the shape of the book is not like traditional graphic novels and will not fit on your book shelve, It came off very patriotic. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Justin
1.0 out of 5 stars Stinky Cheese.
Frank Miller's Holy Terror has a beefy and cheesy aroma about it. It's a pungent odor that strikes the nostrils like a fart-sharpened dagger.
Published 7 months ago by Paul N. Guinto
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome--and underrated, of course, by politically correct wingnuts
It's absolutely true that Frank Miller doesn't write books like THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS
anymore. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter C. Smernoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book features great artwork that is pleasing and challenging on many levels. I love graphics novels that feature art that doesn't allow me to just blow through the pages... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Chris Francz
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