Miller’s Holy Terror

Frank Miller is publishing an original graphic novel this September through Legendary Comics.  Made available this week are pages and a trailer in motion comic style.

Here’s the official press release:

[quote]Burbank, CA – July 21, 2011 – Legendary Entertainment today revealed the first five pages of HOLY TERROR, the graphic novel by iconic writer and artist, Frank Miller.

In HOLY TERROR, join The Fixer, a brand new, hard-edged hero as he battles terror. The graphic novel is a no-holds-barred action thriller told in Miller’s trademark high-contrast, black-and-white visual style, which seizes the political zeitgeist by the throat and doesn’t let go until the last page.

HOLY TERROR is a 120 page hardcover graphic novel with spot-color interiors presented in a 10 x 13 landscape format. Distributed by Diamond Books, HOLY TERROR retails for $29.99 and will be in stores in September.[/quote]

It was originally done with Batman ten years ago after 9/11 but languished until Legendary Pictures decided to open a comic division.  Miller changed Batman and Robin to these new characters and the story of revenge against terrorists comes to us.  The images appear Miller’s current style of exaggerated form, large boots and excessive folds in everyone’s clothes.  The motion comic trailer is an interesting twist to the normal press shots but it is a film company after all.

Scott VanderPloeg
Scott VanderPloeg

Scott works in I.T. but lives to eat and read. His other ramblings can be found at AE Index and eBabble. Art collection at Comic Art Fans.

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Arbel Ratzin
Arbel Ratzin
12 years ago

Will check it out as soon as it comes out. I love Miller.
looks like he already sold the rights for the movie though… 😉

12 years ago

What I liked about Miller was his ability to reinvent himself. But unfortunately, he seems to have stalled on Sin City.
What’s disappointing about Holy Terror, based on what we know so far, is that he’s using the SAME logo type with the red splatter that he used in 300!! All of which is an extension from Sin City. Bad work is more forgivable if it at least attempts to be original… which means, if Holy Terror is not just as good as 300 or better… it’s gonna get slammed by the critics. Or worse, people will just roll their eyes and simply not care.
Still, I remain a fan and I wait with anticipation ^_^
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What’s really interesting about this post is that Holy Terror is being distributed by a film studio and that the trailer has the illusion of motion by panning still images. To me, this reeks of the future… more so then Marvel’s subscription base digital comics:
1. If corporate ever decided to shut down Marvel and DC, would that be the end of comics? Words and images have existed throughout mans history and will continue to do so with or without the comic publishers. But, if the business model ever had to change, comics published as part of a larger promotional initiative makes sense to me.
2. Motion is comics is nothing new… it has a history and you could argue that early animation was nothing more then a motion comic. But as it’s own medium it’s never been any good, probably because between comics and animation, there didn’t seem to be any need for it. But, if the comic “book” market continues to shrink, could motion comics be improved to augment any gap as the true “digital” comics medium? It’s the perfect middle ground between film and print. It could be set up to be “flipped”  from scene to scene or it could resemble a more rudimentary animatic. You could read it or hear it or a combination of both. How exciting is that?