Frank Miller's Holy Terror

Posted by Grey Thursday, June 30, 2011

Remember the intensely ludicrous "Holy Terror, Batman!", a proposed 122-page graphic novel by Frank Miller pitting Batman against Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda? It is finally here, one way or the other.

Yes, before you can scream the battle cry ("I'm the goddamn Batman!", of course), Frank Miller, the writer that went from one of our favorite comic creators to an absolutely undependable creative force (based on what we had seen from both the screen adaptation of Will Eisner's The Spirit and the "goddamn" awful All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder), has moved the project from a world-famous licensed product to to an independently published item distributed by Diamond Books.

Set to be published on September 14th, 2011, by Legendary Comics, an offshoot of Legendary Pictures to coincide with the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Holy Terror will be featuring a new superhero called The Fixer as the protagonist that will be going against the Islamic extremists.

We still remembered how unabashed Miller was, back when the project were to featured DC Comics's Batman against the Muslim terrorists:

Superman punched out Hitler. So did Captain America. That's one of the things they're there for ... It is, not to put too fine a point on it, a piece of propaganda.

In an interview with the L.A. Times Hero Complex Blog, Miller explained the rationale behind the new protagonist:

He's been trained as special ops and when his city is attacked all of a sudden all the pieces fall into place and all this training comes into play. He's been out there fighting crime without really having his heart in it – he does it to keep in shape," said Miller. "It began as my reaction to 9/11 and it was an extremely angry piece of work and as the years have passed by I've done movies and I've done other things and time has provided some good distance, so it becomes more of a cohesive story as it progresses. The Fixer has also become his own character in a way I've really enjoyed. No one will read this and think, 'Where's Batman?' ... My guy carries a couple of guns and is up against an existential threat. He's not just up against a goofy villain. Ignoring an enemy that's committed to our annihilation is kind of silly. It just seems that chasing the Riddler around seems silly compared to what's going on out there. I've taken Batman as far as he can go.

Okay, perhaps Miller has finally reached the stage where he is more comfortable with a trigger-happy hero instead of unfortunately conscience-obsessed Batman. So, no matter how you think of the project: An unsanctioned propaganda piece, an exercise in lucrative comic-producing, or an self-obsessed comic project, chances are, you will get to read this later this year.

Courtesy of Comic Book Resources, here's the synopsis:

LEGENDARY COMICS TO PUBLISH HOLY TERROR GRAPHIC NOVEL BY RENOWNED COMICS CREATOR FRANK MILLER

Comic Scheduled for September 14, 2011 Release

Burbank, CA – June 28, 2011 – Legendary Comics has partnered with Frank Miller, the iconic writer and artist of SIN CITY, 300 and THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, to publish HOLY TERROR, a dark, uncompromising superhero tale for the modern era. The announcement was made today by Bob Schreck, Editor-in-Chief of Legendary Comics.

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.

"It has been my extreme pleasure and honor to have worked so closely with Frank for over 20 years now," says Schreck. "HOLY TERROR finds Frank at the top of his game. A fast paced, biting commentary on our uncertain and volatile times, told with some of the most gut-wrenching, iconic images he's ever produced."

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 on September 14.








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