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Holy Terror, Batman!

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The great Frank Miller, who helped revitalise Batman comics with his Dark Knight graphic novels and who also wrote Sin City, is working on a new project (link via Reason Express):

Once again, Miller returns to the world of the Batman, this time with Holy Terror, Batman!. Though the title plays with Robin’s classic catchphrase, the book deals with a serious subject. Gotham has been attacked by Al Qaeda and Batman sets out to defend the city he loves. The book, which Miller has inked through 120 pages, is expected to run roughly 200 pages total.

… Miller doesn’t hold back on the true purpose of the book, calling it “a piece of propaganda,” where ‘Batman kicks al Qaeda’s ass.”

The reason for this work, Miller said, was “an explosion from my gut reaction of what’s happening now.” He can’t stand entertainers who lack the moxie of their ’40s counterparts who stood up to Hitler. Holy Terror is “a reminder to people who seem to have forgotten who we’re up against.”

It’s been a long time since heroes were used in comics as pure propaganda. As Miller reminded, “Superman punched out Hitler. So did Captain America. That’s one of the things they’re there for.” …

“These are our folk heroes,” Miller said. “It just seems silly to chase around the Riddler when you’ve got Al Qaeda out there.”

Miller gave warning on our expectations over the visual style of the book. “Be afraid,” he said, adding, “I think it’s some of the best artwork I’ve ever done.” Miller’s career took off with Daredevil, a visual love letter to New York city. In some respects this is an artistic return to his roots. “Gotham City comes under attack, so it involves a lot more industrial landscapes than I’ve done in years.”

“Emotionally, it’s really raw,” Miller explained. Imagine the powerful rage when someone crosses the “passion between a man and a woman or a man and his city. ”

However, ironically, you could say Batman comics came up with Bin Laden long before he became infamous. I’m referring of course to Ra’s Al Ghul.


Written by Admin

February 15, 2006 at 7:31 am

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