JD reviews Frank Miller’s HOLY TERROR

Title: Holy Terror
Author: Frank Miller
Publisher: Legendary Comics
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

Arrogant. Arrogant god-damn bastard. Sloppy, arrogant work by an arrogant bastard. Frank Miller. Always building himself up bigger, taller, like some mad gaggle of robots. Always climbing. Now falling. Enjoys repetition and small sentences. Originally a proposed Batman book, this is now…something else. Instead of Batman and Catwoman and Gotham City: The Fixer and Natalie Stack and god-damn Empire City. Cold. Wet. Noisy. Haughty. But all I read is failed Batman, failed Catwoman, Failed Gotham City.

Adds paint splatter like blood. Fingerprints and splatter to hide the rushed artwork. Like a cancerous cough, ink is sprayed everywhere. Figures indecipherable. Lazy. Rushed.

There’s a story here. An emotion. Several. Anger. Fear. A need for revenge. But it’s lost. The art and writing in this book are like a terrorist attack. A terrorist attack on the purpose of this book, the story. It’s buried under all the rubble so that you can barely see it. Buried under all the gimmicks. Art gimmicks. Writing gimmicks. It hurts. It hurts my brain. My eyes. My former respect of Frank Miller. Apparently, this was Frank Miller’s quote about the book:

For the first time in my life, I know how it feels to face an existential menace. They want us to die. All of a sudden I realize what my parents were talking about all those years. Patriotism, I now believe, isn’t some sentimental, old conceit. It’s self-preservation. I believe patriotism is central to a nation’s survival. Ben Franklin said it: If we don’t all hang together, we all hang separately. Just like you have to fight to protect your friends and family, and you count on them to watch your own back. So you’ve got to do what you can to help your country survive.

A shame any message he had intended is overshadowed by the sloppy work inside. Bad-ass fedora and be-grizzled demeanor firmly in place, Miller also states this book is “bound to offend just about everybody”. Offended by the lack of effort, maybe.

Arrogant god-damn bastard.


JD can be found hosting the PopTards Podcast, drawing a weekly webcomic, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam over at www.poptardsgo.com, graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, and Booking his Face off at http://www.facebook.com/jaydotdeedot. Follow his twitter @poptardsgo.

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15 Comments to “JD reviews Frank Miller’s HOLY TERROR”

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  1. Hal Halbert says:

    Excellent review/!

  2. Bobby Kulb says:

    I think if Miller & Rob Liefield ever collaborated it would bring about the ragnarok that Thor is always trying to avert. They are the Lee & Ditko of Earth 3.

  3. Doogie Horner says:

    Agreed. “The bastard!”

  4. JD (Host) says:

    Miller doesn’t need to team up with Liefeld..he’s his OWN Liefeld at this point. Sadly.

  5. Bobby Kulb] says:

    HAHA i lke that – coined a new phrase “youre your own Liefeld” = Youre your own worst enemy.

  6. kire says:

    Stupid old man (holding guy wound). Should just retire (blood from knuckles). Didn’t the Dark Knight Returns Again to Return teach you? Washed up.

    Bang up job, and talking like a Frank Miller comic is the new cool. I pity my coworkers today. I am a surgeon. This is my operating table.

  7. optimous douche says:

    No Miller didn’t learn a lesson from Dark Knight 2, hence why we got ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN. Now, Frank probably didn’t learn a lesson from ASBAR either, but DC sure did.

    Hence why these days he needs to go to a movie company now to get his shit released.

  8. JD (Host) says:

    seriously though…remember when he was AWESOME?

    I remember when I was a kid and saw his art, I didn’t really like it…but as I started working on my own art, I really started to appreciate how he was experimenting and his layouts and use of darks in his Marvel work.

    And then his Sin City stuff! Just amazingly cheesy but fun noir and the art was ridiculously original. Just great stuff.

    It hurt my heart to write this review…and to read the actual book. And comparing him to Liefeld isn’t really all the fair, since Liefeld could NEVER draw.

  9. kire says:

    But yet Liefield was once again hired by DC to screw with anatomy and quality. So who is really learning anything these days….Not me, I keep falling for some of this promo stuff.

  10. jaydee says:


    HOW/WHY do people keep hiring Liefeld????

    Have you read THE INFINITE by Kirkman/Liefeld…JEEBUS, it’s bad.

  11. optimous douche says:

    I’m telling you, simply follow Liefeld on Twitter and all will become clear, he smokes more cock than Sasha Gray and Linda Lovelace combined.

    How did he get back? Tenacity! Why did INFINITE 1 sell out? Half Kirkman, half schadenfreude.

  12. jaydee says:

    But if I do that, then I WOULD BE FOLLOWING LIEFELD ON TWITTER. Which isn’t on my list of things to do. But maybe if you just retweet his best ones, i’ll get the picture.

    Am I following you on twitter? what’s your tag?

  13. Capes says:

    Y’know….I was a teen when Dark Knight Returns came out. While I didn’t love the art, I thought the story was incredible. (Personally, DKR and The Killing Joke were the best Bat stories to come from the 80’s ….imagine Christian Bale Made up as a 55yr old Bruce Wayne and DKR made as a movie). Then the follow up to DKR comes out a decade later and the only think I could think of was what the hell? Did he just get tired of trying?

  14. JD (Host) says:

    @Capes…yes. I think he did. That and I genuinely think that DKSA was Miller very seriously flipping the bird to all of us.

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