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Holy Terror

1.9 of 5 stars 1.90  ·  rating details  ·  420 ratings  ·  117 reviews
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 qu...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Legendary Comics LLC (first published September 14th 2011)
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Greg
Gosh, Batman Fixer! People really don't like this comic book...

I can't think of another book I've seen on Goodreads with this many one star reviews. People hate this. I didn't hate it, I didn't feel anything for it. I didn't know it was supposed to be Batman versus Al-Queda and that DC decided not to go with it, but I did think, wow these characters are an awful lot like Batman and Catwoman. But then I also thought they were also a bit like a really angry Daredevil and Elektra, which I guess is...more
Chip'sBookBinge
Holy Terror? Try Holy Sh*t, that was horrible!!! What the phuck was this garbage? This is what Frank Miller spent all his time writing, not writing, writing, not writing, changing the character from Batman to The Fixer? Mr. Miller just outdid himself here. He made me forget the abysmal Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again. I didn't think that was even a remote possibility. I stand corrected.

Now about this pile of dung. First off, the art is horrible. It's a lazy man's, bastardization of his Si...more
Mza
Oct 02, 2011 Mza rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mza by: Nobody
Shelves: 2011
Listen, this is shitty in exactly the way all the shitty parts of Frank Miller's non-shitty comix (e.g., Elektra: Assassin , Ronin , Batman: Year One ) are shitty -- retarded telegraphic speech, lack of attention to details of human behaviour, video game villains, and a heavy dose of nerd sex that will help impressionable boys dry girls' vaginas for years to come -- but I'm not here to shoot barrel fish. Miller's simpleminded politics and psychology aside, the book's a rip-off -- ultra-thin stor...more
Jeffrey
Credit to Miller for doing what he wants, at least? To some people, I guess, the world is completely black and white. Or black and white with occasional spot colors here and there, like on shoes, or peoples faces and stuff. I had a hard time following some of the plot until I realized 'Empire City' and 'The Fixer' were metaphors. For Gotham City and Batman. A very visceral, emotional reaction to 9/11 and terrorists, but unfortunately lacks any nuance or the ability to see how complex situations...more
Ashleigh
I dont tend to buy in to controversy surrounding books and films and I like to make my own mind up regarding the matter in my own time. That being said I have to say that even if you put the blatant and utterly offensive content (and not in a good way because I am far from one of the PC brigade) you are still left with the most poorly written graphic novel I have ever read, in fact make that the worst book. There is little to no character building, a shoddy romance that as a reader I couldnt hav...more
Bracken
Jan 05, 2012 Bracken rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one.
Frank Miller's new work is so bad that it's actually beginning to color my opinion of his previous work. While Batman: Year One is one of my favorite graphic novels, looking back with Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again and Holy Terror behind me I can definitely see the beginnings of Miller's downward spiral in works I enjoy, like Year One and 300. Holy Terror carries all the hallmarks of Miller's descent into abject mediocrity. The dialogue is laughably bad and the art is even worse. The firs...more
Derrick
Feb 12, 2014 -- I thought this book couldn't possibly be as bad as I had heard. But now that I have finally tackled it: It's easily the worst comic by a major creative name that I've ever read. Frank Miller doesn't bother me, usually. Heck, I liked All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder, Vol. 1.

But this book is ugly, sloppy, confusing, racist, paranoid, stupid, and lazy. Worst of all, it's boring. It took me about 15 minutes to read it - maybe - and I was saying, "When will this finally end?...more
Andrew Anony
I re-read this tonight just to see if it was as terrible as I remember. I didn't even finish it the first time I read this book before I promptly gave it a one-star. Having read more of Miller's work in the interim, I think I understand Miller's stance more thoroughly.

This comic is pretty much a Sin City story substituting the protagonist for Batman* and the enemy for the Al-Qaeda. And, like how Sin City is over-the-top and stereotypical, this comic is as well. I didn't like it because the ster...more
Clay Fernald
Frank Miller’s most recent, and somewhat anticipated Holy Terror surprised me with its form factor immediately. Landscape comics are decidedly uncommon, but a clever way to have books stick out on the shelf. Miller has been working on this conceptually since 9/11. Partly a tribute to the Cap punching Hitler days, this work pits a superhero against a real world terrorist threat. Unfortunately, the master cartoonist, storyteller, and artist has missed the target.

Storytelling was awkward, abstracti...more
Gregory Gay
And 27 minutes later, I emerge, bleary-eyed and wondering what the hell I just read.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not part of the legion that automatically shits on anything that Frank Miller puts out these days. He has produced some of the most entertaining comics out there (Sin City, Batman: Year One). He's also produced some of the funniest comics out there (All Star Batman & Robin).

This, however.. This is just bad. It isn't even entertainingly bad. It is vile, poorly-written, poorly-drawn, an...more
Mabel
Holy shit, I had my suspicions that Frank Miller was a right-wing, racist, misogynist wingnut, but this book just confirmed it. I spent the first half of this just trying to figure out what the fuck was up and down and whether or not the stylized disorientation was an effective story-telling device. (Hint: my conclusion was a resounding "NO.") The second half just made me ashamed that I was reading this trash in public. Holy Terror is a shiny turd serving only as a platform for Miller to scream...more
Angus Stirling
Holy Terror is a propaganda comic in which Frank Miller finally loses the grip on reality he's been threatening to completely dispense with for such a long time. Here, Islam is equated wholesale with Al-Qaeda in an us-or-them war of cultures. The plot is quite thin (terrorists explode nail bombs in New York, and a Batman figure tortures and kills those responsible) and all subtlety is jettisoned in reducing humans from characters to simply propaganda symbols - for example: a character has the st...more
Sam Quixote
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) v...more
Hayden
** Purchased and read this earlier tonight, before I had a chance to add it to my 'currently reading' shelf**

I'm of the opinion that there's no such thing as racist art. It always irks me, for instance, to hear people say Quentin Tarantino is a racist because his movies Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown have extensive uses of the N-word. If it works within the context of the story, then it shouldn't be applied to real life. So color me shocked when, about a third of the way into this, I sit it back...more
Julian
I read this because a friend asked me to (and bought me a copy). Let me just say that if I could give it zero stars, I would. One star is too many. Plot summary: nasty muslims kill lots of obviously innocent Americans and so our hero and heroine go on an Islamophobic rampage because there's killing to be done. The end. This was originally intended as a Batman story, and one can see clear signs of that: the heroine is clearly Catwoman, and there's a clear reference to Commissioner Gordon. But, my...more
Christian
I once naively thought that Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again was the worst comic that Frank Miller had written. I also declared it to be the worst comic I had ever read. That was only a couple weeks ago, and I had not yet read Holy Terror. This book makes think back fondly to The Dark Knight Strikes Again.

Holy Terror was announced some years ago as a Batman book that would portray Batman fighting Al Qaeda. After years of writing, Miller declared that it wasn't actually about Batman after a...more
Matt
A complete f---ing mess. Miller referred to this as unabashed propaganda, but that certainly doesn't excuse this waste of paper. It would be one thing if this actually told a coherent story, but the writing and art are incomprehensible. For instance, Miller will often take breaks from the story to include caricatures of well known political figures for no discernible purpose, or, in one case, cut away to a panel of a woman being stoned to death. Bear in mind that this last thing has absolutely n...more
Andrew
I needed to read this. I needed to see how Frank Miller would write a comic with Al Qaeda as the villains to see if he would treat the complex subject matter with his trademark subtlety, sensitivity, delicacy and tastefulness.

Also, when Frank Miller is good, he's really, really good. When he's not, he is balls-out, bat-shit, lunatic-crazy. The moment he announced he was writing a comic in which Batman fights Al Qaeda I knew this was going to be the latter. So, five years later I find out that N...more
Alger
I am torn. I liked this book on the grounds that it had allot of the same ambiance of his earlier "Sin City" stories and I am a big fan of that noir storytelling. Where the confliction enters in is the piece's EXTREME Islamophobic and anti-Arab sentiments. The scene in which they torture and maim a terrorist and taunt him with patronizing dialogue, such as generically calling him "Mohammad" really sat badly with me.
Analyzing the duality between my liking and disliking of the book is eerily te...more
Josh
This was a weird one on several levels. Frank's always vacillated between being brilliantly insane and just being insane, and Holy Terror is mostly on the wrong end of that spectrum. He himself describes it as a work of propaganda, akin to Adolf taking it on the jaw from Superman or Cap. But unlike those early comics, which were the dashed-off labors of artists living hand-to-mouth, Holy Terror is the work of a man influential enough to do whatever he wants and get it published. And the result i...more
Christopher
If you watch FoxNews a lot, you might enjoy this graphic novel (which is more graphic than it is novel). I'm not really a connoisseur of reactionary xenophobic jingoist sequential art, so I'll just suffice it to say that this story wasn't exactly my cup of napalm. I did think some of the layouts were impressive, but not enough to justify what I saw as an overall pervasive ugliness. I feel like I have to wash my eyeballs after reading this. Fortunately it was a quick read and a library copy, so a...more
Adam
Exactly as awful as I imagined it would be, but I owed it to my inner 12 year old to give Frank Miller the benefit of the doubt. I have such high regard for Miller's early work, but over the years his work has suffered a tangible decline in quality, and this book is a dreadful waste of time. I don't see it as being effective as propaganda, but I don't think it's harmful either; it's such low quality that it won't change anyone's mind about the issues at hand. I'm pretty open minded so I didn't f...more
Fredrik Strömberg
Just reread this in preparation for an interview and it was just as bad this time around. Hate literature in its most sickening form.

I used to really admire and respect Frank Miller in the 1980s, for the artistic inventiveness and sheer visual beauty of comics like Daredevil, Electra Assassin and Dark Knight Returns of course Then his misogynic and downright fascist tendencies started to shine through and a few volumes into Sin City I gave it all up, writing him off as a disgruntled old man and...more
Mark
HOLY TERROR? HOLY CRAP. This new Frank Miller book is probably offensive on a variety of grounds, including aesthetic, but it's almost too lacking in coherence to critique. HOLY TERROR reads like a bizarre parody of an insane right wing Batman beating up cardboard Islamic extremists in Sin City. But boring. I regret having read it; I'm glad I didn't buy it.
Adam
Jan 12, 2012 Adam rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Noone in the world, ever.
Recommended to Adam by: Barry John Kay
THIS WAS A GIFT

NOT MY CHOICE

To be fair, Frank's art still looks pretty striking, but Christallfuckingmighty, his storytelling is appalling. Not to mention the odious thinking behind this little disaster of a book... what a horrid, angry little man Frank's become. Horrible, horrible, horrible.
Travis
Dear lord, what a mess!
The questionable politics aside, what editor looked at this story with it's lazy, incoherent art, arbitrary coloring, and just plain horrible writing and said 'Looks great, Frank, I wouldn't change a thing!'?

There are some interesting ideas here, but unfortunately Miller managed to bury them so deeply, under such a mountain of crap that they are pretty safe from discovery.

The Fixer is an oddly compelling character, and the bizarre Dan Brown on acid plot, given to a less he...more
Nazary
This was terrible. I met Frank Miller when he was promoting this book (out of admiration for his earlier works) and you could see he was going insane.
The writing, the art, the story - it's all a mess.
Angela
Review at gnlibuk.blogspot.com
Ian
I couldn't even finish it.
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Frank Miller is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. He is one of the most widely-recognized and popular creators in comics, and is one of the most influential comics creators of his generation. His most notable works include Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Year One and 300.

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