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Holy Terror

1.9 of 5 stars 1.90  ·  rating details  ·  497 ratings  ·  132 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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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
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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
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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
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
David Schaafsma
Holy Terror(ism), Batman! Biff! Bam! Pow to Islam! This is a Batman book Miller wrote that DC rejected, so Miller changed it and made it The Fixer, an enraged post 9/11 pro-American and anti-Islam attack that makes Miller seem racist and misogynist and shallow, a right wing nut job. This is one of a few that may permanently turn people against him, those that he might still have supporting him (I mean, the second Sin City is getting a lot of viewers, so he's not hurting for support from those ab ...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
Andrew
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
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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
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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
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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
Noetic
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?
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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
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
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Federiken Masters
Aug 22, 2014 Federiken Masters rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tomás y casi nadie más
Recommended to Federiken by: Que estaba a mano
Miller está gagá, eso lo sabemos hace rato. Parece que también está enfermo, eso lo suponemos desde hace poco. Pero lo que se sabe hace décadas es que su manera de hacer historietas marcó época, que tuvo muchos astisbos de genialidad, y que muchos terminamos volviendo a sus obras con cierta culpa, aunque más no sea para seguir encantándonos con (varios de) sus dibujos o para seguir indignándonos con (la inmensa mayoría de) sus guiones en general e ideas en particular. Y si bien decir que este li ...more
Unai
Feb 15, 2012 Unai rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Dicen que a Frank Miller se le fue el pan el famoso 11 de septiembre de 2001. Aquel tipo que nos dio el “Born Again”, “Regreso del Señor de la Noche”, “Ronin” o “300”, ya no existe. Fue perdiéndose por una pendiente de pensamiento fascistoide y de darse así mismo la razón en todo y agravado con un caso claro de automasaje de huevos permanente. Con la misma vagancia y autocomplacencia que se ha tirado 10 años para hacer este bodrio, se permite llamar perroflautas y recomendar que se metan al ejér ...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
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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
Sr. Lado Brillante
Hay dos aproximamientos básicos al comic.
La primera es la que acepta las limitaciones del medio y las usa a su favor para entretener, creando una historia que define lo que es el comic, como Franklen-Castle, el run de Claremont en los X-Men y casi cualquier cosa escrita por Mark Millar.
La segunda es la que se salta esas limitaciones y aprovecha todas las posibilidades del medio y crea nuevas, como Daytripper, Asterios Polyp e inclusive Watchmen.
Pero esto no es ninguna de las dos.
Es un comic que
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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
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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
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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
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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
Alex Firer
Frank Miller is a talented artist in the same way Leni Reinstahl was a good filmmaker: ugh who gives a shit.
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
Neil McCrea
I've long known about this book, and all the controversy surrounding it. I've long been aware that Frank Miller's neo-fascist tendencies have been at full boil for some time now. I had no intention of reading this one,lest it ruin my memories of Miller's earlier work. . . . and yet I spotted it sitting there at my local library and picked it up on a whim.

It is every bit as bad as I expected. The worst art I've ever seen from Miller, and the plot is nothing but paranoid, jingoistic horseshit.
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Holy Terror. Primera Parte:
Frank Miller cogió su fusil
Introducción o Frank Miller contra el mundo


“Saluda de mi parte a esas setenta y dos vírgenes de ojos azabache, hijo de puta”
El Batman contra Al Qaeda que no se atrevieron a publicar. Este eslogan ha servido a Norma Editorial para publicitar la última obra en el mundo del cómic de Frank Miller, la polémica Holy Terror, en la que el famoso autor nos ofrece su co
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Philip Cosand
Quite possibly the worst comic ever created.

The art is ugly.
The characters are racist.
The dialogue is full of hatred and vitriol.

What once was a Batman story (which was canned due to what one assumes was good taste on the higher-ups' part), has been slightly tweaked to be a generic hero. Batman's ears have been shorn off of his cowl. Gordon's hair looks different. And Catwoman gets a mild uniform adjustment. Other than that, you are to assume that this is Batman. But thankfully, it isn't.

No, Bat
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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
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