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Die Hard: Year One, Vol 1 (Die Hard: Year One #1)

2.85  ·  Rating Details ·  103 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Every great action hero got their start somewhere, and with DIE HARD: YEAR ONE fans get the chance to see John McClane’s first year on the force as a rookie cop in New York City.

American's greatest action hero translated into the sequential art form for the first time! Every great action hero got started somewhere: Batman Began. Bond had his Casino Royale. And for John McC
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by BOOM! Studios (first published 2010)
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Christopher Josephs
Mar 07, 2017 Christopher Josephs rated it liked it
Picked this up at Ollie's the other day, and I knew there has been talk about a sixth Die Hard film with this plot, which I would still like to see, but it's hard to explain why this didn't really pop out at me. I will seek out Volume 2 soon. The third film is still my favorite.
Jul 01, 2010 Pam rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
My reaction to a graphic novel about John McClane and entitled Die Hard -- "I must read that now!" Alas it is a great idea (about how John McClane became the cowboy who defeats Hans Gruber) but it fell so short. The plot was difficult to follow and took the second comic book in the series to really start making sense to the reader. Also there were way too many characters.
I still love the first movie (and the novel upon which it was based) but I will be a bit more circumspect about other Die Har
Quentin Wallace
Jan 01, 2016 Quentin Wallace rated it liked it
So in this series we get to see John McClane back when he was a beat cop in the 1970s, well before the events of the Die Hard movies.

This volume focused on a plot to rob a billionaire's yacht by an environmentalist, who gets the aid of some crooked cops. Honestly, think "Die Hard" on a boat, and you have this story. I thought it was derivative. Not bad, but not that good either. The art is decent but nothing special either.

Overall a decent read, but nothing you probably haven't read before.
Jun 10, 2010 Jamil rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, nyc
Since the art is merely functional (imagine if John Paul Leon had done more than a couple variant covers?!!), & the plot is pretty standard 70s NYC beat cop fare, this doesn't quite live up to the over the top action implied by the Die Hard brand.
Jan 17, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
This was surprisingly good!
Not good as in "I'm gonna shout it out from the rooftop" kinda good, besides, it is freezing out there, but good as in deserving of 4 stars and a positive review kinda good.
I'm a good fan of Howard Chaykin, I like his art and I like his drawing... thing is, when he splits the two, the result isn't always that great.
Die Hard: Year 1, vol. 1 proves to be an exception.
The story's pretty darned good, even if it did feel kinda rushed at places, and is classic Chaykin story
Jimmy Brown
Dec 13, 2014 Jimmy Brown rated it it was ok
As a huge fan of (most) of the Die Hard films, my interest was piqued at the release of an origin story of John McClane. However, it's really only an adventure of John having just graduated from the Police Academy. Sure, it's 'year one' in the career of cop McClane but John was in the marines, in Vietnam. I'd much rather read a story about THAT. Anyway, this story shows that McClane had a habit of being a one-man army even back in the '70s, where it is him on a boat versus a group of bad guys. Y ...more
Jun 09, 2016 Andrew rated it did not like it
An important part of a graphic novel is showing the story. This book is weighed down by lots of unnecessary narrative that ruined the showing aspect for me. There are two narrators, the writer's third person and John McClane's retelling. There aren't many pages without the narrator interrupting.

But, you might say, isn't there that cute part where he's called "McClain" instead of "McClane?"

Yes, there's that. How creative! It was the highlight of the dialogue.

The plot wasn't much to write home abo
Tyson Adams
Nov 23, 2011 Tyson Adams rated it liked it
I picked up two books today: Nothing Lasts Forever and Die Hard Year One. The novel is the basis for the first Die Hard movie, the comic is a prequel to the movie that was written recently. Nothing amazing in the comic, aside from suggesting that John McClane had been in several situations in his rookie years that prepared him for his movie exploits. Fans of the movie will have a passing interest, but there isn't anything that makes this standout aside from that.
David Dalton
Mar 16, 2016 David Dalton rated it really liked it
As a Die Hard fan from long ago (still consider this my all time favorite movie) I knew I had to read this story.

Not as gritty as the Die Hard movies, this story still does an excellent job of setting up John McClane as a character. You can sense how he will someday become the hero of Die Hard and take on Hans Gruber.

So many players in one story made it difficult to follow and enjoy the story. A less complex threat would have allowed McClane to shine better.
Sep 17, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
Pretty good. The story is a little convaluted but it works well enough. The artwork is excellent, and the tone is spot on for a Die Hard story.
Nicola Mansfield
May 12, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
Reason for Reading: More Die Hard? A young John McClane? C'mon? How could I resist?

The time is 1976 and John McClane is a rookie cop starting out. He's been partnered with a Training Officer of the seasoned, fat and complaining variety so needless to say they do not get along but McClane quickly learns to keep his mouth shut and make backhanded remarks out of the side of his mouth. On the street a series of incidents all lead to McClane taking on a small terrorist group and cops gone bad.

I loved
Jul 24, 2015 Arp rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
What a disappointment. It sounds like a great idea - and it still could be if it was rebooted, written and drawn by other people. But this SUCKS. I read to the end because it wasn't so long and because I wanted to see where the trainwreck went but it's 30 minutes of my life I wouldn't mind having back.

First problem: the story & vibe. Die Hard is a great action film; this is a lame attempt at a gritty cop drama trying to capture the NY vibe of the 70s where the cops are all bad (except for Mc
Michael Allan Leonard
Sep 25, 2016 Michael Allan Leonard rated it really liked it
The kind of improbability comics are perfect for: if it were a film, a prequel to Die Hard set twelve years before the original film would either involve recasting the lead or some serious CGI to make Bruce Wills a younger John McClane.

With comics, it's just another day at the office.

Writer Howard Chaykin serves up a tight, fast-paced script that matches the tone of the films -- don't expect any great revelations about McClane's character, here a rookie cop still saddled with a training officer
This is the beginning of John McClane’s career. This story takes you through his time as a rookie on the Police force working under one of the harder trainers who just doesn’t seem to care whether he’s by the book or not as long as McClane only refers to him as Officer Bingham. Bingham is a real jerk and he’s quite the lazy police officer.

McClane keeps seeing this young girl throughout town and feels like he should say something to her when he sees her shop lift a dress. It turns out the young
David Owen
Sep 22, 2016 David Owen rated it it was ok
It looks really nice... that's both of the stars. Otherwise this is a genuinely terrible graphic novel. The story is bland and the structure is all over the place. There's nothing here to insinuate that it is even remotely interested in telling a Die Hard/John McClane story. This could be any cop, his trademark wit is non existent. The final panel might be the worst slap in the face of all. Just awful awful stuff. It makes the last two entries in the film series seem like genuine classics.
Mar 18, 2015 Jon rated it liked it
The first prequel to the Die Hard series. Tells the story of how McClane got his shield. I enjoyed revisiting a grimy, untamed 1970s New York City, where seasoned cops are dirty and on someones payroll. This provides a nice juxtaposition and opportunity for rookie McClane to shine. The plot isn't anything to write home about though and lacks that traditionally solid Die Hard villain. Worth the money, but probably only if you're already a fan.
Feb 25, 2016 Ronald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
While an interesting concept to visit the early days of the life of John McClane on the NYPD. The story is still the same bad people doing bad things. In the end the "regular" guy saves the day. Entertaining but the movie was better.
Jul 28, 2016 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This story of John McClane starting out as a NYC beat cop in the seventies captures a lot of the feel of the Die Hard movies. It's a fast read, but a little too fast. Just when the story starts getting really good, its over.
Jan 08, 2012 Mo rated it liked it
Shelves: graphicnovel
Pretty scattered for the first half of the book, making it difficult to follow along what was going on. A quick, fun read but falls extremely short of what you'd expect from the Die Hard franchise.
Jul 12, 2016 John rated it it was ok
The illustration was on point I just didn't care for the story line.
Feb 10, 2016 Гиквалюта rated it it was ok
Плотный комикс с хорошим рисунком. Сюжет первого тома (нападение на яхту мэра) пустой, хотя не без находок, второй том (отключение Нью-Йорка от электричества) тянет на отдельный фильм.
Dec 26, 2012 Dawn rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
Not as interesting as the movies.
Oct 12, 2014 Christian rated it liked it
For such a dumb idea, Die Hard: Year One is a surprisingly decent 70s cop comic, with lots of flashers and hippie-punching.
Jul 19, 2010 Jacobi rated it it was ok
Shelves: trades-read
While this was readable, the story flowed too choppy to be very enjoyable. Good idea for a comic series though. Maybe vol.2 is better?
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