Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander by Frank Miller

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  • My only real positive experience with Miller was his Daredevil: Man without Fear minseries. Rough is definitely a kind way of describing his art though, that is for sure.

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  • Well…that is pretty clear: avoid at all costs is pretty much the message here lol (well…almost anyway). I have the graphic novel for the 300 but have never read it. I bought it for my mum way back when the movie came out, because she was a huge fan of that film (although I think it was more because of Gerard Butler lol 😂😂). But yeah this sounds horrible indeed. Nonetheless you still wrote a great review/warning for us! 😊Great post!😊

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    • Hahahaha I clearly wouldn’t recommend this one. 300 is another story though and clearly “better” than this one. It’s good to know that you still have a copy of it though. And hey, can’t blame your mom for like Gerard Butler. 😛 Thanks for reading, good sir!

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  • Wow. I know his name really well – from Bookstooge’s comment I’m guessing he came up when I was reading about Daredevil spoilers (RIP Daredevil. Still not over it.)

    Your comments on his artwork are really interesting. I really don’t like gratuitous brutality. It feels like a lazy way of engaging. There way more to building a relationship with a reader than just making them feel disgusted.

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    • I too am still sad that Daredevil is done. I wouldn’t be surprised if Disney makes a move in the near future to add a TV series on Disney’s streaming service or a new movie for Daredevil in the MCU. But yes, Frank Miller has done great things for Daredevil in the past. But today?… His stuff has only been getting worse and worse…

      Yep, the violence is gratuitous, which is a bit normal during war, but the reason it doesn’t work so well here is because the violence makes no sense. It’s drawn weirdly and it’s unimpressive hahaha

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  • Oh my! That’s the most vehemence I read in your review in a long time… Admittedly, it doesn’t look too promising, and the convoluted, and yet overly simplified plot seems typical of Miller, unfortunately. I think he just understands the medium in a different way than most of modern readers… I did enjoy his 300 from the esthetic point of view, despite the gratuitious violence, but even then his plot skills left a lot to be desired 😉

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    • I was actually glad that I read something this bad… I needed to let some steam out and Frank Miller was a great target for it. I like your statement on his understanding of the medium. I too believe that he sees things differently and that he sees as his style as something he established, something that will be recognized as “art”, something that will be universally loved because he “earned” his place in the comic book world. Unfortunately, I don’t think he gets a pass for his art style, at least subjectively, for me, hahaha

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      • Yes, his style is very peculiar – both in storytelling and graphic aspect. I think it’s something one can either love or hate, or maybe just shrug off. It doesn’t resonate with me, though – I like his ideas, but not execution 😉

        Funnily enough, I’ve got a few really bad book experiences stashed for just such an occasion 😀 I tend to avoid writing very fueled up, scathing reviews (I know, surprising!) because it’s like beating up someone who can’t defend themselves. Some books just have that effect on me, though – those self-satisfied, smug jerks among books (non-gendered) out there make my incisors elongate 😉

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          • Oh my! Wait till I read some more Lawrence 😛
            But don’t worry, I’m bound to reach the point where I’ll have to get some stuff about bad writing out of my system – and then, a Bad Book Review (BBR) will surely come 😀

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  • Oh man! You reeeaallyy didn’t like this one.
    Weirdly enough, that makes me curious about the book and want to try it. I don’t know why that happens sometimes when I read a negative review.

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  • WOW! …. WOW! This is a side of Lashaan I’m not used to!! Atrocious artwork and monstrous artwork are not what we want to hear when it comes to a comic. But I totally get you. Personally I wasn’t really a fan of 300 or Frank Miller. He seemed to be a fad to me. Not that creators shouldn’t get their time in the light… It sounds like an honest mess though!! I don’t appreciate bits of history and characters out of context and all over the place. We need a story and to care!

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    • Hahahaah it was a glorious mess. Frank Miller used to have great ideas and he’s best when he’s the head of a project rather than the artist. At least back then. So far, he hasn’t been showing any sign of his past self.

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  • I’ve heard some pretty bad things about this and honestly, never plan to check it out (your fine review is definitely the ‘nail in the coffin’ haha) – it’s such a shame that the quality Frank Miller’s work has never returned to anything near what he achieved with Year One, TDKR etc (I hear Superman: Year One isn’t particularly good), but at least we have those to go back to again and again!

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    • I wouldn’t ever recommend picking this up unless you’re a completionist. And you’re right, he hasn’t proven anyone that he’s still got it so far… I’ll probably still read his stuff out of curiosity and to save anyone else from reading it (e.g. I got Ronin queued up to be read at some point, hopefully it’s decent).

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      • Yeah, I’ve heard Ronin is one worth checking out as well and, shame on me, I still haven’t picked up Sin City!

        Again, a shame Miller’s work isn’t up to scratch these days but obviously sad that he’s endured health problems in recent years.

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