Now many folks may not know who he is, but if you’ve been even a passing comic fan the past decade or so then you know precisely who I’m talking about – for anyone else all I can do is say he’s the guy who wrote the comics that became the blockbuster movies 300 and Sin City. If that isn’t enough for you then you need to read more comics.
Miller has pretty much ALWAYS been a divisive and talked about creator, bringing out not just those two landmark and iconic series but also was the man behind Ronin, Hard Boiled (with the incomparable Geof Darrow) and Martha Washington, apart from his very popular runs on Daredevil (he created Elektra for starters) and of course his most legendary work: The Dark Knight Returns.
But somehow since his earth-shakingly gritty and awesome comics from back then, it seems like Miller has gotten a little off-the-rails. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed some of the stuff he’s do
ne since then but the key word there is ‘some’, because a lot of it has been the same-old-same-old and riddled with cliches and cheesy moments that actually make you want to wince. It’s almost as if he’s lost his marbles a little and become this weird, bitter old man who just likes to shout from his porch at all the things that make him mad, regardless of whether he’s making sense anymore. And his comics themselves have devolved into utter tripe as would be known by anyone who has read his work in recent years – especially that epic failure (in my humble view) that was Holy Terror! which was supposed to be originally a Batman story. I thank the graphic gods daily that for whatever reason this did not come to pass and Bat’s was spared this disaster.
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