Last year, comics legend Frank Miller's long-promised sequel to , centered on that story's antagonist and titled Xerxes: the Fall of the House. Persian King Xerxes sets out to conquer Dark Horse Comics. Skip to content Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #1. Xerxes: Berger Books American Gods Hellboy Dark Horse Manga. is a historically inspired comic book limited series written and illustrated by Frank During a break in the fighting, Xerxes meets with Leonidas and offers wealth and power in exchange for his surrender. Leonidas declines, and battle.
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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified download. This graphic novel is in ways a prequel and sequel to Frank Miller's It starts off with the rise of Xerxes and him continuing the Persian Empire's conquest. It ends with the rise of Alexander the Great and the death of Xerxes' son. Frank has come a long way since Holy Terror.
Kindle Edition. The art is some of Frank's loosest and ranges from nearly indecipherable images to gorgeous designs. The story is a bit disjointed with the first two issues reading like a comic book sequel to while the last three issues feel like a storybook that gives a brief overview of the events from Darius to Alexandre.
While not as good as the first, it's still a beautiful volume to look at and a lot of fun to read. This could be used as Exhibit A on why Frank Miller should no longer write comics. This is based on actual known history but I dare you tell me the context of these issues without looking it up elsewhere.
What story there is, is structured terribly. The first two issues take place at the same time as but are about the Athenians. Of course, you have no way of knowing it's the same time unless you remember the exact year occurred in.
The third issue is about Xerxes. It starts off with him dying then flashes back to when he got married for some reason. The last two issues take place hundreds of years later during the rise of Alexander the Great. There's no story here though.
It's just random pinups of people fighting win no narration or dialogue to explain what's happening. The other thing I noticed was how bad the lettering is.
I guess Miller did it himself because no one else is credited. Lettering is something you don't really notice unless it's awful and it really stands out here. At lest Alex Sinclair's colors make Miller's cash grab look good. Miller must have really needed the money to release this turd of a comic. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. Originally, when I did , it came out in the standard format, because that was really about the only thing anybody was willing to take at the [comic] shops.
So I decided to trick it a bit, and I talked to Dark Horse. I said I wanted to do it so that it would come out serialized, looking like a comic book. And then, everybody would be surprised when the collection came out and it was revealed what the true shape of the book was. That worked out really well, so we decided to do the same thing this time.
Whereas was very restricted to an intimate group and period in time, this is more like a generational epic. Was it challenging to kind of tell the story that you wanted to tell and still have it feel like it was of a piece with what came before?
Immensely challenging. Xerxes , like you said, it's a much broader, wider story.
If you look at it, it actually covers an era, whereas covers three days. How do you go about pacing a book that is this broad? How much time did you spend breaking that layout to make sure that you touched on everything you needed to, and still got to the points you needed to get to? I'd love to give you a real smug answer to that, but a lot of it is, you feel your way along.
You know to give space to something that's extremely important. And when it starts to feel boring in your hands, you start cutting. As you were dipping in and out of these different events, was there any place you said, "I feel like I could spend some more time here?
There's so many places that I could have just dove in and spent forever. What leaps to mind is the story of Esther, which is where the story of Xerxes actually crosses over with the Hebrew Bible.
There is this Book of Esther in the Bible. And all of these things, the convergence of historical forces, and cultures, it just gets more and more potent, and you realize how much of what we understand about the world, and indeed the world that we live in, was forged during times like that.
One of the things that you've been great at in your career is world-building. Now that you are doing so many follow-ups and sequels to your prior work, do you ever find yourself itching to totally do something crazy and new? It's just a matter of That's the sort of thing I'll get back to you on when it's worth talking about.
Talking of preparation, how much research did you do for Xerxes? There's a lot of research also involved, and I get a lot of help. I mean, people have provided a lot. Luckily, whoever knows anything about this stuff is eager to talk about it. I've got a wonderful friend in California on particular who is an expert at the stuff.
It's great. But you're talking about something where, in my case, I started thinking about this whole thing back when I was somewhere around seven years old. So it's like, my whole lifetime has been leading up to this project and where it's taking me. When you were doing , did you always know that it was Xerxes that would be your next entry point into this world? I started Xerxes a long time ago. When I was doing , no, I didn't know it was going to be Xerxes that pulled me back in.
I was thinking at that time I might just do other prominent Greek battles.