Thursday, June 3, 2010

First Look at Frank Miller's 300 Prequel

Frank Miller is making making Xerxes, a graphic novel preview to 300.  The picture to the right is the title character; the comic will be a six-issues mini-series released by Dark Horse in 2011.

According to Topless Robot,  the story will be the same heft as 300 but it cover a much, much greater span of time -- it's 10 years, not three days," Miller told the Los Angeles Times this week. "This is a more complex story. The story is so much larger. The Spartans in 300 were being enclosed by the page as the world got smaller. This story has truly vast subjects. The Athenian naval fleet, for instance, is a massive artistic undertaking and it dwarfed by the Persian fleet, which is also shown in this story. The story has elements of espionage, too, and it's a sweeping tale with gods and warriors." He also said that while Xerxes is the title character, the protagonist is Themistocles, the famed Athenian politician and general.

Gfest doesn't know if this is going to be a really good story or really, really bad story.   Seems more designed for Hollywood than comic book fans but we'll reserve judgment since it's Frank Miller.

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