Anybody who reads batman and daredevil graphic novels will know the name Frank Miller. It has been a while however since Miller penned anything related to either of the DC or Marvel superhero stories.
He has produced some landmark graphic novels such as –
These were all fantastic stories and gained a lot of critical acclaim and together with the likes of Alan Moore’s The Watchmen, raised the level of comics / graphic novels in popular culture. I would strongly suggest getting your hands on these books. Daredevil has always been my personal favourite.
Miller subsequently penned and wrote a number of other once off hero books as well as other stories including “300“. 300 is now being made into a film which is due for opening in the US on 9 March 2007. The trailer can be found at Apple’s website. It looks interesting.
300 is a graphic novel, written and illustrated by Frank Miller with painted colors by Lynn Varley. It depicts the Battle of Thermopylae and the events leading up to it from the perspective of Leonidas, king of Sparta. The comic was particularly inspired by the 1962 film, The 300 Spartans, a movie that Miller watched as a young boy.
Every page of the comic was illustrated as a double-page spread. When the series was gathered into hardcover form, the individual pages were twice as wide as a normal comic. Miller’s art style for this project was similar to his Sin City work, although the addition of color is an obvious difference.
300 was initially published as a monthly five issue comic book series by Dark Horse Comics, the first issue published in May 1998. the issues were titled Honor, Duty, Glory, Combat and Victory. The work was collected as a hardcover graphic novel in 1999.