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Hard Boiled [Paperback]

Frank Miller , Geof Darrow
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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24 Sep 2004
Prepare for a wild ride as dark noir writer Frank Miller (Sin City) and the eye-scalding artwork of The Matrix designer Geof Darrow combine into the frenzied art deco sci-fi carnage that is Hard Boiled. Nixon seems like a normal guy: loving husband; doting father; tax collector. But is he Carl Seltz? Or perhaps Harry Burns? Maybe he is, in fact, Unit Four, cybernetic organism, a robot on the fritz. Bucking his programming, Nixon drifts in and out of reality leaving a three-figure body count in his crimson wake as he struggles with what he believes is The Real World. As bizarre as it is graphic, Hard Boiled will fry your brain!

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (24 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840237511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840237511
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 20.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 668,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...every bit deserving of its Eisner award." -- Hotdog June 2005

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprised by Miller 20 Aug 2008
I bought this book a month ago, having heard it's name being mentioned on occasion during my 12 years (and still going strong) of buying, and sometimes even reading, comics. Knowing it was Frank Miller, and being very impressed by the fraction of his corpus of work that I have actually read ('The Dark Knight Returns', 'DK2', a couple of the 'Sin City' yarns) I thought I was in for a treat. Maybe I missed the point - it wouldn't be the first time, although it pains me to admit so - but I was left feeling a little hollow by it.

Mr Darrow's artwork is close to spectacular and, as one of the other reviewers noted, often reveals more each time you revisit it. The concept is interesting - the idea of almost forced reinvention on the part of the main character raises thoughts about the power of indoctrination and brainwashing. Otherwise, however, it seemed largely all style and very little substance; perhaps it was just over all too soon (it's quite a slim volume, having originally been only a three issue miniseries).

I stand by my judgement on the book (initially, as I previously mentioned, I thought I'd missed something) as my local comics dealer, also a fan of Miller's, felt exactly the same way as me.

Verdict - to end on an ambiguous, but probably fair, note: visually appealing, sometimes thought provoking, but on the whole a little too empty - or perhaps slightly underdeveloped - to be anything more than a 3.5/5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An experience 5 July 2009
By SJJones
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A shocking maelstrom of death, blood and guts, with sexy bits, that's also gripping and, in places, quite funny and poignant. The artwork is like a cross between Herge (the Tintin guy) and Hieronymus Bosch; incredibly detailed and precise but often showing you more than you really wanted to. The story is difficult to describe as there doesn't seem to be much of a coherent narrative. It's as if you're being given extracts from a much larger story and asked to fill in the details yourself. Essentially the hero of the book discovers some surprising things about himself and others while tearing a bloody path through a future LA in pursuit of a psychotic fat old lady who has kidnapped a small girl. Don't be put off by the death and horror. I'm very squeamish normally, but I got through it and am glad I did.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And all those little details ass well... 3 July 1999
By A Customer
Enough have been said above about the qualities of the book. I just want to add to things: 1) Darrows draws in an extremely detailed and ironic way so that you can return to his images time after time and still find new small object to laugh about. also 2) The story of Hardboiled" is actually based upon "Do Androids Dream of Electrical Sheep" (just like "Bladerunner"), so if you like either of these two (and who don't) be sure to buy "Hardboiled" as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars замечательная книга 8 Mar 2013
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замечательная книга, которую можно разглядывать часами; благодаря высокому качеству печати и большому формату можно разглядеть все рисунки в мельчайших подробностях, которых там очень много
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Heap of Rubbish 6 May 2008
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Im knew to this graphic novel business. This novel is pretty far out and surreal and to be honest theres no proper story, and the story that it does tell is a heap of rubbish. I think Frank Miller was on acid when writing this one. I found it mildly entertaining, but as a 1st graphic novel read i was pretty disapointed. Ive started reading Watchmen and its seems an exceellent so far. Bloody hell, at least the story line in Watchmen is believeable and theres good character development. I wouldnt recommend this to anyone, its just a mess of a novel, trying to be clever and surreal and it just falls flat. I bought this cos i seen it had 5 stars but there was only one review(i think the guy that written the review mustav been high on acid too!!).
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