First Look: Fresh Art from Frank Miller's Xerxes Graphic Novel
by Alex Billington
June 1, 2010
Source: Dark Horse Comics
Although technically, this art isn't for any actual movie yet, I'm certain we'll see the Xerxes movie sometime in the next few years. So as an intro to the cinematic version of history that Frank Miller has re-created once again in the prequel to his graphic novel 300, I present Xerxes! This first bit of artwork, colored by Eisner winning colorist Dave Stewart, is being sold by Dark Horse Comics (via ComingSoon) as a lithographic print for $25 regular and $100 for a limited edition that's signed/numbered. This new Xerxes looks pretty badass, I just hope they actually get Rodrigo Santoro to reprise his role as Xerxes from 300. Check out the art below!
Xerxes rose to power in fifth-century-BC Persia and became known as "The King of Kings," eventually raising and leading a massive army intent on ruthlessly destroying the hated Greeks who killed his father. Xerxes seeks nothing less than to become a god himself - and achieves his wish! "It's the Battle of Marathon through my lens," Miller explained in a previous post. "I've finished the plot and I'm getting started on the artwork." As of this March, Zack Snyder was still interested, but was waiting for Miller to finish the graphic novel and screenplay first. I'm really looking forward to this. We'll keep you updated on the adaptation, too.
Can't wait! I have the first comic. Great read and beautiful art!
Aaron on Jun 1, 2010
Xerxex on Jun 1, 2010
If this is going to be a prequel why is there a scar on his face? Did Milliar forget?
Michael on Jun 1, 2010
8=D on Jun 1, 2010
If this follows the quality of Frank's most recent work, then I will pass big time.
Sam on Jun 1, 2010
@3 no, miller probably didn't forget because in the movie (and probably the comic), Leonidas' spears cuts Xerxes on his right cheek, not left.
GET TO DA CHOPPAAAAAA! on Jun 1, 2010
Writing a prequel comic to justify making a prequel movie just reeks of disaster. If you suggested to Alan Moore to wright a prequel to WatchMen he'd be smart and tell you to go fuck yourself.
Alex T. on Jun 1, 2010
#6 the cheeks are switched in the movie from the comic.
Garrett on Jun 1, 2010
This is Xerxes!!
Brandon on Jun 1, 2010
It's alright, but it's not the same without Lynn Varley's colors
Sergio R. Rivera on Jun 2, 2010
Doesn't matter, Snyder will ruin it. His is a technique that seems to broaden and flatten his subject matter and make sure all the peaks and troughs are steamrolled out, removing the nuance and shading that a decent narrative movie requires.
SlashBeast on Jun 4, 2010
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