Saturday, October 15, 2011

Some more items about Holy Terror

Why not, I'll add some more stuff about Frank Miller's new graphic novel about a battle against Islamofascism. If anyone's looking for a positive review from a leading website, this one from Broken Frontier is probably one of the closest you can find. The reviewer even has a suggestion that's quite fitting:
Maybe, instead of taking this so seriously, we should just try and enjoy the book about a flawed hero trying to stop terrorists from destroying his city.
You know, I think that's sage advice indeed.

For another positive review, there's this one on Sledgehammer Productions.

And, I think this review on the Toronto Sun also makes for a positive one.

And, why not: I'll also post a reader review found on the Dixonverse forum:
I finally read it. I have so little time to read these days because I work so much and I have to keep the girlfriend happy.

I'm glad this wasn't Batman for various reasons, and I think the book is better for it.

Holy Terror tackles the obvious adventure story that no one tells. Of course it's covered in Miller's shtick, where all the characters talk like the animals in We3. "What's with nail? Is gud dog?" But this is blunt, obvious and relative in all good ways. This handles terrorist cells and international terrorist networks in a more realistic way than an average Spider-Man or Batman comic handle organized and petty crime.

There's an audience for this kind of story that's not fed. I think people watched 24 because it was the closest thing offered at the time, sadly. And people rallied around 300, including so many enthused at the idea of defending Western civilization, or hearing Gerard Butler say, "We're at the dawn of an age of FREEDOM!" Miller is in a unique position to turn this stuff out for a large audience. But at $30 and only 120 pages? It's still a niche product. It's not a TV show on the network everyone can tune into. And a lot of people just plain don't read books. Chuck is speaking to a larger audience with something like SEAL Team Six (which I still haven't finished. Sorry.), but it's for the audience who reads Vince Flynn, which is a large audience I grant you. But it still won't be a cultural flag planted that everyone sees exists.

My question is, why did this take 10 years? Or even the 6 six years since Miller announced it. It's 120 pages long. Why not work on the next chapter of The Fixer, even 10 pages a month is another 120 pages in a year. What is he doing? He barely makes comics, and I can bet he's not directing another movie after The Spirit. Miller obviously loves doing comics, so he should put his nose to the grindstone and start churning out work. Comics at heart is a rough, disposable always-working-on-the-next-fix media. Put out the next chapter online, FOR FREE, even 10 pages a month, and so many eyes will be on it. And I bet it would move books off the shelf too. Even put it somewhere with other content. Why not serialize it on Big Hollywood like they used to serialize books and comics in regular magazines.
If anything, I agree that Miller could do well to work more in comics than in movies, because of how underrated and overlooked an art form they are; that's why they've all but been able to get away with the kind of leftarded monstrosities they've been pulling for more than a decade now.

On the other hand, if you want to see another negative review that really tanks, there's this clunker on CBR's Robot 6 blog, where the writer's main mistake is "backing up" one of the previous leftist opponents of the book (spoken about here) by agreeing with him that it's "mistaking faith for jihad" without even providing any proof from within the Koran itself to fortify his argument! Too bad, but no surprise coming from such an otherwise weak site. It's even worse than this mediocre review here from the same site. I think the the leftists who declared a fatwa on the book not because of any flaws Miller's got but rather because of his politics know perfectly well that's there more than a good amount of evidence to back the case made by critics of Islam, and they simply don't have the courage to admit it.

Update: another intellect-insulter of a so-called review is this one by J. Caleb Mozocco, who can only think of resorting to the classic leftarded blatherings, and what's peculiar is how he actually mentions that the book begins with a quote from Muhammed saying, "if you meet the infidel, kill the infidel", yet he dismisses the book as "hateful", and as signaled in this post:
The existence of that two-page quote, which reduces the entirety of Islam to "If you meet the infidel, kill the infidel" before the story begins; that's not the characters talking, it's the book itself; if not Miller, than the publisher. There's that, and then there's the bit near the end regarding the cell and the huge adversary which the Empire City cell is but a part of. That, and the bit about the cell and the beast.
Oh, I see. So not only is young master Mozzocco trivializing the fact that much of the rest of the Koran is built on that kind of horrific mindset, ditto many of the more authentic verses to be found there, he's even acting as though calling for murder in itself is trivial because it's part of a religion! I think I see what this atrocious man is saying. And he's only making things worse when he says:
Finally, Laura Hudson has a pretty funny post quoting Miller here; he says, in part, " I can tell you squat about Islam...but I know a goddam lot about Al Qaeda."

I'm not really sure it's possible to know "a lot" about Al Qaeda and not know anything about Islam. Not that the latter is synonymous with the former, of course, but the former uses a very specific brand of and narrow interpretation of aspects of the latter as its entire reason for being and justification for its actions and recruiting.
He may not be sure, but I most certainly am sure that it's possible, and Mozzocco himself has proven it by not providing any verses of any kinds from within the Koran like these here. What a disgrace Mozzocco is.

Anyway, that's decidedly the last time I ever waste any of my precious time on Mozzocco's joke of a blog. If he can't show any ability to do research on the subject and is only willing to act like a know-it-all, then clearly, he's not a reliable source.

Update 2: on this leftist site called Captain Comics, a boring discussion came up about the book, with one commentor dismayingly blabbering that:
Miller has proudly proclaimed "Holy Terror" as a work of propaganda, in the tradition of anti-Nazi and anti-Japanese propaganda during WWII.

The big difference there is that we were at war against the Nazis and the Japanese, and we're not at war against Muslims.
Does that mean it's okay with him if the Muslims are at war with us out of baseless, contrived hatred and for the sport of it? Another commentor said:
In the minds of many ignorant Americans, we ARE at war against Muslims. A lot of people have always seen the "war on terror" as a religious war: Islam vs. Christianity. Another holy crusade. After 9/11, George W. Bush was able to hold these Americans at bay, telling them that we were not at war with Islam. But with Bush gone, there's nobody to hold them back. Current Republicans have been shamefully silent as anti-Muslim bigotry has spread.

And these people certainly aren't going to listen to Obama's pleas for tolerance. In their minds, he's a Muslim terrorist himself.
Wow, is that some of the most hateful, borderline anti-American sentiment I've ever seen on a public left-wing forum, from the umpteenth left-wing ignoramus who refuses to do any research on the Koran. It's shameful we have to cope with people like that littering up our society.

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