Frank Miller's Ronin

[Ebook] Frank Miller's Ronin By Frank Miller – Johndore.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Frank Miller's Ronin
  • Frank Miller
  • 15 May 2017
  • 1401290973

About the Author: Frank Miller

Frank Miller is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir style comic book stories He is one of the most widely recognized and popular creators in comics, and is one of the most influential comics creators of his generation His most notable works include Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Year One and 300 Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformation


Frank Miller's RoninIt Is The Distant Past A Great Lord Of Feudal Japan Is Struck Down By An Entity Of Pure Evil A Young Warrior, Sworn To Vengeance, Becomes A Masterless Samurai A Ronin Trapped In An Eternal Struggle With The Demon Who Killed His MasterIt Is The Near Future A Great Corporation In The Urban Jungle Of New York City Is Preparing To Unleash A Deadly New Technology A Childlike Telepath And A Tough As Nails Security Commander Are The Only People Who Stand In Its WayWhen These Two Worlds Collide, Dreams And Reality Will Blur Together For A Final, Apocalyptic Battle And At The Heart Of The Chaos, A Lone Swordsman Will Face The Ultimate Test Of His FealtyA Thrilling, Seamless, Utterly Unique Blend Of East And West, Past And Future, Magic And Science This Edition Collects The Original Six Issue Miniseries From The Legendary Frank Miller And Features An Introduction From DC S Former President And Publisher Jenette Kahn, As Well As A Special Section Of Preliminary And Promotional Art From Miller

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10 thoughts on “Frank Miller's Ronin

  1. Jan Philipzig says:

    Meticulously conceived and executed, beautifully coloured and produced for its time , ambitious, bold, energetic, pop culture obsessed manga, Moebius, 2001 A Space Odyssey, etc , shallow, derivative, humorless, clumsy, self righteous, pompous Historically significant in terms of comic book marketing genre diversity, older target audience, artsy ambitions,creative control, higher production values , but not the masterpiece it was made out to be when originally published back in 1983.

  2. Chad says:

    This is some weird, hardcore sci fi here It s supposedly influenced by the European comics of the time like Metal Hurlant and was released in 1983, a year before the seminal Dark Knight Returns It starts off as this story of a ronin and a demon reincarnated in the far future even if it s referenced as the 21st century The book is really bogged down by droning dialogue and poor coloring I know Frank Miller is supposed to have done no wrong in the 70 s and 80 s but there s a reason this has This is some weird, hardcore sci fi here It s supposedly influenced by the European comics of the time like Metal Hurlant and was released in 1983, a year before the seminal Dark Knight Returns It starts off as this story of a ronin and a demon reincarnated in the far future even if it s referenced as the 21st century The book is really bogged down by droning dialogue and poor coloring I know Frank Miller is supposed to have done no wrong in the 70 s and 80 s but there s a reason this has been pretty much forgotten over the years That s because it s NOT good

  3. Michael says:

    Read as part of a bossy book challenge on a group on here This had always been on my mental to read list, but not terribly high up kind of a one day someday sort of thing Full disclosure this is the third book by Frank Miller I ve read after Batman Year One which I think is brilliant and Batman The Dark Knight Returns which I think is good but a little overrated.So, Ronin This is actually a review in two parts As a contemporary readerThis isn t that great The premise and plot Read as part of a bossy book challenge on a group on here This had always been on my mental to read list, but not terribly high up kind of a one day someday sort of thing Full disclosure this is the third book by Frank Miller I ve read after Batman Year One which I think is brilliant and Batman The Dark Knight Returns which I think is good but a little overrated.So, Ronin This is actually a review in two parts As a contemporary readerThis isn t that great The premise and plot are interesting and the world Miller builds is well thought out, but some of the dialogue is clunky, and the art don t get me going on the art Seriously, the art is so ugly in this book that at times it s difficult to tell what is going on in a panel There are some pages which if you looked at in isolation you d wonder if the person responsible could actually draw So, overall pretty good story held back by terrible art.Two stars.In historical contextI think you also have to look at this and really any book partly as a product of its time This was published in 1983, so to put it in context, that s a year after Blade Runner, a year before Neuromancer, and three years before The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen To put it in broader context in the comic world, this is a 30 year old book 30 years is a long time in comics The Avengers were only created 20 years before Ronin was written, and 30 years before there was no Spiderman, X Men or Fantastic Four.Against that background I think you have to really admire what Miller achieved here There are a lot of things in this book that would have been revolutionary in the early 80s the subject matter, some of the characterisation, the use of Japanese art and culture in a Western comic, even some of the page layouts there are parts that are very obviously precursors to The Dark Knight Returns, with multiple panels of characters on screens, or grids of small, identically sized panels.The downside is that a modern sensibility a lot of this seems incredibly dated now I have this image of Frank Miller spending his downtime when he was writing this living in pre clean up NYC, wearing a leather jacket, smoking a lot and going to the cinema to watch Blade Runner obsessively A lot of this book is now extremely clich d, but I guess that s what you get for being a trailblazer and setting the tone.Overall hugely influential and an interesting template for some of Miller s later work.Four stars.I think it s probably fair to average these out to arrive at a three star rating One of the other reviews on here summed up this book brilliantly basically it simportant than enjoyable.However you look at it, the art is still terrible though

  4. Scott says:

    I probably would have rated this much higher in the 80 s It doesn t stand the test of time to me The plot was von fusing and the art was at times spectacular I love Frank Miller and Lynn Varley but at others it was a mess I think it was over colored It is definitely a product of the early 80 stages in most ways of storytelling.

  5. Hayden says:

    This was absolutely fantastic, a mindbending, ecelectic mix of a Lone Wolf and Cub style Samurai epic, thrown in with a little bit of 2001 A Space Odyssey, with a pinch of demonic horror, just for good measure All wrapped up in Frank Miller s first original outing, a story for which I find incredibly hard to believe I went this long without hearing any praise.It follows a dishonored, masterless, 13th century Japanese warrior, a Ronin, who has failed his master in battle, leaving the Ronin to w This was absolutely fantastic, a mindbending, ecelectic mix of a Lone Wolf and Cub style Samurai epic, thrown in with a little bit of 2001 A Space Odyssey, with a pinch of demonic horror, just for good measure All wrapped up in Frank Miller s first original outing, a story for which I find incredibly hard to believe I went this long without hearing any praise.It follows a dishonored, masterless, 13th century Japanese warrior, a Ronin, who has failed his master in battle, leaving the Ronin to walk the Earth after his master is killed by the powerful demon Agat The Ronin becomes a great warrior, and his fate is sealed in martyrdom after sacrificing himself to stop Agat His story becomes legend, and is passed down through generations, until the sword that took both their lives is discovered by a scientist The souls of the Ronin and Agat are releaed in 21st century New York, a decrepit and dystopian shithole that is dominated by this giant bioenigeering lab The Ronin and Agat possess new bodies, and begin a final fight for vengeance.I was really impressed by how this story was handled, mainly in the climax ending There were all these weird little occurances and subtle nuances in the art that made it totally engrossing and mesmerizing And I absolutely loved the ending.Highly reccomended to any comics fan I ll be giving it a re read soon.5 5

  6. Kevin says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This, my first time reading Frank Miller, is perhaps colored overmuch by the man s recent notoriety Many of my favorite writers have revealed themselves as nutcases only after I had enjoyed their works Orson Scott Card, Dan Simmons, and Larry Niven among them But with Miller s new Holy Terror removing the ambiguity of 300 s xenophobia, perhaps I m unfairly turning my nose up at material my adolescent self would dig Why I didn t click with this when I loved the first few volumes of Preacher This, my first time reading Frank Miller, is perhaps colored overmuch by the man s recent notoriety Many of my favorite writers have revealed themselves as nutcases only after I had enjoyed their works Orson Scott Card, Dan Simmons, and Larry Niven among them But with Miller s new Holy Terror removing the ambiguity of 300 s xenophobia, perhaps I m unfairly turning my nose up at material my adolescent self would dig Why I didn t click with this when I loved the first few volumes of Preacher is an open question.Then again, maybe not For the most part I didn t even like the look of Ronin, which was heavily stylized yet cluttered rather than kinetic, and aggressively ugly to boot Most characters have faces so pock marked they seem to have a complexion like Loady McGee One can usually judge the character of a person in Ronin based on their physiognomy admittedly, I am a comic book dilletante, and Miller may deserve this complaint less than other offenders.I think I would have liked thisif Miller had had the conviction to stick with the crazy idea of a samurai stranded in the future Characters keep questioning the absurdity of this turn of events, and though that s only sane, I think it s too bad that their skepticism is born out, and it emerges that the ronin was largely a fantasy of a barely developed protagonist

  7. Zec says:

    I had high expectations when reading this comic, been on a Frank Miller binge and this is definitely not his best work The art is alright not as consistently mesmerizing as in Sin City The story is interesting but not as meticulously crafted as Daredevil Born Again This is by no means a bad comic It has it s moments Badass samurai telepathic craziness dystopian future is as fun and wild as it sounds Unfortunately for this comic, the sum of its parts is a lesser whole This just did I had high expectations when reading this comic, been on a Frank Miller binge and this is definitely not his best work The art is alright not as consistently mesmerizing as in Sin City The story is interesting but not as meticulously crafted as Daredevil Born Again This is by no means a bad comic It has it s moments Badass samurai telepathic craziness dystopian future is as fun and wild as it sounds Unfortunately for this comic, the sum of its parts is a lesser whole This just didn t grab me like his other works Switches the lead character a few times and lacks a satisfying emotional arc to really bring this one home

  8. Jonathan Maas says:

    A classic, years ahead of its time Surprisingly dense, but still a little lighter than Neuromancer I can t say anything that has not yet been said about Frank Miller s brilliant work other than sometimes the opposite of collaboration can yield incredible results He wrote, drew and colored this entire work and the results are incredible A classic, years ahead of its time Surprisingly dense, but still a little lighter than Neuromancer I can t say anything that has not yet been said about Frank Miller s brilliant work other than sometimes the opposite of collaboration can yield incredible results He wrote, drew and colored this entire work and the results are incredible

  9. Dan says:

    review review

  10. Max& says:

    One of Frank Miller s great achievements His ultimate samurai epic Everyone loves this graphic novel I don t quite understand that I read every single letter in this book and I just can t bring myself to like it Too high with expectations No This story goes in a direction that if I m being honest isn t bad That being said, a great story about strictly Japanese samurai That is what I wanted and that s not the book I get it But the book, being called Ronin, BARLEY FOCUSES ON THE RONIN One of Frank Miller s great achievements His ultimate samurai epic Everyone loves this graphic novel I don t quite understand that I read every single letter in this book and I just can t bring myself to like it Too high with expectations No This story goes in a direction that if I m being honest isn t bad That being said, a great story about strictly Japanese samurai That is what I wanted and that s not the book I get it But the book, being called Ronin, BARLEY FOCUSES ON THE RONIN No it focuses on this immeasurably boring ass plot about some future Aquarius complex with about 50 characters I didn t give a shit about To be honest the Ronin is used so little I didn t care about him And whenever he is used it s usually him mumbling the same word over and over and over Whenever something cool happens it quickly cuts to the Aquarius biocircuitry bull shit where they ramble on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and onnnnnnnnn about the future of the company, a subplot with an AI named Vergo, and a person named Billy who was born with no limbs All the crap about the Aquarius company s future plans and circuit science ultimately amounts to no part in the ending So why Miller devoted so much time to that topic, I dunno It was ssooo much less interesting than what happened in the beginning of the story The beginning of the story does take place in Japan and focuses on Samurai s and the Villain named Agat A demon from hell I will say I love the beginning of this story But as soon as book 2 starts it becomes a boring wreck that I just wanted to get through Let s talk about the art Again the beginning of the story It s some of Miller s best art I m serious The rest of the book It s pretty bad Not Holy Terror bad but just lazy and messy as fuck Especially the Aquarius complex, which is the most rushed looking art in this book I feel like I could have done a better job drawing the Aquarius complex The book mostly takes place in a future New York that has gone to shit The Ronin stumbling around and occasionally getting into bar fights was very annoying to see I say occasionally because there is another subplot where some crazy psycho takes the Ronin in and plans to use him for show business Showing the Ronin to his Nazi friends and talking about how the Ronin is going to be a star This compared with my wants of this being an epic samurai tale just made me realize I was wasting my time The title character was as relatable and developed a rock Casey the head of Aquarius security, while being an okay character makes a certain choice that made nooo sense to me She betrays her morals and superiors with a single sex scene For no reason She claims she is in love I say that s bullshit I didn t buy anything about the romance although it beingentertaining than the Aquarius stuff Not absolutely everything was disappointing not this book There were two twists that I did appreciate Unfortunately, they do not make up for the rest of the slog The tagline for this book is Honor never dies I understand why that is the tagline But it just doesn t fit I wanted to love this story After the horseshit that Miller has been writing lately, I wanted to like this so much I couldn t It s not for me A Japanese samurai tale would have been tremendous and would not have left me disappointed and kind of broken Letter Grade D