PopCultHQ received an advanced review copy of XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS AND THE RISE OF ALEXANDER #1 from Dark Horse Comics. Available April 4th, 2018, the creative team for this series features writing and art from Frank Miller and colors by Alex Sinclair.
Here’s PopCultHQ’s spoiler-free review of…
Publication Date: April 04, 2018
Format: FC, 40 pages; Miniseries
Xerxes: The God King!
Frank Miller returns to the world of 300 with this sprawling historical epic! Persian King Xerxes sets out to conquer the world to avenge his father Darius’s defeat and create an empire, unlike anything the world has ever seen . . . Until the hardy Greeks produce a god king of their own, Alexander the Great.
* Frank Miller writes and draws this long-awaited companion to his masterpiece, 300!
* Colored by Alex Sinclair, the colorist for Miller’s Dark Knight Master Race, third installment of his Dark Knight Returns master trilogy.
* Deluxe collector format!
* Thirty pages of story!
PopCultHQ’s Comic Book Review:
XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS
AND THE RISE OF ALEXANDER #1
Frank Miller is returning to a universe all too familiar to him. Come along and revel in the wonder and glory of ancient Greece, and another tale from the world of 300. This time, Frank takes fans and loyal readers back in time ten years prior to Thermopylae. Witness his skilled pen chronicle the rise of Alexander the Great, one of Greece’s greatest leaders, and the downfall of one of Persia’s mightiest kings.
Every time, Frank just keeps nailing it with his art. This first issue is certainly no exception. The detailing, the sleek linework. He is a man who long ago mastered the particular brand of comic book art that makes the work he does superb. Tied into the fact that Frank is doing both the story and art for the new series makes the overall an enticing package.
Alex’s colors really help add extra energy to Frank’s artwork. There is a very bright energy to the choices for coloring, even when the art and moment in the script are full of the carnage and glory of armed combat. Whatever may come with the following issues, things can only keep on being great for Alex’s work as colorist.
PopCultHQ’s overall assessment:
Sharpen your weapons and gird yourselves for war. It is time to return to ancient Greece, land of warriors and heroes, kings and gods. Another tale unfolds within, of an epic struggle ten years before Leonidas and his Spartans make their stand at Thermopylae. Come along and see the glory of Alexander the Great and the stage being set for the rise of Xeroxes.
5 Out of 5 Stars
XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS AND THE RISE OF ALEXANDER #1
can be pre-ordered on ComiXology and available at
your local comic shop and online retailers Wednesday, April 4th!
Be sure to follow the creative team!
Writer/Artist – Frank Miller
Colorist – Alex Sinclair
Publisher – Dark Horse Comics