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Thursday, March 03, 2016 

A Polygon writer's love-hate relationship with Frank Miller's work

Here's a writer on the cruddy Polygon site relaying her feelings about Miller's past work. Some of the stuff she says is pretty spaced out, even if there are valid arguments buried under all the rubble. When she gets to the part about Holy Terror, that's when it becomes clear she's just not very reliable:
I'm still 19 and Frank Miller announces Holy Terror, Batman, a book he wants to write where Batman "kicks Al-Qaeda's ass." I can't even begin to articulate all the reasons why that sounds like a terrible idea. While speaking to NPR about his personal reaction to the September 11th attacks a few months later, Miller would say: "For the first time in my life I know how it feels to face an existential menace." I think that I've never heard something so white, straight, male and sheltered. He will eventually repackage the idea as simply Holy Terror, after jettisoning any reference to the superhero.
I don't think she wants to give any reasons why she thinks so. And the second highlighted sentence makes no sense. It's like she's saying blacks and Latinos aren't realists, and if that's what she meant, she's being quite disgusting. What does race, gender or sexual orientation have to do with it? Now I know why it's said this site is the pits. Sure, Miller's a questionable lot, and very polarizing in terms of his talent, but this has got to be the dumbest jumble I've ever seen, and scuttles all its objectivity.

So, why does she think fighting al Qaeda is a bad idea? Well, something tells me it's not because they're a real life canister of filth, but rather, because she has no faith in the concept of good battling evil. In that case, what's the point of reading even Batman?

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The fact that Holy Terror actually has a visible villain is probably the only good thing about it.

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