Earlier this week, Dark Horse Comics announced that their three-issue comic book mini-series, Hard Boiled, would be getting its own hardcover. Originally released back in the 90’s, the comic won the 1991 Eisner award for Best Writer/Artist for this series.
Hard Boiled followed Carl Seltz, an insurance investigator, who discovers he is also a homicidal cyborg tax collector, who just so happens to be the last hope of an enslaved robot race. The concept alone should be enough to sell it to any comic fan, but its art style turned heads as well. The comic was written by
The comic was written by well-known writer, artist, and film director Frank Miller and drawn by veteran artist Geof Darrow.Miller has obviously seen a lot of success with graphic novels such as Ronin, Daredevil: Born Again, The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City and 300, as well as movie adaptations of the last two.
While not as public as his co-worker, Darrow has also seen his fair share of success in the entertainment industry. Since Hard Boiled, he has worked with the Wakoski brothers on the Matrix films, written and drawn some of his own comics (Shaolin Cowboy), and had his work (The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot) developed into an animated series.
The news of the hardcover’s release only adds fuel to the fire that Miller and company are still doing their very best to get Hard Boiled adapted into a movie. It was rumored as early as 2001 that Warner Brothers was in negotiations with Miller and Darrow to adapt the comic book into a feature film, with David Fincher set to direct and Nicolas Cage to star. The latest news about the project was that the company was still very interested in acquiring the rights with Ben Wheatley directing and Tom Hiddleston starring.
It’s all speculation for now, but in the meantime, be sure to enjoy the re-release in all of its gory glory.