Ahead of Comic Con International: San Diego later this month, Dark Horse Comics has released the first official look at Frank Miller's forthcoming series Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, set in the world of 300.
As a special “thank you” to fans, Dark Horse is offering attendees the opportunity to meet comics legend Frank Miller at San Diego Comic-Con! On Friday, July 21 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., Dark Horse will welcome Miller for a special signing at booth #2615 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander is Miller’s comics prequel to his epic 300, the inspiration for the motion picture directed by Zack Snyder.
Alex Sinclair, who worked with Miller on Dark Knight III: The Master Race, joins Miller as colorist on the highly anticipated series. Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander will launch in 2018. Xerxes rose to power in fifth-century-B.C. Persia and became known as “The King of Kings,” eventually raising and leading a massive army intent on ruthlessly destroying the hated Greeks who killed his father. Xerxes seeks nothing less than to become a god himself — and achieves his wish!
The Frank Miller signing is an exclusive wristband-only event. Wristbands will be distributed by a random drawing in the Dark Horse Comics booth on both Thursday and Friday mornings while supplies last.
Dark Horse will provide a complimentary 25” x 19” Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander lithograph to all fans that receive a wristband.
Miller's depiction of Xerxes and the Persians, and especially Zack Snyder's interpretation of Miller's work on the big screen, have drawn some criticisms in the years since 300 was originally published, leaving critics to wonder whether a full-length story fleshing out Xerxes's backstory will absolve Miller of those criticisms or just amplify them.
Miller faced similar criticism over his treatment of Middle Eastern characters in Holy Terror, and there was a bit of a pre-emptive hesitation about his titling the third Dark Knight miniseries "The Master Race," but in the context of the story that criticism seems to have died out almost entirely.