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Die Hard comic chronicles John McClane’s first year

Die Hard: Year One

Die Hard: Year One

BOOM! Studios released the solicitations for their August comics this week, and it looks like they might reveal two more comics that were part of the company’s deal with movie studio Fox Atomic. The first is Die Hard: Year One by Howard Chaykin and artist Stephen Thompson. Here’s the text:

BOOM! Studios is proud to present America’s greatest action hero translated into the sequential art form for the first time! Every great action hero got started somewhere: Batman Began. Bond had his Casino Royale. And for John McClane, more than a decade before the first DIE HARD movie, he’s just another rookie cop, an East Coast guy working on earning his badge in New York City during 1976’s Bicentennial celebration. Too bad for John McClane, nothing’s ever that easy. Join legendary industry creator Howard Chaykin on a thrill ride that’s rung up over $1 billion in box office worldwide and become the gold standard for classic action! Yippee Ki Yay!

Issue ships with 3 covers in a 50/25/25 split
COVER D (Incentive: 1 for every 25 ordered)

The cover above is cover D, a.k.a. the incentive cover. The other covers by Dave Johnson, Jock and John Paul Leon are after the break, but are marked “Not Final Art.”

Dave Johnson cover Jock cover John Paul Leon

In addition, they’ve also solicited a graphic novel tie-in for the horror/dark comedy Jennifer’s Body, which stars Megan Fox as a possessed cheerleader who kills her classmates. The movie is written by Diablo Cody of Juno fame and also features Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody and J.K. Simmons.

As for the graphic novel, here’s the solicitation…like with Die Hard, they have creators working on this who make me sit up and take notice:

Jennifer's Body

Jennifer's Body

Jennifer’s Body hardcover
Written by Rick Spears, art by Tim Seeley, Jim Mahfood, Nikki Cook and Ming Doyle.

The movie event of the fall is the comic book event of the summer! Juno’s award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody brings you Jennifer’s Body, starring Megan Fox as a demonically-possessed cheerleader with a taste for killing teenage boys! An original graphic novel that ties into the movie and expands on its universe.

112 pages, $24.99.

Both are Fox properties, though not necessarily Fox Atomic … so whether they were the other two titles (besides 28 Days Later) that BOOM! teased at WonderCon isn’t quite clear. Fox Atomic, as you may remember, is being shut down and its properties moved to other Fox divisions; how that affects BOOM! at all has yet to be revealed. BOOM! once again declined to comment.



Wow, good to see Hollywood being so creative with their imagery.

Start with “Jennifer’s Body”.

Then see “True Blood”:

And, dangit, there was another one with nearly the same image at the same time last year. Anyone else remember it?

Wow, a Die Hard comic. It’s kind of a surprise that no one ever tried to do it before. I also like the idea of attaching it to the ’76 celebration. The timeline should work since it does say that he’s a rookie cop. Interesting stuff.

Someone else can use the phrase “Year One”? Not just DC? Who’da thunk?


There’s also the classic Silence of the Lambs poster as well as this pic of Angelina Jolie.

That Jennifer’s Body poster has been out for awhile … both it and the True Blood promo posters came out at last year’s SDCC, I believe (I remember seeing the True Blood one a lot that week).

Kevin did a post on the similarities at our old digs:

Mortimer Toynbee

May 28, 2009 at 10:50 am

Dear Howard, where is the Black Kiss HC collection? There should be one. Tx.

Boom is literally killing it.

Still waiting for “Lethal Weapon’s Martin Riggs: Year One.” THAT would be awesome!

Then, “Martin Riggs Returns,” where he fights a bunch of Jews in a trash heap. Too much?

i’d like to see some more Die Hard comics, also Lethal Weapon mini series, they can base it in the past, “unseen” adventures, between the movies, etc.

I’m guessing that the Fox Atomic Logo on the Die Hard covers, means that Die hard is one of the Fox Atomic Titles

Holy shit! My favorite movie of all time crosses over to my other favorite medium of entertainment! This completes my trilogy of favorite characters having comic books(Indy/McClane…I don’t think Batman technically counts lol).

BOOM! is expanding too quickly.

I’m not going to buy this.

Oh hell, yes. Big DIE HARD fan, big NYC fan, big comics fan. Hopefully the art of the series will match the look of the “Cover B” design (well done, Jock!). This is what’s kept me from enjoying the recent Graham Crackers GHOSTBUSTERS and Arcana’s THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO adaptations — the less-than-stellar art. I wanted to love them, but the images just don’t work.

I’d actually be interested in a LETHAL WEAPON: YEAR ONE, as well. Weren’t both Riggs and Murtaugh in Vietnam? We know Murtaugh was in the Army with Michael Hunsaker, anyway. And Riggs had “heard about those pussies” in McCallister’s Shadow Company… Maybe it ends with Martin joining the LAPD and meeting Victoria-Lynn. Hmmmm…

Definitely interesting. I doubt this comic would be as good as the film franchise, but it does look good. Would be interesting to see a younger, unexperienced Mcclane, and how he met his wife too.

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