Many of you probably have an affinity for one of Bruce Willis' biggest hit movies, Die Hard; the story of John McClane, a New York City cop who " gives terrorists a taste of their own medicine ' when he fights to save hostages in an Los Angeles office building. The action packed thriller that was nominated for four Oscars, will now be taken from film to comic panels, courtesy of Boom! Studios . The comic book will be titled "Die Hard: Year One" and will be telling the origin story of the Willis' beloved character. In an interview with MTV news , writer/artist Howard Chaykin revealed what we can expect from the sequel.
Sounds pretty cool, right? Chaykin, who will be scripting the new series, grew up in New York City around the time when all of this was happening. Having lived through the rough time period in New York, Chaykin will be able to give a real perspective and accurate account of what life was like for someone around McClane's age at that time. Chaykin plans on giving a background to McClane's character and eventually introducing characters familiar to fans of the "Die Hard" movies. I am pretty excited about this, not only because the writing sounds like it will be really good (as well as accurate,) but the panels that followed look really awesome as well. Check out the three covers to the first three issues, below. The art, in my opinion, looks pretty awesome. What do you guys think? Do you think you will pick it up? I think it's a great way to use a film character we are already so familiar with, and tell the story of where he came from and how it all began. It should be pretty interesting. You can pick up the first issue of "Die Hard: Year One" in stores this August.
“We’re dealing with McClane as a 23-year-old Marine veteran, new to the force from Queens, just loving his job,...The series is going to explain exactly how he got his gold shield...What we’re doing is hitting the high points of the drama of the 1970s and using them as the background and springboards for the issues,...The first four-issue arc takes place on the Bicentennial — the Fourth of July in 1976...The great irony of the Bicentennial celebration is that it was at a time when New York City was kind of a scary place and the rest of the country really hated New York,...So the irony of the 200th birthday of the United States being celebrated in a place that was regarded as a sodomite hell-hole wasn’t lost on anyone."