History ComicBook / HardBoiled

22nd Mar '15 6:05:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Nixon is ultimately defeated, rebuilt as Carl once more, and ends up right back where he started. Barbara's robot revolution fails, and she commits suicide by hooking up to a generator and overloading her own circuits.]] Whether it's Bittersweet or a Downer depends on whether or not you sympathize more with Nixon or [[spoiler: the robots (who were really just using him the same way Willeford was).]]

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* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Nixon is ultimately defeated, rebuilt as Carl once more, and ends up right back where he started. Barbara's robot revolution fails, and she commits suicide by hooking up to a generator and overloading her own circuits.]] Whether it's Bittersweet or a Downer depends on whether or not you sympathize more with Nixon or [[spoiler: the robots (who were really just using him the same way Willeford was).]]
22nd Mar '15 6:04:26 AM Morgenthaler
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''Hard Boiled'' is a 1990 three-issue comic written by FrankMiller and illustrated by Creator/GeofDarrow. It follows Carl Seltz, a gun-toting, tougher-than-nails, kicking ass and taking names, hard as steel, cold as ice, ultra-deadly insurance investigator.

The first issue picks up [[InMediasRes during Carl's previous tenure as a municipal tax collector, who is on his latest pursuit of a tax evader]] through [[CrapsackWorld an urban hell]]. The mostly dialogue-free chase crashes through many of the city's environs, including a murder-themed sexporium. The sequence ends with Carl's apprehension of his target, though the physical demands of the hunt leave his life in the balance. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he's a cyborg, and his bosses at [[MegaCorp The Company]] [[WeCanRebuildHim can rebuild him.]]]]

As the story progresses, Carl's seemingly normal life starts looking less and less so--his family knocks him out when strange dreams disturb his sleep, and his memory seems to be so full of holes that he can't remember his own name, frequently referring to himself as "Nixon". Eventually, while (violently) pursuing a delinquent account, he is horribly injured (again) and discovers the truth: [[spoiler: He is actually more than a cyborg, he's a robot built by Willeford Home Appliances for use as an assassin, and his family are all paid handlers.]] The people he was chasing, [[spoiler: also robots]], attempt to recruit him into [[spoiler: their planned revolution against their human masters]], but all Carl/Nixon wants is to go back home after a long, hard day at work...

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''Hard Boiled'' is a 1990 three-issue comic written by FrankMiller Creator/FrankMiller and illustrated by Creator/GeofDarrow. It follows Carl Seltz, a gun-toting, tougher-than-nails, kicking ass and taking names, hard as steel, cold as ice, ultra-deadly insurance investigator.

The first issue picks up [[InMediasRes during Carl's previous tenure as a municipal tax collector, who is on his latest pursuit of a tax evader]] through [[CrapsackWorld an urban hell]]. The mostly dialogue-free chase crashes through many of the city's environs, including a murder-themed sexporium. The sequence ends with Carl's apprehension of his target, though the physical demands of the hunt leave his life in the balance. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he's a cyborg, and his bosses at [[MegaCorp The Company]] [[WeCanRebuildHim can rebuild him.]]]]

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As the story progresses, Carl's seemingly normal life starts looking less and less so--his family knocks him out when strange dreams disturb his sleep, and his memory seems to be so full of holes that he can't remember his own name, frequently referring to himself as "Nixon". Eventually, while (violently) pursuing a delinquent account, he is horribly injured (again) and discovers the truth: [[spoiler: He is actually more than a cyborg, he's a robot built by Willeford Home Appliances for use as an assassin, and his family are all paid handlers.]] handlers. The people he was chasing, [[spoiler: also robots]], robots, attempt to recruit him into [[spoiler: their planned revolution against their human masters]], masters, but all Carl/Nixon wants is to go back home after a long, hard day at work...
22nd Mar '15 6:03:11 AM Morgenthaler
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''[[ComicBook.HardBoiled Hard Boiled]]'' is a 1990 three-issue comic written by FrankMiller and illustrated by Creator/GeofDarrow. It follows Carl Seltz, a gun-toting, tougher-than-nails, kicking ass and taking names, hard as steel, cold as ice, ultra-deadly insurance investigator.

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''[[ComicBook.HardBoiled Hard Boiled]]''
''Hard Boiled''
is a 1990 three-issue comic written by FrankMiller and illustrated by Creator/GeofDarrow. It follows Carl Seltz, a gun-toting, tougher-than-nails, kicking ass and taking names, hard as steel, cold as ice, ultra-deadly insurance investigator.
24th Feb '15 7:56:18 AM YungVenuz
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* CoversAlwaysLie: the hardback's cover shows the protagonist facing off against hordes of punks, suggesting a DeathWish-style plot; nothing to do with the actual story.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: the The hardback's cover shows the protagonist facing off against hordes of punks, suggesting a DeathWish-style plot; nothing to do with the actual story.story. The closest it gets to is a massive battle against a killer grandma.



* PoliceBrutality: "POLICE, FREEZE!" Followed by a massive barrage of assault rifle fire. At least they deliberately spare the kids.




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* {{Zeerust}}: A lot of the technology is very fifties.
24th Feb '15 4:28:30 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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''[[ComicBook.HardBoiled Hard Boiled]]'' is a 1990 three-issue comic written by FrankMiller and illustrated by GeofDarrow. It follows Carl Seltz, a gun-toting, tougher-than-nails, kicking ass and taking names, hard as steel, cold as ice, ultra-deadly insurance investigator.

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''[[ComicBook.HardBoiled Hard Boiled]]'' is a 1990 three-issue comic written by FrankMiller and illustrated by GeofDarrow.Creator/GeofDarrow. It follows Carl Seltz, a gun-toting, tougher-than-nails, kicking ass and taking names, hard as steel, cold as ice, ultra-deadly insurance investigator.
15th Oct '14 5:05:45 PM Arkadi
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* CoversAlwaysLie: the hardback's cover shows the protagonist facing off against hordes of punks, suggesting a DeathWish-style plot; nothing to do with the actual story.
2nd May '12 10:07:47 PM Cyberpunk1989
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* RealSoonNow: Geof Darrow's art is ''obsessively'' detailed, which goes a long way to explaining why completing the series' three-issue run took three ''years''.
30th Nov '11 8:36:01 PM Cyberpunk1989
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As the story progresses, Carl's seemingly normal life starts looking less and less so--his family knocks him out when strange dreams disturb his sleep, and his memory seems to be so full of holes that he can't remember his own name, frequently referring to himself as "Nixon". Eventually, while (violently) pursuing a delinquent account, he is horribly injured (again) and discovers the truth: [[spoiler: He is actually more than a cyborg, he's a robot built by Willeford Home Appliances for use as an assassin, and his family are all paid handlers.]] The people he was chasing, [[spoiler: also robots]], attempt to recruit him into their against [[spoiler: their human masters]], but all Carl/Nixon wants is to go back home after a long, hard day at work...

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As the story progresses, Carl's seemingly normal life starts looking less and less so--his family knocks him out when strange dreams disturb his sleep, and his memory seems to be so full of holes that he can't remember his own name, frequently referring to himself as "Nixon". Eventually, while (violently) pursuing a delinquent account, he is horribly injured (again) and discovers the truth: [[spoiler: He is actually more than a cyborg, he's a robot built by Willeford Home Appliances for use as an assassin, and his family are all paid handlers.]] The people he was chasing, [[spoiler: also robots]], attempt to recruit him into their against [[spoiler: their planned revolution against their human masters]], but all Carl/Nixon wants is to go back home after a long, hard day at work...
30th Nov '11 8:34:34 PM Cyberpunk1989
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As the story progresses, Carl's seemingly normal life starts looking less and less so--his family knocks him out when strange dreams disturb his sleep, and his memory seems to be so full of holes that he can't remember his own name, frequently referring to himself as "Nixon". Eventually, while (violently) pursuing a delinquent account, he is horribly injured (again) and discovers the truth: [[spoiler: He is actually more than a cyborg, he's a robot built by Willeford Home Appliances for use as an assassin, and his family are all paid handlers.]] The people he was chasing, [[spoiler: also robots]], attempt to recruit him into their against [[their human masters]], But all Carl/Nixon wants is to go back home after a long, hard day at work...

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As the story progresses, Carl's seemingly normal life starts looking less and less so--his family knocks him out when strange dreams disturb his sleep, and his memory seems to be so full of holes that he can't remember his own name, frequently referring to himself as "Nixon". Eventually, while (violently) pursuing a delinquent account, he is horribly injured (again) and discovers the truth: [[spoiler: He is actually more than a cyborg, he's a robot built by Willeford Home Appliances for use as an assassin, and his family are all paid handlers.]] The people he was chasing, [[spoiler: also robots]], attempt to recruit him into their against [[their [[spoiler: their human masters]], But but all Carl/Nixon wants is to go back home after a long, hard day at work...



* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Nixon is ultimately defeated, rebuilt as Carl once more, and ends up right back where he started. Barbara's robot revolution fails, and she commits suicide by hooking up to a generator and overloading her own circuits. Whether it's Bittersweet or a Downer depends on whether or not you sympathize more with Nixon or the robots (who were really just using him the same way Willeford was).]]

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* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Nixon is ultimately defeated, rebuilt as Carl once more, and ends up right back where he started. Barbara's robot revolution fails, and she commits suicide by hooking up to a generator and overloading her own circuits. ]] Whether it's Bittersweet or a Downer depends on whether or not you sympathize more with Nixon or [[spoiler: the robots (who were really just using him the same way Willeford was).]]
30th Nov '11 8:33:30 PM Cyberpunk1989
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''[[ComicBook.HardBoiled Hard Boiled]]'' is a 1990 three-issue comic written by FrankMiller and illustrated by GeofDarrow. It follows Carl Selz, a gun-toting, tougher-than-nails, kicking ass and taking names, hard as steel, cold as ice, ultra-deadly insurance investigator.

The first issue picks up [[InMediasRes during Carl's previous tenure as a municipal tax collector, who is on his latest pursuit of a tax evader]] through [[CrapsackWorld an urban hell]]. The mostly dialogue-free chase crashes through many of the city's environs, including a murder-themed sexporium. The sequence ends with Carl's apprehension of his target, though the physical demands of the hunt leave his life in the balance. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he's a cyborg, and his bosses at [[MegaCorp The Company]] can rebuild him.]]

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''[[ComicBook.HardBoiled Hard Boiled]]'' is a 1990 three-issue comic written by FrankMiller and illustrated by GeofDarrow. It follows Carl Selz, Seltz, a gun-toting, tougher-than-nails, kicking ass and taking names, hard as steel, cold as ice, ultra-deadly insurance investigator.

The first issue picks up [[InMediasRes during Carl's previous tenure as a municipal tax collector, who is on his latest pursuit of a tax evader]] through [[CrapsackWorld an urban hell]]. The mostly dialogue-free chase crashes through many of the city's environs, including a murder-themed sexporium. The sequence ends with Carl's apprehension of his target, though the physical demands of the hunt leave his life in the balance. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he's a cyborg, and his bosses at [[MegaCorp The Company]] [[WeCanRebuildHim can rebuild him.]]]]]]

As the story progresses, Carl's seemingly normal life starts looking less and less so--his family knocks him out when strange dreams disturb his sleep, and his memory seems to be so full of holes that he can't remember his own name, frequently referring to himself as "Nixon". Eventually, while (violently) pursuing a delinquent account, he is horribly injured (again) and discovers the truth: [[spoiler: He is actually more than a cyborg, he's a robot built by Willeford Home Appliances for use as an assassin, and his family are all paid handlers.]] The people he was chasing, [[spoiler: also robots]], attempt to recruit him into their against [[their human masters]], But all Carl/Nixon wants is to go back home after a long, hard day at work...



* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Nixon is ultimately defeated, rebuilt as Carl once more, and ends up right back where he started. Barbara's robot revolution fails and she commits suicide by hooking up to a generator and overloading her own circuits. Whether it's Bittersweet or a Downer depends on whether or not you sympathize more with Nixon or the robots (who were really just using him the same way Willeford was).]]

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* BittersweetEnding / DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Nixon is ultimately defeated, rebuilt as Carl once more, and ends up right back where he started. Barbara's robot revolution fails fails, and she commits suicide by hooking up to a generator and overloading her own circuits. Whether it's Bittersweet or a Downer depends on whether or not you sympathize more with Nixon or the robots (who were really just using him the same way Willeford was).]]



* PunchClockHero: At least in issue one, Carl's actions are all part of his 9-5 job.

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* PunchClockHero: At least in issue one, Carl's actions are all part of his 9-5 9-to-5 job.
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