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Dark Horse has released an initial image and the title for Frank Miller’s long-promised 300 prequel.  The title is Xerxes:  The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, and release is promised for 2018.  Miller will write and draw, with colors by Alex Sinclair, who colored Miller’s work on The Dark Knight III:  The Master Race for DC. 

This series was originally announced in 2009 (see “’300’ Tie-In Is ‘Xerxes’”), with hopes it would be released in 2010.  In 2013, it became clear that the comics would not be released before the movie prequel 300:  Rise of an Empire, which was released in 2014 (see “Frank Miller’s ‘300’ Sequel Update”).  At that time, only two issues had been completed, the same number that were reported completed in 2011. 

Miller returned to comics in 2015, writing and doing some covers for The Dark Knight III, along with many of the back-up features [corrected July 7 to include Miller's work on the back-up features].   

The Xerxes:  The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander comic series will tell the story of Xerxes, who ruled Persia in the 5th century B.C. and led a massive army against the Greeks who killed his father.