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Django Unchained trade paperback cover

He’s a unique, visionary filmmaker of his generation.  And he really likes Western comic books.

In the foreword to the graphic novel adaptation of his Academy Award winning film Django Unchained, Quentin Tarentino gives credit where credit is due, and why the comic book format is squarely appropriate for a director’s cut of his screenplay–the screenplay that won him a second Oscar for a screenplay after his win for Pulp Fiction.

Vertigo Comics’ Django Unchained was originally released last year as a six-part comic book adaptation of Tarentino’s four-hour long, first draft of the screenplay, later spread out over seven issues.  It’s a long narrative and by the end of part seven you will understand why editors exist.  That said, it’s a good tool for story writers, as his opening scene, measured pacing, and character development provide a window into the creative process of this singular screenwriter.  It features an adaptation of Tarentino’s work for the medium by Reginald Hudlin and most of the interior art was rendered by Serbian artist R.M. Guéra (who also served as artist on Jason Aaron’s Scalped) providing his own Western style.  Plenty of covers are featured, too, including one of Alex Ross’s best, Django walking from the burning house, which served as the cover to the final issue.

Alex Ross Django Unchained

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Django Unchained comic book 1 cover

Review by C.J. Bunce

Although the latest word from the various Django Unchained websites is that despite the cancellation of its world premiere it will be released on Christmas Day as planned.  Yesterday Vertigo Comics released Issue #1 of 5 of the Django Unchained comic book adaptation, including the entire first draft script of the film written by director Quentin Tarentino.  Tarentino provides a forward where he lists his various Western comic book inspirations behind the story and reveals that, like his several other films, much of the story must be edited and left on the production floor.  His fanboy status with the Western comic book genre is obvious and engaging.  With the new five-issue comic book series, both he and Scalped artist R.M. Guera include not only what we’ll see on-screen but all the scenes deleted from the film.

Already nominated for several Golden Globe Awards, Django Unchained has offered us a great “D” is silent” marketing campaign, including trailers revealing the plot of a slave in the Civil War-era South named Django who is enlisted by a bounty hunter who needs Django to identify three wanted men.  It’s an uncomfortable setting and premise by design, and the comic book offers up the introduction of the main characters and initial story conflicts, which include some real-world 1800s violence and prejudices.  The Django Unchained blog offers up what it was like for the actors to be bombarded daily with the “n” word, for example.  In light of the dark world explored in the comic book, it does seem like Tarentino would be lying to viewers by not including 1800s prejudices and language.  So be ready for that if you check out the comic book or movie.

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