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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Lynn Varley, Frank Miller, Klaus Janson
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
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If any comic has a claim to have truly reinvigorated the genre, then The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller--known also for his excellent Sin City series and his superb rendering of the blind superhero Daredevil--is probably the top contender. Batman represented all that was wrong in comics and... show more
If any comic has a claim to have truly reinvigorated the genre, then The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller--known also for his excellent Sin City series and his superb rendering of the blind superhero Daredevil--is probably the top contender. Batman represented all that was wrong in comics and Miller set himself a tough task taking on the camp crusader and turning this laughable, innocuous children's cartoon character into a hero for our times. The great Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, the arguably peerless Watchmen) argued that only someone of Miller's stature could have done this. Batman is a character known well beyond the confines of the comic world (as are his retinue) and so reinventing him, while keeping his limiting core essentials intact, was a huge task.Miller went far beyond the call of duty. The Dark Knight is a success on every level. Firstly it does keep the core elements of the Batman myth intact, with Robin, Alfred the butler, Commissioner Gordon, and the old roster of villains, present yet brilliantly subverted. Secondly the artwork is fantastic--detailed, sometimes claustrophobic, psychotic. Lastly it's a great story: Gotham City is a hell on earth, street gangs roam but there are no heroes. Decay is ubiquitous. Where is a hero to save Gotham? It is 10 years since the last recorded sighting of the Batman. And things have got worse than ever. Bruce Wayne is close to being a broken man but something is keeping him sane: the need to see change and the belief that he can orchestrate some of that change. Batman is back. The Dark Knight has returned. Awesome. --Mark Thwaite
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781563893421 (1563893428)
ASIN: 1563893428
Publisher: DC Comics
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
Series: Batman
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2.5 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (The Dark Knight Saga #1)
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Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)
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5.0 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
Genre: Action / Adventure / Superheroes Year Published: 1986 Year Read: 2012 Series: Batman Publisher: DC Comics It is 1960s “Batman” vs. 1980s “Batman!” Guess which one will win! Introduction: For many years, I have actually grown up with the darker version of Batman when I was ...
My Secret Hideout
My Secret Hideout rated it
4.0 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
This is #2 on IGN's list of The 25 Greatest Batman Graphic Novels and I have to admit, I can see why. This is a different Batman from most of the other Batman comics I've read. This Batman isn't afraid to kill, to do damage. In general, this Batman gave no f**ks at all. Perhaps this Batman reminded ...
Wyvernfriend Reads
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3.0 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Not being the biggest fan of batman this didn't really move me, but was an interesting read
Ironic Contradictions
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Before Christopher Nolan came alone and further redefined the idea of superheroics, Frank Miller was doing well enough to keep Batman fresh and interesting in his own way. The Dark Knight Returns tops my list of best graphic novels ever written for what it did for the genre, what it did for Batman a...
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