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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (19 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840236213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840236217
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Dark Knight Strikes Again is Frank Miller's follow-up to his hugely successful Batman: the Dark Knight Returns, one of the few comics that is widely recognised as not only reinventing the genre but also bringing it to a wider audience.

Set three years after the events of The Dark Knight Returns, The Dark Knight Strikes Again follows a similar structure: once again, Batman hauls himself out of his self-imposed retirement in order to set things right. However, where DKR was about him cleaning up his home city, Gotham, DKSA has him casting his net much wider: he's out to save the world.

The thing is, most of the world doesn't realise that it needs to be saved--least of all Superman and Wonder Woman, who have become little more than superpowered enforcers of the status quo. So, the notoriously solitary Batman is forced to recruit some different superpowered allies. He also has his ever-present trusty sidekick, Robin, except that he is a she, and she is calling herself Catwoman. Together, these super-friends uncover a vast and far-reaching conspiracy that leads to the President of the United States (Lex Luthor) and beyond.

The Dark Knight Strikes Again is largely an entertaining comic, but much of what made The Dark Knight Returns so good just doesn't work here. Miller's gritty, untidy artwork was perfect for DKR's grim depiction of the dark and seedy Gotham City, but it jars a bit for DKSA, which is meant to depict an ultra-glossy, futuristic technocracy. Lynn Varley's garish colouring attempts to add a slicker sheen, but the artwork is ultimately let down by that which worked so well for DKR--this time around, it just feels sloppy and rushed. The same is true of the book's denouement, which happens so quickly that it leaves the reader reeling and looking for more of an explanation. Moreover, DKSA is packed full of characters who will mean little to those unfamiliar with the DC Comics universe (eg, The Atom, The Elongated Man, The Question).

Perhaps the book's biggest failing is that where The Dark Knight Returns gave comic book fans a base from which to evangelise to the uninitiated, The Dark Knight Strikes Again is just preaching to the converted. Comic book superhero fans will find much to enjoy here, but others would be better off sticking with the original. --Robert Burrow --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Miller has pulled off a triumphant return to Gotham sure footed, chilling, prescient, witty and sometimes laugh out loud funny." USA Today This revision of an iconic character, the sequel to Miler s The Dark Knight Returns, has been one of the comics publishing s most anticipated events. "Publishers Weekly"" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Geo Blorge VINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
This sequel to Dark Knight Returns, arguably the best-known Batman story ever, retains a similar tone of rebellion to the first. However, it doesn't maintain the integrity of the first part.
One of the reasons for this is Miller's decision to centre the story not on Batman, but on his former allies. With no regard to modern continuity, Barry Allen aka The Flash is rescued from a power station in Bruce's last attempt to bring down the government. Whilst Miller's portrayal of the character is classic, there is little focus on Bruce at all. He has become understandably bitter with old age, and especially angry with the world. This, is where the problem lies. Although I can appreciate Miller's rage towards the modern government, I don't think it warrants drowning out potential plot points that could explain more about the character's motives.
Another problem lies in Miller's inks. This guy NEEDS Klaus Janson to personify his work, a la DKR. When Miller inks his own work, it just doesn't work. I hope Miller's upcoming Batman story about Batman's war with terrorism doesn't suffer the rush job that this did.
If I was being honest, much of the real character of Bruce Wayne is drowned by pointless developments, primarily the treatment of Dick Grayson, the first Robin and Nightwing, as well. This character is essentially used as a villainous device, doing a disservice to a fantastic character.
The few qualities that save this lie in a return to the world that Miller created. It is a world I will find in no other books by anyone. The world feels dark, and false and as such, everything is never quite as it seems, and nobody can be trusted. Although this is Miller's message, I feel it ruined the idea of the story. Dark sattire can be acheived whilst still creating a great story such as V For Vendetta by Alan Moore. However, all I can do now is hope that his new Batman title with Jim Lee will be as awesome as his other Batman work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again is rightly reviled by all Batman fans because of how terrible the book is on every level but made doubly damning because Frank Miller wrote two of the most acclaimed Batman books - The Dark Knight Returns and Year One.

The plot is a paranoid maniac's delight: the President of the United States is a hologram created by Lex Luthor and Brainiac who're essentially in control of America behind the scenes. Superman is still their lapdog because they hold Kandor, the shrunken Kryptonian city in a jar, captive, blackmailing him into doing whatever they want. And various other superheroes are imprisoned somehow - Flash is made to constantly run on a hamster wheel-like contraption that gives the US free, unlimited power, while The Atom is held in a petri dish. The only holdout is Batman - the book takes place a few years after The Dark Knight Returns and people still believe Bruce Wayne, revealed as Batman, is dead while he's actually been secretly working underground to build a Bat-army from the former Mutant gang. And with Carrie Kelly, who in this book has discarded the Robin outfit for a ridiculous leopard-like skin tight thing with rollerskates, calling herself Catgirl, by his side, the Dark Knight is ready to strike - again!

The worst thing about this book by far is easily the art. The character designs are absolute garbage. Lex looks like a melange of Miller's Sin City characters Yellow Bastard and Marv, ie. ridiculously warped with gi-normous hands and a thick, grotesquely wide body that goes beyond cartoonish, while Brainiac looks essentially like a cybernetic frog! These are definitely the most awful visual depictions of these characters I've ever seen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angela on 22 April 2012
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Yes, I read the other reviews. Yes, I ignored them. Yes, I was wrong.
After reading the amazing Dark Knight Returns, I thought Frank Millar could do no wrong. I read the reviews and thought, people don't seem to like this, but it's the sequel to the Dark Knight Returns, the best comicbook ever, it must be good. I wish I hadn't ignored the reviews.
The idea seems perfect: Lex Luthor is the head of the government and has the most powerful half of the Justice League (Superman, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel) under his command. Batman and Robin, now Catgirl for some unexplained reason, set out to free the other rebel heroes (Atom and Flash).
It all sounds like it should be a great read. It's not. There's no flow. Things happen without explination and then it's onto the next thing. Scenes don't have actually starts and ends. Compared to the amazing and unique storytelling of the Dark Knight Returns, I am seriously shocked at how bad the storytelling in this is. It is seriously hard to follow due to the lack of flow, and lack of obvious start and end of scenes. This is made even worse because of the half-hearted artwork which, most of time, doesn't even have backgrounds.
It is seriously like Frank Miller has given up. He came up with idea for a plot and thought this is going to be a great story. Then he threw together some random flow-less story and quickly drew the characters as fast as he could, probably hoping that no one would care that there were no backgrounds. For all I know, the whole "story" could be taking place in a dimension of endless whiteness.
I can't stress how confusing the lack of background and horrible artwork are.
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