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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Dark Knight Hard Cover, 9 Mar 2013
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Having bought the original Dark Knight book back in the eighties I had become how do-eared my copy had become. (probably not helped by my lending out to others as the epitome of what a good comic-book looks like). As a result I started scoring the market place for a replacement but soon found the price of the original hard cover books was prohibitive. A friend suggested the Absolute version and I have to say this was a great idea.
The book, ordered from America arrived within days and proved to be a beautiful reproduction of the original, reprinting not only the Dark Knight but also the sequel. The larger pages make for a better visual impression and in its slip-case it looks good on the bookshelf. At around £50 it is worth every penny and remains a milestone in the history of comics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before the Dark Knight movie trilogy there was this groundbreaking graphic novel!, 18 Dec 2012
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Great visuals, fine detail, brilliant story. Will take you as long as a regular novel to read properly; but its more than worth the effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Batman, 31 Aug 2013
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There is a reason Dark Knight Rises poached ideas from this book, and why Batman/Superman will seemingly do the same. It's worth every penny so by all that is holy, buy it, get comfy, and fall in love with it.

It's a book that will take pride of place in any comic book collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant gift, 2 Feb 2014
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Elvira Wynter (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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I purchased this for my boyfriend for his Christmas as he has been eying it up in our local comic book store for awhile.

He has recently finished it and loves the addition and the work that has gone into it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet experience..., 19 Jan 2007
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JC (Beds., England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Absolute Dark Knight (Batman) (Hardcover)
This is the second over-sized "Absolute" Batman that I've bought - the other being Absolute Hush - but this one doesn't quite justify the price tag. Just as Napoleon didn't quite conquer Europe.

As said before in other reviews of the two seperate editions of "The Dark Knight Returns" and "The Dark Knight Strikes Again", the former has a far superior story with better visuals - the few early pages with the flashback to THE double murders struck me the most. When George Clooney in an interview for the movie "Batman and Robin" (oh, yes...) said "yeah, yeah, the parents are dead, get over it" or words to that effect - that's why the movie was pants. Bruce's parents' violent deaths affected the spoilt little rich boy in a way no normal person could truly fathom and so has created one of comic fiction's most tortured characters. The "I've got super-powers, let's use them to fight crime" ethos doesn't apply here. Scaring the crap out of criminals does.

This follows through - ending with the climatic Superman/Batman clash. And so ends an amazing work of fiction. In the next story - set a few years later - the problems start. Batman turns into a revolutionary political animal in DKSA and it's not for the better. I can see what Frank Miller is trying to do - he's trying to create the world as how it would look like if fantastic superheroes and supervillains existed at all and what people would expect. It's the kind of writing that smacks of American paranoia and so cannot be taken seriously throughout. See the Orange advert about the New York blackout? Everyone found a home or a place to stay during that time. Beforehand, people would have predicted riots, looting, etc. but no. This is about sticking it to the man. This particular man (i.e. me) couldn't care less.

The pokes at the media are fun, but everything seems so rushed after halfway through, trying to create something that is too fantastic - basically it has too much of Supes. Going back to the old "Batman battling with his psyche, age and criminals" is the best sort of Batman story you can do. Deviate from that blueprint and it suffers. Nevertheless, the story has a good first half and these problems only really show up after that point.

So why four stars? I feel that DKSA might be a "grower" so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for the mo, but you're really going to buy this for "The Dark Knight Returns" - a sublime story for a superior character.
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