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2.0 out of 5 stars Pioneering Bat-hype, 14 April 2010
This review is from: Batman: Dark Knight Returns (Paperback)
Frank Miller was a talented artist who found 'fame' (well, among geeks and 12 year olds) for his makeover of Daredevil. That, like this, hasn't aged well. The 'gritty realism' and attitudes that were so striking to this (then) 12-year old now read like out-takes from T.J. Hooker and Death Wish sequels (but of course featuring guys in tights proving their street-wise machismo in case you question their need to run around in tights). The panel layouts were 'clever', but the drawing itself ugly. Repetitive scenes of various 'unsavouries' (usually 'ethnic') having their heads kicked through windows. Chinless politicians, the obligatory reference to nuclear war (that was the 80s!), and cities entirely populated by muggers (who takes out the rubbish?). And let's. Not mention. That annoying. Pseudo-hardboiled. Short sentence style. That Miller has hacked out for 30 years. Ribs broken. Crushed skull. Etc. Yawn.

It was such a big deal at the time. Wow! Batman may look like a schmuck but now he's like, really serious and deep, yeah? The Joker's a bit gay! Catwoman's a prostitute! At least Adam West and Burt Ward respected it for the nonsense it was. Grown men who think 'films' consists of CGI superhero adaptations, and 'books' are long boring things that you avoided in school, still go ga-ga over this. Indeed, they're so ga-ga that Miller has done what much better comic illustrators never quite managed - making it big in Hollywood! Check the dimwit atrocities that are the Spirit, 300 and Sin City for proof. While your at it, check the 'dark, gritty' Dark Knight movie for the best proof of all. Somehow a movie about a man in a rubber suit chasing a clown around is The Greatest Movie Ever Made amongst those who should really get out more. Comics didn't grow up, movies grew down.

Just for the record, I like comics (even super hero ones - check out Watchmen, All Star Superman or any of Jack Kirby's fun originals) but Frank Miller is a thin talent who's tiny mind and big ego has been given too much of acclaim for too long. But if you like bad cop shows with added costumes, then this is for you.
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Initial post: 27 Apr 2010 20:27:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 May 2010 07:33:37 BDT
Frozen Flame says:
However much I disagree with your opinion I do respect it...but, wow, do have any idea how bitter you sound?

Posted on 7 May 2010 16:37:41 BDT
M. Duncan says:
I think it is quite generalistic to condemn all of Miller's work. I think Daredevil work still stands up - and criticising it because it is macho is kind of missing the point, because he was being paid to write a superhero comic, not Archie. I am totally with you on the fact that Miller's work sucks now. He hasn't written anything decent for about 20 years. Dark Knight was not his best work - I think Born Again is a lot better, but it was a lot better than nearly everything that was out at the time.
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