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A modern Batman for a modern age.,
This review is from: Batman Dark Knight Returns TP (Paperback)
The way people have gone on and on about this book, it didn't seem logical not to read it. People have promoted this as being the greatest graphic novel of all time. I don't really agree, but it was nonetheless a good read.
An aged Batman comes out of retirement, with a new Robin and a new approach to crime fighting, into a Gotham that has fallen to ruin under the new crime wave of the criminal gang 'The Mutants' and corruption of the law. Along the way, he encounters old nemeses and old comrades as well as new ones as he continues the seemingly un-winnable fight against crime.
One thing that I will say is that this book really helped to get Batman out of his awkward 1960s campiness and reintroduced him into a cynical and dark approach to comics. Much like Alan Moore's Watchmen, this book views the mythos of Batman in a more satirical, gritty and realistic light, showing that there are consequences to everything that happens. Miller's writing shows that things are never so black-and-white as in more mainstream comics. Batman's unwillingness to do bad things and to follow a moral code can only take one so far, and sometimes tough decisions haave to be made for the greater good. If only Frank Miller hadn't turned into the narcissistic, sexist and racist writer he has become today. At least in here, there was a point to everything that happened.
Miller's art varies between good and bad. I don't know how to describe it. Many times the art is scary and dynamic and badass, as we want, but then come sequences such as the television broadcasts, where the panels (shaped as tv sets) are so small that the characters look almost comically underdrawn and rather painful to look at. I couldn't say I hate the art, considering how it is reflective of the bleakness of the storyline, but if there had been more consistency, that would have helped a little.
So, while I do not agree that it's as good as its reputation, it's still a must-have for any Batman fans.
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Initial post: 24 Jul 2013 20:48:46 BDT
Good review. I bought the individual issues at the time of release and the anticipation for this series was stratospheric. Miller had done his Ronin stuff for DC after a four year stint on Marvel Comics' Daredevil and all of fandom was asking; will Batman go to Japan and fight Ninjas???? (Miller's first run on Daredevil had introduced an unseen mentor for Daredevil and brought in a new set of baddies, a Ninja organisation called The Hand).
Nowadays, a quarter of a century later and hundreds of Batman trade paperbacks and Graphic Novels later, TDK can look as if it's the odd one out but it's importance cannot be underestimated - it, Batman: Year One and Daredevil: Born Again are the high watermarks in comic book history, moreso now that Miller's proven himself incapable of recreating the magic of these Magnum Opus'.
Alan Moore and Frank Miller - back then, nobody was fit to lick their boots.
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