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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 April 2016
“The Dark Knight Returns” is a seminal contribution to graphic novel fiction – and was hugely influential both within the comic book industry generally and upon the characterisation of Batman in particular. This is, perhaps, Frank Miller’s most famous and important work. It consists of a four-issue mini-series, first published in 1986.

The story concerns an aged Bruce Wayne who, after a decade of retirement, returns to crime-fighting as the masked vigilante known as Batman. He faces opposition from much of the Gotham City police force and the US government. Yet, with the aid of the new Robin, he is able to re-establish himself as the Dark Knight and fight for justice.

The story is set in a dystopian society, an alternative reality to our 1980’s. Wayne, having given up being Batman, drifts aimlessly through life as a drunk. Yet, with crime on the rise – and a new group of villains known as mutants stalking the city – so Wayne is inspired to once again become Batman. And as he does so, some major super-villains of the past reappear … first Two-Face and then, in spectacular fashion, the Joker. In dealing with the gangs, the corrupt authorities, and finally the Joker, so the US government decides to take action against Batman … and it sends Superman to stop the Dark Knight. And so we get an all-out battle between these two titans: Batman vs Superman. Of course, the Man of Steel has all his powers … but Batman happens to be someone who prepares for all eventualities.

This is a portrayal of the Dark Knight that exists at the opposite pole of the campy 1960’s TV show. This is a gritty, menacing and serious Batman. And the world he lives in is equally dark and complex. And so Miller presents us with – what was in 1986 – a highly original conception of Batman, which has influenced many of the subsequent interpretations of this fictional character.

This is the trade paperback edition, about 225 pages in length. It comes with limited ‘extras’. Nonetheless, it’s a good read. However, if you want something more deluxe then I recommend the new hardback edition (over 500 pages long, with lots of extra content). Either way, this is an enjoyable graphic novel.
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on 14 November 2017
One of the best comics I've read, and though they are subtle the political undertones regarding media bias and such are very current. This is how I always hoped Batman would be written, yet never hoped it would. Frank Miller's artwork and reinvention of a franchise is so outside what you expect that you wonder how he got away with it. He has a a style that can be described as impressionistic and cartoonish at times, which both fits and borders on making fun of itself.

Nothing in this comic is run of the mill. Narration devices, such as the use of TV screens are used throughout. Miller has admitted to why he does such, and that is to slow down he reader. The storytelling is never too surreal or distracting the viewer for the point of it.
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on 6 December 2017
I read it and now I just love it. The story, the colours, the way it is written. It is just one the of the best graphic novels, a classic. A MUST BUY

But, if you want to buy it, just buy the library binding edition. You will want to keep this master piece as new the rest of your life but you'll struggle to do so with the paperback edition.
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on 27 March 2017
A cult classic that every comic book enthusiast should own.
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on 20 April 2017
Amazing book and great seller. I totaly recomend them.
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on 9 February 2016
Me I liked this story, I know some people will not but for me Frank Miller does it again, like Batman year one.
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on 26 April 2017
Prompt delivery, enjoyable graphic novel
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on 9 March 2015
It was good but some of the pictures and diologue were so small which made it hard to read/follow. This sounds minor but it really does take away from the experience
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on 22 April 2017
The comic arrived in perfect condition, the story is really great I really recomend it!! It's the second time I order from BookDepository, they really do a great service sending these comics!!
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on 4 June 2013
As a huge fan of batman, this is one of the best graphic novels out there. amazing story of an older, more angry Batman and a older and even more crazy Joker. Must buy for any Batman fan or any fan of a graphic novels.
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