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If any comic has a claim to have truly reinvigorated the genre then The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller--known recently for his excellent Sin City series and, previously, for his superb rendering of the blind superhero Daredevil--is probably the supreme contender. Batman represented all that was wrong in comics and Miller set himself a tough task taking on the camp crusader and turning this laughable, innocuous children's cartoon character into a hero for our times. In his introduction the great Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, the arguably peerless Watchmen) argues that only someone of Miller's stature could have done this. Batman is a character known well beyond the confines of the comic world (as are his retinue) and so reinventing him, while keeping his limiting core essentials intact, was a huge task.
Miller went far beyond the call of duty. The Dark Knight is a success on every level. Firstly it does keep the core elements of the Batman myth intact, with Robin, Alfred the butler, Commissioner Gordon and the old roster of villains, present yet brilliantly subverted. Secondly the artwork is fantastic--detailed, sometimes claustrophobic, psychotic. Lastly it's a great story: Gotham City is a hell on earth, streetgangs roam but there are no heroes. Decay is ubiquitous. Where is a hero to save Gotham? It is 10 years since the last recorded sighting of the Batman. And things have got worse than ever. Bruce Wayne is close to being a broken man but something is keeping him sane: the need to see change and the belief that he can orchestrate some of that change. Batman is back. The Dark Knight has returned. Awesome. --Mark Thwaite --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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"There's never been storytelling quite like this."—THE WASHINGTON POST
"Changed the course of comics."—ROLLING STONE
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Exactly as I remember it. Just a great batman story. It's a little more rough and tumble than a lot of the newer material, but for it's time it was just perfectly written. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Stephanie
"This was the best thing I've ever read. If you don't read this you are a loser. Loser!" - quote from my boyfriend.Published 3 months ago by Nora Dysphoria
Great quality paperback in which the pages felt almost laminated which eliminated any fear of tearing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andrew Peters
Highly recommended. This graphic novel shows the dark sole of Batman, and has hilarious 80's kitsch, all wrapped into one.Published 10 months ago by Adam Scrivens