- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; 10 Anv edition (May 1 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563893428
- ISBN-13: 978-1563893421
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 1 x 25.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 234 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Paperback – May 1 1997
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"...probably the finest piece of comic art ever published in a popular edition..."—Stephen King
"It's film noir in cartoon pane ls."—VANITY FAIR
"There's never been storytelling quite like this."—THE WASHINGTON POST
"Changed the course of comics."—ROLLING STONE
"Revisionist pop epic."—SPINSee all Product description
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I would recommend this graphic novel to anyone interested in comics, Batman and pulp story telling. Writers would also be well served in considering the geometry of this tale.
This is one of them.. The dark Knight returns is unlike any other comic story I've read..(Forgive my inexperience) Alan Moore is a brilliant incisive writer whose work demands the painted page but Miller is the true renaissance man, he writes and draws it all.. He takes a character who is a class act but was and still is terribly presented (expolited) by DC.. and makes him a god..
The story is epic... read the other reviews to find out about it.. What gets you is the heart he (FM) puts into it.. The art is often described as great in the begining and wilts to the end.. Rubbish.. Miller evolves himself.. Batman is shown being worn slowly to a nub and his exhaustion is felt in each page.. and the end shows his rejuvenation...
The tale works on so many levels.. a boy of 15 may be bored quickly with it since it demands your complete attention.. But have no doubt.. this is the rare book you can read next week, next year, when you're 50.. and still be moved.. The analogies that can be drawn from this books multiply and multiply.. We are all called to be men, heroes and gods, instead we bow down and bent over to the ignorant, the unjust, the fearful..
Do I reccommend this book.. yes.. Buy it and share it with as many people as possible..
Miller's at his best here when he explores the many paradoxes that inform the Batman; clearly, the past constructions of Batman as mere 'superhero' did the character a great disservice, since he's much more interesting here as a morally ambiguous and complex person. The expert television commentaries sprinkled throughout the narrative not only poke fun at the shallowness of contemporary news programs, but also well exemplify Batman's nebulousness and how he symbolizes different values (social deviant, victims' rights crusader) to different agendas. The dramatic, full-page illustrations also add to the richness of the book.
Clearly, Miller is no slave to tradition. He kills off some rather important comic characters in this text, nearly does away with others, and re-imagines Batman's trusty sidekick, Robin, as a young woman. Entire pages go by without any dialogue: Miller positions us inside the mind of the characters where we're privy to their innermost thoughts. The Dark Knight is nothing if not unpredictable, a refreshing change from the "good guy wins, bad guys die" formula of the comics of old. This really was (and still is) a groundbreaking and important work. Miller deserves accolades not only for having written an engrossing story, but for also having paved new and exciting directions for the modern comic.
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