Comic-book publishers have grown expert at collecting individual issues of a title as graphic novels and later rereleasing those collections with hitherto unpublished sequences, further artwork, and other "bonus" material to entice buffs to purchase the same book twice and thrice. DC Comics brings the game to a new level with the Absolute series of oversized, slipcased, hardcover volumes of landmark titles. Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns
(1986), in which a cantankerous Batman emerged from retirement to clean up a depraved Gotham City, revolutionized superhero comics by darkening the tone of the genre and paved the way for artists and writers to treat familiar characters more idiosyncratically. It made Miller a superstar in the comic-book firmament. Its 15-years-later follow-up, The Dark Knight Strikes Again,
however, turned off fans with its cartoony visuals and loopy attitude. Absolute Dark Knight
gathers both stories, Miller's early sketches for them and other artwork, pages from his original proposal for the series, and other addenda. Gordon FlaggCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Frank Miller has won numerous awards and critical acclaim for his graphic novel work, which includes Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, 300 and Ronin. His Sin City series has garnered high praise from fans and critics alike, and was made into a highly successful movie in 2005. He has written several Sin City collections, including A Dame to Kill For; Booze, Broads & Bullets; and Family Values. He is currently writing All-Star Batman and Robin and the forthcoming Batman: Holy Terror.
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