If any comic has a claim to have truly reinvigorated the genre, then The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller--known also for his excellent Sin City series and his superb rendering of the blind superhero Daredevil--is probably the top 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. The great Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, the arguably peerless Watchmen) argued 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, street gangs 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
"...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 Editorial Reviews
Very text per the time period when the comic was written but a very thoughtful and politically charged. Frank Miller has very dark and gritty style it might not be for everyone.Published 1 day ago by morrangor
This is so good. Honestly, probably my favorite comic book of all time. This has what is likely the best writing in a graphic novel that I have ever come across. I love it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Alex Recore
Frank Miller brings Batman to life with this epic novel. Loved the fight scene between Batman and Superman, absolutely riveting.Published 4 days ago by JustKhairie
Great story, definitely could see Batman's time as the dark night of Gotham conclude like thisPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Quite possibly the greatest Graphic Novel ever written, and arguably the most iconic take on Batman in the history of the character. Read morePublished 5 days ago by David L. Brener
Frank Millers, The Dark Knight Returns is the greatest of all the Batman novels. Every writer of Batman should aspire to Miller's greatness. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Richard Dolt
One the the greatest comics ever. the other five star reviews will do this book the justice that it deserves. I do t want to revisit their territory.
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This is THE book to have for any Batman fan. Not only is this book the reason Batman went from The campy Adam West to the much darker Michel Keaton. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jake Sutton