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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 30th Anniversary Edition Paperback – February 16, 2016
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"There's never been storytelling quite like this. It took someone who views comics as an art to create it." —Washington Post
"Changed the course of comics." —Rolling Stone
"It's film noir in cartoon panels." —Vanity Fair
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I read this graphic novel 20 years ago and I loved it. Unfortunately, the Kindle version is completely unreadable. The panels are so small that the art work is obscured and the lettering is tiny. Trying to enlarge it does not help at all.
I also have to warn unseasoned readers that is a heavy read and can be a bit confusing and even strange in parts. After reading the book you might wanna watch some analysis videos as well to comprehend it better. But don’t let any of that discourage you, I still highly recommend this!
The drawing is not my favorite style, which doesn't mean it's bad. On the contrary - the characters feel well shaped and like real humans. The action scenes with the big machines give sense of volume and scale.
This is a must read indeed.
The story is still powerful with amazing artwork.
The first book of the four in the graphic novel still gives me chills when the Batman returns in full force after being retired for decades.
If you have never read this graphic novel, do yourself a favor and spend an evening in a dark room and let yourself fall into Frank Miller's visionary tale of Batman's elder years.
En definitiva, esta historia terminó de otorgar la libertad creativa que tenía desde hace décadas la industria del cómic europeo a la industria del cómic estadounidense.
Esta obra es el regalo perfecto para aquel amigo que dice que los cómics no son más que entretenimiento barato para niños. Esta una obra llena de comentario social con una historia envolvente que pone tanto en juego, que sentirás cada golpe y vivirás cada victoria del Caballero de la Noche.
I have questions here and there throughout the read. Like how did this mutant gang come to exist? Why do they call themselves mutants if they are just regular people? Who is the big guy that works for the joker? And he makes dolls that are robots that can fly and blow up? I'm not an avid comic book reader so maybe many things in it longtime fans are familiar with I was not privy to. But it would've been nice if those things here and There could have been explained.
The comic is wrote, or rather reads, like a novel of book. Sometimes I wish it would read just like a regular comic. Even watchman was more straight forward with its writing and imagery. But it is poetic and fitting at times. The art is simple. Not every flashy or detailed which I tend to detest. And almost very sketchy looking which really fits the gritty, visceral nature of the comic.
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Fanboy/girl love for a comic that I always believed to be overhyped.
I remember reading this when I was young, it was a dark contrast to Adam West and Batman ‘66 that I dearly loved.
I still love Adam West’s version of Batman, and after all these years I’ve made peace with Frank Millers Dark Knight Returns comic.
I still think this comic is overhyped, but after recently re-reading and updating an older copy, I’ve found some love in my heart for this version of Batman.
Well, the art for me.. it’s not my taste.
I’m a Jim Lee guy, Lee Bermejo, Greg Capullo and Brian Bollard kinda fella.
I’m not saying it’s awful just not my taste.
Now, Anyone that Remembers the transitions Batman has made will know the history of this book and it’s significance to comics and I won’t ever disrespect that, we as Batman fans of today owe Miller a lot in that respect.
The talking tv heads nearly killed me, all put in randomly!
It just slays me to see so many talking damn heads!
My refreshed view is this is one great Batman comic.
The Joker/Batman dynamic can’t be faulted.
It truly showed their sticky relationship come to a sour end, and it works beautifully.
The end fight between Joker and Batman is probably one of my favourite battles between them of all time.
Do I think this comic is a masterpiece like so many people say?
No, but I understand why they say it being in the era of Neal Adams and Millers Dark Knight Returns and Burtons films.
Miller lay the foundation for complex comics to come to life and have real issues.
Two Faces scarring.
Batman guilt over not killing Joker.
It’s a real crunch of emotion.
But I don’t think it’s a masterpiece because of the drawings and I can’t forgive how ugly Batman looks walking out of the damn tank.
It’s just awful.
There isn’t much else I can say except for personal praise and criticism of this comic which I am sure has been said before.
I’ll never be Millers no 1 fan, but I sure as hell do respect what he’s done for the medium of comics and I thank him for that.
The com itself is alright, few snippets of interview, covers in the back.
Paper is glossy but not to thick.
It’s a recommended comic, if nothing else for the history that was brought from it. I still thinks it’s overhyped, but I still would place it in my top 10 favourite Batman stories.
Read, enjoy, learn Batman’s history.
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.
It has to be this. A Classic which should be made into a film.
Who would be your Batman?