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Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again Paperback – January 1, 2004
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The Dark Knight Strikes Again is largely an entertaining comic, but much of what made The Dark Knight Returns so good just doesn't work here. Miller's gritty, untidy artwork was perfect for DKR's grim depiction of the dark and seedy Gotham City, but it jars a bit for DKSA, which is meant to depict an ultra-glossy, futuristic technocracy. Lynn Varley's garish coloring attempts to add a slicker sheen, but the artwork is ultimately let down by that which worked so well for DKR--this time around, it just feels sloppy and rushed. The same is true of the book's denouement, which happens so quickly that it leaves the reader reeling and looking for more of an explanation. Moreover, DKSA is packed full of characters who will mean little to those unfamiliar with the DC Comics universe (e.g., the Atom, the Elongated Man, the Question). Perhaps the book's biggest failing is that where The Dark Knight Returns gave comic book fans a base from which to evangelize to theuninitiated, The Dark Knight Strikes Again is just preaching to the converted. Comic book superhero fans will find much to enjoy here, but others would be better off sticking with the original. --Robert Burrow
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Unlike the usual depictions of Superman, where he is shown as being somewhat intelligent - or at least minimally above average - here Superman is depicted as a total tool. He's a completely incompetent moron. He stands around helplessly wringing his hands while innocents suffer. Isn't this a great take on Superman? Something we've never seen before? I might have expected that from a parody comic, but this is coming direct from DC! Cool.
Braniac is different too. Now he looks like a giant, godzilla-sized frog who likes to terrorize cities. As you might imagine, this looks very, very intimidating. It's a far cry from the cold, detached machine intelligence we've come to know and love over the years. It's hip. It's happenin'. It's got more of an "earthy" feel to it. AmIright?
Lex Luthor now looks like a giant Kingpin clone, except with bad acne. And with fists larger than most people's heads. Rather than use his brain to coolly and methodically strategize to destroy his enemies, he prefers to just yell and shout a lot like an oversized troll, albeit hairless.
And speaking of hairless people, old Bruce Wayne finally lost his. It's a bit of a startling look for him, but I guess a comb-over just wouldn't have cut it for the man behind The Bat. And in the (very) few times in this comic we actually get to see Batman, he's wearing a cape and cowl over his aged, liver-spotted head anyway. So no matter.
We are introduced to an incredibly awesome new hero: Catgirl! She has the extremely cool power of wearing skin-tight leapard-skin leotards! (Try saying that 5 times fast!) She also likes to shout out random words, like "Chucks!Read more ›
Enter The Dark Knight Returns, by Frank Miller. It wasn't really any more dark or interesting than the comics were after the change, but it consisted of enough different things to make it stand out. It was bold, as it dared to show a Batman who had abandoned his crusade. It was out of continuity, so it made its point without interfering with the ongoing series. Its art was different, not good in the "realistic" sense, but good in a gritty, powerful and defining way. To top it all off, the series was printed in the new "Prestige" format, which nowadays is the norm, but it was striking back then.
Long story short, it was a monumental success. Batman was again in the spotlight, Miller was put on a pedestal and the influence the comic had spread throughout all media, and paved the way for Hollywood's inmense success with comic book movies, starting with Tim Burton's "Batman", heavily inspired by that comic.
Years later, for one reason or another, Miller made a sequel to that iconic story, titled "The Dark Knight Strikes Again". The very existence of that story should give pause to everyone, since TDKR was a self contained story with a perfect conclusion, it didn't need to be expanded. "Unnecessary" would be the first expression to come to mind. "Cash Grab" would be a cynic but probably realistic one.Read more ›
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Really unfortunate that it followed such an iconic read, but the art is just..... Bad.Published 1 month ago by D. Shroll
Not as good as the first book but Frank did it by himself. I'd be hard pressed to deliver anything close to his caliber.Published 3 months ago by Charles Aaron Lee
Any batman or superhero or comic book fan must read this masterpiecePublished 3 months ago by Medrano55
Frank Miller Strikes Again! The beginning is a great set-up.. "I'm done talking..get out of my cave." Love it, looking forward to reading the third in the series....Published 3 months ago by Ramon Valverde
Frank Miller's Batman is as iconic as Adam West for the younger generation. His Dark Knight saga, to anyone interested in Bruce's late life exploits, is gripping and deep. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joel Patrick Senkar
The art gives this book a much different tone than the original Dark Knight Returns and the plot line is sillier from it's attempt to add other wider issues instead of focusing... Read morePublished 3 months ago by thirdtwin