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Knight Watchman: Graveyard Shift Paperback – April 3, 2013
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Graveyard Shift originally caught my eye due to the comparisons to "The Dark Knight Returns" but outside of the Knight Watchman coming out of retirement and the Sin City style art, this is it's own little story. I have to admit I really really enjoyed reading this book. it's definitely worth a read in my opinion. My main criticism is on two pictures in the book that are "homages" to TDKR however they're so close to the Frank Miller art they're kinda distracting and pulled me out of the story. Other than that I loved it! Dialogue, Art, it's all really fun!
Like all comics, the series have peaks and valleys, though the homage is so thorough that it's difficult to tell if the storytelling was a bit off, or the tribute was that exact.
For me, the pinnacle of Big Bang/Knight Watchman is Graveyard Shift. A nod to industry legend Frank Miller's tour de force, The Dark Knight Returns, GS again pays loving homage to this mythical story, right down to the dark sardonic humour. Ecker, Carlson, and Torres masterfully crafted a story that not only stands on its own, but hasn't suffered the ravages of time that DKR has.
It's a shame that the Big Bang Universe never got more attention than it did, but thank goodness Pulp 2.0 has the intelligence to reproduce some of the finest comic stories I've ever had the privilege of reading. I hope they eventually reprint the entire run. They've definitely got a dedicated customer, as BBU had during their initial run.