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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

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by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, Lynn Varley
     
 

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now as his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory.

Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the

Overview

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now as his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory.

Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive. This collection is hailed as a comics masterpiece and was responsible for the launch of the Batman movies.

This volume collects Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1-4.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...probably the finest piece of comic art ever published in a popular edition..."—Stephen King

"Groundbreaking."—USA TODAY

"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."—SPIN

Washington Post
There's never been storytelling quite like this. It took someone who views comics as an art to create it. — Washington Post
Rolling Stone
… an unusually ambitious and gripping crime novel …
New Haven Register
The Dark Knight Returns is unquestionably a work of genius, a serious work from an artist who takes comic books seriously.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563893421
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Series:
Batman Series
Edition description:
10TH ANNIVERSARY
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
28,419
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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… probably the finest piece of comic art ever published in a popular edition… — Stephen King

Meet the Author

Frank Miller began his career in comics in the late 1970s and rose to fame while first drawing, and then writing, Daredevil for Marvel Comics. He was also the creative force behind Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, and Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again.  His many works have not only redefined classic characters, but also, on a few occasions, revitalized the comics industry. His creator-owned Sin City hit the page in 1991, and then the silver screen in 2005 — with Miller on board as co-director. His multi-award-winning 300 graphic novel was brought to full-blooded life in the 2007 motion picture of the same name, and in 2008 he directed the feature film of Will Eisner’s The Spirit.

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Batman : The Dark Knight Returns 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
The Dark Knight Returns (at least in my opinion) is Frank Miller's greatest work. Like Watchen, The Dark Knight Returns breaks out of the confines of "comic book"-isms and leaps into literature--one that may actually survive into something of a classic.
BatmanLover4 More than 1 year ago
The Dark Knight Returns was the first graphic novel I read and certainly will not be the last. The gripping story line along with the incredible illustrations really engage the reader and will experience a whole new style of reading. If you love the darkness of the movies Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, you will love this novel. Thanks to Frank Miller, Batman has become a more intriguing and deep character compared to the older, more kid friendly version of Batman. The novel brings back Batman's old enemies including Harvey Dent and the Joker along with a few new characters. I don't usually read books in one sitting, but with the suspenseful and crazy plot line of this novel, you have no option but to become obsessed and not put the book down.
eg180 More than 1 year ago
Best graphic novel of all time, in my opinion. I first read it when I was a teenager (in the 1990s, for those who are curious) and it was a defining book for me when I looked at all other Batman and even other superhero stories. Batman returns after a 10-year &quot;retirement&quot; that was not his choice to a world that doesn't appreciate him and sees him as more of a problem than a solution. Meanwhile, the city has turned into a gang-infested cesspool that has citizens afraid to walk down the street. So, upon his return, Batman must deal with them, the return of some old enemies and an unfriendly government response to his return that climaxes with the ultimate battle of the ages that pits The Dark Knight against one of his oldest friends. Frank Millter's story and artwork are dark and gritty, topped off by some wonderful inks by Klaus Jansen, colors by Lynn Varley and letters by John Costanza. This is, without a doubt, one of the best books I've ever read, novel or comic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probally the greatest the graphic novel of all time, and certainly one of the greatest Batman stories of all time, "Dark Knight Returns" is a book part of me thought I would never read. When I first entered the macarbe world of Batman, I just thought the book was too weird, with its radical art style and story. Then, finally, I read it. It's a good thing I did, because it ties with "Long Halloween" for my favorite graphic novel of all time. The story brings out my favorite type of Batman: one that isn't so much brooding as he is an angry, slightly cocky "Dirty Harry" style hero. The story is excellent: after ten years without a Batman, Gotham City has become even worse than before, if that's possible, and is now ruled, more or less, by a gang known as the Mutants who threaten to overthrow all remnants if society. It's not just Gotham that's in trobule, the once heroic Superman is now little more than a political poster boy. Despite his vow never to return after a personal loss, it is time for the Batman to return. And when he does, sparks fly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This truly is, in my opinion, a very overrated graphic novel, and next to Kevin Smith's The Widening Gyre, one of the worst Batman books I have ever read. First off, Miller's TDKR suffers from very poor characterization. His vision of Bruce Wayne is one of a sociopath who perhaps should be locked up with all the other nuts in Arkham. Also, this book certainly throws out the World's Finest friendship of Batman and Superman out the window, with the way Miller writes Batman's attitude towards Clark. Another feature that was disturbing is Miller's obsession of female protagonists as prostitutes. Case in point, Selina Kyle, the Catwoman, who was a prostitute in his Batman Year One and now runs an escort service. Where is the vivacious and classy Selina from Len Wein's and Doug Moench's runs, where she is a worthy partner to Bruce Wayne and his alter ego? No. In Miller's world, Catwoman is only good for prostitution and being raped so she can spur on the hero. Meh. One other feature that made this book tedious was the constant barrage of news commentary instead of narration from the Dark Knight Detective himself or Denny O'Neil's classic, nourish style of telling a story without too much exposition. Finally, I found the Mutant Gang's dialog, overall annoying and certainly makes this book dated now. Frank Miller's Batman leaves me cold and I cannot recommend to anyone except as a reference as how NOT to write Batman. Instead, please check out the following writers for much better Batman stories: Dennis O'Neal, Len Wein, Doug Moench, Marshall Rogers, Alan Grant, Gerry Conway, Chuck Dixon, Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker, Paul Dini, Jeph Loeb, Brian Azzarello, Judd Winick, and Scott Snyder.
ReadingisUnique More than 1 year ago
The book itself is so great,awesome,and mesmerizing to read the book sets around the time Bruce Wayne have retired even though the batman is no longer in sight Gotham have become deteriorate in modern city I really love how the book contains feelings such as remorse,sadness,a bit of humor,but most of all courage and bravery I would recommended to anyone who is a batman fan
LLGlenn50 More than 1 year ago
Dark, Gritty, and Brutal................................Loved it!
wvashes More than 1 year ago
He takes the superheroes that we grew up with and gives them a darker edge! I enjoyed this graphic novel, which was only my third one that I have read and I have fell in love with the genre! I found it interesting that some of the things that take place in the novel have actually occurred recently. This was written in the 80's yet it hit where we are today exactly on the head! It was really scary when I thought about it! A must read for Batman and Superman lovers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a Batman fan for as long as i can remember from very early on in my childhood ive enjoyed all the comics ive read of him but this book was incredible, it was a different take on The Dark Knight that we've never seen before and a introduction of characters we haven't met previously, just incredible and a must buy for any Batman fan, besides, this book was used by Tim Burton as inspiration to make the first Batman movie with Jack Nicholson and the Joker and that turned out incredible as well
Anonymous 8 months ago
To call this a classic is to under serve this great book. This is required reading for any fan of comics and Batman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only a sample
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is it guys. The comic that reinvented Batman as we know him. The Dark Knight Returns is Frank Miller's undisputed masterpiece, the deconstruction of Batman. We all know the campy 1960's TV series and how it stuck with the Caped Crusader and defined him as this ever perfect and goody two-shoes superhero. This is how it was for years, even long after the show ended and writers began trying to return Batman to his dark, gritty roots. In 1986, Miller succeeded in doing just that. The now 55 year old Bruce Wayne comes out of retirement and begins cleaning the rotting Gotham City from the Mutant gang and his old enemies Two-Face and the Joker, culminating in a climatic battle with Superman. The Dark Knight Returns shines its dark light upon all other comics.
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It's a lot of reading, but totally worth it! I recommend to watch the animated films after reading this.
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