The Dark Knight Returns

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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 ...

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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.

"There's never been storytelling quite like this. It took someone who views comics as an art to create it."---Washington Post

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Editorial Reviews

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"...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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563893421
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Batman Series
  • Edition description: 10TH ANNIVERSARY
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 829
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Miller
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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  • Posted January 26, 2012

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    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.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    The Dark Knight Returns was the first graphic novel I read and c

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    Best graphic novel of all time, in my opinion. I first read it

    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 "retirement" 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" Book Review

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Frank Miller is to die for!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    BAT TASTIC

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Mind blown!

    Superman can suck it. Batman is amazing. This comic is amazing. Ra ra ra!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    a classic

    must read for batman fans and anyone intersted in graphic novels aimed at a grown up audience

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Greatest comic book I have ever read

    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

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    Dark, Gritty, and Brutal................................Loved it

    Dark, Gritty, and Brutal................................Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    great summer read

    I read this as a kid and reading it again now reminded me of those lazy summers and the joy i felt imagining running with the Batman

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    The graphic novel that started it all for the gritty and dark re

    The graphic novel that started it all for the gritty and dark return of Batman! TDKR is NOT a pretty book, but it doesn't try to be. Frank Miller's writing is possibly the best in a Batman setting and maybe even his own! Miller uses the media and society and puts them against Batman for both good and bad. This creates so many great scenes of Gotham citizens reacting to Batman's return and creates turmoil for the city as well. The historical, legendary graphic novel should be first on your list to buy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    This is one of the greatest comic books ever!! Really shows how

    This is one of the greatest comic books ever!! Really shows how great of a superhero batman is, no matter how old, if you like this I also recommend reading "Watchmen"!

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Fantastic¿A MUST read!

    I haven't been into comics for years, but this one blew me away! It plays out as if one were watching a movie, great plot twists and developments that keep the reader highly engaged!

    Just buy it

    You won't be disapointed

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

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    Hold tight, you are in for a dark (k)night.

    Chilling + Hellish heat = the Dark Knight

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    Some of Frank Miller's best work. A must for anyone even the mo

    Some of Frank Miller's best work. A must for anyone even the most minimal of Batman fans. Absolutely incredible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    :D

    AWESOOOOMMMME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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  • Posted November 4, 2011

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    A Mas­ter­piece of Sto­ry­telling

    The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller is a graphic novel orig­i­nally pub­lished in 1986. The graphic novel, writ­ten and drawn by Miller, was orig­i­nally released in a four-issue lim­ited series called Bat­man: The Dark Knight.

    *** CONTAINS SPOILERS ***

    Set in a dystopian future of Gotham City, The Dark Knight Returns opens a decade after the last sight­ing of Bat­man and the Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent (which bears a strik­ing resem­blance to then Pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan) still con­tin­ues the cold war. All super­heroes have been forced out of ser­vice with the excep­tion of Super­man.

    How­ever, 55 year old Bruce Wayne becomes Bat­man once again to take care of an old enemy, Har­vey Dent aka "Two-Face". But Batman's return comes with a con­tro­versy whether his style of vio­lent vig­i­lan­tism has place in a "civ­i­lized" society.

    Sav­ing the 13 year old Car­rie Kelly from a Mutant attack, Bat­man buys him­self a new fan. Car­rie buys a Robin cos­tume and searches for Bat­man. She finds Bat­man being beaten by the Mutants' leader and saves him by pulling him into the Bat­mo­bile.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2009

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    AWESOME!!!

    The book Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a great book. My favorite chapter in it would be the last chapter, because it is when Batman defeats the Joker. The author Frank Miller did an excellent job on this book, what I really liked about what he did was that the whole book was in a comic book style, yet the content of it sets it apart from any other comic book.
    Overall I really liked this book, for its great content, and the style the author used.
    The age group I suggest this book for would be young adults, or teens, because of the mature content and images in it.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    The greatest Batman story ever told

    Frank Miller took the Batman character and gave him a legacy. this comic is a rebirth of the Batman character, bringing him back to his roots as a dark character, but Miller adds in the psychopathic nature of Batman, comparing him to the very villains he is attempting to subdue.
    Truly a masterpiece!!

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