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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 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781401235857
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Sold by: DC Comics
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 309,197
File size: 113 MB
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About 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. 131 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 "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.
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
ErikaBrown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel. I was glad that batman came back from "hiding". This novel tells about why he comes back as being batman and fighting crime and evil characters such as Harvey Dent and the Joker. He gets a new partener as Robin which is actually a young girl, I want say much more so I don't give away the whole story. If you like the other batman novels you will love this one. As far as using this in the classroom I am not sure it would be helpful. It does show dialogue really good but I feel some parents may not like the violence in this novel. They may feel it is not suitable for a classroom of children. The dialogue in this book is a good example and it very easy to keep up with. Like I said early I really enjoyed this novel. I loved the graphics and the storyline. It was interesting to see robin being played as girl, until the end of course. I enjoyed this novel a lot and I was happy to see batman step back up to fighting evil.
caerulius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is Batman, as revived by Frank Miller. Could there be any more divine prospect? Bruce Wayne is old and has retired the Batman persona, which has faded into myth, Robin is gone, and the Joker is about to be paroled. Gotham is still hurting, though, and Bruce discovers not only does Gotham still need Batman... so does he.It's dark, it's gritty in the gorgeous Frank Miller tradition, it's witty and well written and compellingly executed.Read it. Now.
pandaadam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brutal and bleak. Enough said.
StefanY on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't think that this was bad by any means, but it didn't even come close to my expectations. Overall, the artwork throughout the book ranges from very good to excellent. Where I found this book to be lacking was in the dialog and to some extent the storyline. Things just seemed very long and drawn-out and there were times where I was a bit confused as to what exactly was going on. I have previously 300 (another graphic novel by Frank Miller) and it also got me lost a couple of times along the way, forcing me to re-read sections so maybe it's just the way Mr. Miller writes or maybe it still has something to do with the graphic novel medium (although I read a lot of comics as a kid, so I don't think that is my problem.) Either way, I did enjoy the book for the most part. I just don't think that I'm ever going to be one of those people to whom the graphic novel is the best way to go for my reading preferences.
the_terrible_trivium on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this right after Watchmen, which covers some of the same area. This is good, but suffers by comparison. Perhaps read this one first, or separated by a few months.
dmcolon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There's an interesting, seemingly neofascist strain in Frank Miller's graphic novels. 300 comes to mind as the most disturbing example of this, but The Dark Knight Returns isn't far behind. The story picks up around 15-20 years after Batman's heyday and he is in retirement. The world has gone amok and through a series of events, Bruce Wayne comes out of retirement. I won't go into the details, but by the end, Batman unites a group of street thugs into a coherent vigilante force who will "bring order" to the world. This isn't a pretty vision of the world. It reminds me of a sort of Charles Bronson Deathwish universe where a solitary and borderline psychopathic hero will bring peace to the world through violence. I can't quite figure out Frank Miller's politics. He parodies Reagan and blatant militarism pretty harshly in The Dark Knight Returns, but also looks to extralegal solutions to crime and basks in ultraviolence. Miller's Gotham is hopelessly corrupt and he seems to think that only a fiery holocaust can cleanse it. He portrays liberals in a stereotypically Bronson-esque fashion -- always ready to coddle wrongdoers and let them off the hook. There are always horrific consequences to such actions. The hard-line, and only the hard-line, is the only real solution according to Miller. He recognizes the harvest of blood and terror that will ensue, but Miller feels this is necessary and justified.Having said all this, The Dark Knight Returns warrants the praise it has received. It's storytelling is powerful and its vision of a corrupt world is appealing in a "Blade Runner" sort of way. The retelling of Batman is effective as a graphic narrative and there is a real sense of moral ambiguity. I disagree with pretty much everything Miller seems to believe in, but I felt engaged as a reader. I was willing to suspend my disbelief and horror and go along for the ride. In the end, I'm not sure that's such a good thing. I feel sort of corrupted and a bit more cynical about the world.
schatzi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I know that pretty much everyone raves about how awesome these comics are, but I just didn't like them. It took me forever to read this collection, and I never got into the story. Maybe if I'd read more Batman comics I'd think this was awesome.
stephmo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What does a superhero who is human, aging and without real super powers do when time is catching up with him? In this volume, we meet an older Batman who has been out of the limelight for ten years while Gotham has been overrun by the Mutant Gang. A brief turn out of retirement is possible, but not sustainable.In this volume, Miller manages to weave familiar foes and friends together in a volume that deals with the end of the run for our hero. Age, of course, is the least of our hero's issues. Our hero is a vigilante in the age of media, so while his battles are very real, the talking heads endlessly debate the merits of the legality of his actions. While our hero has chosen a path against the grain, another hero has chosen the path of assimilation and cooperation with civic leaders and this story is played out between the two of them. Miller even has room for gender politics.Most impressive is the inking and coloring for Miller's already expressive drawings. I found myself going over some panels multiple times just to admire the work.
wikiro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a desent story but it didn't really get me into it. I've read disutopiatic books before and this one just seemed too focused on fighting. Which is cool and all, but they made the fighting sequenced to "dragonball z ish" in dialogue.
rwturner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is very good, though I don't think it merits comparison with Maus or Watchmen, as I often see. I found the art sort of off-putting at first, but I like it more every time I see it. The story is great, really entertaining. It brings out everything that makes Batman appealing.
aethercowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you only have one Batman graphic novel, it MUST be this one.Miller, whose comics evoke darker worlds than their creators had envisioned, takes the helm of this project to envision a future in which Batman has retired.Criminals run amok, and some of Batman's rivals have returned to crime, even though they've been supposedly "cured." Bruce Wayne, now in his silver years, resumes the cowl of Batman, coming out of retirement, to fight the new waves of villains.At his side is a self-appointed Robin, the 13-year-old Carrie Kelly, who manages to save Batman just as many times as he manages to save her.This darker future Gotham seems to fit the Batman mythos, especially in wake of the Burton Batman films. Miller gives us the gritty future, and while it may be bitter, it tastes the way it should.As I said: If you only have one Batman graphic novel, it MUST be this one. So, if you don't have it yet, go out and get it right now.
MichelleHudon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, written by Frank Miller, is a graphic novel that includes four separate books. The novel features Batman who has been in retirement for the past ten years. Since Batman¿s retirement Gotham City has been overrun by an organized crime gang called the mutants. Against the police commissioners advice Howard Dent, otherwise known as Two-Face, has been discharged from the mental institute. Although Howard Dent¿s physiatrist believes that he has been rehabilitated, he quickly settles into a life of crime once more. With Gotham City in such turmoil Batman is forced out of retirement to try and save his city. With the crime rate so high Batman must be more vicious than ever before and this is not received well by the media and police force. With the news that Batman has returned The Joker reappears onto the scene and all hell breaks loose.Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is the first graphic novel I have ever read. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the story. I thought that this novel was really well written and flowed nicely from scene to scene. Frank Miller did a great job of describing the scenery and the mood of the characters, as well as Gotham City. Although the pictures helped set the mood for the story the writing had more of an effect for me. Sometimes I found the novel a little hard to follow because it is so detailed and written in a format that I¿m not used too. Overall I was pleasantly surprised and would recommend this graphic novel for a young adult.
theboylatham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago

Seven out of ten. CBR format.

Bruce Wayne has retired as Batman after the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd (see 'Batman: A Death In the Family'). Ten years pass and Gotham City is overwhelmed with crime and plagued by a gang called "The Mutants". Batman returns to deal with this menace which only serves to tempt the Joker out of retirement as well.

TiffGabler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Dark Knight is the better of the Frank Miller series, he is pretty much like the Rembrandt of Comic Makers; Batman and Joker are no longer hokey but realistic and even sinister to a degree. This issue is a look at Bruce Wayne hardened and hammered by age and years of crime fighting. This issue really gives you the essence of the Batman in comparison to all the supercharged, super powered superhero. We get a deep sense of the psychological themes and symbols of dual nature that Miller masterfully executes. If you are a Batman fan, you will enjoy this read.
Radaghast on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is some of Miller's finest work. If you love Batman, there's no comic that makes him more the hero than this one. Or gives him a harder time. The world is so against Batman, you begin to wonder if he isn't the villain. But for Miller there's no doubt Batman is the only thread of justice the world is clinging to. Be warned, this will paint your other favorite heroes in a negative light, if it even bothers to mention them. But if you look past that, you are in for a great ride.
danconsiglio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the most satisfying experiences of my comic book reading life is watching Batman pound the living hell out of Superman. So good! This one deserves all the fanboy love it gets.