Batman: the Dark Knight Returns

Batman: the Dark Knight Returns

eBook - 2011
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Hailed as a comic masterpiece, The Dark Knight Returns is Frank Miller's (300 and Sin City) reinvention of the legend of Batman. It remains an undisputed classic, one of the most influential stories ever told in comics, and is a book cited by the filmmakers as an inspiration for the most recent Batman movies. It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired, and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now, when 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.
Publisher: [United States] : DC Comics : Made available through hoopla, 2011
ISBN: 9781401235857 (electronic bk.)
1401235859 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Dark Knight returns


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Miller's gritty take on the Caped Crusader covers Batman's iconic origin story; his interpretation inspired filmmaker Christopher Nolan and paved the way for many other dark superhero stories.

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Jul 10, 2014

Wow! The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller is one of the greatest Graphic Novels of all time. The writing is amazing, and the story of Batman is Brilliant! I loved it!

Library_Dragon Nov 22, 2013

The only Frank Miller piece worth reading, honestly...

Mark_Daly Sep 05, 2013

Don't believe the hype; this graphic novel is considered a classic more for its impact in the benighted world of comics than for the true quality of its content.
Highlights: an exciting opening sequence in which Batman emerges from retirement; complex storytelling techniques such as quick-cutting and first-person narration; fantastic moody coloring by Lynn Varley and inking by Klaus Janson; introduced influential Bat-tropes such as his questionable mental health, his hard-boiled internal monologue, and his dislike for Superman; fun made-up teenage slang; a female Robin.
Low points: the art is inconsistent, sometimes moody and at other points cartoony, and occasionally hard to decipher; the hard-boiled monologues are self-parodic; the satirical takes on television and politics are cliche; the story pretends to be moral but is deeply immoral, an endorsement of fascism.

Aug 26, 2013


splatterbrains Apr 18, 2013

after reading this i thought it to be highly over rated mostly due to the art work, so much so that it intrudes on the story line and makes most of the battles less epic & more distorted.
i noticed this after recently viewing the 2012 & 2013 fims (which were fuckin awesome !). i originall only gave it 1 star, i am now going to change it to 3, no thanks to the art work, but the story is quite remarkable.

Aug 24, 2012

Batman has been gone for 10 years. Gotham seems to have deteriorated without his guiding hand. But when Bruce Wayne is mugged on the way home from meeting with his old friend James Gordon, he finds himself frozen, unable to fight back. This causes him to bring back Batman and declare war on the criminals of Gotham. But times have changed and the powers that be are even less enthusiastic about a masked vigilante roaming the streets.

A classic of modern graphic novels, the Frank Miller story is full of violence and blood. Familiar characters return, aged and battered by the time that has passed and the lives they have lived. There is no doubt that this book changed modern comics, and much of what we have seen at the box office when it comes to superhero movies can be traced back to this tome.

You can not call yourself a comics fan and not have read this book.

Apr 19, 2012

One of those things that I can see why it's so acclaimed and revered, but it's not to my taste. Miller's style never suited me personally. His unneeded follow up years later is to be avoided at all costs.

Nov 14, 2011

One of the greater books I have ever read, a truly thought provoking spirited novel, greatly illustrated and beautifully written.

Aug 03, 2011

terrible didnt like it at all hated the art design

Jul 28, 2011

I found the art was moody and atmospheric, but ultimately made the action hard to decipher. The story was powerful, as Batman comes out of self-imposed retirement to clean up the city. A revolutionary story for its time and for long fans of Batman, I don't know that it holds up as well now for someone like me, coming into it late.

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Jul 10, 2014

Violence: A lot. Some, quite disturbing. A group of terrorists threaten to rape gotham. Batman takes these guys out frequently by beating the poop out of them (sometimes killing them)(BLOOD) The joker kills children and adults by shooting and basing them. Batman kills him by mutilating his body. Overall, there is a lot of death some, quite bloody.

Jul 10, 2014

Coarse Language: Quite a bit of Son of Bit*h, Sh*t, Bas*ard, Damn, Hell D*ck ect..

Jul 10, 2014

Sexual Content: Nonsexual nudity played for laughs


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