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Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again (The Dark Knight Strikes Again #1-3)

3.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,572 Ratings  ·  579 Reviews
It's been three years since the events of The Dark Knight Returns, and everything is just fine. At least on the surface. What the world at large doesn't know is that it's a total sham. A perfectly choreographed, pretty little world where everything that's ugly, or even potentially disturbing, is all nicely wrapped up with neat little ribbons and swept under the carpet. Onl ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by DC Comics (first published 2002)
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Jul 15, 2016 Donovan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nope
Shelves: nope

Sorry, I was holding that in for 250 pages. I realized the fundamental problem with this comic is that it's not even about Batman. Not. At. All. It's a goddamn galactic Justice League clusterfuck. Seriously. Batman is barely even in this comic. There are countless, infinite reasons why this may be the worst comic in existence, but the worst one of all is that. And this comic has nothing to do with The Dark Knight Returns except that Batman and Carrie Kelley are in it. Which makes me feel like sm
Sam Quixote
Sep 24, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again is rightly reviled by all Batman fans because of how terrible the book is on every level but made doubly damning because Frank Miller wrote two of the most acclaimed Batman books - The Dark Knight Returns and Year One.

The plot is a paranoid maniac's delight: the President of the United States is a hologram created by Lex Luthor and Brainiac who're essentially in control of America behind the scenes. Superman is still their lapdog because they hold Kandor, th
Dec 04, 2011 Chip'sBookBinge rated it did not like it
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Mar 15, 2015 Gavin rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
OK, so I just finished re-reading the precursor to this, the rightly worshiped The Dark Knight Returns. (my review here)

That was a masterpiece, and I'll just leave it at that.

Well, for everything that book was; this one is NOT.

Written 15 years after the original, yet only set 3 yrs after the events of that book, this feels forced, reactionary, chaotic (in a bad way) and is ugly in every way. Miller himself takes over the art, and I want to apologize to the artist of the original, because that wa
Jan 28, 2010 Stephen rated it did not like it
A steaming, drizzling, stinking pile of poo so foul it is rumored that God himself may actually cut the lifespan of the universe in half just to rid all existence of the stench left behind by Miller's ass wipings known as B:TDKSA.

Let me ask you a question -- What would be the stupidest storyline in the history of comics?
A) Ultimate evil is defeated by ultimate good,
B) Ultimate evil is defeated by a stronger evil,
or C) Ultimate evil is defeated by people's interest in fashion and fashion acce

This is a nice follow up to The Dark Knight Returns, save for the fact that the artwork and plot are regularly more obscure and bizarre than their brilliant predecessor. However, that said, Frank Miller remains a strong writer regardless and his ability to use Batman and the DC universe to talk about politics and craft, essentially, a beautiful dystopian novel is fantastic (and I mean that in all possible senses).

It's three years after the previous novel and Batman has been presumed dead. Of cou
Jesse A
Jul 10, 2015 Jesse A rated it it was ok
The art is just so gosh darned mother-lovin ugly its hard to tell if the story was any good (not really, its not).
Jul 24, 2015 Michael rated it did not like it
I seem to be among the majority who enjoyed the dark knight returns(bits of it). But When it comes to this book I agree with the majority, This book is a train wreck from beginning to end.
First thing the art, it was nearly imposible to make out what was going on in this book. I'm not a fan of the art in the dark knight returns but here it's so bad I'm surprised some people don't get seizures because I nearly got it from reading this book.
Second the story just doesn't hold up, it's just garbage.
Oct 24, 2014 Andrew rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics-superhero
The story seemed to ramble without much cohesion. It's set in the future of DC - which is always awkward to do since none of the future-states collaborate with the current DC-world status. Many of the characters have their personalities altered, or rather, the personalities are filtered through Miller's assumption that everyone is neurotic and psychotic.

The art is inconsistent, but mostly bad, although I do love Miller's style and his paneling, this book just feels rushed. Some pages are stunni
Jul 07, 2016 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
Me parece justo empezar diciendo que yo jamás había leído un cómic. Éste es el primero. Por lo tanto, me parece muy difícil hacer una reseña.

No estoy muy seguro qué es lo que debo calificar así que hablaré de lo relevante a muy grande rasgos.

La historia: Sí, me gustó y bastante. Según entendí no sé vital para el universo DC pero me ha parecido muy atrapante. Aunque debo decir que de las 3 partes en que está dividido el cómic la tercera y última es más floja que las dos primeras.

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Ryan Mishap
Dec 18, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Do yourself a favor and read Miller's Batman graphic novels as he re-creates a darker, more troubled Batman and a Gotham that parodies modern life at the same time it fulfills the definition of a crime-ridden cesspool Batman has to mop up.
This one is set three years after The Dark Knight Returns. Batman is in his sixties, I think, and plots to take down the fascist, technological government of Lex Luthor with the digital president and Brainiac trying to take out Superman.
Batman as traitor to
Feb 22, 2009 Professor rated it it was ok
Shelves: old-colony
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Mar 23, 2013 Christian rated it did not like it
Frank Miller's long awaited sequel to his popular Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is possibly the worst comic I have ever read. Its a terrible sequel but that barely covers how terrible it is itself.
Throughout Dark Knight Returns there was a commentary on events done by the media. This worked as both a satire of mass media, as well as providing plot exposition. It also was a small subplot that didn't take up too much space. In The Dark Knight Strikes Again the media satire takes up most of the
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
Nov 30, 2015 Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote) rated it did not like it
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Galactic waste. Frank Miller attained unreachable lows with this one.

P.S. A full review will be up soon.

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Arun Divakar
Mar 21, 2016 Arun Divakar rated it did not like it
Page 1 :

Three years after TDKR and a different world, oh boy oh boy ! Now I just gotta wait for Batman ? rubs hands in glee and grins maniacally

Page 5 :

Superman has come and…and…why does he look so odd ? Where is Batman ?

Page 10 :

Umm….Batman ? This is supposed to be a Batman comic wasn’t it ? Why is Superman such a bozo here ? Who are all these naked women ?

Page 20 :

Who are all these people ? They look like something the Justice League threw up on the carpet ! Where’s Batman ? And what are t
Jul 14, 2008 Greg rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
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Apr 26, 2015 JB rated it liked it
This one is hard to grade. I liked some stuff in it, some moments and felt lost a lot of times. It's very inconsistent.

I'll just tell you about the stuff I liked and leave you with that.

I liked the breakout of the Atom and the breakout of the Flash.

I liked the part where Batman was fighting Superman with the help of Green Arrow, the Flash and the Atom and says: "That's the problem with all those high and mighty powers. They made you cocky. Over confident. You never learned to think strategicall
Aug 26, 2012 Jaret rated it did not like it
This is just sad. If you enjoyed The Dark Knight Returns for it's dark, gritty, "real" look at masked vigilante-ism that is somewhat reminiscent of Watchmen, then you will want to stay the hell away from this book.

I can't fully get into listing why this book is terrible, I'll just end up getting all disappointed again. So I'll just briefly touch on 3 things: 1)Art: I can understand if you want to change the style from the previous work (although I might not agree, loved the art on the first book
Jan 19, 2013 Hamish rated it did not like it
"All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" as Tolstoy famously said. Similarly, all great comics are great for what are, in the end, pretty similar reasons. Bad comics usually are bad for wildly different reasons. And then there's The Dark Knight Strikes Again, which breaks new ground in terrible. It is horrendous in ways that you have never seen before. It sets a new standard in awful; it's an original. It's the Don Quixote of failure, the Velvet Un ...more
Oct 07, 2013 Colin rated it did not like it
Okay, firstly I want you all to know that I only signed up for this site to warn you that this graphic novel sucks so much ass it's ridiculous. I'll list, in step form, the many ways this book is horse shit (there will be swearing and there may be spoilers. You've been warned.

1) The artwork is abysmal. I TDKR the artwork was bad, but in a cool way (I am in no way, taking away from the brilliance of The Dark Knight Returns, by the way). I've seen better art from a four year old. nothing is even,
Aug 14, 2015 Logan rated it it was ok
Okay.... So I have heard horrible things about this book, people saying "don't read it!" So Why am i reading this book? Well there's a short answer to that, they announced Dark Knight Master Race, so i might as well read this.

First off the artwork is absolutely fugly! Lex Luthor looks like kingpin, and Wonder Woman runs around in boxer shorts! haha! Frank Miller's art is usually pretty cool so I don't know what happened here?

The Story is that the heroes are now divided, Heroes such as Superman
Aug 13, 2015 أحمد rated it really liked it
I hated the artwork. I loved the writing. Frank Miller continues his epic "Batman vs. World" story with all those long-forgotten heroes. Who has gone too far trying to die as a hero? And who has lived long enough to see himself become the villain? You'll only know when the Dark Knight strikes again!

Ahmad Eddeeb
October 2012
Often ridiculous art and dialogue, likely purposefully, but still entertaining.
May 07, 2011 Justin rated it it was ok
Recommended to Justin by: Advertising Gurus
I was working in a comic shop when Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again came out, there was so much hype surrounding the book I knew it was never going to be able to live up to everyone's expectations and that certainly seems to be the case. The day it came in there was a huge clamor, lines out the door and all of that. A couple hours after we opened the die hard fans started showing back up with these confused/ disappointed faces. They looked for things to like about it and focused on trivial ...more
Richard Parker
Jul 01, 2013 Richard Parker rated it did not like it
Maybe it's because I like Dark Knight Returns so much, but I find this book nearly unreadable. It starts out bad and just gets worse.

Spoiler alerts...

In this book, Batman is pretty unlikable. He is set up as being a raving bigot for all things meta-human, which would actually work if it consistent with his actions throughout the story, but it's not. He surrounds himself with metas, and towards the end releases an entire population of Superman level metas on Earth.

Speaking of Superman, the i
Harold Ogle
I found this an interesting counterpoint to "The Dark Knight Returns." It is another take on Bruce Wayne as an old man in an R-rated take on the TC superheroes. In both, Superman has become a dupe of the powers that be, but in this one, the powers that be are actually DC characters, mostly villains, who have been allowed to really be ruthless in this story for adults...and so have taken over the world. Lex Luthor is in cahoots with the villain Brainiac, and between them they have taken over ever ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Mali rated it it was amazing
My first thoughts when I opened this comic book were 'God, I hate the artwork! Awful coloring too!'. Being a graphic designer, I am superficial by profession and I must admit, artwork comes in first place when reading a comic book. After obsessing over it for about 15 minutes, I finally immersed myself in the story---and I have to say, I've never read a finer comic! I know people are saying it's worse than the 'brilliant' Dark Knight Returns, and are usually giving this comic book 'a hard time'. ...more
Mar 02, 2011 Mike rated it liked it
Not terrible, but not much new ground covered here. Miller re-hashes the themes of the original Dark Knight Returns: The powerful are corrupt and tyrnnical. The citizens are apathetic. Superman is a sellout. Only Batman has the strength of will to fight back. Superman gets another beating at the hands of Batman. This time Metropolis gets the heavy dose of carnage, tinged with 9-11 imagery. Batman faces down his "ultimate" nemesis.

Much more disjointed than the original, the story jerks from one
Brendan Nicholls
May 13, 2016 Brendan Nicholls rated it it was ok
I cannot believe this was the mess that followed up The Dark Knight Returns, this gave me a headache attempting to read it. The artwork and storyline is incoherent, just a complete messy letdown. I just thought I should read this before tackling the 3rd book in the series. This is way too much like Sin City, granted that series works to Millers strengths but not the whole DC library. I wish I ignored this and went straight to Master Race, I wouldn't have the anger I have now for this giant waste ...more
Dec 15, 2014 Jbainnz rated it liked it
I'm going to start this review by saying I was a huge fan of Millar's work in both Batman: Year One and TDKR, which I why I think I was over cynical with this book. Not saying that it was a bad story, because I don't think it was. I just think the expectation level was high, leaving a lot of room to fall.

I will get to the good points later, but for now, let's start with the shit talking. There's no doubt Millar was a powerhouse back in his prime. Writing some revered stories that still stand up
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Frank Miller is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. He is one of the most widely-recognized and popular creators in comics, and is one of the most influential comics creators of his generation. His most notable works include Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Year One and 300.

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  • The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Vol. 1 (Batman DK2 #1)
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