Missy's Reviews > Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Batman by Frank Miller
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Jun 18, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: graphicnovels
Read in January, 1986

When I was growing up, comic books (this was years before 'graphic novels') were frowned upon in my household, but I was addicted to them anyway. X-Men, to be precise, because, OMG, Jean Grey was smart and tough (at least until Dark Phoenix) AND had both Scott Summers and Wolverine in love with her. (I do love a good soap.) Batman was a joke back then, thanks to that moronic TV show. But Batman, the real Dark Knight, wasn't a joke--if Superman is who America yearns to be; Batman is who we're afraid we are.

In 1986, Frank Miller (Sin City) blew all of the camp out of the water and reclaimed a bit of popular culture by writing a stunning Batman and, not so incidentally, a picture-perfect example of why graphic novels aren't for kids. The artwork is fabulous, the characters are crisp and complex. It's not just the original Dark Knight, it's who that character evolved into. Dark, twisted, bitter, but still fighting to make things better. The movie Batman Begins never would have been made without this Dark Knight. Your library probably has a copy of this; check it out.
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message 1: by Kai (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kai Hi, please join my Dark Knight Group.


Daniel Great review.

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

"if Superman is who America yearns to be; Batman is who we're afraid we are."

That is brilliant, your review is really accurate to me, I love that Novel (And yes it is a novel..of sorts) so I was wondering, have you read the Sequel, Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again cause I haven't been able to read it yet but I'd like to trust your review of it if you have

Gordon That should be the movie tagline if it ever came to it

message 5: by Sammy (last edited Dec 03, 2014 05:56PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sammy Otoo " a picture-perfect example of why graphic novels aren't for kids."

I've found that out myself as I entered my early teenage years. I've read several graphic novels, witch characters such as Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Justice League (including Batman and Superman, like this book) and even an Artemis Fowl one (Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel).

However, I can certainly say that this is the grittiest graphic novel I have read so far. The way Batman is portrayed often times could make readers question his superhero motives. I knew from early on in the first book/chapter, when Batman shoved glass into a petty criminal's major artery as an interrogation tactic , that I was in for a dark and bumpy ride.

Also, I agree with messages 3 and 4 before me. Batman vs. Superman is set to be hitting theaters in 2016, and the antithesis "if Superman is who America yearns to be; Batman is who we're afraid we are," as quoted from your review, could make for excellent marketing.

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