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The Complete Frank Miller Batman by Frank Miller
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Oct 27, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: absolute-favorites, graphic-novel

The main meat of this book is obviuously Frank Miller's groundbreaking The Dark Knight Returns>. The other stories are good too but TDK is phenomenal!

Bruce Wayne is in his fifties and finished with Batman over ten years ago. But he still has nightmares. He has to drink himself into a stupor to sleep at night. But after ten years nothing is enough anymore. Gotham is even worse than it was in his youth. There are no super-villians left. All of the other heroes have either left or retired. But the world is a much darker place than when he first put on the cowl.

That's how the book begins. Hopefully anyone reading this already knows what come next. Bruce becomes Batman again and "goes to town" on all of the criminals in Gotham once more.

But did you know that there was more to all of this than just a revamped superhero comic book?

I think Miller must be an English major. The Dark Knight Returns> is his retelling of Beowulf. It's all there. The four chapters of Beowulf's story are there in four colors. But Batman's Grendel is the oafish leader of the most powerful street gang in Gotham. His Brecca is Two-Face Harvey Dent. Grendel's mother is the Joker --- they even have their showdown in the Tunnel of Love! Beowulf killed Grendel's mother in water-filled caverns. But the most imaginative retelling is the final chapter. Beowulf fought the ultimate in supernatural villains, a dragon. In the end, Batman faces the greatest supranatural force to ever come to Earth --- SUPERMAN.

If you haven't read this book in whatever edition then you owe it to yourself. Find it. READ IT.

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