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Batman by Frank Miller
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Aug 02, 2012

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bookshelves: graphic-novels, fiction, dystopia
Read on August 02, 2012

This is the book that put the 'Dark' back in The Dark Knight. Who for years had been seen on TV like this


It took Frank Miller to bring back the caped crusader in a slightly more worthy image, in TDKR he looks like this:


Don't worry, the horses only make a temporary appearance. The point is he looks badass again. Frank Miller cast him back into the celebrated Anti hero we know through the currently popular Dark Knight movies. And also, i hear spawned widespread popularity for more anti hero types like Wolverine.

Batman essentially is a vigilante. He does what the police can't, or will not do. He highlights the sad state of the bureaucracy, the self restricted justice system that cripples itself by trying to be proper . In that sense he sort of justifies state vigilantism as well. Like when America invades Iraq against all reason, harping a sense of justice that only it can see, it is being a vigilante.

The situation is painted in black and white. Batman's critics blame the most absurd things on him, so absurd that a reader immediately disregards them. Batman, fighting on in the midst of nationwide uproar and bureaucratic impotence, is always right. The unappreciated hero fighting on zealously for the good of mankind, despite what mankind itself thinks is good for it.

Meanwhile, The USA is fighting a war of aggression against a fictional soviet state. and while state authorities and the media scream about the 'properness' of Batman's approach, the US government employs its own vigilantism in the form of another caped crusader who plays a significant role in the events surrounding Batman as the book progresses.

3/5 stars because the book takes a very black and white approach to justice and state action. And while, Batman's motives and actions are pure enough, what Miller seems to be using them to justify doesn't appear to be quite the same. I had pretty much the same sentiments about The Dark Knight movies.
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