Batman: the Dark Knight Returns

Miller, Frank, 1957-

(Paperback - 1996)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Batman: the Dark Knight Returns
Baker & Taylor
After ten years away from the public eye, a wave of violence in Gotham City brings Batman back as a vigilante.

Publisher: New York, NY : DC Comics, 1996, c1986
ISBN: 156389341X
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC GN FIC M
Characteristics: 198 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.


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In a Gotham that has morally decayed, an aged Batman comes out of retirement to once again battle evil.

List - The Annotated Batman by: nypl_mid_manhattan Feb 03, 2012

Frank Miller’s definitive and engaging tale of Bruce Wayne struggling to reclaim his role as Batman in an uncertain future. What has the world become? Two-Face has been cured, Superman has become a corporate puppet, and the Joker is about to be declared as sane. Gotham is now under the control of... Read More »

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Nov 17, 2014
  • Keogh rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

While I could see why The Dark Knight Returns was so acclaimed in its time, I just couldn't appreciate it personally. The artistic style didn't work for me, and the inner anger of the storyteller made it off putting. This follow up, however, magnifies both of those elements far more than in the first book. The story is a relentlessly nihilistic, misogynistic, nonsensical pile of seething rage. And the art is hideously ugly. Frank Miller could benefit from a few decades of anger management and intensive therapy.

Jul 10, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

Dec 27, 2013
  • nursemelanie rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

'Year One' and 'The Dark Knight Returns' were great. This was not. The same excellent artwork but the story was awful - and awfully difficult to follow. I gave up and didn't finish it. Too bad.

Nov 22, 2013
  • Library_Dragon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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.


Jun 03, 2013
  • OliviaJ98 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great read, and kick off to my summer reading pilgrimage. Love the parallels between Gordon and Bruce, and the rise of our beloved Dark Knight.

Apr 28, 2013
  • TheOnlyRealDonleys rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An unsatisfying sequel to what was a standalone masterpiece. Don't get me wrong; it's not utterly awful, it's just that Miller's (well known) mysoginy is distractingly palpable in this one. It often feels shoe-horned like he was mid-divorce or something. I usually find it very easy to leave something in the context of its era, etc, and get past that sort of thing but it just kept feeling like a bitter, involuntarily celibate old man screaming "...and another thing!". That aside, it's an acceptable sequel. It's not his fault he set the bar so high with TDKR but it falls incredibly short in many respects.

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.

very hard to understand what is going on

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Jul 10, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: There is a topless Terrorist lady who has swashtikas covering her nipples and butt.(not to graphic) Talk about rape...

Jul 10, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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


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Jul 10, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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