Batman: the Dark Knight Returns

Miller, Frank, 1957- (Book - 1996 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Batman: the Dark Knight Returns

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Baker & Taylor
After ten years away from the public eye, a wave of violence in Gotham City brings Batman back as a vigilante.

Authors: Miller, Frank, 1957-
Statement of Responsibility: Frank Miller, with Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley ; lettered by John Costanza
Title: Batman: the Dark Knight returns
Publisher: New York, NY :, DC Comics,, 1996, c1986
Characteristics: 198 p. :,col. ill. ;,27 cm.
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.


Report This 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.

Report This 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

Report This Mar 17, 2013
  • Andromeda29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the quintessential Batman graphic novel. It gives a different light on the character by showing his rookie mistakes, giving him a sense of humanity that isn't often found in his other graphic novels. The art is really cool as well; Batman Year One has my favorite Batman out of all of the graphic novels that I have read. If you are a Batman fan, you must read this graphic novel.

Report This Mar 11, 2013
  • BRT rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

terrible didnt like it at all hated the art design

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Report This May 12, 2012
  • yeungr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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