Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

by Frank Miller
Illustrator Klaus Janson, Lynn Varley

DC Comics | May 1, 1997 | Trade Paperback

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is rated 4.8421 out of 5 by 19.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now as his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory.

Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive. This collection is hailed as a comics masterpiece and was responsible for the launch of the Batman movies.

This volume collects Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1-4.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 10.18 × 6.68 × 0.39 in

Published: May 1, 1997

Publisher: DC Comics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1563893428

ISBN - 13: 9781563893421

Appropriate for ages: 13

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark Knight - A Modern Comics Classic Frank Miller's groundbreaking 1986 comic book series still packs a punch today. (I first read it only a few years ago.) This was the story which proved superhero comics can be powerful drama and social commentary. This tale of a middle-aged Bruce Wayne returning one last time to fight crime as the Batman is an original and interesting mixture of ironic frivolity and serious themes. It is the themes in the subtexts of the story that most make this work intersting. These themes include the issue of pure justice (as typified by the Batman) versus the corruptible system, and whether the power of justice best belongs in the hands of the legal system or to individuals. Miller offers scathing satirical sketches of spineless politicians, vacuous mass-media, and criminal-coddling pop psychology. Miller's fascinating portrait of Batman as a complex, tortured, and three-dimensional human being cannot be soon forgotten. The Dark Knight Returns is a compelling story of of a troubled hero in an unheroic world.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It really is that good. From many perspectives, this is an excellent graphic novel. 1. Comic Book: it follows the traditional format of what comics should be about: straight-forward storytelling. It makes use of the rules and bends them quite freely to create a new style of design. 2. Subject matter: while many people relish the fact that this introduced the grim and gritty stories of the eighties, it is more important to note that it tells a future tale of what happens when the masked vigilante walks away, and comes stomping back. 3. Art: Miller, Janson and Varley have created an art rich book. Thick lines where they should be thin and vice versa. A sparse, but well-appointed colour palette lends itself tremendously to moody landscapes and ethereal skin tones. Not to be missed for the intermediate comic reader. Not to be missed for the literati either. Find a copy of Miller's DC Leather bound work. It's really fantastic.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! This was a pretty cool graphic novel. Its about Bruce Wayne (who at this time is in his 50's) battling with his batman side from not letting the batman free again. You get to see some of batmans friends , colleages(JLA) and new characters. I recommend this GN to an Batman fans or someone who likes Frank Millers work. P.S this graphic novel is really good but its sequel "The Dark Knight Strikes Again" is not that great. So I would'nt go on and buy it.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Batman tale Batman out of retirement written amazingly... On par with Watchmen dramatically & graphically
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Frank Miller is a Genius! The Dark Knight is as he was meant to be; dark, gritty, and will do anything to win. I love the fear Miller has created a darker Gotham, and Batman rises to the occasion. As much as I adore this work, I caution you, this isn't for the fans of the cartoon Batman. This Batman goes places you may not want to see, but Miller creates such a believable, terrifing world, you almost want to be there to watch Batman clean it up.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest Batman Story Ever Written When this groundbreaking story was published over twenty years ago, it sent shockwaves through the comic book world and also through serious literary circles. Frank Miller single handedly reimagined and redefined an iconic literary figure that is as familiar to everyone as Tarzan or Quasimodo, adding new depth and vitality to the legend. The Dark Knight Returns introduces the reader to a geriatric Bruce Wayne in his sixties who has kept his vigilante alter ego out of public sight for over ten years...but the collapse of society spurs an aged Bruce Wayne to don the cape and cowl to fight crime one last time ! The world's greatest detective is now a bitter, cynical and disillusioned man and his crusade is not like anything ever seen before ( or since ! ). Miller's fine line art work is memorable and vivid. Next to "Watchmen", this graphic novel is perhaps the finest ever written !
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Knock Out!! Any comic book fan will tell you this is a must have book. This book has been hyped since it's release, and gladly it meets the hype and then some. Miller takes Batman and reminds fans why the Dark Knight is both a knight and dark. Set in a future that is cold, controlled, chaotic, and unjust, we find a Bruce Wayne old, forgotten, and disillusioned. What this new world needs, what Wayne needs, is a beast, THE beast to make things right. Let the fun begin! Pick it up!
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent Frank Miller yet again proves his amazing writing abilities as well as his unbeleiveable artistic abilities with the dark knight returns. The mood of this graphic novel is a very dark adaptation of the batman. In this graphic novel, Batman comes out of retirement to bring peace back to gotham city and to help put a stop to the tyranny of the new threats that the city now faces. I give "Batman, the Dark Knight Returns" a 5 out of 5, for he has retold the story of Batman in the way it should've been told in the beginning.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FRANK MILLER TAKES THE CAKE!!! This Masterpiece of a Batman Tale That Falls Second Only to Year One!!!!! The Inspriring Story of a Retired Batman that is pushed back into Crimefighting Just Makes You Want to Get Up and Beat- Up the Nearest Crook! 3 THUMBS UP!!!! MINDBLOWING!!!!!!
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gotham... The Real Sin City The darker side of Gotham as never seen before... The master (Frank Miller) finally creates a Gotham that cannot live without the protection of Batman... The title itself is ironic because this title brought the Batman comic's back to life! the Dark Knight Returns... The story, and characters, each have been given a new image... Frank Miller's Joker really portrays the psycopath he really is... A must read for even the slightest Batman fans... Or for anyone who really want's to see a showdown between Batman & Superman...
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Batman's greatest story ever Frank Miller's dark, post-apocalyptic vision of a future Gotham City gone to hell is the quisessential portrayl of The Batman. Here is the character the way Bob Kane envisioned him: brutal, mysterious, tragic, brave and swift, and perhaps a little bit psychotic. This story harkens back to the early days of the Bat lore, when Batman took what ever means necessary to defending justice, even if that meant killing criminals without remorse. In this groundbreaking series (and I do not use that term lightly) Batman is just about as tortured as the dark forces he struggles to defeat, which in this work include old rogues such as Two-Face and The Joker, as well as new ones such as The Mutant Gang and its vicious leader, a dystopian government and suprise, surprise The Man of Steel himself: Superman. What starts as one man's obsession to turn his own brand of fear against those who would pray on Gothamites, escelates into a crusade to save a dying world. The art is brilliant, the dialogue often poignant and bitingly satirical and the climax is simply unforgettable. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is Batman the way he was meant to be portrayed. I also recommend Frank Miller's Batman Year One, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's Batman: The Long Halloween and Dark Victory as well as Alan Moore's The Killing Joke for stellar Batman reads.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from essnetial this is batman at his finest
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing For any fan of the Dark Knight, this is a must read! Miller completely takes the existence of what we know about the Batman/DC universe and turns it on its head. The story, artwork and tone completely revive Batman to his glory, and by the end, you are left salivating for more. Truly a great vision of the greatest hero, by a great artist.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Dark Knight Returns, With a Vengeance This was Frank Miller's first dive into the world of Gotham City. This story is the first half of what eventually ends up being Batman's final adventures in Gotham. For ten years, Batman has been unseen, his existence is merely a myth. The city is going through a major heatwave and an increase in gang crimes. The streets are not safe. Comm. James Gordon who retires in a few days cannot seem to find the leader of this new gang who is making the streets of Gotham unsafe. All the while there is massive debate over whether releasing Joker from Arkham is the right thing to do. Through all of this and more, Bruce Wayne decides it best to dawn the cape and cowel one last time to bring peace to Gotham. DC Comics characters Superman, Wonderwoman and the Green Arrow also appear. This comic reads as if it were a movie. Very fast paced, funny, action-packed and enormously entertaining. The ending will leave you breathless!
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Dark Knight Returns, With a Vengeance This was Frank Miller's first dive into the world of Gotham City. This story is the first half of what eventually ends up being Batman's final adventures in Gotham. For ten years, Batman has been unseen, his existence is merely a myth. The city is going through a major heatwave and an increase in gang crimes. The streets are not safe. Comm. James Gordon who retires in a few days cannot seem to find the leader of this new gang who is making the streets of Gotham unsafe. All the while there is massive debate over whether releasing Joker from Arkham is the right thing to do. Through all of this and more, Bruce Wayne decides it best to dawn the cape and cowel one last time to bring peace to Gotham. DC Comics characters Superman, Wonderwoman and the Green Arrow also appear. This comic reads as if it were a movie. Very fast paced, funny, action-packed and enormously entertaining. The ending will leave you breathless!
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best of Batman This was a book before it's time...what to me is a true representation of how Batman should be written. The true apitomy of the dark, powerful anti-hero. A must read for any Batman fans!
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Batman Returns !!! After ten years of retirement, an older and darker) Batman returns to Gotham City to fight new villains and old. This amazing book features a good story and plot, and features amazing art work. This is also the same book that inspired the first (and best) Batman film of 1989. Batman Returns with an amazing book!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grim 'N Gritty No story in the Batman world is probably more important than Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. This story was released in 1986, and was responsible for the rejuvenation of Batman as a dark character, and for the comics industry as a whole. Read the following overview of The Dark Knight Returns, and see why this story is so powerful... Vowing upon his parent's death to rid the city of the criminal element, the Batman has, over the years, fought crime in its many macabre forms... For the last ten years no one has seen or heard from him... that is, until now...
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns A stroke of pure genius... Frank Miller's dark, bold tale of the Dark Knight's ressurection breaks all the rules. This is THE book that turned the comic book industry upside down and probably saved it from laughable mediocratiy. A must read!
Date published: 2013-10-29

– More About This Product –

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

by Frank Miller
Illustrator Klaus Janson, Lynn Varley

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 10.18 × 6.68 × 0.39 in

Published: May 1, 1997

Publisher: DC Comics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1563893428

ISBN - 13: 9781563893421

From the Publisher

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now as his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory.

Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive. This collection is hailed as a comics masterpiece and was responsible for the launch of the Batman movies.

This volume collects Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1-4.

About the Author

Frank Miller began his career in comics in the late 1970s and rose to fame while first drawing, and then writing, Daredevil for Marvel Comics. He was also the creative force behind Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, and Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again.  His many works have not only redefined classic characters, but also, on a few occasions, revitalized the comics industry. His creator-owned Sin City hit the page in 1991, and then the silver screen in 2005 — with Miller on board as co-director. His multi-award-winning 300 graphic novel was brought to full-blooded life in the 2007 motion picture of the same name, and in 2008 he directed the feature film of Will Eisner’s The Spirit.

Editorial Reviews

"...probably the finest piece of comic art ever published in a popular edition..."—Stephen King

"Groundbreaking."—USA TODAY

"It''s film noir in cartoon pane ls."—VANITY FAIR

"There''s never been storytelling quite like this."—THE WASHINGTON POST

"Changed the course of comics."—ROLLING STONE

"Revisionist pop epic."—SPIN

 

Appropriate for ages: 13

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