Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Paperback | May 1, 1997

byFrank MillerIllustratorKlaus Janson, Lynn Varley

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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.

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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 ...

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, bu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 10.2 × 6.7 × 0.4 inPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:DC ComicsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1563893428

ISBN - 13:9781563893421

Appropriate for ages: 13

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond amazing...a real Batman Story! I always wondered what would happen to Batman in his older years. Well here we go, Gotham has fallen back into decay, people running scared, crime running rampart...and the dark knight sits enjoying a fine drink and retirement....but for how long? This is just an amazing story by Frank Miller, stunning artwork and just a deep dark real Batman story for Real Batman fans! A must have for any collection!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from without a doubt the darkest,most brutal,interesting and coolest batman comic ever Frank Miller brings a new approach on batman where he is old and retired but realizes he cannot stop being the batman even at his age with all the crime in Gotham, Frank miller shows a more vicious and more brutal batman in this story and a bit deranged, but all his encounters with the villains and even the other superheroes who have aged or just still around is very interesting how frank miller portrayed them and how much things have changed for superheroes through the years, his most notorious villain is involved and by far more sadistic and sick in the head as ever, this book is not your average batman comic which makes it that much better and the decisions batman makes shows a new side of batman in this dark comic, believe me this comic is greatly written its too bad the second one didn't meet this comics potential but nevertheless this comic should definately be in your collection
Date published: 2015-04-08
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: 2011-05-29
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: 2009-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Batman tale Batman out of retirement written amazingly... On par with Watchmen dramatically & graphically
Date published: 2009-05-23
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: 2009-01-11
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: 2008-12-19
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: 2007-04-18
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: 2007-02-14
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: 2006-08-07
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: 2005-03-12
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: 2000-12-11
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: 2000-06-20

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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