The Dark Knight Returns

Book - 2016
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Together with inker Klaus Janson and colorist Lynn Varley, writer/artist Frank Miller completely reinvents the legend of Batman in his saga of a near-future Gotham City gone to rot, ten years after the Dark Knight's retirement. This masterpiece of modern comics storytelling, BATMAN- THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, brings to vivid life a dark world and an even darker man.

The Dark Knight returns in a blaze of fury, taking on a whole new generation of criminals and matching their level of violence. He is soon joined by a new Robin-a girl named Carrie Kelley, who proves to be just as invaluable as her predecessors.

But can Batman and Robin deal with the threat posed by their deadliest enemies, after years of incarceration have made them into perfect psychopaths? And more important, can anyone survive the coming fallout from an undeclared war between the superpowers-or the clash of what were once the world's greatest heroes?

Celebrate thirty years of one of the most influential stories ever told in the comics medium with the undisputed classic BATMAN- THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, now with a new cover and introduction.
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, DC Comics,, [2016]
Edition: 30th anniversary edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781401263119
Branch Call Number: FIC Mille
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Dark Knight returns


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May 22, 2019

Proof of why you should never over rely on super powers.

Jul 10, 2014

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!

Library_Dragon Nov 22, 2013

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

Mark_Daly Sep 05, 2013

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.

Aug 26, 2013


splatterbrains Apr 18, 2013

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.

Aug 24, 2012

Batman has been gone for 10 years. Gotham seems to have deteriorated without his guiding hand. But when Bruce Wayne is mugged on the way home from meeting with his old friend James Gordon, he finds himself frozen, unable to fight back. This causes him to bring back Batman and declare war on the criminals of Gotham. But times have changed and the powers that be are even less enthusiastic about a masked vigilante roaming the streets.

A classic of modern graphic novels, the Frank Miller story is full of violence and blood. Familiar characters return, aged and battered by the time that has passed and the lives they have lived. There is no doubt that this book changed modern comics, and much of what we have seen at the box office when it comes to superhero movies can be traced back to this tome.

You can not call yourself a comics fan and not have read this book.

Apr 19, 2012

One of those things that I can see why it's so acclaimed and revered, but it's not to my taste. Miller's style never suited me personally. His unneeded follow up years later is to be avoided at all costs.

Nov 14, 2011

One of the greater books I have ever read, a truly thought provoking spirited novel, greatly illustrated and beautifully written.

Aug 03, 2011

terrible didnt like it at all hated the art design

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Jul 10, 2014

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

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

Jul 10, 2014

Sexual Content: Nonsexual nudity played for laughs

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