Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (The Dark Knight Saga #1)

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Title: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Series: The Dark Knight Saga #1
Author: Frank Miller, et al
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Comic
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback

 

Synopsis: Spoilers

Batman has retired, all of the other superheroes have been forced into retirement by Superman, who is now a secret stooge of the United States Government.

But with Gotham getting worse and worse, Batman comes back. Lots of things happen, the Russians nuke a south american ally of the United States and Superman kills Batman, who has in turn killed the Joker. Except obviously Batman doesn’t die but goes on to become the worlds biggest boyscout to a bunch of misfits. Oh the irony.

 

My Thoughts: 

If you’re not a fan of Reagan, you might like this more. If you’re not a fan of Superman, you might like this more.

I own this and have read it before, but never logged it or reviewed it. I remembered up through part II where Batman takes down a gang leader to stop them from taking over Gotham. Everything else I did not remember.

There is a reason I blacked it out.

Superman being a collaborator to shut down super powered heroes. I didn’t buy it for a minute. Superman being stupid enough to detonate a nuclear missile in the earth’s atmosphere. I didn’t buy that for a minute. If this had just been about an old Batman, I would have bought that a lot more. But screw Miller. You don’t mess with my Superman.

I also apparently own the sequel, The Dark Knight Strikes Again. I’m already dreading it. If it’s like this one, I’ll be looking into giving these away somehow.

Also, this is the first comic where it is apparent that I’m getting old. I had to take OFF my glasses several times and bring the book close to read the bloody text. There were quite a few times where the text was very squiggly, cursive’y, irregular and it made it bloody hard to read. Goodness, I’m in fine fettle with this book.

I’m being very generous with my star rating here. If I was just judging this on enjoyment alone, it would have gotten a HALF star.

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Batman: Nosferatu (Elseworlds)

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Batman: Nosferatu by Jean-Marc Lofficier

Elseworlds

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

Another Elseworld story.

While I thought the art was atrocious [it was purposeful, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it], the story was engaging.

Especially how it contrasted and compared Superman to Batman, one a son of light, the other a servant of the dark.

Batman: Nine Lives (Elseworlds)

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Batman: Nine Lives by Dean Motter

Elseworlds

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

 

While I am a BIG fan of the Elseworlds stories, I am NOT a big of Noir Comics. They are dirty, brutal, un-inspiring and for me, the storylines never catch my interest.

So we get to follow Dick Grayson, P.I., as he tries to solve the murder of Selina Kyle [based on the Ertha Kitt version of Catwoman] and ends up finding out that Bruce Wayne is batman.

Whoopee…