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It's been three years since the events of The Dark Knight Returns, and everything is just fine - at least on the surface. What the world at large doesn't know is that it's a total sham. A perfectly choreographed, pretty little world where everything that's ugly, or even potentially disturbing, is all wrapped up with neat little ribbons and swept under the carpet.
Only he knows better. He's watched it fester to near-breaking point, and it's time for the only free man left who can effect any real change to bring it all down around their ears once and for all.
The Dark Knight returns once again with a vitality unseen since the first years of his war on crime. Together with his army of Bat-soldiers, including Carrie Kelly - formerly Robin, and now the new Catgirl - the Dark Knight wages a new war on a diseased world that's become completely lost.
|THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES BACK #1-3
Feb 26, 2016
Rich Ammons from Myerstown, PA
I have a confession. I reviewed The Dark Knight Returns and gave it a very low rating, practically explaining how it was one of the worst books I've read and not very friendly to new comic users. The second half of the book brought it all together and made it tolerable. It wasn't as bad as I had thought.
Before I get into reviewing Dark Knight Strikes Again, I'll rewind to a few months ago where I asked my friend, who is a huge Batman fan, and the person who recommended that I read Dark Knight Returns, if I should read Dark Knight Strikes Again. Now, I knew DKIII was coming out, and had a hard time figuring out that Dark Knight Returns was #1 (Returns, to me, indicated that it was the 2nd in the series, as I was unaware of the premise). And he told me that it wasn't really worth the read. That it could be skipped over. Boy, in retrospect, was he ever right.
I finished Dark Knight Returns and bought Dark Knight Strikes Again anyways. I began to read it and enjoyed the idea of the Batboys and Carrie coming into their own and the incorporation of The Atom. From there, it went completely to hell.
The story itself, it extremely dull. I felt the big "surprise" ending was thrown together in a conversation that went like this..
Miller: So, we need to have a main villain. And I'm thinking of doing THIS and having the person be _____________.
Person: That makes no sense at all.
Miller: I know, isn't it fantastic?!
Person: Are you going to give an explanation?
Miller: No, I want this to be the worst book ever.
Well, maybe not exactly like that, but that's how I think of it in my head.
Where the annoying and repetitive and .. unneeded "news" team plagued the pages of Dark Knight Returns, we have the Superchix. I just really think they wanted to push the page limit here and put as much ridiculous stuff that doesn't matter into it.
This comic has Superman, Green Lantern (who, really.. doesn't matter), Green Arrow (also doesn't matter), Wonder Woman... well, a lot of superheroes that are in there just as a filler.
Lets talk about the art. This is THE WORST ART I HAVE EVER SEEN. I know this is from the 1980's and perhaps during that time, artists wanted to mimic Picasso or, perhaps pretend they are a 9-year old with a box of crayons, but yeah.. this is atrocious.
I give this a 1* rating. If you are reading this review and wondering if you should buy this. Don't. Just... don't even try it. Use Wikipedia and read a summary and not waste your time going through 240+ pages of dog crap.
If you want Batman stories, read Court of Owls or anything from New 52. I've recently read The Killing Joke and thought that to be very good as well. So, there ARE better stories out there. Please, for the love of everything, don't read this.
Apr 02, 2011
Owen Hanlon from Manorville, NY
The Dark Knight Strikes Again may be a sequel to The Dark Knight Returns, but it just doesn't hold up to its predecesser. It quickly gets far too over the top and Batman, who never is supposed to kill, starts massacring his enemies with no thought.
Carrie Kelly, the Robin in the Dark Knight Returns, turns into Cat Girl, Superman turns into a spineless wimp, Green Lantern turns into a god, Plastic Man turns into a psycopath, and the villains get even eviler.
Similar to the Dark Knight Returns, the media is still a major part of the plot, except it now goes from TV to the internet.
To be honest, this is more of a Superman book than a Batman book. The plot severely lacks the scale and impact of the Dark Knight Returns, and the art quality severly drops.
Overall, the book is a disaster in my mind, but it has some redeeming qualities, yet while TDKR had an underlying note of hope amidst darkness, this book is brutal, fatalistic, apocalyptic and often joyless.
If you like The Dark Knight Returns, which, lets face it, EVERYONE liked, you'll probably be dissapointed with this follow up, but you should still pick it up to see for yourself.