A steaming, drizzling, stinking pile of poo so foul it is rud that God himself may actually cut the lifespan of the universe in half just to rid all existence of the stench left behind by Miller s ass wipings known as B TDKSA Let me ask you a question What would be the stupidest storyline in the history of comics A Ultimate evil is defeated by ultimate good, B Ultimate evil is defeated by a stronger evil, or C Ultimate evil is defeated by people s interest in fashion and fashion accessories If you answered C above, well, I don t want to give anything away, but let s just say that you and Frank Miller have much in common As a sideline story, Robin is the ultimate killer who cannot be killed which IS kind of funny if you think about it because everyone hates Robin and yet the little fucker still manages to exist, and yet even this is screwed up by Miller The notion that Miller allegedly got 1 million up front for this shit sandwich is simply inexcusable The colorist, who did fine work in the earlier The Dark Knight Returns , apparently spent a weekend afternoon learning how to paint with one of those newfangled computer thingies, and the result is day glow barf on paper Clarification it is not just day glow barf on paper, it is poorly executed day glow barf on paper It IS as bad as you have heard If you enjoyed Batman The Dark Knight Returns, for the love of all things holy, protect that memory by NOT reading Batman The Dark Knight Strikes Again.
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 Nicely 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 AllThe 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 Kelley Formerly Robin, And Now The New Catgirl The Dark Knight Wages A New War On A Diseased World That S Become Completely LostThe Dark Knight Strikes Again Features Appearances By Such DC Icons As Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, The Atom, The Question And But Are They Still The World S Greatest Heroes Or Part Of The Conspiracy This Incredible Volume, Designed By Multiple Award Winner Chipp Kidd, Features A New Introduction By Miller Commenting On Returning To The World He Created Fifteen Years Ago The Book Includes The Complete Part Story, Plus Numerous Sketches And Other Never Before Seen Material OK, so I just finished re reading the precursor to this, the rightly worshiped The Dark Knight Returns my review here That was a masterpiece, and I ll just leave it at that.
Well, for everything that book was this one is NOT.
Written 15 years after the original, yet only set 3 yrs after the events of that book, this feels forced, reactionary, chaotic in a bad way and is ugly in every way Miller himself takes over the art, and I want to apologize to the artist of the original, because that was 10 times better than his garbage hereit s not like Miller can t draw, so it makes it doubly disappointing.
Also, for a Batman book, he doesn t even show up for the first third of the book He s also not the same character from TDKR at all, he s some sadist who enjoys inflicting pain and suffering and terror here, for kicks best part of the job he calls it Except, it wasn t a job in the original, it was his essence All of a sudden, everything that the first book meant and said just seems to have gone POOF in the night, like it never happened.
Miller could literally have taken a shit on a copy of TDKR and published that, and it would be better than this Instead here, he shits all over everything about it.
I feel like this isn t Batman at all, this is Miller s fetish dream of what he would be like as Batman This also shits all over every other DC mainstay, and while TDKR made me believe what had happened to them, this revealing of their actuality is just plain sad We get it Frankie, you HATE SUPERMAN I am amazed I made it through this, but for a thick book, it was a lot faster read than the originalprobably because there s not as much to follow and shit just goes all over the place.
Frank Miller also obviously HATES women on a scary level here I wonder what happened to Miller between 86 and 01I m guessing he bought into his own hype and crawled up his own asshole, much like Alan Moore.
I would say to all Bat fans, AVOID THIS LIKE HERPES It s trash It tears down everything that was great about TDKR, and honestly, I swear Miller just did it for kicks I m amazed DC let this come out What a bag of crap.
Then, the reveal of the mystery villain at the end What the fuck was that Seriously Ugh No Wrong So bad Just, NO.
I need to go have a shower and a large course of antibiotics and burn my retinas out after this pile of shite.
I feel just as strongly against this and the need for everyone to avoid it as I do the polar opposite for the original.
This is a nice follow up to The Dark Knight Returns, save for the fact that the artwork and plot are regularly obscure and bizarre than their brilliant predecessor However, that said, Frank Miller remains a strong writer regardless and his ability to use Batman and the DC universe to talk about politics and craft, essentially, a beautiful dystopian novel is fantastic and I mean that in all possible senses.
It s three years after the previous novel and Batman has been presumed dead Of course, can anyone really kill The Batman even Superman Bruce Wayne may have died but The Batman lives on, having trained a bunch of teenagers to fight the crime running rampant through his dystopian world a world ruled by Lex Luthor and Brainiac, who have blackmailed Superman, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman into fighting for them All other heroes have been locked away or forced into other duties, so Batman makes it his job to free them and therefore free the world at any cost.
The interesting idea in this work is the idea of duty in comparison to law The idea that the greater good must be upheld in any case is considered in this work However, the novel almost questions is the greater good to be observed in the near future or further down the track It does this by contrasting two different individuals, Batman who believes the greater good lies in helping humanity live for the future and Superman who believes in helping humanity in the here and now, to cope with the current climates It is the comparison between these two heroes which makes this a fascinating work of fiction and a highly readable work, if not as strong as the original.
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This is the most epic, mind boggling, creative, throne worthy and colors than an 90s arcade game piece of garbage that the comic industry must have ever known I really hope it can t get worse than this Almost two decades after the release of The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, the man returns with a brand new storyline I don t even think that s appropriate You know how a writer has an idea and feels the urge to scribble it away as soon as paper meets hand Well, Frank Miller didn t have one What he has created for our fellow comic readers is a nightmare where anything and everything goes From News in the Nude to a sadistic Batman who barely even appears in a comic while his name s on the cover page The Great Miller has stooped very low to release a sequel to what a lot would call a masterpiece Albeit some very interes no Fuggedaboutit Manhunter s voice Nothing interesting in this bowl of baloney I must proclaim that The Dark Knight Strikes Again is the most mentally challenging comic when it comes to describing its plot All over the place Skipping basic premises A complete mash up of the DCU superheroes, from the Justice League to Saturn Girl who the f k is that, right All hate aside, this sequel follows the events three years after the ending of The Dark Knight Returns Society is run by a computer generated president, thanks to Brainiac and Luthor However, after the rescue of the Atom from captivity, these two villains, scared to lose their control on every citizen, orders Superman, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel How Why I don t know to capture all supposed dead, retired or disappeared heroes that are starting to rise This unleashes a war war that seems to satisfy the needs of Batman As the story progresses, characters appear and things become chaotic as if it wasn t already Conflicted, Superman finally finds himself in a situation where he has to decide between Kandor in Brainiac s palms, literally and Earth There s so much going, but that s all my brain could process.
What s truly astonishing in The Dark Knight Strikes Again is that it barely has any Batman, his villains or Gotham City in it In fact, the dark knight appears around 5 times throughout the whole volume How do you make a Batman story without playing with his universe You know what s worse Superman is the protagonist in this one It s his world, his Metropolis, his family, his villains, his character, that we see the most You thought it couldn t get worse, right Wrong Frank Miller has a deep, unresolved, gushing hatred for Superman and he didn t miss the opportunity to question everything about the man and his cape Not a single panel goes by without you seeing Superman ridiculed and portrayed, not as the Man of Steel, but the Man of Marshmallow Frank Miller makes sure that you understand that the hero with brains will always be Batman and that Superman will remain a simpleton, nothing Then again, Superman wasn t the only one that got Frank Miller s blinded fury for superheroes Although his hatred for probably one of the most well known superheroes at least just his name is real and felt throughout this comic, every other hero gets a nasty dose of Miller s personality Batman is shown as bloodhound who loves to inflict pain upon others Manhunter becomes some alcohol and cigar consuming gangster who loves to say goddamn Green Arrow wants to be seen as a communist every time he gets a panel on a page Geez Frank Miller did a nasty good job at destroying heroes, didn t he.
An unmissable and predominant element in this volume is the image of women and boy, it s not a good one As you might recall from The Dark Knight Returns, little panels showing news reporters, debaters on air and what not were spread around the story, which gave an additional layer of storyline It gave readers a cast of characters that reflected on the events going around Gotham and helped put an interrogation mark on Batman, superheroes and their impact on society In The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Frank Miller brought back this innovative idea, but completely abused and messed it up Not only are these little panels repetitive and all over the place, the wrong places, they were also largely degrading and offensive to women Remember News in the Nude Yeh Women are portrayed as dumb, uneducated, sexual eye candy The artwork doesn t miss the chance to make that last point obvious as well although this whole book has the most horrible artwork of all time Even I could ve done a better job and that says a lot about it Wonder Woman was probably the worst example of horrible women depiction by Frank Miller Embodying feminism since her creation, in The Dark Knight Strikes Again she s been reduced to Superman s rightful prize To sum it up, there isn t a single character that was done justice through dialogue and especially artwork Captain Marvel did look a little good though No Screw it He s SHAZAM ed better before Hmph.
Frank Miller has reached unattainable lows with this one Although his earlier works merit credit for changing the comic scene quite dramatically, as soon as he boarded this ship to chase after a sequel to The Dark Knight Returns, things went haywire Before reading The Dark Knight Strikes Again, I ve read Batman Spawn by Frank Miller and saw what Frank Miller sees in Batman A bully I hated it I don t understand why he had to take that path, but Miller blows away potential for ridiculousness However, this won t stop me from taking a peak into All Star Batman Robin and every other work from the man But The Dark Knight Strikes Again or should I say The Man of Steel Strikes Again careful now, this does not exist to my knowledge , is the perfect comic volume that every other writer should NOT follow It haunts people at night It gawks over the kindest souls and preys on them It even has some people come back to relieve it, only to be reminded what colorful galactic waste would look like.
Yours truly,Lashaan Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog waste Frank Miller attained unreachable lows with this one.
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Yours truly,Lashaan Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog The art is just so gosh darned mother lovin ugly its hard to tell if the story was any good not really, its not.
Do yourself a favor and read Miller s Batman graphic novels as he re creates a darker, troubled Batman and a Gotham that parodies modern life at the same time it fulfills the definition of a crime ridden cesspool Batman has to mop up This one is set three years after The Dark Knight Returns Batman is in his sixties, I think, and plots to take down the fascist, technological government of Lex Luthor with the digital president and Brainiac trying to take out Superman Batman as traitor to America is the very best Batman story that could be told and the plot is complicated and orchestrated by Batman, the new Batgirl formerly Robin in the last book , former gang members turned mini bats, and several aging superheroe Capt Marvel, Plastic Man, Green Arrow, Atom, and Green Lantern Miller extrapolates our media obssessed popular culture and turns it garish and ugly than it currently is This book, in my view, is an answer to Alan Moore s cynical exploration of costumed heroe in Watchmen The darkness and willingness to engage in violence to get the desired outcome mirrors Moore s book, but the heroes are toppling a nasty authority rather being bent to it.
Batman The Dark Knight Strikes Again is rightly reviled by all Batman fans because of how terrible the book is on every level but made doubly damning because Frank Miller wrote two of the most acclaimed Batman books The Dark Knight Returns and Year One.
The plot is a paranoid maniac s delight the President of the United States is a hologram created by Lex Luthor and Brainiac who re essentially in control of America behind the scenes Superman is still their lapdog because they hold Kandor, the shrunken Kryptonian city in a jar, captive, blackmailing him into doing whatever they want And various other superheroes are imprisoned somehow Flash is made to constantly run on a hamster wheel like contraption that gives the US free, unlimited power, while The Atom is held in a petri dish The only holdout is Batman the book takes place a few years after The Dark Knight Returns and people still believe Bruce Wayne, revealed as Batman, is dead while he s actually been secretly working underground to build a Bat army from the former Mutant gang And with Carrie Kelly, who in this book has discarded the Robin outfit for a ridiculous leopard like skin tight thing with rollerskates, calling herself Catgirl, by his side, the Dark Knight is ready to strike again The worst thing about this book by far is easily the art The character designs are absolute garbage Lex looks like a melange of Miller s Sin City characters Yellow Bastard and Marv, ie ridiculously warped with gi normous hands and a thick, grotesquely wide body that goes beyond cartoonish, while Brainiac looks essentially like a cybernetic frog These are definitely the most awful visual depictions of these characters I ve ever seen Carrie Kelly s outfit is awful a skin tight leopard outfit complete with cat head ears and whiskers with rollerskates Those are the worst offenders but going beyond character design, the pages are so poorly drawn, you won t believe this is the same guy who gave us some truly iconic panels from the 80s for characters like Wolverine, Daredevil and Batman.
Miller s still using the television pundit trope to explain plot points but whereas they were arranged in grid like fashion in The Dark Knight Returns and said things that were relevant to the plot, in Strikes Again they panels are scattered haphazardly around the page and none of them are worth reading they re just random idiots saying gibberish like woah baby and hubba hubba around revealing shots of Black Canary and Wonder Woman Women are going to hate this book the most as Miller presents every single woman here as an object Hips jutting to the side, super pouty lips, bum poking outwards in every panel they re in It s just so derivative, it s unbelievable but there it is If the art is messy as hell, the story is handled just as poorly Ideas are thrown in undeveloped and just left there Black Canary hosts some kind of sex call in show on TV The Joker is somehow alive but turns out to be someone from Batman s past who has, for some reason, chosen to dress like the Joker Not to mention the plot is a libertarian s dream Batman literally goes to war against the US government Superman is presented once as a one dimensional boy scout while Wonder Woman is little than an aggressive Superman groupie I didn t know what to make of Green Lantern as he s just floating in space silently for most of the book while Elongated Man is a super crazy nutball The only consistent character was Barry Allen who remains as white bread as an old man as he was when he was a younger Flash Why are Lex and Brainiac working together again Why is Carrie Kelly Catgirl instead of Robin and aren t rollerskates kind of useless if you re swinging everywhere on ropes And then amidst all of the chaos, 9 11 happened as he was creating the book and Miller decided to shoehorn that into the story too So we literally have a 9 11 scene of citywide devastation, massive buildings falling down, that sits completely out of place with the rest of the story It s just there because it happened and Miller thought he d put it in his book Because Years later he would go on to make an even polemical and nonsensical book with terrible art which DC would see sense and deny him the use of their characters Batman and Catwoman called Holy Terror, but that s another godawful story.
The Dark Knight Strikes Again is a remarkable book only for it being the product of a writer artist who brought so much to the character only to return years later and produce such a terrible book for that same character I don t think there exists a comic book where the original and its sequel are so directly opposite one another in terms of quality When a book that s unreadable at best is also 250 pages long, it s an utter chore to get through, let alone make any sense out of The Dark Knight Strikes Again is a book that, if you read it, you re going to wish hadn t struck again.
I can t even begin to list all the things that went wrong with this If there was ever a case to be made against making sequels, Batman The Dark Knight Strikes Again would be the poster child It just boggles the mind that the same creative team of Batman The Dark Knight Returns did this one.
Where DKR1 was tight and on the money, DKR2 is nothing short of a chaotic mess There are so many other Superheroes populating DKR2 that it really doesn t feel anything at all like a Batman story He comes off as a minor character prone to showing up occasionally.
The art that made DKR1 such a joy to look at is nowhere to be found within the pages of DKR2 I lost count of how many times Frank s interpretation of characters from panel to panel looked goofy or just downright atrocious His style was constantly changing and really became a thorn in my side while reading The story itself was pretty lame and a complete waste of time I should have known this was going to suck the minute I saw that Robin Carrie was now Catgirl Her wearing the classic Boy Wonder costume went a long way to adding to the charm of DKR1.
So, if this book is so bad then how did it even get a 1 Star rating The only thing that saves this from having 0 Stars is the twist at the end, where the Joker is revealed to be that of Dick Grayson, the original Robin The fight that ensues between him and Batman was pretty cool But even with this twist at the end, I still have a problem Visually the story would have worked and played so much better if Carrie was still Robin herself when she is getting her ass kicked by Grayson And overall, I really believe the story itself would have been much better to know that Joker and Grayson were one and the same from the beginning It would have made for a far better read, especially during the rest of the story that was taking place which was a chore to get through.
I can not and will not recommend this one to anyone There is a reason why this sequel was not included in The Complete Frank Miller Batman Leather bound Hardcover Edition It s that bad.
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