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Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race (edition 2017)

by Frank Miller (Author), Andy Kubert (Illustrator), Klaus Janson (Illustrator)

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Title:Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race
Authors:Frank Miller (Author)
Other authors:Andy Kubert (Illustrator), Klaus Janson (Illustrator)
Info:DC Comics (2017), 376 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:superheroes, sequential-art, graphic-novels, the-end, c21st, 2010s

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Blade Runner came back after 30-some years. Star Wars has a new lease of life. Couldn't The Dark Knight still work? Perhaps, but it doesn't. This has nothing of the original in it except an odd moment or two where Carrie shines. I've always been more about the writing than the art, but The Dark Knight Returns revolutionized the look of comics by taking a formal panel grid and then playing with page layouts. Most of the panels were tiny intricate works of art so that when there was a splash page, it sang. This is just a big dumb comic like a lot of other big dumb comics. The most damning thing i could say now about this project is that it's just nothing special.

That said, I love my out-sized hardback edition which is simply beautiful to look at and hold. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
The Dark Knight is back, again, and this time facing a threat that extends far beyond Gotham City.

Miller somehow exceeded my expectations with this sequel to 'Dark Knight Returns'. He uses a lot of the same methods to convey the warped modern world he did thirty years ago and it still makes sense.

I liked the broader approach to Batman's world, this feels more like a Superman or Justice League story than a Batman one, but I enjoyed Miller's interpretations of the DC Universe. I've never read 'The Dark Knight Strikes Again' and it didn't inhibit my understanding of the book - so don't hesitate!

Dark Knight

Previous: 'The Dark Knight Strikes Again' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
What a stupid, poorly-written mess. It had a few scenes that worked quite well, but everything in between was just awful. I'd had better off using the time I spent with this dreck re-reading Miller's original masterpiece. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 28, 2018 |
Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race is the third book in Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns trilogy. The story focuses on Lara, the daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman, freeing a sect of radical Kryptonians from Kandor. Their leader, Quar, seeks to enslave humanity. Batman and Carrie Kelley, now Batgirl, must unite Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and the Atom to defend the planet. They must also get Superman back in the fight and help him convince his daughter that the Kryptonians' view of Earth is wrong.
Brian Azzarello co-wrote this series with Andy Kubert doing most of the art. Every one of the main issues feature interior illustrations by Andy Kubert while most of the tie-in comics feature pencil work by Frank Miller (the Green Lantern tie-in comic features breakdowns by John Romita, Jr. with finishes by Frank Miller). Miller's longtime partner in comics, Klaus Janson, did the inks for every issue. While Miller always used the medium of comics and exaggeration to aid his stories, his style has slowly deteriorated. That deterioration is particularly prominent between the clean, early-Miller-style art by Kubert followed by the Miller-penciled tie-in stores. The plot itself is somewhat lackluster and Azzarello likely played a significant role in crafting it as the book credits state that this story is "Based on The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller."
The original Dark Knight Returns was a game-changer for comics, arriving on the scene in the Bronze Age to help shake up expectations and encourage a gritty take on established heroes. The follow-up, The Dark Knight Returns was an interesting experiment, but demonstrated that, where once Miller was groundbreaking, he no longer pushes the envelope and has since fallen behind. Worse, it had truly garish and grotesque art rather than the more controlled caricature style Miller employed in the first volume. This conclusion features a lackluster story that feels disjointed. Kubert's art is good, but alternating between Miller and Kubert's art is jarring and the story itself is effectively the standard alien invasion fare that the JLA could fight with a message about the role of heroes at the end. The story isn't bad, but it is unnecessary and feels like a cheap attempt to build hype by having another Frank Miller Dark Knight story. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Feb 2, 2018 |
Possibly the weakest in the series, Frank Millers latest offering has a lot intially, going for it, with it involving a different mythos to the mainstream DC Universe. The theme of alien invasion and what happens next was a little tired in my eyes. I'm not sure that I agreed with the story arc that Batman went trough. None the less, it was enjoyable and readable. Not a modern classic, which is me being controversial in the face of excellent reviews. ( )
  aadyer | Jan 5, 2018 |
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"In 1986, Frank Miller introduced his iconic take on Batman and changed the face of comics forever. Now, three decades after BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, Miller himself has returned with a third chapter to his groundbreaking saga. BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT: MASTER RACE continues Frank Miller's landmark DARK KNIGHT SAGA that began with 1986's THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and continued with its 2001-2002 sequel THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN. Co-written by Brian Azzarello and drawn by Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT: MASTER RACE returns to a world gone awry left in the aftermath of the toppling of Lex Luthor and the apparent death... of Batman himself? Then who will save Gotham City and the rest of the planet against the mysterious Master Race? Also collected in this graphic novel are the nine mini-comics that originally appeared in the monthly periodical release of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT: MASTER RACE, each of which focuses on a different character from within the world of Miller's Dark Knight. The minicomics are also written by Miller and Azzarello and will be drawn by some of the greatest artists currently working in comics, including Miller himself, Eduardo Risso and John Romita, Jr.! Collected here are all nine chapters of BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT: MASTER RACE as well as the nine mini-comics"--… (more)

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