Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns


This masterpiece of modern comics storytelling brings to vivid life a dark world and an even darker man. 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.

Crime runs rampant in the streets, and the man who was Batman is still tortured by the memories of his parents' murders. As civil society crumbles around him, Bruce Wayne's long-suppressed vigilante side finally breaks free of its self-imposed shackles.

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 this generation's 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 of an undeclared war between the superpowers—or a clash of what were once the world's greatest superheroes?

Over fifteen years after its debut, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns remains an undisputed classic and one of the most influential stories ever told in the comics medium.

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Title:Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:197 pages

    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Reviews

  • Stephen
    Oct 08, 2008

    ........................ FIRST A BRIEF HISTORY LESSON................................BEFORE "The Dark Knight Returns"............................. HOLY ASSCLOWNS BATMANand don’t forget (though I kn...

  • Anne
    Sep 15, 2016

    Because the best kind of classic has pictures...So. I've actively (and successfully) avoided reading TDKR for many years now.Why, you ask?Well, to be honest, I was kinda scared. Now, if you aren't a c...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Dec 05, 2014

    BatmanYou gave my book two stars? MeYes, it was boring and too political. Who wants a bunch of boring politics? I couldn't take it anymore...and I've always been your fangirl.Batman Me.Don't make me ...

  • Missy
    Jun 18, 2007

    When I was growing up, comic books (this was years before 'graphic novels') were frowned upon in my household, but I was addicted to them anyway. X-Men, to be precise, because, OMG, Jean Grey was smar...

  • StoryTellerShannon
    Nov 17, 2011

    This is a totally different spin on Batman first published in 1986 by Frank Miller. Don't expect it to be like the old cartoons. Definitely not like the Adam West Batman from the 60s. Not the Justice...

  • Heather
    Jul 11, 2008

    I know I'm alone in this, but I didn't really like The Dark Knight Returns. I struggled with the story structure -- all the perspective switching left me frequently scratching my head to figure out wh...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Jan 07, 2015

    Find all of my reviews at: StarsEgads, I think this is going to be really long. Sorry : (My first superhero graphic novel review. It’s like diving right into sh...

  • Buck
    Oct 13, 2010

    Call it art if you want to, but at the end of the day it’s still a dopey comic book about a guy in a form-fitting outfit who runs around beating people up. Am I missing something?But really, I’m j...

  • Jonathan
    Sep 16, 2011

    Before Christopher Nolan came alone and further redefined the idea of superheroics, Frank Miller was doing well enough to keep Batman fresh and interesting in his own way. The Dark Knight Returns tops...

  • Brad
    Mar 26, 2008

    More often than not Dark Knight Returns is considered one of the greatest graphic novels -- if not the greatest. I can't deny its importance to the form (and to the myth of Batman -- responsible as it...

About Frank Miller

Frank Miller

Frank Miller is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. He is one of the most widely-recognized and popular creators in comics, and is one of the most influential comics creators of his generation. His most notable works include Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Year One and 300.Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the