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May 28, Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, also referred to as DK2, is a three-issue limited series comic book written and drawn by Frank Miller. Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, also known as DK2, is a DC Comics .. Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. One (), and Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again () and his more argument in this essay that Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and its.

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 wa OK, so I just finished re-reading the precursor to this, the rightly worshiped The Dark Knight Returns. 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 here 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!

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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.

I am amazed I made it through this, but for a thick book, it was a lot faster read than the original I wonder what happened to Miller between 86 and I'm guessing he bought into his own hype and crawled up his own asshole, much like Alan Moore.

It's trash. 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??? 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. View all 10 comments. Jan 28, Stephen rated it did not like it. A steaming, drizzling, stinking pile of poo so foul it is rumored 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: 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 acce A steaming, drizzling, stinking pile of poo so foul it is rumored 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: 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 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. It IS as bad as you have heard. If you enjoyed Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again. View all 3 comments. Jul 26, Lashaan Balasingam Bookidote rated it did not like it.

You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. You know how a writer has an idea and feels the urge to scribble it away as s You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. You know how a writer has an idea and feels the urge to scribble it away as soon as paper meets hand? What he has created for our fellow comic readers is a nightmare where anything and everything goes.

Albeit some very interes- no. 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. 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. This unleashes a war; war that seems to satisfy the needs of Batman. 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?

Superman is the protagonist in this one. 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 more. Batman is shown as bloodhound who loves to inflict pain upon others. Green Arrow wants to be seen as a communist every time he gets a panel on a page. 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. 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? Women are portrayed as dumb, uneducated, sexual eye candy.

Wonder Woman was probably the worst example of horrible women depiction by Frank Miller. Screw it. 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.

A bully. I hated it. 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.

Frank Miller attained unreachable lows with this one. A full review will be up soon. View all 12 comments. Apr 25, Jonathan Terrington rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a nice follow up to The Dark Knight Returns, save for the fact that the artwork and plot are regularly more 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 cou This is a nice follow up to The Dark Knight Returns, save for the fact that the artwork and plot are regularly more obscure and bizarre than their brilliant predecessor. 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: 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. View all 7 comments.

Jun 23, Jesse A rated it it was ok Shelves: The art is just so gosh darned mother-lovin ugly its hard to tell if the story was any good not really, its not. Dec 18, Ryan Mishap rated it it was amazing Shelves: Do yourself a favor and read Miller's Batman graphic novels as he re-creates a darker, more 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 Do yourself a favor and read Miller's Batman graphic novels as he re-creates a darker, more 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.

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.

Miller extrapolates our media-obssessed popular culture and turns it more 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. View 1 comment. May 17, Andrew rated it did not like it Shelves: The story seemed to ramble without much cohesion. It's set in the future of DC - which is always awkward to do since none of the future-states collaborate with the current DC-world status.

Many of the characters have their personalities altered, or rather, the personalities are filtered through Miller's assumption that everyone is neurotic and psychotic. The art is inconsistent, but mostly bad, although I do love Miller's style and his paneling, this book just feels rushed. Some pages are stunni The story seemed to ramble without much cohesion. Some pages are stunning, but flip the page and the next one is probably horrendous. I decided a couple days ago to read all the Miller books I hadn't already read.

I think that was a mistake as I haven't enjoyed any of it. I may revisit the books that I do love Daredevil, Elektra Assassin, Ronin , or I may purposely avoid them out of fear that it was a less critical man who enjoyed them.

Jul 07, Rory Wilding rated it did not like it. Re-Read, Having downloadd the third instalment of Frank Miller's Dark Knight trilogy, I felt to re-read this much critical reviled sequel to The Dark Knight Returns , given how much I disliked it the first time round. Gosh, the re-read was a chore as Miller as a writer is just trying to edgy for the sake of shock value, from the talking media heads reduced to naked women giving us the news, to a sex scene between Superman and Wonder Woman that literally shakes the earth; so irksome.

The art, however, is even worse as given how the artistic craftsmanship towards DKR , his illustrations along with Lynn Varley's digital colouring are more rough unfinished sketches that make the storytelling inconsistent. I originally gave this book two stars due to some of the interesting ideas of blending current politics and outlandish super-heroism, something that DKR did brilliantly. And yet, there's no clear focus in how much it tries to cram in too much.

For a book that is about the return of superheroes, there is nothing to be optimistic about here. Although Batman: Although Miller is better a writer than he is an artist, his artwork on DKR coloured by Lynn Varley brilliantly presents a gritty dystopian vision of 80s Gotham, as well as providing epic and coherent action set-pieces such as Batman fighting the Joker in the Tunnel of Love, or him fighting the Man of Steel in Crime Alley.

As for the art in The Dark Knight Strikes Again , it looked rushed and ragged and it was even tougher to read through a single page. While you could read this without having to remind you of the superior predecessor as Miller was trying to do something more optimistic as it is about the re-emergence of superheroes, The Dark Knight Strikes Again as a comic book alone leaves a bad taste for those who admire the Dark Knight.

Jun 13, Patrick rated it really liked it. I greatly enjoy Batman stories that don't feel like Batman stories. Readers expecting to see a followup on par with The Dark Knight Returns will be deeply unimpressed. It feels like a disjointed and jumbled mess. There's a story in there, but it doesn't always feel connected. Like someone put all the smoothie ingredients in a blender then didn't bother to turn it on. But wouldn't ya know it, 4 stars. Clearly I am a fan of Frank Miller's more notable train wrecks.

Add this one to the list with All I greatly enjoy Batman stories that don't feel like Batman stories. If you enjoyed those two works I'd probably recommend Dark Knight Strikes Again, otherwise you might just want to leave it alone.

Mar 19, Christian rated it did not like it Shelves: Frank Miller 's long awaited sequel to his popular Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is possibly the worst comic I have ever read. Its a terrible sequel but that barely covers how terrible it is itself.

Throughout Dark Knight Returns there was a commentary on events done by the media. This worked as both a satire of mass media, as well as providing plot exposition.

It also was a small subplot that didn't take up too much space. In The Dark Knight Strikes Again the media satire takes up most of the book and has little to nothing to do with the plot.

It makes the story incredibly difficult to follow and is just plain stupid as well. The art is retched, the writing is terrible, and the narrative is as confusing as possible.

There will be constant conversations where it doesn't show who is talking and the bubbles are unconnected to anything and uncoloured making it incredibly difficult to tell who's talking. Almost every superhero except Batman is portrayed as being terrible so that Batman will look better. Superman is the worst though. At the beginning we learn that Superman was willing to compromise his principles and work for Lex Luther, and then later we learn that he is dating Wonder Woman and convinced her to date him when he "threw her to the ground and took [her] as his rightful prize.

That is terrible. Not to mention that later in the book Batman yells at Superman and tells him to take over the world and make it his. The book implies that this would be good and that Superman will. So here we have Miller's misogyny, and fascism displayed very nicely. I could go on about how awful this is but I think that sums it up enough for now.

This is the worst comic I ever read and I have read some pretty bad ones. La historia: Me explico: Eso cansa un poco. El dibujo: La verdad me he divertido mucho y les pido una gran disculpa si peco de ignorante pero es mi primera vez en este tipo de lectura. Feb 22, Professor rated it it was ok Shelves: Personally, I've never been a big fan of the genre, and this one is as ugly as it gets Miller's take on the Dixie Chicks, "The Superchix", i. I feel like a lot of the "people on the street" stuff is Miller's response not only to the vapidity of the internet, but also to his own critics within the comics-fandom-community, but it's just so very Miller in that it's completely tone deaf and nihilistic.

Miller's take on Dick Grayson Batman threw him out? Because he was weak? Is it a terrible book? I can't say that for sure; certainly it's a compelling read.

Of course, reading a crazy person's writings can be pretty compelling reading in general. View 2 comments. Jul 14, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: Too much of this was silly social commentary, but getting to watch Robin Dick Grayson die again, but at the hands of Batman this time, was lots of fun to read. Often ridiculous art and dialogue, likely purposefully, but still entertaining.

Mar 21, Arun Divakar rated it did not like it.

Page 1: Three years after TDKR and a different world, oh boy oh boy! Now I just gotta wait for Batman? Superman has come and…and…why does he look so odd? Where is Batman? Page Why is Superman such a bozo here? Who are all these naked women? Who are all these people?

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They look like something the Justice League threw up on the carpet! And what are t Page 1: And what are these naked women still doing here?

Lex Luthor? That blob shaped thing is Lex Luthor? Oh wowie here are more naked women! Batman waves from a side panel Plus there are naked women! Go away you masked thug who resembles Batman! Who are you? I am sick of Batman and all these naked women!

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Terrible art work, a disjointed storyline, needless skin show, a one dimensional and horribly warped view on women all join hands to form this glorious pile of garbage.

From having made an icon out of Batman, he tends to tear down everything he built and make Batman a schoolyard bully. Wonder Woman is a sex icon, Black Canary spouts obscenities and shows off her body parts, Elongated Man is a complete psycho, Flash runs around and is perhaps the only saving grace in the story, The Atom…. To top it all off , Batman declares war on the government. How did DC even green-light this thing? You abomination! Aug 26, Jaret rated it did not like it. This is just sad.

If you enjoyed The Dark Knight Returns for it's dark, gritty, "real" look at masked vigilante-ism that is somewhat reminiscent of Watchmen, then you will want to stay the hell away from this book.

I can't fully get into listing why this book is terrible, I'll just end up getting all disappointed again.

So I'll just briefly touch on 3 things: I can understand if you want to change the style from the previous work although I might not agree, loved the art on the first book This is just sad. I can understand if you want to change the style from the previous work although I might not agree, loved the art on the first book but I can't understand why you would change it to pop-y neon hell. It's just distracting in the worst way. Not at all good, I'll try not to give spoilers by the end it's just a convoluted joke.

The main bad guy, a certain evil genius, looks like the hunchback from , and doesn't seem to be much smarter. In the first book, the news reports and interviews worked beautifully to help paint a picture the world where the comic is taking place.

Here they're either gratuitously sexual in a way that doesn't really add much of anything to the plot, or they're soundbite blurbs by stupid looking talking heads. If you were to skip all of it, you wouldn't really miss anything.

If you like this book, than by all means read and enjoy, this is not a judgement of you. But if you really enjoyed the story and style of The Dark Knight Returns, chances are you'll have high hopes for this graphic novel, and chances are you'll be sorely disappointed. Oct 26, JB rated it liked it Shelves: This one is hard to grade. I liked some stuff in it, some moments and felt lost a lot of times.

It's very inconsistent. I'll just tell you about the stuff I liked and leave you with that. I liked the breakout of the Atom and the breakout of the Flash. They made you cocky. Over confident.

You never learned to think strategical This one is hard to grade. You never learned to think strategically. I did. He has contingency plans for his contingency plans. He always manages to outsmart every one and get every one behind him. In between all of this there are a lot of weird moments. Lets end this review with the words of Batman.

Said two times through the course of the story, the second time being my favorite: Best part of the job.

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Jun 07, Logan rated it it was ok. So I have heard horrible things about this book, people saying "don't read it! Well there's a short answer to that, they announced Dark Knight Master Race, so i might as well read this. First off the artwork is absolutely fugly! Lex Luthor looks like kingpin, and Wonder Woman runs around in boxer shorts!

Frank Miller's art is usually pretty cool so I don't know what happened here? The Story is that the heroes are now divided, Heroes such as Superman Okay The Story is that the heroes are now divided, Heroes such as Superman, Wonder Woman and Shazam are being black mailed to doing Luthor's and Brainac's dirty work.

Batman brings together all the remaining heroes to save the day! The story wasn't to bad but got really really weird the last 80 pages!

In the end this a not a good book, however this book did have some really good parts in it, but in the end the bad out ways the good! If your gonna read this, just read it so your up to date for the sequel, but otherwise stay clear! Feb 19, Mike rated it liked it. Not terrible, but not much new ground covered here.

Miller re-hashes the themes of the original Dark Knight Returns: The powerful are corrupt and tyrnnical. The citizens are apathetic. Superman is a sellout. Only Batman has the strength of will to fight back. Superman gets another beating at the hands of Batman. This time Metropolis gets the heavy dose of carnage, tinged with imagery. Batman faces down his "ultimate" nemesis. Much more disjointed than the original, the story jerks from one Not terrible, but not much new ground covered here.

Much more disjointed than the original, the story jerks from one thread to the next recklessly. Flashes of Miller's witty, satirical style show through at times, but the overall framework of the story is weak. Most of what he has to say here was already done better in the original. A bad moment of a great creator. Still there are memorable moments like the ones in the end, with Bruce and Lex, Carrie and Grayson.

Overall a bad repetition of DK returns if we assume there can be a good repetition of the magnificent DK returns. Jan 17, Hamish rated it did not like it Shelves: Similarly, all great comics are great for what are, in the end, pretty similar reasons.

Bad comics usually are bad for wildly different reasons. It is horrendous in ways that you have never seen before. It sets a new standard in awful; it's an original. It's the Don Quixote of failure, the Velvet Un "All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" as Tolstoy famously said. It's the Don Quixote of failure, the Velvet Underground of awful. It is so fucking intolerably bad in every imaginable way, that you will almost admire Frank Miller.

While I never think something is "so bad it's good", this is a bad comic that everyone should read, just to see how many ways it's possible for something to go wrong. It doesn't so much have what you might call a plot as it has a sequence of events.

Granted those events don't exactly hold together, or flow, or have anything resembling a logical progression, or anything that would make it so the reader could see why things were occurring, but boy does it have events! Our protagonists break into an orphanage for some reason, they come to a concert because I think they're inciting a rebellion or something, Bruce marks a Z on Lex Luthor's face, they break out a bunch of super-heroes who I guess were being held captive.

Boy those are some events. Why were they happening? They're fighting against a dystopia, I guess. And don't worry, Batman is in control at all times. Well there's this really short sequence where he's captured and punched a bunch by Lex Luthor we don't actually see him get captured either , but don't worry, he wanted to get caught and throughout the rest of the book Batman is in control and never seems to fail or mis-calculate, and everything goes perfectly!

It's great because you don't have to worry about pesky things like drama or uncertainty or suspense. And then the Joker shows up for like one page an issue, killing somebody, then shows up at the very end of the last issue and tries to kill Robin!

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That totally contributed to the narrative and didn't seem like it was randomly shoe-horned in just because an unkillable joker that like totally used to be the old Robin and is now like totally murderous is super cool, right guys?

Oh, and also Captain Marvel dies and I think it was supposed to be sad or poignant or something but he had only just appeared two pages earlier so it had zero impact. And the art.

Oh, the art. Remember how Frank was always kinda bad at figures, but at least his layouts were good? Well he forgot how to do those. And his hand can't stop shaking from all the drinking so those figures will have you longing for the artistic stylings of Don Heck. The whole thing kind of looks like Bill Sienkiewicz drew it after his twelfth shot of Jameson. Oh, but check it out!

You're from the 80s where computer generated art still sound cool and like it's from the future, right? Well, great news! Frank's out of ideas, so Batman does it again! Because it's totally cool, people! And remember those monologues they would do that contrast their differing ideologies? Those are back too!

Check out this great sample: And upon our consciences. You monster. You bastard. And then he totally bones Wonder Woman so hard it creates a typhoon. No, I didn't make that last part up. Yes, it did happen in a comic book that DC actually put out. What do you mean that sounds like bad fan fiction by a thirteen year old? Some more choice pieces of dialogue: So little time. My young charge enjoys herself far more than she should.

So do I. I'll see you in hell.

I'd also comment on the quality of characterization, but calling anything in this book "characterization" would be a little too generous. It must be intentionally bad! But what is a satire? According to Wikipedia, it is "a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement.

Although satire is usually meant to be funny, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon. Let's tackle B first. Like in TDKR, we get a large chunk of the narrative being done via panels of news coverage such as "News In the Nude" , but like the rest of the book they're ridiculously cartoony. The world is ending and a cartoon Elvis appears on TV and says that it's "a hunka hunka wratha god".

I think this accurately sums up the quality of humor here. To fit the requirement of A, it would seem this constant onslaught of media coverage is in fact mocking TV news. One precocious goodreads reviewer a hotbed of quality comics criticism refers to these segments as "weaved-in commentary on how media desensitizes us".

I really hope this is not true, because the idea that segments this unfunny are in some way making a commentary that is that hackneyed, obvious and done to death would be pretty depressing.

What else could it be satirizing? Comic cliches? Frank's been doling out these exact cliches for years, it would be awfully hypocritical of him to suddenly decide to attack them. The type of thing readers expect out of a Frank Miller Batman comic? But this reads exactly like his Sin City comics, and I don't think anyone is pretending those are Batman satire. And the whole comic is so perfectly in-line with the type of shit Frank has been spewing in interviews and online for years.

If this is a parody, then the man's entire life is a parody and if so, hats off to him. Wait, I've got it! He's satirizing satire! He shows the inherent emptiness of satire by presenting a satire that doesn't satire anything. Is this the work of fallen artist who genuinely thinks he's making something good? But every once in a long while, the mask falls away. Every once in a long while, the whole world makes perfect sense. The world reveals itself. I am peace. All these words express the ontological uncertainty of apocalyptic fiction, as in H.

Well, the strike is over now. Events are not in strike any more. The soliloquy is here further disarticulated by the actual division in text boxes, which fragment the pace of the staccato prose glaring examples can be found in TDKR, 39, or in the whole opening sequence of HT.

While classic hard-boiled narratives only present a single autodiegetic narrator, i. The authors scrutinise the state of the genre they feel they belong in, both lamenting the artificiality which detaches the narratives from the real world. Chandler in fact claims If it started out to be about real people [ When they did unreal things, they ceased to be real themselves.

Thomson 63 emphasis added This complex dialectic between realism and fictionality is most visible in the representation of the spatial dimension. As Miller suggests, By portraying the city in somewhat more realistic terms, and showing much more than I ever have of the way I think things actually happen in society, and why they happen, I want to show that the idea is good and strong and valuable. Miller in Thomson They were not afraid of the seamy side of things; they lived there.

Violence did not dismay them; it was right down their street. But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective in this kind of story must be such a man. He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man.

This dualism mirrors the dialectic between superhero and civilian persona, while placing the character in an interstitial position. In Miller scenarios, the Dark Knight is in fact repeatedly beaten, wounded and harmed, and his body displayed in an almost fetishist manner.

Subverting the cartoonish violence of classic superheroic tales, in which blood and serious injuries were absent, the hero progressively shows the impact of his anti-crime crusade. In particular, in DKSA , the battered face of the hero becomes a grotesque mask that renders him almost unrecognisable. He misdirected every squad car in town. Furthermore, this conflict serves as microcosm for the relationship between the P.

Tonight, I am the law. Thus, the ethical tension is resolved by the hero appropriating the same mind-set and attitudes of the terrorists he opposes. In other words, by the hero becoming a terrorist himself. Best part of the job. The archetype in fact shares with the culturally-received notion of terrorists several traits, like the need for secrecy and secret identities, and the disposition towards conspiracy.

So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. We are thus presented with a moral aporia, an impasse that at least in the first two graphic novels prevents from formulating a clear judgment.

We make it sound like we all leaped to our feet and went after the Axis on the spot. Hell, we were scared. Rumors were flying, we thought the Japanese had taken California. Almost overnight, we had our army. We won the war. Since then, presidents have come and gone, each one seeming smaller, weaker… the best of them like faint echoes of Roosevelt [ Things like that never are.

But a lot of innocent men died. But we won the war. It was too big. In fact, the final confrontation between Superman and Batman — between the two conflicting worldviews — is halted when the latter fakes a stroke and apparently dies. In addition, the process disrupts the empathic bond of trust between character and reader.

On the one hand, the vigilante is authorised by historical connections to an imagined tradition of anti-authoritarian American heroism. Outlining a tradition that starts with the colonists and concludes with F. Roosevelt, the novels attempt to re establish a fantasy of patriotic, masculine republicanism aimed at contrasting the moral complexities of the postmodern age.

A form of romantic ennoblement as legitimating strategy is also codified in classic hard-boiled fiction, especially in the works by Raymond Chandler. We've got the big stick. But now we've got to start walking soft. Epitomizing both the triumph and failure of superheroism within postmodernity, Batman voices the crisis of American identity at the end of the Cold War. Therefore, despite the lack of closure, and the conspicuous subversion of genre tropes, readers still manage to form an emphatic bond with the character.

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