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Book Title: Batman, Der Dunkle Ritter Schlägt Zurück|
The author of the book: Frank Miller
ISBN 13: 9783866074187
Date of issue: 2007
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Vomiting a mixer is about how I feel. I realized the fundamental problem with this comic is that it's not even about Batman. Seriously. Batman is barely even here. This is basically a JL/JLA/JLI/JL-whatever-else-you-can-think of comic. And this comic has nothing to do with The Dark Knight Returns except that Batman and Carrie Kelley are in it. Which makes me feel like smashing Frank Miller repeatedly in the face.
Let's begin shall we? Like any Justice League comic there are a zillion characters. I listed just the major ones for your convenience. There were so many I probably missed one:
Batman. Catgirl. The Question. The Atom. Barry Allen as The Flash. Green Lantern. Wonder Woman. Captain Marvel. Green Arrow. Elongated Man. Plastic Man. Martian Manhunter. Supergirl. Guardian. Creeper. Hawk and Dove. Hawkman. Saturn Girl. Genetically modified Dick Grayson. Lex Luthor. Brainiac. Thanagarians? Rush Limbaugh. Donald Rumsfeld.
Why in Robin's name are there this many characters in a Batman comic? That never happens. It's no wonder Batman barely makes an appearance. He's playing 34th fiddle to all these other characters. For as much as Miller obviously definitely totally hates Superman he sure wrote 250 pages all about him. The villains? Superman's. The people in danger? Superman's. He's the main character in a Batman comic, which means this isn't a Batman comic at all. No grit, no Gotham, and zero Batman villains.
Then there's the plot, which makes absolutely no sense. Here's my understanding...
Three years following the events of The Dark Knight Returns, The Atom fights a sea monster in a petri dish. Enter Carrie Kelley aka Catgirl, who looks exactly like Chester Cheetah on roller skates. They escape together. Enter Superman who's pissed. News in the nude (?). A warhead knocks an asteroid toward Earth. The President is a hologram (?). Enter The Question. Enter Batman (finally!) and the war begins. (What war?) The heroes assemble. Lex Luthor and Brainiac task Superman, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel to capture the heroes. (Wait, why?) The heroes beat the shit out of Superman. (What is happening?) Then Superman and Wonder Woman fight. (What the fuck is happening?) Lex Luthor yells. Batman, Catgirl and Elastic Man go to Arkham to rescue hostages that have been there for five years. (Wait, what?) That's right, kids. There were hostages in Arkham during The Dark Knight Returns which Batman apparently forgot about. And that's when I stopped caring.
Themes that were screamed in my face: Corporate/consumer America. Fascism. Martial law. Freedom FROM information act. Response to Bush and post 9/11? Censorship. Corporate oligarchy. Secretary of state Robert RUGER EXXON, i.e. gun and oil lobbyist/four star General Starbucks. We get it, Miller. You hate corporations/government/dictators/the wealthy/America/consumers/women/gays. But wait, don't you need corporations to publish and distribute your book? Government to ensure the freedom of speech you're so blatantly parading? Consumers to buy this stuff?
Problems I found with this book...
Miller was sexist as hell in this comic, which I didn't notice in TDKR. In the first few pages Catgirl says swallow two or three times, something like "Uh oh I swallowed, I think I'm gonna puke." Most women are either dumb, whorish, or submissive, and very exposed, especially the whole News in the Nude thing and the Euphoric (sp?) investment ads. Even Wonder Woman, the embodiment of women's rights, talks about herself as a prize to be taken, which she is, because she does Superman, immediately gets pregnant (faster than a speeding bullet after all), and then she's pregnant hungry. That's right. Now get in the kitchen and make me a sandwich.
This comic is filled with horrible cliches. Asteroid headed for earth. Sea monster. A giant monster destroying the city. That's it? 20 years and that's what you come up with? Then there's Lex Luthor trying to control the world, assisted by Brainiac who does I don't even know what. Those are the villains. Seriously. And Batman has little to nothing to do with them.
The dialog is okay to downright horrible, generic, and irrelevant. You know in TDKR how there was some random civilian social commentary? Well it's on every page, sometimes pages long, usually right in the middle of what's happening. It's like Miller continued the TV idea and injected the idiotic couch commentary right there in the action. It was so stupid and distracting and repetitive. It was lazy. Write goddamn it! Give me some exposition, some inner monologue to move the story along.
Bruce Wayne, the corporate, independently wealthy, trust fund billionaire, apparently has a problem with oligarchy. How's that for idiotic writing? Then there were dinosaurs in South America. Plastic Man yells "Rodney King!" Those creepy genetically engineered orphans. Dick Grayson who can't die and looks like The Joker. And the artwork. Oh my god the art was so damn bad. There were a few splash pages that were normal and reminded me of TDKR. The cover art is deceiving because it's the size of a large postage stamp and does not represent the artwork. There's a blurb inside that says this comic does for comics what The Ramones did for music. Well, The Ramones suck. And this isn't punk rock. It's Limp Bizkit meets Spice Girls. It's messy millennial digital wallpaper blasted with sharpies. It's fucking neon diarrhea. It's brain-blasting, seizure-inducing maximalism.
If this is what happens when Frank Miller waits 20 years I'm afraid to see what DK3, Batman Master Race looks like. TDKR was satirical, dark, weird, but plausible. But here he threw in the Justice League, son of a bitch Superman and Wonder Woman, every back alley DC hero he could find, disappointment, tie dye, extra fat sharpies, and his hatred for basically everything, and then you have The Book That Comes After But In No Way Resembles The Dark Knight Returns. And good night.
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Read information about the authorFrank 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.
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