Batman: The Dark Knight was an American comic book ongoing series, written and penciled by David Finch and featuring Batman. One of two new ongoing titles. The Dark Knight Returns is a four-issue comic book miniseries starring Batman, written by Frank Miller, illustrated by Miller. Batman: The Dark Knight is a comic book series starring Batman. The series is spun out of the events of the return of Bruce Wayne and The Road Home.
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As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics - The New 52 event of September , the Dark Knight continues his crusade as defender of Gotham City, taking on his . 1 - Knight Terrors (The New 52) (Batman The Dark Knight: The New 52) David Finch began his comic book career at the age of 22 at Top Cow. There, he. "In four groundbreaking issues in late , Miller's DARK KNIGHT RETURNS delighted and enraged comic book classicists by turning Batman--a beloved but.
I DO feel obligated to inform you at this point that my life is an endless labyrinth of darkness and shame from which there will be no escaping. Feb 14, Gavin rated it really liked it Shelves: I very much enjoyed 'The Dark Knight' series as it was launched as part of the 52 initiative.
This Batman is drawn very well, a ripped, ass-kicker, who's still quite the detective, but just manages to seem a wee bit more intimidating. Not too shabby at all, and I really enjoy his interactions with Flash and Superman especially. In this volume, Alfred has a bit more sense of I very much enjoyed 'The Dark Knight' series as it was launched as part of the 52 initiative. In this volume, Alfred has a bit more sense of humour than in other versions, which is a nice change of pace.
I look forward to following this even more, as I still don't think there's a thing as too many Batman titles. May 05, Aaron rated it it was ok. Well this is a big sloppy pile of nonsense. I find it pretty hard to believe Paul Jenkins did all of the writing on this terribly-plotted straight-line of fight scenes and deux ex machinae. And hey, he does that well. His designs for juiced-up, freaked-out versions of pretty much every villain Batman has ever fought are the exact right amount of distur Well this is a big sloppy pile of nonsense.
His designs for juiced-up, freaked-out versions of pretty much every villain Batman has ever fought are the exact right amount of disturbing, and the detail he adds to scenes is just a couple levels down from Michael Turner which is high praise.
But that can't save this story from feeling like a boring parade of villains, none of which have any real goals or stakes attached. There's nothing in here that feels like a twist or a revelation. Things just kind of progress, with new villains suddenly showing up out of absolutely nowhere.
They will literally just jump into a fight from off screen. Same goes for heroes like The Flash and Superman, who make appearances here that do nothing to service the plot.
They're seemingly just around so Finch can draw them. In fact, we don't even see any real consequences for anything that happens in this book. It's just a bunch of fighting and yelling. Oh, and we can't forget Bodacious Babes. There are two women in this book, both of which were fabricated for this story, and they're both drawn from the Maliest Male perspective this side of a s Playboy.
One of them, a woman who is legit dressed like a sexy bunny, is in full-on lingerie everywhere she goes. Just, out and about, scheming up schemes in her corset and nothing else.
I thought for sure we'd moved past this kind of junk by now, but I guess not. In any case, I'm glad to see Gregg Hurwitz takes over with the next volume.
Hopefully a new, seasoned writer taking over will mean stronger stories to go with the great art. I'll give it a shot for that reason, but if it's anything like this, I'm not excited. Dec 30, Evan Leach rated it liked it Shelves: Knight Terrors is probably my second favorite of the four debut volumes i.
The gist of the plot is that, believe it or not, the top-notch security at Arkham Asylum has been breached once again and a breakout has occurred.
This latest prison break involves some strange drugs and a mysterious, scantily clad woman. There are some twists and turns which I will not spoil because I am a gentleman.
But overall this felt fairly generic plot-wise: I was entertained, but I did not find the story to be particularly gripping or memorable.
With four bat-titles clogging the New 52 release calendar, I was curious to see how this series would set itself apart from the others. At least in the early going, the answer seems to be with a lot of cameos from the wider DC universe. In this book alone, the following heroes appear on the scene: A pleasant read, but just OK. Apr 30, Nessie McInness rated it it was ok Shelves: What did I think, Goodreads?! I'm a really big Batman fan.
Batman Beyond was what got me into DC comics as a young teenager and ever since I've grown with DC, Flash and Green Lantern became my favourites, but Batman will always have a special place in my heart. I have never read such a dreadful Batman series. The only good thing about this was a cheeky Alfred, who isn't the sober character he usuall What did I think, Goodreads?! The only good thing about this was a cheeky Alfred, who isn't the sober character he usually plays.
It's a mix of gratuitous boobage and bum and overly ripped characters that made me embarrassed to read it in public. Seriously, I got some major looks from the old lady sitting next to me in the train.
If you're a horny teenage boy, looking for a brainless story, full of boobies and gory punches If on the contrary you were expecting this to be an entertaining action full interesting Batman story, don't bother.
Read Scott Snyder's run. Or some of the good oldies. This seriously makes me think that sometimes people on the comic book industry just don't want women to read comics.
Or grown ups to read up, for that matter. Dec 08, Emmett Spain rated it really liked it. Focusing on the more macabre elements in the life of Gotham's guardian, the Dark Knight is a bloody journey through themes of fear, pain, and control. It's also filled with dozens of Bat-villains, with appearances from Joker, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, and a whole host of others , ranging to some lesser known crims like Tweedledee and Tweedledum and the Ventriloquist who are ridiculous, but unsettling.
Overall it's well weighted and beautifully drawn, with negative points only being awarded to the Focusing on the more macabre elements in the life of Gotham's guardian, the Dark Knight is a bloody journey through themes of fear, pain, and control.
Overall it's well weighted and beautifully drawn, with negative points only being awarded to the porn-bait character of the White Rabbit, who is basically a morally-ambiguous Playboy bunny in full bunny regalia, including panties so small and revealing that it's a wonder why she bothered wearing them at all.
But that horny-old-man impulse to include porno characters aside, this really is a fun, dark journey into the depths of Batman's world. Parents, don't get it for you kids unless they're 14 and over. Jan 10, Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it. This was one of the better of the New 52 Batman titles. I always liked Dave Finch's art, and you can see his love of the Batman character here. There's also some really sexy art as well White Rabbit, Rawr.
Nice costume there. The storyline is also pretty cool as several heroes and villains put in appearances. Some people may think the story was a lit This was one of the better of the New 52 Batman titles.
Some people may think the story was a little overdone and more sizzle than steak, but overall I found it entertaining. It also has a darker tone then the other Batman books, probably due to Finch'a art more than anything else. Paul Jenkins is also an important collaborator, as the writing did seem a notch higher than Finch writing on his own. Overall if you're a Batman fan I'd recommend this one. Aug 27, Jesse A rated it really liked it Shelves: This one took a bit to get going but once it found its stride it got pretty good.
Feb 03, Jerry rated it liked it. One of the most popular superheroes of all time, Batman has stood out as the most gritty and serious do-gooder in DC's roster. Even the Warner Bros. Though the artwork was fabulous and the story left me hungry for the next volume, a smattering of profanities and an excess of blood, along with some rather scary villains and some scantily clad female characters, made this a shock to my Disney Chan One of the most popular superheroes of all time, Batman has stood out as the most gritty and serious do-gooder in DC's roster.
Though the artwork was fabulous and the story left me hungry for the next volume, a smattering of profanities and an excess of blood, along with some rather scary villains and some scantily clad female characters, made this a shock to my Disney Channel sensibilities. If you don't mind such content, you may enjoy this better than I did; it was still fun for what it was, though.
Sep 02, Kyle rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed this one. It is a typical Batman comic, it has some nice artwork, it lightly waxes philosophic on some dark themes, there's lots of action. I loved the cameos from certain Justice League members and bat-family members. Plus, there is a panoply of my favourite villains in this volume However, Alfred is really well written in this story, and he steals the spotlight, for me.
I guess my major complaint about this v I really enjoyed this one. I guess my major complaint about this volume is the fact that it is a new series title for the Batman brand, and there is really no point of departure for it. Nothing that makes it unique from anything that came before it. I had hoped that, with the reboot and with the opportunity of a new series, the writers would have peel back a new layer of the Batman mythos; but, unfortunately, it is really just the same-old-same-old.
The last issue in this collected edition is a one-off for Talon, which ties into the "Court of Owls" storyline. I found it a little unnecessary, especially since it will likely be reprinted elsewhere. Solid, enjoyable, at times, very good. Sep 23, Matt rated it it was ok. Jeez, is it the '90s again already?! This smacked of that decade's desperate attempts to be "totally extreme": What's more extreme than Venom?
What's more extreme than Carnage? An invasion of an army of symbiotes! Seriously, the villains all jacked up on extreme venom were absolutely ludicrous. The "flirty" back and forth between Bruce and Jaina Hudson is as subtle and delicately rendered as a Penth Jeez, is it the '90s again already?!
The "flirty" back and forth between Bruce and Jaina Hudson is as subtle and delicately rendered as a Penthouse Forum letter Jenkins' writing bugged me on all fronts. The Dark Knight's internal monologue was so completely banal and tired that you could paste up random passages in any Batman story.
Also, was he paid by the amount of times he used the word "fear" in his script? Good lord. Overall, it felt like a game of Exquisite Corpse played with a Batman script: View all 4 comments. Mar 25, Lenka rated it it was ok Shelves: It's readable, but it's not exactly engaging. The story just randomly flips from villain to villain seemingly just because. There is no proper motivation to their actions apart from the fact that they hate batman and they are crazy.
I liked Superman and Flash appearances but in the end them being there doesn't add anything to the story. I hoped the White rabbit is gonna be interesting but so far she has zero character development and her only purpose of existence is to run around in skimpy bunny It's readable, but it's not exactly engaging. I hoped the White rabbit is gonna be interesting but so far she has zero character development and her only purpose of existence is to run around in skimpy bunny outfit.
Kudos for Batman with ice cream. Jun 26, Scott rated it it was ok Shelves: Meh I've been reading comics for 40 years and I've never understood the attraction to either Batman or Superman.
But I try every 5 years or so to read something in the hopes that I will discover what I've been missing everyone else seems to love him and this just didn't do it for me. Oddly the story I was most looking forward to was when Judd Winick was the writer and that was also the low point of Meh I've been reading comics for 40 years and I've never understood the attraction to either Batman or Superman.
Oddly the story I was most looking forward to was when Judd Winick was the writer and that was also the low point of the book. Most will like this - I didn't.
Feb 23, Zaz rated it it was ok Shelves: Nothing new, villains escape Arkham, Batman fights them, blablabla. My main observation during the read was "why the villains are so ugly and big? Yes, I'd plenty of time for these existential thoughts because there was nothing really interesting or entertaining in the stories. An average bat-comics, action driven, lacking a good plot and with a not really pleasant art.
View 2 comments. Jul 11, Jordan Lahn rated it liked it Shelves: Nothing really special about this book. A bunch of Batman's villains get roided up, and another one of Gotham's ladies decides to run around the city in lingerie taunting Batman.
Business as usual in Gotham City. A very enjoyable story with Batman.
I wonder if Batman will find out about Jai. Does Jai have magic? Oct 31, Amanda [Novel Addiction] rated it liked it Shelves: Pretty interesting - lots of classic Batman villains in this, which I appreciated. But I think my favorite part was the snippet at the end - about the Owls.
Not entirely sure what was going on there, but I found it to be quite awesome. Jul 24, Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: It's the mask you hide behind.
The thing to remember to help the reader navigate the story lines here is that, unlike with some of the other titles, most of the events that happened in-universe before the reboot are still in continuity, only in broader strokes, in order to have them all fit into a much shorter time-line. Basically, instead of being late-thirties, Batman is now right around thirty, so he is almost a decad Batman: Basically, instead of being late-thirties, Batman is now right around thirty, so he is almost a decade younger in the new time-line.
The first volume of Dark Knight , entitled Knight Terrors , begins with a mass break-out of patients from Arkham Asylum. The Insomniac : The Joker's insomnia is addressed here.
The Joker notices. Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique : Subverted. Batman doesn't have to actually get violent with perps to get info. Instead, he lets their fear of him do his work for him, although in some cases a bit of setup is needed.
In one instance, Batman scares a perp the one who had the page quote applied to him earlier on into talking simply by walking toward him; the perp falls through a window trying to get away, injuring himself, and talks after Batman tells him that he's the only person who can save him from bleeding to death. In another instance, he hangs an unconscious Mutant upside-down from a gargoyle at the top of a skyscraper, puts a hand over the Mutant's face, and slowly moves his hand away when the Mutant wakes up and tries to cut a deal.
What makes this even more effective is that the reader doesn't realize all this until it's all said and done; the sequence is drawn from the Mutant's perspective until the last panel. Batman internal : It was tough work carrying two hundred and twenty pounds of sociopath to the top of one of Gotham's Twin Towers.
The scream alone is worth it.
Recent breakthroughs in plastic surgery restore Two-Face's appearance. Unfortunately, Dent's mind breaks when he sees his restored face, believing both sides to be destroyed and leading him to take up his old ways in the hope that he'll die when Batman comes to take him down.
Two-Face: Got them all to keep their lunches down when they saw my face I'm fixed all right Go ahead, have your laugh! Take a look Batman internal, as Dent is talking : The scars go deep I close my eyes and listen. Not fooled by sight, I see him A reflection. For bonus points, in Batman: Year One which occupies the same universe as this book, it's made clear that Harvey Dent was one of Batman's closest allies and friends early in his career. Junkie Parent : Carrie Kelley's parents are so wasted that they don't even notice when she runs away until long after she's gone.
Kryptonite doesn't show up until the very end of Batman's battle with Superman, when Bruce specifically says that he had to spend years and millions of dollars synthesizing it, implying that the naturally occurring stuff is too rare to be a practical weapon. And despite having days to prepare for the showdown, Superman seems genuinely surprised that Bruce was able to get his hands on any at all.
The police even mistake her for a boy. Yindel too, although she's a somewhat more butch example. Let the Past Burn : At almost-not-quite the end, Alfred burns down Wayne Manor so that nobody can look through it for evidence or clues after Batman's identity as Bruce Wayne is revealed to the public while faking his death. Made of Iron : Subverted here. Media Watchdog : The public broadcast of the Mutant Leader's video after his capture is cut off after a few sentences Mutant leader Monster Clown : It should be obvious at this point.
Selina notes this after the Joker attacks her. Selina: Bruce—he's worse than ever. Mucking in the Mud : Batman sets up a rematch with the Mutant Leader in a mud pit, thereby slowing both of them and negating his opponent's speed and agility advantages.
Mugging the Monster : Defied. The Mutants who are about to attack Bruce at the beginning realize that not only is Bruce really big and strong-looking, but he doesn't seem to be afraid of them, and even looks like he's "into it", and they decide to head to the arcade instead.
Batman snaps the Joker's neck at first, but it only paralyzes him. The Joker finishes the job for him. This is also how Bobbie kills Dr. Wolper at the TV studio. Never-Forgotten Skill : The story starts off with Bruce Wayne retired for ten years and an alcoholic.
However, once he puts the Batsuit back on, he demonstrates that ten years of retirement and alcohol have not caused him to forget his skills at all.
Even more impressive, the Joker has been straitjacketed in a padded cell for over a decade when he learns of Batman's return and can barely speak, "b Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! Nixon Mask : Used by a group of convenience-store robbers in a throwaway gag. Ruth Westheimer.
Robin's intervention is the only thing that saves him from getting killed. Fortunately, he learns his lesson, and their second fight ends with the tables completely turned. Not Listening to Me, Are You? Bruce: Write them a check. The Joker realizes Batman isn't screwing around this time when he gets a batarang in the eye.
You're playing the wrong game. The old game. Tonight you're taking no hostages. Tonight I'm taking no prisoners. And less sympathetically, the Joker too. Old Superhero : One of the central themes of the overall plot is how age affects Batman in everything he does, from his tactics to combat to his overall state of mind. Older Hero vs. Younger Villain : The mids Batman vs. Sure, you like to play it mysterious, but it's a loud kind of mysterious.
Especially lately. Taken Up to Eleven when they occasionally forget Carrie exists. Parent 1: [visible only as a trickle of dope smoke] Person of Mass Destruction : Superman is treated as the best deterrent against nuclear warfare.
Plucky Girl : Carrie, who at the age of 13 gets herself a Robin costume and goes out to fight crime armed only with a slingshot and a few firecrackers, and who earns Batman's respect by attacking the goddamn Mutant Leader when he's just about to defeat Batman.
She downplays the perky associations of this trope, tending to be more sarcastic than outright cheerful, but she's spirited as hell and, apart from the occasional BSOD, never gives up. Commissioner Gordon is in his 70s and is retiring. Two-Face has had plastic surgery to fix his face, while the Joker is catatonic in Arkham Asylum. People have gotten disenfranchised and the youth has literally run wild.
The DC Universe has never been like this in official continuity. This story is set outside of it. A big part of that has to do with the format. In the case of The Dark Knight Returns, the story was serialized in four installments of around 50 pages each.
While there are overarching events that prevent each chapter from being truly standalone, each one has its own narrative arc and its own villain. The result is a reading experience that is slightly less structured than you may expect going in, reading more like a series of episodes than one big story.
However, each episode is compelling in its own way and they only get better and more stunning as they go on. The Dark Knight Returns really did change Batman forever.