Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again Graphic Novel Review

Written By Frank Miller
Art By Lynn Varley
Cover By Chip McKidd

Superhero, Action


It's been three years since the events of The Dark Knight Returns, and everything is just fine. At least on the surface.  What the world at large doesn't know is that it's a total sham. A perfectly choreagraphed, pretty little world where everything that's ugly, or even potentially disturbing, is all nicely wrapped up with neat little ribbons and swept under the carpet.

Only he know better. He's watched it fester to near-breaking point, and it's time for the only free man left who can effect any real change to bring it all down around their ears, once and for all.
'The Dark Knight Strikes Again' is a sequel to one of the best comic books I've ever read in the shape of 'The Dark Knight Returns', so I picked it up and was very excited to see where the story was going to head.

The simple answer to that is that the story went to the gutter.

Frank Miller is a legendary writer and has written some of the best stories to ever hit the world of comic books yet this one is absolutely awful. It's as if he took all the left over bits from other stories, threw them together and didn't give a crap whether or not the story as disjointed or not. There are some iconic characters heavily involved in the story and yet they are treated like after thoughts. None of the subtle nature of the characters from 'The Dark Knight Returns' are even remotely present here, they're replaced with a mass of style over substance.

The artwork is the same. The dark and gothic feel of the first part of this tale has completely gone. In it's place is artwork that feels so amateur and ugly that it pretty much destroys any quality, no matter how little, there is in the story. It's bright and garish with no charm or care taken whatsoever to make the pictures detailed or skillful in the slightest. To be honest, it's the ugliest comic book that I have ever seen.

Overall, this is the most disappointing release that I have read in a very long time. Considering it's from Frank Miller, one of the best comic book creators of our time, makes it even bigger of a disappointment. Avoid.
Story 2/5
 Art 1/5
Overall 3/10

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