Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank MillerThis 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 Knights 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 Waynes 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 generations 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 worlds 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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Frank Miller Interview (1987)
Frank Miller returns to Batman comics with Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child
When the series was collected into a single volume later that year, the story title for the first issue was applied to the entire series. The Dark Knight Returns tells an alternative story of Bruce Wayne, who at 55 years old returns from retirement to fight crime and faces opposition from the Gotham City police force and the United States government. The story introduces Carrie Kelley as the new Robin and the hyper-violent street gang known as the Mutants. The story also features the return of classic foes such as Two-Face and The Joker , and culminates with a confrontation against Superman , who works on behalf of the government. Bruce Wayne, aged 55, has given up the mantle of Batman after the death of Jason Todd ten years prior, and now lives as a bored bachelor. As a result, crime is running rampant throughout the city and a gang calling themselves "The Mutants " has begun terrorizing the people of Gotham. Upon being reminded of the deaths of his parents during a TV broadcast of The Mark of Zorro and watching news reports about the Mutants' crimes, Wayne returns to his role as a vigilante.
When a terrifying evil returns to Gotham City, Lara and Carrie team up to take on this new threat, but this time with a secret weapon - Jonathan Kent. Known as the 'Golden Child,' Jonathan possesses power unlike anything the world has ever seen and could be all that stands in the way of the destruction of Gotham City, as well as the whole planet. Jonathan Kent appeared as a infant in The Master Race , while his sister Lara - also the child of Superman and Wonder Woman - held a more central role in limited series. I thought the contrast between him and Lara could be really exciting," Miller told Entertainment Weekly. Look at her! She began her superhero career by running away from home. She was a rebel from the get-go.
Jonathan was only a baby then, though he was important enough to be the focal point of a battle between the Amazons and the Kryptonians from Kandor. Carrie Kelly, who first became Robin back in The Dark Knight Returns , had adopted the guise of Batwoman after maturing into a full-on superhero in her own right. As seen above, she now appears on the cover of The Golden Child in full Batwoman regalia. Despite her central role in one of the most beloved Batman comics ever made, Carrie has interestingly never been adapted for another medium or brought into the mainstream DC continuity. Look at her!
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