Batman Dark Knight III

Article by Gregg Katzman

One of the biggest comic book events of the year has finally arrived. Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, and Brad Anderson’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 is now on sale, and at Midtown Comics we believe the hugely anticipated comic is worth the wait. So, why not take some time to support what you love, right? If you’re still on the fence or you simply want to get even more excited before you read the comic, here’s 5 spoiler-free reasons why we think you should read Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1. If you can’t make it to one of our stores, CLICK HERE to order your copy!

The Miller & Azzarello alliance

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You’ve all read The Dark Knight Returns and the odds are pretty good that most of you look back on it with fond memories. Well, Azzarello and Miller guarantee that your return to the world of the Dark Knight Returns will feel both familiar and new. The new slang and exposition via TV coverage is still here, yet instead of it feeling like more of the same, it’s handled in a way that feels like a respectful nod while still setting off to do its own thing. Writing is, of course, a critical element in any comic book, and this first issue shows that this series’ story and dialogue has a whole lot of potential. Can we read the second issue now? Pretty please?

Kubert, Jason, and Anderson’s visuals

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The script is familiar yet refreshing, and the visuals also pay plenty of respect to Miller’s classic Batman story. Andy Kubert, along with inker Klaus Janson and colorist Brad Anderson, have created pages that will fill your mind with nostalgia as the character designs and layouts feel like an organic continuation of Miller’s previous work. Miller may not be illustrating the main story in this one, but you can tell Kubert, Janson, and Anderson did everything they can to make it crystal clear you’ve returned to the world of The Dark Knight Returns.

A ton of intrigue

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Holy buildup, Batman! Miller and Azzarello’s story pulls you back into The Dark Knight Returns’ world and offers some fan service along the way, but it also wastes no time whatsoever establishing several legitimately interesting plot points. By the time you’re done with the issue, you’re certainly going to be asking yourself a few key questions. Only time will tell how the story plays out, but for now, they absolutely have our attention.

The ending

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Say whaaaaaaaat? Unless the ending has been spoiled for you, you’re probably going to say – or at least think – something like that once you’ve finished reading the comic. Obviously, we don’t want to even come close to spoiling the twist(s) for you, so we’ll just stop right there and move on to the next point.

Wonder Woman

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A pleasant surprise in this first chapter is the amount of insight Wonder Woman receives. Not only is she portrayed as the badass warrior that she truly is, but we’re reminded of her desire to be a hero and do the right thing, no matter how much flak she receives for it. At the end of the day, Wonder Woman is every bit as interesting as Superman and Batman, so it’s nice to see that she’s likely going to play a pivotal role in the comic as opposed to just being a supporting character who doesn’t have all that much to do. Just like with Batman and Superman, this comic is going to bring up some questions about Wonder Woman’s story, and we’re anxious to see how it’ll all play out.


The views expressed herein are solely those of the writer, and not Midtown Comics. Additionally, Midtown Comics makes no representations as to the accuracy of any of the information expressed herein.

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