How Utterly Proper
The conclusion to this epic four part event takes everything to the highest level and proves that Frank Miller was talented once. With the conflict in Corto Maltese over, Superman is on his way home when he overhears a news broadcast from President Reagan, informing everyone that the Soviets have launched a nuclear missile on America. He confidently reassures the American people that it will all be alright... from outer space! God, I love the irony in that. Superman sends the missile into the dessert, but the effects are felt all over the country. A massive blackout comes, causing riots, fires, the works. A cold front sweeps across the country, but the riots rage onward. Batman, Carrie and the disbanded Mutant Gang are the only ones left to restore order.
With Batman's list of offenses growing longer by the minute, Superman has no choice but to face him head on. Meanwhile, Batman works on his strategy to take Clark down, calling in Green Arrow for help. The appearance by Green Arrow is brief, but I liked it. He was as cool as ever, even with a bald spot to land a helicopter on and only one arm. Why I had to write four reviews for this, I'll never know. And if you've read all of them, I hope you read the Dark Knight Returns. My only gripe with this book is that it should have ended one page earlier. It was just a set up for the dreadful 2001 sequel, but still, it did show just how brilliant Batman is. I would've been equally happy with it ending where it did, if Frank didn't hear the voice in his head telling him to continue the story. As much as I loved Sin City, it bled into all his other work, making it weird, overt ripoffs of the noir genre, in color, making Wonder Woman a whore, Batman a psychopath and Superman an incompetent tool. Rant off.