- Dark Knight Returns
- Long Halloween
- Death of the Family
- Killing Joke
- Dark Knight Strikes Again
- Hush Returns
- Fortunate Son
- All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder
- Knightfall Part II
What are your most hated and most loved
Im just gonna say what I agree from yours and what I disagree
So I think I agree with you for the most part, the main difference is I would put Death IN the Family in the worst graphic novels out there. (let's be honest, it was the gimmickiest of gimicky books out there, I mean the Joker was the ambassidor of SAUDI ARABIA?!?!?!)
@breadspread: simple. ugly and terrible artwork. unnecessary splash pages. the crappy Photoshop affects. and the dumb pointless news parts. i know dark knight returns had alot of news in it but in that book it works. it doesn't here. it of course had Frank Miller going all "Every woman in my books are hookers" so we need scenes like 'News in the Nude'
The first time I read through All-Star Batman and Robin, I hated it. The art was amazing, but the story and the characters were way off.
It really bugged me that none of the characters were really themselves... It bugged me so much I thought about it for a long time and read it a few more times. Then it hit me.
The whole book is through the eyes of Dick. I'm not talking just about the parts in his first person narrative. The whole book is read through his eyes (even when he isn't necessarily present). Keep in mind that this is through the eyes of a young boy that is coping with the death of his parents. If you look at how Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and Green Lantern are portrayed they all have one aspect of their actual personality (what we are used to) and it is GREATLY exaggerated. This is how Dick Grayson was interpreting interactions with all these people. And yes I understand that neither Batman or Dick were present for the little meeting between WW, GL and Supes but this scene (and all scenes in the book) is presented through that same lens.
In this version Batman isn't the loon that we see him as... it is just how Dick originally saw him while in this state of shock. He came across to him originally as a crazy guy in a bat suit.
Did Batman really leave the kid in the cave to eat rats? No, that is an exaggeration of the loneliness and darkness he felt in the cave while coping with his parents death.
Then it all comes together in the last page of the book. Dick sees Batman/Bruce for who he really is... a caring man with a specific mission in life that is taking in a young boy whose life was crushed by tragedy.
I'm not saying this is what Frank Miller had in mind when writing the book, and I'm not saying this point of view is void of of holes.... BUT if you go back and read the book with this in mind I think you will see the book in a different light.
Reading through it with this in mind really made me like this book.
@capedcrusader234: Yeah... I agree that the art is trashy looking. I kinda dig it... It's definitely sloppy in parts, but I like the looseness of it, it goes with the absolutely absurd story.
You're right about the woman, although most are fake media personalities and I think overtly sexualizing them is the point.
I like how it pulls the other DC characters in, and how it uses them. I think it's a ton of fun.
I do understand all your points though, I can see how Dark Knight Strikes Again can be polarizing.
I think people hate on Dark Knight Strikes Again so hard because how could it possibly live up much less exceed it's predecessor, one of the greatest Batman stories ever written! DKSA isn't awful, it's just very strange. Many cool elements were there, but it did feel kinda disjointed. (especially the ending, which lacked the emotional punch it deserved.)
As for best, DKR, Long Halloween, and Year One are obvious choices but theres a reason for that.
Mad Love, Dark Victory, Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, and once more Mad Love. Mad Love is my favorite book of all time!
I also liked Knightfall, The Killing Joke, and Death of a Family. However I wouldn't say they were my favorites.
As for worst IDK! The "Batman and Robin" comic adaptation?
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