This ground-breaking synthesis of comic-book icons and modern cinematic sensibilities redefined an American myth and reshaped the face of modern graphic novels. And now, a decade later, it's back...to inspire a new generation! This edition contains 28 pages of never-before-seen sketches, art and text, with a new cover, designed by Chip Kidd. This is the tale of a tortured hero's twilight and his efforts to save the city he had once sworn to protect from spiralling relentlessly into chaos. Batman's struggles with a new breed of criminal, the training of a new Robin, and his fateful final encounters with Superman, Two-Face and The Joker, are all woven together seamlessly to mark a warrior's mythic rite of passage.
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If any comic has a claim to have truly reinvigorated the genre then The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller--known recently for his excellent Sin City series and, previously, for his superb rendering of the blind superhero Daredevil--is probably the supreme contender. Batman represented all that was wrong in comics and Miller set himself a tough task taking on the camp crusader and turning this laughable, innocuous children's cartoon character into a hero for our times. In his introduction the great Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, the arguably peerless Watchmen) argues that only someone of Miller's stature could have done this. Batman is a character known well beyond the confines of the comic world (as are his retinue) and so reinventing him, while keeping his limiting core essentials intact, was a huge task.
Miller went far beyond the call of duty. The Dark Knight is a success on every level. Firstly it does keep the core elements of the Batman myth intact, with Robin, Alfred the butler, Commissioner Gordon and the old roster of villains, present yet brilliantly subverted. Secondly the artwork is fantastic--detailed, sometimes claustrophobic, psychotic. Lastly it's a great story: Gotham City is a hell on earth, streetgangs roam but there are no heroes. Decay is ubiquitous. Where is a hero to save Gotham? It is 10 years since the last recorded sighting of the Batman. And things have got worse than ever. Bruce Wayne is close to being a broken man but something is keeping him sane: the need to see change and the belief that he can orchestrate some of that change. Batman is back. The Dark Knight has returned. Awesome. --Mark Thwaite
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Book Description Titan Books Ltd., London, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Special Edition. VERY RARE illustrated hardcover book with dust-jacket. "Batman - The Dark Knight Returns" By Frank Miller with Klaus Janson & Lynn Varley. This is the Tenth Anniversary Edition, first published by Titan Books Ltd., London, December 1996. 4to, 26.5 cm x 17.4 cm x 1.8 cm, Blue cloth-covered boards, Silver embossed lettering on spine, Silver embossed Batman head by Frank Miller on front cover, Decorated end papers (white over black Batman), Glossy printed dust-jacket. 224 pages. Weight: 715 Grams. CONTENTS ARE LIKE NEW!!! Dust-jacket is slightly scuffed but remains clean & glossy, few scratches & small bumps, edges worn & slightly creased. BOOK IN GREAT SHAPE: Spine is clean & sturdy, slightly bumped & scuffed either end, silver lettering intact, binding tight. Cover is clean, vertical linear indent & creases on front, edges bumped. Corners are scuffed & slightly bumped. Last few pages inc. end paper are slightly rippled on bottom edge. VERY RARE SPECIAL EDITION, EXCELLENT CONDITION!!! This 10th Anniversary Edition of "Batman - The Dark Knight Returns" was originally published in single magazine form in 4 issues & previously collected in Softcover Edition published by Titan Books Ltd. under licence from DC Comics in 1986. A great Batman comic/graphic novel with fantastic art work by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson & Lynn Varley. Contents: -Introduction by Frank Miller. -Book One; The Dark Knight Returns. -Book Two: The Dark Knight Triumphant. -Book Three: Hunt the Dark Knight. -Book Four: The Dark Knight Falls. -Gallery: The Original Covers. -The Dark Knight Falls: The Original Plot with Exerpts from Frank Miller's Sketch Book. IN STOCK in the UK!!! We post the same day, or if that's not possible, the very next working day. Seller's Ref: 340-B. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-9439674259
Book Description TITAN BOOKS, London, U.K., 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. MILLER, FRANK : JANSON, KLAUS : VARLEY, LYNN (illustrator). 1st Edition. HB - 1st. Print - The Tenth Anniversary Edition - FINE/FINE (As New) - In the mid-late 80s, Frank Miller told a story which is considered by many to be the quintessential Batman tale, The Dark Knight Returns - In this story, an aged, long retired hero returns to the streets of Gotham City to take on mutant gangs, The Joker, Superman and others. - Includes a new introduction by Frank Miller, features a Covers Gallery, The original script w/ excerpts from Miller's sketchbook, and more. Bookseller Inventory # 005444