The Dark Knight Strikes Again

Author: Frank Miller
Artist: Frank Miller & Lynn Varley
Titan Books
RRP 24.99
ISBN 1 84023 486 5
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Three years after the apparent death of Bruce Wayne and the revelation to the entire World that he was really the Batman, Our winged hero appears to be making a comeback. And with a new, younger Catwoman as his partner against crime, Batman continues to set the world to rights. He seems to be doing just that until the previously believed dead Joker appears on the scene intent on spoiling Batty's comeback...

Following on from the events that unfolded in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, The Dark Knight Strikes Again sees a pensionable Bruce Wayne returning to strike fear into the criminals of Gotham City in a bid to make the streets safe for the law abiding citizens.

This collection never quite recaptures the magic of the Dark Knight Returns and to be honest bringing Wayne back was probably a mistake. Maybe The Dark Knight Returns would have been the most fitting conclusion to the Bat saga. The Dark Knight Strikes Back tries to introduce a twist ending, but this is obvious and gives the whole collection a rushed movie adaptation feel.

Following on from the JLA theme that was hinted at in The Dark Knight Returns, there are more references included here about the downfall of the Superhero club and why mankind cannot accept that heroes with superpowers should be left to their own devices.

This collection has some pretty bizarre single panel character illustrations - including a young Batman fan and a leading psychoanalyst who seem to have stepped out of a young child's nightmare.

This is still an interesting graphic novel and a must have for any Bat freak.

Darren Rea

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