Batman, the Dark Knight

Batman, the Dark Knight

Master Race

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One of the most highly anticipated sequels of all-time is finally here in DARK KNIGHT III- THE MASTER RACE!

In 1986, Frank Miller introduced his iconic take on Batman and changed the face of comics forever. Now, three decades after BATMAN- THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, Miller himself has returned with a third chapter to his groundbreaking saga.

DARK KNIGHT III- THE MASTER RACE continues Frank Miller's landmark DARK KNIGHT SAGA that began with 1986's THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and continued with its 2001-2002 sequel THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN. Co-written by Brian Azzarello and drawn by Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson, DARK KNIGHT III- THE MASTER RACE returns to a world gone awry left in the aftermath of the toppling of Lex Luthor and the apparent death... of Batman himself? Then who will save Gotham City and the rest of the planet against the mysterious Master Race?

Also collected in this graphic novel are the nine mini-comics that originally appeared in the monthly periodical release of DARK KNIGHT III- THE MASTER RACE, each of which focuses on a different character from within the world of Miller's Dark Knight. The minicomics are also written by Miller and Azzarello and will be drawn by some of the greatest artists currently working in comics, including Miller himself, Eduardo Risso and John Romita, Jr.!

Collected here are all nine chapters of DARK KNIGHT III- THE MASTER RACE as well as the nine mini-comics.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : DC Comics, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781401265137
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,illustrations (chiefly colour) ;,27 cm.
Alternative Title: Master race.


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Feb 17, 2019

The Master Race is a provocative title. Turns out it is those folks in Kandor, the city from Krypton that has been sitting in a bottle in Superman's Fortress of Solitude. The good people of Kandor have had enough and want to get the f*** out of that bottle. I could see their point, but they also want to take over the Earth because they consider the people from Krypton to be the Master Race. So this pits Superman against his home planet, because he sides with Earth. Frank Miller of course created the Dark Knight graphic novel with Batman, definitely a must-read graphic novel. So Batman has skin in this game along with Wonder Woman, who in this history has had two children with Supes. See what happens when you don't pay attention to those super-heroes. Batman is also very much on-the-ropes throughout the tale, so his daughter steps in to help. The interesting conflict is that Supes' daughter sides with the finally-freed-from-the-bottle Kryptonians. The daughter is half-Amazonian, but Wonder Woman sides with earth and Amazon Island. If this sounds to you like it is going to have all-hell-breaks-loose battles, you are 100% right. Superman has a very tender side here when dealing with his daughter, and demonstrates especially tender loving care with the battered Batman. Frank Miller does some of the art with different inkers, but Andy Kuberts pencils much of the book, at times changing his style just a bit to match the past Dark Knght books. Klaus Janson (another Dark Knight veteran) inks Kubert, who does occasionally show a flash of his father, Joe Kubert's, style, which I enjoyed. Lots to keep you going here - but Frank Miller has so many past total triumphs (Daredevil, Electra, Dark Knight, Sin City, etc.) that he almost always has too much to compete with.

Aug 07, 2018

This one was certainly better than the last one in the series, and thank god Miller isn't the lead artist anymore.

Nov 27, 2017

I'll try my best to keep it spoiler free. But I will say this came off as very mediocre, and is absolutely nowhere near a "comic book event". Its closer to one of those B grade filler storylines that unfortunately sucked the life out of your favorite XMen/Superman comic for an entire year in between bonafide events that got turned into graphic novels whose names you actually remember.

C'mon, you know what I'm talking about- all the comic book storylines you don't remember, because they essentially just took up space. This is one of those snoozers here, yet backed up with a bunch of undeserved marketing hype. Despite the return of writer Frank Miller backed up by a very strong art team, both the art and writing comes across as less than stellar. Unlike the first volume of TDKR (volume 2 shall not be mentioned, it was so atrocious) volume 3 here doesn't take any "risks" either way politically, and certainly isn't insightful like TKDR or say Woods' DMZ, or Vaughn's Y The Last Man. TBH if I had purchased this series from the comic book store for the exorbitant prices they were putting on this title, I'd have felt straight up taken advantage of. It's like a bunch of all star developers phoned home their performance but expected the fans to pay full price for this lazy scrimmage.

I absolutely wanted to love this book but just couldn't get past the mediocrity. The first hour was exciting, but the next few hours finishing it felt like a chore I had to do. If you are up for a good story, I'd recommend any of a zillion other Batman or Starwars (Dark Horse era) available for free at our wonderful library system. No need to waste your time here.

Nov 12, 2017

Batman Year 1 was very good. This one not so much.

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