Batman by Frank Miller


This masterpiece of modern comics storytelling brings to vivid life a dark world and an even darker man. Together with inker Klaus Janson and colorist Lynn Varley, writer/artist Frank Miller completely reinvents the legend of Batman in his saga of a near-future Gotham City gone to rot, ten years after the Dark Knight's retirement. Crime runs rampant in the streets, and the man who was Batman is still tortured by the memories of his parents' murde...

Details Batman

Release DateNov 1st, 2012
PublisherDC Comics
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Dc Comics, Batman, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Comic Book

Reviews Batman

  • Stephen
    ........................ FIRST A BRIEF HISTORY LESSON................................BEFORE "The Dark Knight Returns"............................. HOLY ASSCLOWNS BATMANand don’t forget (though I know you WANT TO) UHH, UMM....I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY TO THIS AS IT IS JUST TOO PAINFUL....WAITER....CHECK PLEASE!!!!...BUT THANKFULLY................................AFTER "The Dark Knight Returns".................... WE WERE GIVEN........ HOLY REVER...
  • Anne
    Because the best kind of classic has pictures...So. I've actively (and successfully) avoided reading TDKR for many years now.Why, you ask?Well, to be honest, I was kinda scared. Now, if you aren't a comic book reader, then you might not understand how big of a deal this book is, but if you are...?Yeah, you know.Which means, you're also aware of all the rabid comic nerds out there who go all stabby when you don't like their favorite character, pub...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    BatmanYou gave my book two stars? MeYes, it was boring and too political. Who wants a bunch of boring politics? I couldn't take it anymore...and I've always been your fangirl.Batman Me.Don't make me give you the aren't a whiny ass Batman MeQuit whining..Two stars from me is pretty good. Batman Me Batman
  • Khurram
    really enjoyed this comic; I keep wondering why it took me so long to read it. I finally got around to reading it after being blown away by Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (Region 2) and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2 [DVD]. I thought it was finally time to get round to the source material. I am glad I did.I quick recap of the story. Bruce is no longer Batman. There has been no Batman for 10 years. To curb his urges Bruce has be...
  • Missy
    When I was growing up, comic books (this was years before 'graphic novels') were frowned upon in my household, but I was addicted to them anyway. X-Men, to be precise, because, OMG, Jean Grey was smart and tough (at least until Dark Phoenix) AND had both Scott Summers and Wolverine in love with her. (I do love a good soap.) Batman was a joke back then, thanks to that moronic TV show. But Batman, the real Dark Knight, wasn't a joke--if Superman is...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (The Dark Knight Saga #1), Frank Miller, Klaus Janson (Illustrator), Lynn Varley (Illustrator)Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, is a 1986 four-issue comic book miniseries starring Batman, written by Frank Miller, illustrated by Miller and Klaus Janson, and published by DC Comics. The Dark Knight Returns is set in a dystopian version of Gotham City in 1986. Bruce Wayne, aged 55, has given up the mantle of Batman afte...
  • Shannon
    This is a totally different spin on Batman first published in 1986 by Frank Miller. Don't expect it to be like the old cartoons. Definitely not like the Adam West Batman from the 60s. Not the Justice League of America. Batman and Superman are hardly on speaking terms. The governments have passed laws against vigilante super heroes so most of them are in prison or banished, or, like Superman, secretly working for the government. Batman, after a se...
  • Heather
    I know I'm alone in this, but I didn't really like The Dark Knight Returns. I struggled with the story structure -- all the perspective switching left me frequently scratching my head to figure out who was speaking, where we were, and what the Heck was happening. I was confused by some characters (the guy with the freaky flying baby bombs?). I was bothered that there was no discussion of Ellen/Robin's family -- we have VERY little information on ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: StarsEgads, I think this is going to be really long. Sorry : (My first superhero graphic novel review. It’s like diving right into shark infested waters. Please be gentle and keep in mind that I hold zero belief that anyone should ever take my reviews seriously. Period. But even more so when it comes to this one.As I said, this is my first foray into the unchartered waters of the ...
  • Dan Schwent
    Ten years after the last appearance of Batman, Gotham is overrun by crime.Ten years after the last appearance of Batman, Commissioner James Gordon is retiring.Ten years after the last appearance of Batman, the world is on the brink of nuclear war.Ten years after the last appearance of Batman, Bruce Wayne has had enough!Ten years after the last appearance of Batman, The Dark Knight Returns!The first time I read The Dark Knight Returns, I was an im...
  • Brad
    More often than not Dark Knight Returns is considered one of the greatest graphic novels -- if not the greatest. I can't deny its importance to the form (and to the myth of Batman -- responsible as it is for Bruce Wayne's shift into the "Dark Knight" era), but having taught it a handful of times and read it for "pleasure" a few more (this reading having been prompted by Christopher Nolan's disappointing trilogy capper, The Dark Knight Rises) I fe...
  • Buck
    Call it art if you want to, but at the end of the day it’s still a dopey comic book about a guy in a form-fitting outfit who runs around beating people up. Am I missing something?But really, I’m just mad at myself for giving four stars to Batman: Year One the other day, apparently during a manic episode. So I’m downgrading this bad boy. Year One has the stronger artwork anyway, and its ectomorphic Batman is drawn on a more human scale, with...
  • Lyn
    Kids, remember: always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.Incredibly, I did not LOVE this.I liked it, no doubt. The IDEA of an aging Batman donning the cape and cowl, kicking creeps ass and then needing a rubdown later, picking a fight he could not win only to get up, dust off his old and tired self and BE the Dark Knight again was great. Miller is a genius and there were parts of this that reminded me of Alan Moore’s CLASS...
  • Jonathan Terrington
    Before Christopher Nolan came alone and further redefined the idea of superheroics, Frank Miller was doing well enough to keep Batman fresh and interesting in his own way. The Dark Knight Returns tops my list of best graphic novels ever written for what it did for the genre, what it did for Batman and what it stands as today. Though Watchmen is universally accepted as the greatest graphic novel I personally believe this is greater in that it was ...
  • Katie
    I'm sorry. I'm really sorry. I know that this is one case where there must be something wrong with *me* and not with the book, because it's been lauded as one of the greatest graphic novels in superhero history, and I thought it sucked.The story is very difficult to follow - and this coming from someone who is well-versed in Batman lore, and who is used to the comic book medium for storytelling. Poor writing.The pictures are sometimes difficult t...
  • Maciek
    You don't get it, son. This isn't a mudhole... It's an operating table. And I'm the surgeon. The Dark Knight Returns is Frank Miller's most popular comic (at least here on GR) and arguably the best Batman comic ever. Originally published in four installments in 1986, it single-handedly undid the damage done to the Bat by the goofy 60's show with Adam West. Situation at the time was pretty tragic. Initial success of the West show influenced the wr...
  • Sam Quixote
    The Batman of today can be traced back to this book. Before Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Returns” Batman was a joke; the comics were weak with Batman and Robin doing the same thing week in week out, it’s no coincidence that there are few books worth reading before Miller’s work - all the great Batman “must-reads” (The Killing Joke, Year One, The Long Hallowe’en, Hush, Dark Victory) follow this interpretation of the character. And i...
  • Mykle
    (UPDATE: just to be pedantic ... reading the other reviews, I've come to realize that people use "The Dark Knight" as a nickname for any old Batman these days -- like calling Satan "Old St. Nick," or George Bush "Dubya". So to whomever may have said "Frank Miller isn't my favorite Dark Knight writer" I'd just like to point out that FRANK MILLER INVENTED THE DARK KNIGHT! If there's any earlier use of that phrase in history, I'm bat-ignorant. Back ...
  • Bookwraiths
    Never have been a Frank Miller fan. The art, page layouts, characterization (especially Batman and Superman), and dialogue in this one left me saying "What is so great about this again?" Guess I'll reread Watchmen again.
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    I kind of dropped of reading comics when I was a kid so it was only thanks to the Christopher Nolan trilogy that I went back and read several of the sources of stories used in the movies. I talked to comics geek friend m.poulet recommended Batman, The Dark Knight Returns in particular. I recalled also an episode of Comic Book Men where Kevin Smith and the boys reminisce about the impact that this particular comic had on them. I had read and enjoy...
  • Richard
    2/10I hated this. It took me an age to get through as I had no desire to pick it up. It's badly drawn, badly narrated, and too muddled to make a coherent story and grab my attention. I found some of the text hard to read and not stylised in what I would class as an easy comic book format. I read comics/graphic novels more for the art than the story and this was just piss poor. Compared to some of the other Batman works I've read (not many in all ...
  • Vladimir Ćeha
    To be honest, I'm kind of disappointed, because I thought I would enjoy this more. The drawings are messy and so is the plot, which is often difficult to follow. There are some redeeming qualities, and I can appreciate this comic for providing a darker turn for Batman, but it failed to leave a strong impression on me.
  • Donovan
    This one's a real chin stroker. Very dense and layered. Took me two slow reads full of notetaking to begin to fathom the complexity and sociopolitical satire in this masterpiece. My first read two years ago was lukewarm. I didn't hate it, I just didn't get it. I knew it was important, but the art and 80s culture takes some getting used to. And there's so much Batman lore that if you don't know it you're going to get lost, which I didn't know and ...
  • Amie
    I can't really see why this is considered one of the best Batman stories ever. There's nothing here that really makes it special. It has a slow-moving, weak plot and less than stellar artwork. There is too much word repetition - you already said that 10 pages back, I did not forget already. Along with the stupid repetition are phrases which make absolutely no sense whatsoever. I guess it was an attempt at future slang, but it failed miserably. "B...
  • Ronyell
    5.5 stars! It is 1960s “Batman” vs. 1980s “Batman!” Guess which one will win! Introduction: For many years, I have actually grown up with the darker version of Batman when I was little, thanks to the animated TV series that came out of the 90s. But a few years back, I have realized that there was a 1960s TV series where Batman seems a bit campy, but I had enjoyed it for what it was. Now, I had heard of a particular “Batman” story t...
  • Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ #BookDiet2019
    In every list of the greatest Batman stories ever written, this is always on top of the pile (rivaled once in a while by his other work, Year One, if not followed closely by Alan Moore's The Killing Joke). Naturally, I was excited to start reading this although I cheated on myself a little because I did watch its animation adaptation last year. But having the chance to read the source material myself, I started to understand why this was such an ...
  • James DeSantis
    Yep still think it sucks. I get it, 95% of people won't agree with me and that's fine. The Dark Knight Returns helped give Batman a edge. Thanks to it we got some of the best dark knight stories following. The idea of having Bruce come out of retirement, vengeful, ready to clean up his city is inciting. But wonky storytelling, lame dialog, and so/so art really make this one hard to get through. I finally finished through it in a hour, and just li...
  • توفيق عبد الرحيم
    i have been reading this for a few days nowand i can tell you its poorly executed but its still damn fineignore all the wrongs really the mutantsthe joker's death i mean like finally !!!batman beating up superman and getting away with it leaving a grieving Clark Kentits damn fine i tell youwe know how good batman is with his disappearing act from the movies but this was before the moviethis graphic novel was actually in the days that all comic bo...
  • Michael
    How do you review something as iconic and influential as The Dark Knight Rises?On one level, I suppose you could ask whether or not this four-issues mini-series lives up to the hype and accolades heaped upon it over the years? That answer is, yes. And the fact that it revolutionized not only Batman but all of comics is another major feather in its cap.It's influence on the Christopher Nolan trilogy of films can't be denied--especially elements us...
  • Mark
    I always was a big fan of Batman and with TDKR by Miller I felt I read something I had not seen before in comics. While I always considered Batman as a somewhat on the right in a political sense here he operates in a far more dangerous fascist future.Batman has gone and retired. The world has taken a right-wing fascist direction where freedom of speech is still practiced even if it is no longer a valuable thing as it is used to cover a lot of wro...