Precinct1313 Recommends: Batman Noir – The Dark Knight Returns

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It has been ten years since the last appearance of the Batman, and Gotham City has devolved even further into lawlessness and anarchy without its former custodian’s presence. An ageing Bruce Wayne struggles with his inner demons, and attempts to hold back his rage and inefficacy at protecting the city that he loves, with a mixture of alcohol dependency and a reckless, almost suicidal endangerment of his life through varying extreme motor sports events. With a new threat emerging in Gotham with the crazed Mutant gang attempting a coup of the city, the Batman returns in a proverbial blaze of glory, but has age and a growing feeling of doubt in his own prowess left the former masked crime-fighter incapable of dealing with this deadly menace.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is the groundbreaking saga penned and illustrated by the extraordinary Frank Miller (300, Sin City). Released initially in 1986, this 4 issue mini-series is almost wholly responsible for the direction the former ‘Caped Crusader’ of earlier incarnations took, becoming darker, grittier and a hell of a lot more intense!

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This fantastic collection of the 80’s masterpiece contains the full 4 issue mini-series for the first time in black and white. This stunning tour de force of a Batman story is even more brooding and bleak in this form, accentuating Batman’s feeling of guilt over his forced abandonment of Gotham, and his eventual return as its most famed guardian.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns will be available from June 16, in hardcover format weighing in at 208 pages. It could not come more highly recommended, it’s not only one of the greatest Batman stories ever told, but one of the most exceptional Superhero stories ever put to paper, standing effortlessly alongside other sublime comic tales such as Watchmen and V For Vendetta. 

Precinct1313 Rating: 5 Brooding Bats Out Of 5.

About Bruce Hodder (formerly known as ArcaneHalloween)

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Posted on June 5, 2015, in Comics and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Fantastic, can’t wait!

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  2. Best Batman ever! Just awesome!

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  3. Woah!!! Now this is what I really want right now (a strong Batman dose!) 😉
    Thanks for the lovely feature Bruce! Can’t wait to get my hands on this(hopefully sooner rather than later!)

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    • It’s an amazing piece of Batman lore Heena, definitely one of the greatest Batman stories ever told. And next years Batman v Superman movie is drawing a lot of its material from this very book.

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      • What!?!?!? Really? Omigosh!!!! Now I’m definitely getting it. I’ll check it out at Flipkart (the one you checked out for me some time back.) Actually it might be there on Amazon India as well… I’ll check it out and let you know when I’ll be getting it 🙂
        Thanks for the info Bruce 😀

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  4. I just checked it and on (India) it’s for almost $32 (Rs.2000) *feeling giddy*
    I guess I’m gonna wait for the process to go a bit down. maybe in a month or two (or three or four) they’ll be reasonable enough (say about Rs. 1000 or so) then I’ll buy it… what say?
    Anyways, the movie is next year. so I can get it by December also and still be able to read it before the movie..hehe!
    Sorry for bugging you, but I just got so excited at the prospect of this amazing Batman’s book… Will definitely tell you whenever I’ll get it 🙂

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    • You will really enjoy it Heena, an amazing read indeed. The version I wrote about in the post is a special anniversary variant, you should be able to get the original version of it for a lot less. Just search for The Dark Knight Returns, and not the Noir variant and it should be around about £10, not sure how much that is in your currency, but it will more than likely be about half the price of the anniversary version. 🙂

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      • I checked that one as well, guess how much it is 3000 Rs. ( this one is 2000 Rs.) The plain one is more expensive than the special one! LOL!
        can’t believe these guys!!!
        But I’ll keep on checking, it’ll go down some day…
        Anyways, thanks a ton Bruce! 🙂

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