Dark Knight III : The Master Race
Writer Miller & Azzarello Artist Stuart Immonen Publisher Various Format Three six-issue arcs
Frank Miller’s landmark The Dark Knight Returns has had one follow-up – the flawed The Dark Knight Strikes Again (DK2). Now DC are giving us another, in time to capitalise on the Miller-esque movie action of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
However, while Miller’s name is front and centre on the credits, he’s only contributing a small amount of art – this is largely co-writer Brian Azzarello’s show. Each issue also features a back-up story illustrated by a guest artist. Meanwhile, main series artist Andy Kubert does his best Miller impersonation, capturing the right visual style.
This miniseries sees Batman return to Gotham, just as the science experiments of Ray “The Atom” Palmer accidentally release a horde of crazed Kryptonian religious fundamentalists and a worldwide rampage begins. But while the series has attentiongrabbing moments, it steers away from the crazier, less coherent elements of Miller’s work. Despite slick and efficient storytelling, there’s little to distinguish it from other Dark Knight-influenced grim superhero sagas.
The cover for the second comic in the new series, but Frank Miller is only part involved. Ra ting
There’s doubt about how much of the DK3 eight-issue miniseries Frank Miller wrote.