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Guest reviewed by Cameron Corban
Writer: Frank Miller (w/Klaus Janson & Lynn Varley)
Publisher & Pages: DC Comics
Audience: General. Any fan of Batman-this is a must.
Blurb: It’s been 10 years since the last sighting of Batman in Gotham City. No one knows if he died, was kidnapped or simply disappeared. Society is crumbling in the once great city of Gotham thanks to the new threat of a gang simply known as ‘The Mutants’.
Bruce Wayne, now 55 years old is watching the work he put in fighting crime burn all around him. Hanging up the black cape after the death of Jason Todd (Robin), he has resigned himself to a life of a thrill seeking, close to suicidal, philanthropist.
With Gotham facing new threats, old foes returning and the worlds remaining heroes being used as tools for the White House, Batman is needed now more than ever. The Dark Knight Rises follows Bruce Wayne’s battle with his own mortality, his own moral code and his former friend-Superman.
Highlight: The Batman/Superman fight. The dialogue and tone is perfect-one of DC’s greatest moments in comic history.
Caution: A darker tone makes it one of the more violent stories in Batman’s history.
Highlight: Frank Miller is really the first Batman artist to display Joker and Batman’s relationship as a Yin & Yang system. Perfect for any Batman fan.