The Dark Knight Strikes Again

The Dark Knight Strikes Again

Book - 2002
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The long awaited sequel to Batman: the Dark Knight Returns is in hardcover, with a cover designed by Chip Kidd.It's been three years since the events of The Dark Knight Returns, and everything is just fine. At least on the surface. What the world at large doesn't know is that it's a total sham. A perfectly choreagraphed, pretty little world where everything that's ugly, or even potentially disturbing, is all nicely wrapped up with neat little ribbons and swept under the carpet.Only he know better. He's watched it fester to near-breaking point, and it's time for the only free man left who can effect any real change to bring it all down around their ears, once and for all.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2002
ISBN: 9781563898440
Branch Call Number: GN FIC Batma 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 247 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.). --
Additional Contributors: Varley, Lynn
Klein, Todd
Kane, Bob


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
SCL_Justin Aug 22, 2018

The art in this book is so terrible. The story would have been fairly pedestrian middle of the road superhero fare if it had anyone competent drawing it. Even though I knew this book would be atrocious, I read it to be up to speed when reading the third volume. It does make the third one (which has actual artists to make it readable and colourists to muffle the worst of Miller's drek) make more sense, but I would say it is not worth it. Go with the first one The Dark Knight Returns and be done.

Aug 07, 2018

Interesting use of characters.
Interesting story.

Terrible art
Terrible execution

Jul 21, 2018

The absolute worst comic I have ever read in my life. The art look like something a 12 year old would draw on Microsoft paint, not to mention the confusing story and horrible execution. I appreciate what Miller did for the Batman series with The Dark Knight Returns and for his work on Daredevil but he should have just retired before giving us this abomination. It feels like it was never meant to be actually pubished. Not to mention the awkard sexual references, overt misogyny, and underlying homophobic themes. Definitely avoid this one.

Jan 23, 2016

But wait for The Dark Knight III: The Master Race!

Jan 23, 2016

It was terrible with minimal dialog and crap artwork. Thought I am not too harsh because the comic was only half of the story (If you google it, the images are not all from this book or The Dark Knight Returns).

Sep 06, 2015

Absolutely, horrifyingly, terrible. When I was reading this I was utterly shocked and could not believe how bad it was.

The art is dreadful, the plot is barely even followable, and I wish I had never checked it out.

A real let down considering the Dark Knight Returns was so great, I can't even believe it is by the same author- based on the quality of this, and All Star Batman & Robin, I honestly wonder if he's mentally ill now.

Nov 17, 2014

While I could see why The Dark Knight Returns was so acclaimed in its time, I just couldn't appreciate it personally. The artistic style didn't work for me, and the inner anger of the storyteller made it off putting. This follow up, however, magnifies both of those elements far more than in the first book. The story is a relentlessly nihilistic, misogynistic, nonsensical pile of seething rage. And the art is hideously ugly. Frank Miller could benefit from a few decades of anger management and intensive therapy.

Apr 28, 2013

An unsatisfying sequel to what was a standalone masterpiece. Don't get me wrong; it's not utterly awful, it's just that Miller's (well known) mysoginy is distractingly palpable in this one. It often feels shoe-horned like he was mid-divorce or something. I usually find it very easy to leave something in the context of its era, etc, and get past that sort of thing but it just kept feeling like a bitter, involuntarily celibate old man screaming "...and another thing!". That aside, it's an acceptable sequel. It's not his fault he set the bar so high with TDKR but it falls incredibly short in many respects.

Aug 21, 2012

Another terrific yarn by Frank Miller, also rendered by Miller. Moody and dark artwork with excellent use of negative space, imagine Sin City with superheros. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the JLA are here ready to defend the world against Lex Luthor and Brainiac 5. Really loved Miller's treatment of Plastic Man as well. Great story with an undercurrent of commentary on society, the media, and the establishment.

Uh, what were they thinking? this was one of the worst things I have ever read in my life. First off it has terrible art, the storyline is god awful. And finally it is so bad that it degraded the first book which was wonderful. I really want to bye this book so I can just rip the pages out and it can never be read again.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Jul 21, 2018

mariah26 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Mar 23, 2010

RonNasty64 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


Add Notices
Mar 23, 2010

Coarse Language: Mild swearing


Add a Quote
Mar 27, 2010

Alfred. Command: Destruct. Code: Zap. Biff. Pow.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at NPPL

To Top