CM Podcast 299 – Batman: The Dark Knight Retruns (1986 comic miniseries)

Batman: The Dark Knight returns in a comic that I have been planning to review for a long time now. Tonight I finally have taken the time to do it!

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is written and drawn by Frank Miller with inks by Klaus Janson and colors by Lynn Varney. It was published by DC Comics in 1986 in their new prestige format (squarebound, stock packer and cardboard covers).

Frank Miller has always been pushing the comics medium to be a viable place were creators can tell mature stories about the super heroes they grew up on. In the podcast, I mention that Frank Miller’s inspiration of this comic was to get Batman back to his 1930 roots were he was ruthless and terrifying to criminals.

Did fans want this new darker version of Batman? HELL YEAH! This comic sold millions of copies and it is continued to be reprinted in trade even today! Frank Miller’s Dark Knight art and story was so inspirational, people are still paying it homage over 30 years later.

The image second from the left is the original cover of Batman The Dark Knight Triumphant #2 and the rest are homages.

In my podcast, I touch on parts of the story but I really get into the history on why Frank Miller wanted to tell this future tale of Batman in his 50s, How real world politics influenced his story telling and how this comic inspired film makers with their interpretations of the The Dark Knight Detective. All this and much more in the CM Podcast!

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 299

CM Podcast 133 – Doomsday Clock

A few weeks ago, DC launch their most audacious comic yet – Doomsday Clock.  It is a direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Watchman miniseries and it will tie the Watchmen universe directly into the DC universe.  Quite a bold undertaking to say the least.

The writer of this series is Geoff Johns.  He has written some great story lines for Superman, Green Lantern and the JLA that have earned him critical praise.  If there was on person to pick up where Alan Moore left off, Geoff Johns would be on the short list.

The series is penciled by Gary Frank.  He is an  accomplished artist in the comic industry.  I have been a fan of his work since I saw it on Peter David’s run of The Incredible Hulk.  Gary Frank is the perfect person to pick to fill the shoes of Dave Gibson.

Together, they are taking on the thankless task of continuing the adventures of The Watchmen in Doomsday Clock.

The first issue is out so Jon and I read it and we give a review of it on the podcast.  We also speculate on how the identity is of the new Rorschach.  We go on to talk about what may happen in the upcoming series.  We had a good time with the comic and talking about its future.  Did you know if you initialize the miniseries it would be DC’s DC? Weird.

Your comics pal,

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 133