Absolute Dark Knight

September 25, 2006 | Trades


Absolute Dark Knight
Frank Miller with Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley
DC Comics
$134.99/$99.99 US (Hardcover)
**** (out of five)

I have a friend who is an Absolute junkie.
That is to say, he owns every one of the exquisite, albeit extremely expensive, DC Absolute editions (11 so far, with two more coming by the end of the year, prices ranging from $75-$135).
These volumes reprint the crème-de-la-crème of DC titles, works such as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen, Warren Ellis and John Cassiday’s Planetary and, as noted in my last column, Mark Waid and Alex Ross’ Kingdom Come.
Frank Miller’s seminal 1986 series The Dark Knight Returns, which launched a 15-yearlong trend toward ‘grim ‘n’ gritty’ comics, was a natural for this kind of treatment and it has finally got it, packaged along with his highly criticized 2001-02 sequel The Dark Knight Strikes Again.
When I asked my friend what he thought of this pairing in the Absolute Dark Knight, he simply said, “This book is so nice it even makes The Dark Knight Strikes Out look good.”
With its over-sized format, stunning digital colour enhancements and plethora of bonus material, it’s hard to disagree with that assessment.

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