Saturday, August 21, 2021

Review of "The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Volume 3," by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley

 Review of

The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Volume 3, by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley ISBN 9781563898723

Five out of five stars

It is indeed a dark time, the Dark Knight is fighting back

The good heroes are rallying, and some progress has been made against the oppressive forces. Among other things, the Dark Knight has been captured by Lex Luthor, in this case he is drawn to match the image of the obese, ugly brutal executioners of medieval times. Lex is torturing the Dark Knight, yet he seems undisturbed, saying that his only goal is to see that Lex dies.

 The forces controlling the country are so powerful that the Congress votes unanimously to authorize the President to use whatever force is needed to subdue the country. Including the possible use of nuclear weapons. Just when Lex thinks he has the Dark Knight at his mercy, other forces arrive to turn the tables. There are heroes on both sides of the battle, so the good side does not have a monopoly on the ability to do great feats.

 There is some humor within the dark treatment of a very dystopic world. There are cameos by several famous people, including Elvis Presley, Pope John Paul II, columnist George F. Will, Attorney General John Ashcroft, a religious fanatic, what I believe is talk show host John McLaughlin as well as Bat-Mite.

 This is a wild and dark tale of a dystopic world where America has been taken over by totalitarian forces. Within all of this there is some wild dialog, where even an adult movie actress is presented as a powerful force to be reckoned with.

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