Now, really...

Date: 2009-04-27 01:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Am I really the only s_d-er who likes DKR, without qualification? I'm not talking DKSA which really did suck, nor ASB&R which sucks if it's meant to be taken seriously. I'm talking the original DKR. Along with Year One, it's Miller at his best. Some of the passages are breathtaking:

  • The twice-repeated passage about the primordial Bat coming for Bruce, as a boy and again as an old man: "Surely the fiercest survivor, the purest warrior...glaring, hating... Claiming me as your own."

  • Gordon's speech about Pearl Harbor. "It was too big. He was too big."

  • Batman being haunted by the Joker even beyond the grave: "Stop...stop laughing."

  • Superman's plea to his adopted mother, Earth, to restore him after the nuclear blast.

  • Carrie's sheer awe at Batman in command. "It's just his voice. Just him."

And on and on.

C'mon, who's with me here?

Re: Now, really...

Date: 2009-04-27 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
No, I enjoyed it.

But I also enjoyed Final Crisis, so what do I know.

Re: Now, really...

Date: 2009-04-28 09:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What! Splitter! Heretic!

(I kid, I kid. I didn't even read Final Crisis.)

Re: Now, really...

Date: 2009-04-27 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can't speak for everyone, but all plot considerations aside, I could never truly like DKR because I find the art hideous. I have issuses with the plot too, but for me, that's what it boils down to. Even this bits I liked, I couldn't really enjoy because, to my eyes, the art is ugly.

I always thought that the story wasn't meant to be liked. That we were meant to take it as a warning, not be entertained by it. This was a comic book attempting to be literature. I leave the speculation on the success (or not) of the attmept to others as well as arguments of the literary merits of the work.

Re: Now, really...

Date: 2009-04-28 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
::Raises hand::

Is it perfect? No. Is it a terrific Batman story? Yes.

Re: Now, really...

Date: 2009-05-01 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There are things about it I hate. I don't think it's perfect. I wish people hadn't decided that its Elseworld version of Batman needed to be THE Batman. But I keep coming back to this book. And the art is beautiful to me. And those five things you named are some of my very favourite elements. Especially Superman. I keep hearing that people hate Miller's OTT dissing of Superman in this book, but regardless of the man's intentions, Superman/Clark comes off as an interesting, sympathetic character in DKR.


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