Batman Searches for Super Help in Dark Knight III Book Three


DC Comics unleashes the slow-burning fury of Dark Knight III: The Master Race Book Three onto anticipating fans. Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello continue their epic tale with Artist Andy Kubert providing illustrations and Klaus Janson enhancing his work. The bonus mini-comic Dark Knight Universe: Green Lantern #1 features a story by by Miller and Azzarello with John Romita Jr. breaking down Frank Miller’s finishes.

In Dark Knight III: The Master Race Book Three, the hardest thing for Batman is to admit his greatest strength: He’s just one man. Sometimes he needs help. With so much at stake, will he turn to help of the Super variety?

I’m coming around to the idea of Superman’s villains being the main antagonist in a “Batman” book. However, I do wish Dark Knight III: The Master Race felt more like a story concentrated on the Caped Crusader than an extension of the Justice League-centric The Dark Knight Strikes Again. All that aside, I find myself getting more engaged in Miller and Azzarello’s well-paced drama.

The art for Dark Knight Universe Presents: Green Lantern #1 resembles what we came to expect from Frank Miller stylistically in The Dark Knight Strikes Again. It’s not quite as refined as Andy Kubert’s work. The unique look gives the book a more raw and organic feeling. The story serves as a warning that beauty and seduction paired with flattery can easily be the greatest weapon an enemy can use.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race Book Three and Dark Knight Universe Presents: Green Lantern #1 should be rated T for Teen. It contains violence and gore, profanity, adult situations, and frightening and intense scenes. I would compare it to the content we saw in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

I commend Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello for not rushing into action each issue just to get readers’ blood pumping. Instead, Dark Knight III: The Master Race uses Book Three to establish the storyline and take time to build on its foundations. Artist Andy Kubert and Inker Klaus Janson continue to successfully match the look of both The Dark Knight Returns and Strikes Again. The mini-comic Dark Knight Universe Presents: Green Lantern #1 is a nice spotlight on what is happening with our emerald hero during this era in Miller’s timeline.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race Book Three is available now in print and Kindle editions.