An Ally Returns in Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5

DC Comics continues the 30th Anniversary celebration of the release of "The Dark Knight Returns" with issue #5 of Dark Knight III: The Master Race. As we move past the halfway mark of the limited series, Writers Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello are drawing us toward a climactic battle between Kryptonians and the legendary superheroes the world has come to rely on in times of peril. Andy Kubert continues to illustrate the tale with great admiration and the excellent skill he's known for.

In Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5, Batman and Robin prepare for war with the Master Race. An ally returns from an unlikely place just as his mighty power is needed most.

I have to say I do love all the new and wickedly humorous ways Frank Miller comes up with for Batman to put the smack down on Kryptonians. Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5 has a great one which left me with a criminally giant smirk on my face. I get a sort of sick tinge of satisfaction anytime the Caped Crusader sticks it to the Man of Steel or any of his bloodline.

Up to now, the bonus books that come with each issue of Dark Knight III: The Master Race have been enjoyable background stories of the characters playing a role in the bigger picture. With Lara, we get Frank Miller's unique artwork which fondly takes us back to the original "The Dark Knight Returns". The story, however, really has nothing to add in the grand scale of things. It almost feels like you're viewing a superfluous deleted scene from the bonus material on a DVD.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race is rated T+. I really can't figure out what the difference is here between this and a T-rated book. There's violence, blood, profanity, and adult situations. However, I've seen worse in the Batman and Detective Comics monthly titles.

As the story moves along, I find myself enjoying Dark Knight III: The Master Race more and more. The magic captured with "The Dark Knight Returns" is still far superior to this. However, as sequels go, issue #5 takes readers on an agreeable jaunt.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5 is available now in print and digital editions.

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