Okay, so i've not given 5 stars for what many people consider as the finest batman comic of all time! Sorry, but compared to my favourites like year one, the long halloween, dark victory, the killing joke, even miller's own all star batman and robin, this visually just doesn't compare! Then again, jim lee did do the artwork for all star!
I understand that dkr is a benchmark in terms of miller's approach to revitalising batman's image and credibility, but lynn varley's artwork looks patchy and ugly at times. Varley worked with miller on the brilliant "300", one of the greatest non character graphic novels of all time, but the same visual approach to dkr doesn't quite work. I would have loved to have seen miller's story with someone like tim sale or jim lee for dkr, it would then have the visuals to back up a fascinating story.
On the major plus front however, miller's portrayal of batman is truly brilliant. Old, battered and retired, miller's dark knight feels compelled to return after seeing gotham's crimewave steadily accelerate since hanging up his cowl. The story also builds to a climatic showdown between bats and a certain man of steel, superman believing batman's nonchalent and nihlistic attitude towards criminals endanger the whole superhero taskforce. But even this revelation may annoy some fans, this is a batman story after all, does superman really have to make an appearance? Doesn't it become an elseworlds story rather than a pure interpretation of the batman? Anyway, despite these niggles, i'm sure there are many of you that will love dkr, and so they should, its miles better than other graphic novels out there!