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Daring to defend The Dark Knight Strikes Again

from Frank Miller & Lynn Varley's The Dark Knight Strikes Again

from Frank Miller & Lynn Varley's The Dark Knight Strikes Again

It started with a dare. Here at Robot 6 a week ago, I posted about how comics legend Frank Miller has been posting comments at the blog of neoconservative pundit Victor Davis Hanson. This inspired a comment by James B. Elkins II that casted skepticism on my bonafides as a Miller fan. Since Miller is in fact my all-time favorite comics creator, I responded by daring any and all comers to challenge me to defend what is, to many readers, Miller’s most indefensible work: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Miller and colorist Lynn Varley’s sequel to their seminal revisionist-superhero classic The Dark Knight Returns. I’ve always loved that book, but I’d never written about it at length. Well, David Brothers of The 4th Letter went ahead and took the dare and laid the challenge at my feet.

The result? I wrote a review of The Dark Knight Strikes Again for The Savage Critic(s), another one of my blog-homes away from blog-home. The piece, part of series of posts I’m doing on my all-time favorite comics, places Miller & Varley’s much-maligned, much-misunderstood comic in the context of similarly bright and brash works by cartoonist Ben Jones, comedians Tim and Eric, the “glo-fi” subgenre of indie rock, and more. Do check it out–then swing by The 4th Letter for David Brothers’s own two-part review of the book, which tackles it from a very different yet equally positive angle.



It was a fine, fine metatextual satire. People who made too much out of it are the same bellyachers who can’t handle James Robinson’s fresh take on stale characters.

James B Elkins II

October 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Again, I was not attempting to malign your Frank Miller fandom, mearly attempting to point out that anyone who thought Mr. Miller had shifted his politics to the right… just hadn’t been paying attention. Nice article by the by thanks to you I’m now following Savage Critic and 4th Letter… or should that be thank you…

Hey James–Naw, I get it. But if I hadn’t been paying attention, I’m not much of a fan, right?

Hope you dig those sites!

That’s nice and all, but my problem has a lot less to do with Miller the artist than it does with Miller the writer and, dare I say it, Miller the person.

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