crowyhead, December 28, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
I'm honestly not a huge Frank Miller fan; I don't really like the boxy way he tends to draw human figures, and I have some... philosophical issues with Sin City. BUT, it's impossible to deny his impact on the industry, particularly in the case of The Dark Knight Returns. This and Alan Moore's The Watchmen basically revamped (and some say ruined) the costumed superhero. With this book, as well, Miller firmly establishes comic books as being "for grown ups," if only due to the violence therein. I still feel some ambivalence toward Miller's work, but this is an undeniably powerful portrayal of Batman.
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Frank Miller began his career in comics in the late 1970s and rose to fame while first drawing, and then writing, Daredevil for Marvel Comics. He was also the creative force behind Batman: The Dark KnightReturns, Batman: Year One, and Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again. His many works have not only redefined classic characters, but also, on a few occasions, revitalized the comics industry. His creator-owned Sin City hit the page in 1991, and then the silver screen in 2005 — with Miller on board as co-director. His multi-award-winning 300 graphic novel was brought to full-blooded life in the 2007 motion picture of the same name, and in 2008 he directed the feature film of Will Eisner’s The Spirit.
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