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REVIEW: ‘Dark Knight III: Master Race#5′ is Science vs. Fundamentalism

 
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Story by: Frank Miller & Brian Azzarello
 
Art by: Andy Kubert & Klaus Janson
 
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3.5/ 5


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So, the Man of Tomorrow is out of the picture, who can save the world from the onslaught of religious but nigh-super powered Kryptonians? As usual, the Dark Knight has the right tools and the superior mind to do the impossible, as presented in Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson‘s another masterful […]

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So, the Man of Tomorrow is out of the picture, who can save the world from the onslaught of religious but nigh-super powered Kryptonians? As usual, the Dark Knight has the right tools and the superior mind to do the impossible, as presented in Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson‘s another masterful graphic storytelling in Dark Knight III: Master Race #5.

The story starts in Gotham and ends in Gotham, supposedly the epicenter of final resistance against the Kryptonian fundamentalists. While searching the stealthy “prey”, other remaining superheroes search for the Man of Steel in the hopes of tipping the balance again. Naturally, both Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello portray Batman as the one who has the contingency plans by thinking outside the box, and the greatest user of the emotional spectrum that is FEAR. Azzarello should be commended again for making sure that Miller’s vision is just right, and less “goddamned Batman” moments though the texts has some of the trademark Miller sensibilities. And like many good superhero storytelling, this one has some unexpected twists, especially in the latter part to make sure we remain a bit invested in the last three chapters.

Many of the Andy Kubert’s illustrations, particularly the fight scenes and Batman’s big toys, are definitely nods to Miller’s graphic imagery in the The Dark Knight Returns. On the personal note, Kubert tries his best to make his illustrations as Miller-esque as possible. Andy’s strength here is his highly accessible and cleaner graphic sequential paneling, making the fifth chapter an accessible reading.

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Speaking of delays, its delay (including future installments) actually affects the interest of staying on course with the Dark Knight’s fight against fanaticism and ignorance. I personally cannot lay the blame on who among the creative team members is slower. Another one is the atrocious Miller illustrations in the mini-comics in-between. With all due respect to the master himself, he should do writing instead and leave the drawing to younger and better comic illustrators. Kubert’s pencils look so rough in many pages, even uneven to look upon. One panel, he draws well, while another or so, rugged. Furthermore, a serious plot hole exposes here. It mentions how expensive Batman’s countermeasures are, but what explanations are there for Bruce’s accumulations of monies since post-The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Secret bank accounts, dummies, underground economy, I can only speculate (or in the most non sequitur reasoning of all, “He’s The BATMAN” logic). And, expect some profane language here even with some of the nicest DC characters around.

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Regardless of the several hiccups cited, Dark Knight III: Master Race #5 presents a strong message here, fundamentalist beliefs are venomous. Scientific reasoning and logical thinking can trump dogmas around, particularly in the mind of the so-called “Most Dangerous Man” alive. Brian’s handling of the script balances the textual flavor of decency and respecting the Miller-Dark Knight legacies. Sure, Frank loves Superman, in the “tough-love” way possible.


Norby Ela

 
FlipGeeks Operations Editor, Managing Editor of Comics, Komiks, Manga, atbp.


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