REVIEW: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2
Written by Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello
Art by Andy Kubert
Inks by Klaus Janson
Colors by Brad Anderson
Published by DC Comics

After reading issue two of the Dark Knight III: The Master Race, I have to say that so far, this latest plot is merely OK. Over the years, I have read countless Batman adventures, and while I enjoyed most of them, there were some stories that didn’t quite entertain me. DKR was easily one of the most unforgettable Batman stories I’ve ever read. DK2 had the opposite effect for me. At the moment, DKIII in my opinion, falls somewhere in between.

I’m afraid for this review, I’ll have more negative viewpoints than I do positive ones, but I’ll share some of them with you anyways.

Perhaps what is bothering me the most, is the fact that the Dark Knight himself has been absent from most of the pages of the first two issues of DKIII. So, if you look at this from a financial perspective, you would have spent at a minimum, about $12 for the first two issues which focuses more on the supporting cast of characters than it does the leading one.

Carrie Kelley donning the cape and cowl and subsequently getting caught by the GCPD, seemed like an awfully painful way for her to gain an audience with Commissioner Yindel and share with her a tale of Bruce Wayne’s demise following his encounter with Lex Luthor in DK2. I don’t know about you, but I’m trying my best to put DK2 out of my mind.

The Wonder Woman mini-comic was not as impactful as the mini-comic from issue one. Good artwork yes, but the story there, or the emotions it conveys, could’ve been shared over the course of a few panels. Using a mini-comic devoted to Wonder Woman’s relationship with her daughter Lara was OK, but unnecessary.

Speaking of mini-comics, after reading the mini-comic from issue one, it was not hard to figure out who the Master Race was going to be. Now, the citizens of Kandor come forward in book two and their intentions are immediately made clear to the reader. Without a doubt, their rise in the second half of book two was much better than the story told in the first half of the issue.

With all of that being said, I’m not giving up on this series. It’s definitely much better than DK2 up to this point. Legendary this story is not, but the creative team has used up two issues using a supporting cast of characters as a setup for what’s to come. Sooner or later, the Dark Knight will return, but against a race of superpowered beings, he’s going to need some major help. As I mentioned in the DKIII book one review, this series appears to be more of a JLA or Superman themed book rather than a Batman book.

Until next time Crusaders!

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