Frank Miller(tm)'s Dark Knight 3: The Master Race #1 - Some thoughts
I guess faux Miller(tm) is better than no Miller?
Oh wait, no it's not.
There's something deeper to the debasement of style this time. With DC's cashing-in violation of Alan Moore BEFORE WATCHMEN, it was shallower, extending only to just the character & plot.
But not the style or structure--which is what makes WATCHMEN unique. That sped completely
past them & they decided it was just about "Grimdark Superheroes In The Real World."
But DARK KNIGHT basically is "grimdark superheroes" in the same way the Ramones WERE "New York punk." That was DC's inspiration in the darkening of its superheroes all this time. They've certainly pushed Batman closer and closer to the Miller version all this time since 1986. So that's already there.
So what they're lifting in this case IS the style. Commodifying it. It's Frank Miller(tm). It's a little bizarre, like that Kirbychrome thing before Jack's death.
Of course, in this case, it's with Frank's complicity, so it's valid in
that sense. But not as art. It's what you see when, over almost 30 years, onetime innovation has half-lifed to product.
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson