What the actual frak?!?!?
I'm trying to parse the Preview copy for the third Dark Knight mini series and it just sound like a spectacular orgy of overkill.
First, the creator credits:
DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1
Written by FRANK MILLER and BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by ANDY KUBERT and KLAUS JANSON
Mini comic art TBA
Cover by ANDY KUBERT and KLAUS JANSON
I'll get to the mini-comic part of the WTaF here in a second, but just right off the bat I'm thinking that for something with Frank Miller;'s name plastered all over it, this comic seems to have a distinct lack of Frank Miller.
Now for the really freaky part:
DC COMICS PRESENTS DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE
DC Comics is proud to present the debut issue of DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE, one of the most ambitious projects ever from a major American comics publisher. Here are the details…
Each issue of DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE will include:
• A 32-page standard format comic book that will measure 6.625” x 10.1875”
• A 16-page minicomic with no interior ads that will measure 5.5” x 8.375”
The minicomic will be tipped on to an insert and bound into the main comic.
After the release of each issue of DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE, DC Entertainment will release a volume of the DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE COLLECTOR’S EDITION that will collect the both the main story and mini-comic from latest issue of DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE as a single 7.0625” x 10.875” title, with both stories presented at the same trim size.
After the first seven DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE COLLECTOR’S EDITION have been published, DC Entertainment will ship a special slipcase designed to hold the entire set with the eighth COLLECTOR’S EDITION.
DKIII also will feature a dazzling array of variant covers by some of the biggest names in comics today. And, for the first time ever, DC will offer custom store variant editions to qualifying retailers. Watch for more information coming soon!
So basically they're telling us they're going to follow each issue/mini/comic combo with a Collected Edition feature the issue and mini-comic combined at the same size (and eventually they'll sell us a box to hold these things) -- which doesn't even take into account the eventual collected editions, Omnibii editions. TPBs, etc that you just know are coming.
So, again, I ask "What the actual frak?!?!"
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Randy, and if I went back and read it as parody, I might also. That's a good idea. As I've mentioned before, I usually don't enjoy Punisher stories unless I read them as black comedy. So perspective is important.
Still, I'll probably only read DK3 if I get a review copy. Life's too short.
The way I look at projects like DK3 and Odyssey is that they can't be all that bad. The only way they can be horrifically bad to me is if they're boring. I wouldn't say that for either of these books. Crazy? Yes. Nuts? Yes. Chaotic? Sure. But neither is in continuity (and if they ever were, they don't have to be a part of your continuity), so I guess I just look at them in the exact same nature as I look at the current Secret Wars tie-in books: a crazy look at some familiar characters in some bizarre circumstances.
So what did readers here think about the completed MASTER RACE?
I haven't been hanging out on any comics-forums for the past few years, but I don't get the sense that the book blew fans away. Like some of you, I felt very burned by DKII and by most of MIller's work of the 2010s. So when I read the collected MASTER RACE this week--
I loved it. It was a near-total return to the greatness of DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, and I found that I could read it with barely even referencing Number Two.
I don't expect that the book blew collective fandom away the way TDKR did in the eighties, but I thought it made a great companion-piece to the original. If TDKR was the "brass band funeral," as I believe Miller more or less said, then TMR is the Resurrection, so to speak.
OK, I'm braced for a tide of potential indifference. Opinions?
I haven't read it, Gene, for the very reason you cited. (DKII). But having read your post, now I will!!
I know that one of the things I disliked about DKII was Miller inking himself. The inking of Klaus Janson greatly helped Miller's pencils on the original DK. I got the impression that 9/11 affected Miller's work on DKII negatively. Did Miller ink himself on Master Race?
I read it but I don't remember much about it, Gene. "Not blown away" and "tide of indifference" pretty much sums it up for me. right now I'm thinking more about the recetly-completed Superman: Year One. Talk about a tide of indifference!
EDIT: I see I commented twice above four years ago.