Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Hardcover)Title Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Binding prestige (original issues), hardback (collected edition), tpb (various re-releases)Category Elseworlds Date 1986 (original issues), plus various re-issues Writer(s) Frank Miller Artist(s) Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, Lynn Varley Collects The Dark Knight Returns 1-4 Storyline: It was been ten years since the last Batman sighting. Seventy year old Commissioner Gordon had a drink with Bruce Wayne. He was on the verge of retiring and they discussed the good-old-days. Bruce confided that he'd not spoken to Dick in seven years. Harvey Dent, who'd been in Arkham for twelve years, was set free. After complete reconstructive surgery and a good psychiatrist, he was deemed society worthy. Feeling less and less alive, and finally giving into his demons, Bruce put on the costume and went hunting. Suspecting Dent had gone bad again, Batman tracked him down and stopped him from destroying two buildings. Batman's next task was to take down the Mutants - a gang of kids who are attempting to take over the city first, then the world. Up against the Mutant leader, Batman was defeated. He would have died if Carrie Kelley, the new self-appointed Robin, hadn't saved him. Bruce took her back to the cave and began training her as he recovered. Together they converted the Mutants to their side, the gang calling itself afterwards the "Sons of Batman." Gordon was forced into retirement and was replaced by a woman staunchly apposed to Batman. The President asked Superman to talk to Batman. Joker was released, and did a TV interview, w he killed everyone in the studio. Batman and Robin tracked the Joker down to a county fair, w he was giving out tainted cotton candy. Batman was shot and stabbed, but the Joker didn't survive the ordeal. A nuclear warhead fired by Russians was diverted by Superman, but it still detonated. The blast sent out magnetic interference, causing all things mechanical to fail. Batman rallied the S.O.B.'s into action. Superman and Batman set up a final battle. Batman defeated him, but staged his death, along with the death of his cave (detonated). Alfred had a stroke during the blast and died as well. At Bruce's funeral, Clark heard his heart start beating. Robin later dug him up and they began training their army. NOTE: This is first edition of the hardcover collected edition. It is not in shrinkwrap, but was bagged and boarded. All comics are bagged. Comics are in great VF+/NM- condition unless otherwise noted. The picture that you see is of the actual item that I'm selling.
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