Laura Parkinson (stormfeather) wrote,
Laura Parkinson

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Parasha: The Dark Knight Returns: October 12th reading

Not really sure what all I want to say here, except that I'm generally... discontent.

Seriously, does everything have to be Dark and Gritty? Does every character have to be a caricature? The bitter, beaten-down, old commissioner, the crazy and ruthless vigilante (and since when does Batman use guns, even with rubber bullets, good grief), the spineless mayor manipulated by advisers, the psychiatrist who's so in love with words and ideas that he can't see the forest for the trees...

Ugh. Just, ugh.

There's also way too much love for graphic fighting and so on here for my tastes, although I guess to each his own.

I can't figure out why, if this is "in the future," the President is still obviously based on Reagan. Maybe I shouldn't look for "sense," though.

The whole thing with the general is also seriously disjointed, and way too... brief? I don't know. I picked up on some of the subtext - the eeevil insurance companies didn't allow his wife's treatment, so he turned to selling guns to try to fund it, but it was such an aside altogether that I'm almost wondering why it was even included.

The new Robin is at least interesting, although I'm not sure it's going to go anywhere good. At all.

And the Batmobile looks weird, I think, except with the shaky art it's hard to tell WHAT it looks like, really. Still not a fan, sorry. :p

It feels like Miller's trying to say something and make some point here, but I'm not sure what it's supposed to be really, except perhaps "whatever side they may be on, people are all crazy and stupid and violent. The end."

Or maybe I'm just in a Mood today and not giving it enough close reading. Thoughts?
Tags: books, parasha, parasha_dark_knight
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