Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4

DKIII Master Race #4The Master Race will rise. Cities will fall. Bruce Wayne is dead. What will the heroes of the world do to save it?

DC Comics‘ big event, Dark Knight III: The Master Race has been interesting and this fourth issue continues what is a series that’s been big on ideas and themes and thin on some of their execution.

The latest issue dives into the battle between Superman and the Master Race of Kryptonians hellbent on taking over Earth. The issue feels a bit choppy right off the bat as if there was a slight skip between the last issue and this one. And for the most part the issue is a straight up fight between the zealot Kryptonians and Superman with Batman and the world at large watching on.

The issue has some very interesting ideas such as threats by terrorists, the impotence of not acting while an execution takes place, and surrendering your way of life to appease terrorists.

All of those things are interesting themes and topics worthy to explore and the one issue presents them all without much exploration. So, going by that, it all feels rather thin. The series written by Brian Azzarello and Frank Miller begin with a bit more of an exploration of some of these topics, but this issue and the previous one feel more like the setup before the giant climactic battle takes place. I hope we’ll see actual discussion, even for just a few panels, or hell one speech by Batman.

The art by Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert is as solid as it has been as I’d expect. Years later the comic feels right at home with its predecessors and the action feels brutal on the page. If you’re a fan of the art of the previous volumes, you’ll dig the continuation.

The series is about what I expected and continues its big on concepts, low on exploration of those concepts. But, that leaves a story that the readers can debate with each other and themselves. Honestly I expected a voice and perspective that hasn’t quite played out as I expected. A comic you can debate is a success in many ways, and I continue to look forward to see what’s to come.

Story: Brian Azzarello, Frank Miller Art: Klaus Janson, Andy Kubert
Story: 7 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.1 Recommendation: Read

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