The 8 Coolest Moments from Dark Knight III #1

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The 8 Coolest Moments from Dark Knight III #1

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We have spotlighted the greatest moments from the first two books in Frank Miller's Dark Knight comic book saga, The Dark Knight Returns and The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Now, we take a look at the coolest moments from the latest book in the saga, Dark Knight III - The Master Race #1, by Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson. WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Dark Knight III - The Master Race #1. 

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8. The Media Responds to Batman's Return

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Something that Frank Miller was ahead of the game on with both of his first two Dark Knight series was the role of the media in shaping people's views of the world. The interesting thing, though, was that while talking heads were a big part of Dark Knight Returns and Dark Knight Strikes Again took it to another level, but Miller could not expected the boom in cable news since 2001, and when Batman returns in DKIII #1, the media naturally explodes, in a scene that evokes the original return of Batman in Dark Knight Returns. 

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7. Being a Dark Knight is hard when everyone has a camera

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Another big change from the Dark Knight Returns until now is that pretty much anything can be recorded nowadays, so someone like Batman can't really work in the shadows anymore when everyone has a camera. Batman is introduced in this first issue in a great sequence between two people communicating over text messages. One of the youths was about to be shot by police when Batman takes the cops out and as he hears the "snap," he gets the snapshot of Batman in action. Very cool stuff. 

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6. Superhero under ice

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 The first two Dark Knight series did not go so well for Superman. In the first one, he is a stooge of the United States government and receives a beatdown by Batman. In the second one, he comes to the conclusion that he really isn't part of Earth. In the third book, we see that he is so detached that when his daughter comes to visit him in his Fortress of Solitude, he has just detached from living. Spooky as heck. 

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5. Big help from a little man

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In the back-up story in DKIII #1 (written by Frank Miller with art by Miller and Klaus Janson), Superman's daughter, Lara, goes to the Atom, Ray Palmer, to get his help with the shrunken bottled city of Kandor. What a beautiful and striking image by Miller and Janson, reunited for the first time in nearly thirty years! 

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4. Batman has a bad meeting with the police

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 The police in Gotham City hunt down Batman and while Batman takes them on for a while, eventually they overpower Batman in one of the most striking depictions of the comic, especially the increased sound effects as the police brutalize Batman. Such a powerful example of the power of sequential storytelling. You can just feel the kinetic energy of the panels, even though obviously they are not actually in motion. 

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3. Wonder Woman and a baby fighting a minotaur!!

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 It might not be as awesome as Wonder Woman throwing thunderbolts while riding a flying horse (what could?), but Wonder Woman fighting a minotaur while having her baby in a papoose on her back? That's all kinds of awesome. Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson really did a nice job here.

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2. Batman is...who?

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 The stunning ending of Dark Knight III #1 revolves around the reveal of just who is under the Batman mask after the Gotham City Police Department corralled Batman. And, in an astonishing turn of events, it is Carrie Kelley, Batman's former Robin, underneath the cowl! This, of course, leads to the very top moment on the countdown...

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1. Bruce Wayne is...dead?!?

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Ending the first issue of Dark Knight III #1 with the revelation that Bruce Wayne, the original Batman and the star of the first two Dark Knight books, is dead is one gutsy decision by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello. What a great way to grab people's attention for the rest of the series (as, come on, he can't REALLY be dead, right?).