REVIEW: DARK KNIGHT III #3 AUTHOR: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
DATE: February 26, 2016
SYNOPSIS: The hardest thing for Batman is to admit his greatest strength: He’s just one man, and sometimes he needs help. With so much at stake, will he turn to help of the Super variety?
Well, ‘ol Bruce Wayne is finally back in issue #3 of DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER, and he’s a little, well, worse for wear.
In issue #2, we discovered whom the “Master Race” were. Led by a Kryptonian religious freak named Quar, the Master Race are the former inhabitants of the shrunken city of Kandor whom this Quar tricked Dr. Ray Palmer into freeing. Emancipated, they have unleashed a reign of terror upon the Earth after Quar announces that humankind must submit to the Master Race, or – you guessed it – die.
If that “surrender of die” part sounds a lot like General Zod’s evil plan in both SUPERMAN II and MAN OF STEEL, that’s because it basically is the same. However, it’s a bit different in this story as Quar isn’t a military leader/dictator, but rather a religious/cult leader. Now back to ‘ol Bruce Wayne…
Like I said, the old dude is well past his prime. He can barely get around; and when he does, it’s with the aid of a crutch. Regardless, both his inner and outer dialogue is as sharp and “Batman” as ever. Will Bruce physically be able to get to a place where The Batman can once again exist? That remains to be seen.
In short, Bruce and Carrie make a trip to the Fortress of Solitude to pay a visit to the still self-imposed imprisoned Man of Steel and inspire him – in the Batman way, of course. Are Bruce and Carrie able to, ahem, “hammer” some sense into Superman? I’ll let you find that out for yourself – but when does Bruce Wayne NOT succeed?
Some of the best parts of issue #3 – including a very cool “Batman Moment” – occur towards the very end and help set up the next several issues of DKIII. Also, something we all figured was in the works (can we even call it a “twist”?) does indeed come to fruition at the conclusion of this issue.
Can anyone say House of El “Family Drama”? - Bill "Jett" Ramey
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