REVIEW: DARK KNIGHT III #4
AUTHOR: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
DATE: April 30, 2016

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

Wow. That was hard to watch. (Or read and see – it’s a comic book, ya know?)

Issue #4 of DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE picks up right where #3 ended where Superman is confronted by those crazy-ass, Kryptonian cultists from Kandor – including his daughter Lara. AND THEN…

Lara proceeds to beat the Man of Steel into a bloody pulp all the way from Washington, DC to the Fortress of Solitude.

If you thought the beating that Superman took at the hands (?) of Doomsday back in SUPERMAN (vol. 2) #75 was bad, this ass-kicking – at the hands of his daughter no less – makes that battle look like a pillow fight.

So, what’s the ultimate fate of Superman after the assault on him leaves a bloody, beaten mess? I’ll let you find that out for yourself – BUT, I will say that despite how “final” it seems, methinks we’ll be seeing “Kal El of Earth” yet again. ANYWAY…

What about The Batman?

Oh, he’s in this issue. Not only in person (though it appears that he can’t do much “Batmaning” any longer), but as a symbol of, well, hope. The Dark Knight seems to be the only one on Earth – particularly in Gotham (which now faces the wrath of Quar) – that refuses to bow down to Quar and his mass of Kryptonian zealots. That point is driven home in a fantastic ending featuring Bruce – in full-on Batman gear – and Commissioner Yindel.

As far as this issue’s backup story, I’d say it’s by far the best one so far as well and has the most direct tie-in to the main story. I won’t reveal much, but I will say that features the now “graduated” Carrie Kelly – garbed in her new costume and guise (that’s right, she’s no longer Robin) – carrying (no pun intended) out the mission Bruce assigned her near the end of the main story. Good stuff!

DARK KNIGHT III has now hit the halfway mark. I for one can’t wait to see what’s in store for all of characters in this story over the course of the final four issues. - Bill "Jett" Ramey

GRADE: A

A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
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He resides in the GREAT state of TEXAS with his lovely wife, three kids, and two Boston Terriers.


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