Dark Knight III.
Honestly, I don’t know how to feel about it.
I don’t know if it’s worth buying. No. That’s not right. It’s worth buying. I don’t know if it’s worth supporting. That’s the real question.
Frank Miller did something electrifying with The Dark Knight Returns. It’s a story that still resonates with readers today. (A lot of stories from 20+ years ago still resonate with fans. There’s a reason for that that I’ll go into at another time.) However, this is yet another case of raiding the past in order to tell a story that doesn’t necessarily have to be told. To me, it feels like it’s about the money to be made and not the story that’s actually on the page.
That feeling is the same thing that kept me from buying the tie-ins to Watchmen that were made several years ago. It didn’t feel to me like they were honoring the story—they just wanted to make money from the idea. It isn’t enough that Watchmen has never gone out of print. More money had to be found somewhere in it.
So I don’t know if I’m going to be supporting DKIII. It has nothing to do with Miller’s politics or writing style or those involved in it. It’s all about the fact that this exists in the first place. I’m not excited about it. I’m actually worried about it. How much more looking back do we need to do in order to push comics forward?
Don’t get me wrong. Marvel is doing the same thing with the new Secret Wars. They pulled a DC move in looking back in order to push their universe forward. (At least the writing seems better than what DC did with Convergence.) Spider-Gwen is nothing but a total look-back. I’m just waiting for the Clone Saga to be touched on again and re-fixed.
I just want new stories to be created. It’s difficult with so much history to be had and new creators coming in all the time who want to revisit their favorite stories and “fix” bits that have bothered them for decades, but there are new stories to be had out there. Editorial just has to be brave enough to embrace them.
I’m just tired of feeling like I’m constantly looking in the rear view mirror when it comes to my comics.