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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Vol 1 2


Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Vol 1 2

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"Dark Knight Triumphant": Batman struggles against Gotham's newest criminal threat, the vicious Mutant gang and their anonymous leader. As he walks to work, contemplating his upcoming retirement, Jim Gordon is almost killed by a 17-year old

Quote1 You don't get it, boy... this isn't a mudhole... it's an operating table. And I'm the surgeon. Quote2
-- Batman

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Synopsis for "Dark Knight Triumphant"

Batman struggles against Gotham's newest criminal threat, the vicious Mutant gang and their anonymous leader. As he walks to work, contemplating his upcoming retirement, Jim Gordon is almost killed by a 17-year old boy with an M60. In the course of rescuing a young child, Batman discovers that a cash-broke Army general and war hero has been arming the Mutants, in return for the money to help his sick wife. When Batman confronts him, the General commits suicide. Meanwhile, the Mayor has appointed a qualified woman as Gordon's successor, Ellen Yindel, who worships Gordon but despises vigilantes. And a young girl who owes her life to Batman, Carrie Kelley, decides to seek out her hero and takes on the role of Robin.

Following his leads, the Caped Crusader succeeds in tracking down the Mutant lair and defeating them with the monster Batmobile, an armored supertank rebuilt by Batman during riots ten years ago, with large cannons and machine guns that only fire rubber bullets. In a brutal hand-to-hand fight, Batman is defeated and almost killed by the Mutant Leader, as the aging Caped Crusader tries to prove to himself and Alfred that he is a force at any age. Luckily, Carrie, in her new Robin costume, has been following Batman, and manages to save him.

Batman returns to the Batcave where Alfred tends his wounds and argues with him over the danger to Carrie; meanwhile, the Mutant Leader is brought into custody. The Leader's absolute animalistic nature is fully revealed when the Leader manages to tear out the Mayor's throat while in custody. Gordon and Batman conspire to defeat the Mutants psychologically by staging a fight between Batman and the Leader in front of the whole Mutant gang. Using his greater experience and his environment, Batman cripples the Mutant Leader in full view of his followers. While many of the Mutants are arrested, many more now latch on to Batman as their role model, dubbing themselves the "Sons of Batman." However, their interpretation of Batman's quest will leave much to be desired.

Finally, James Gordon looks forward to his retirement from the madness of Gotham and regretting the predicament that Batman will find himself in: caught between criminals and the police.


  • This book was first published on April 17, 1986.
  • This series takes place in an alternate continuity from that of the mainstream DC Universe. It has been retroactively classified as an Elseworlds story.
  • This issue has been reprinted in both softcover and harcover versions of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns trade paperback collection.


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Frank Miller's Dark Knight
Characters AbnerAlfred PennyworthAtomBartholomew WolperBatgirlBatmanBat-MiteBig BardaBlack CanaryBrainiacBrunoCaptain MarvelCarrie KelleyCatwomanCreeperDick GraysonDonEllen YindelElongated ManFlashGreen ArrowGreen LanternGuardianHawk and DoveHawkboyJames GordonJason ToddJimmy OlsenJocko-boy VanzettiJokerJustice LeagueKara Zor-ElLana LangLaraLex LuthorMartian ManhunterMutant LeaderMutantsPlastic ManQuestionRick RickardRobSarah EssenSaturn GirlSons of BatmanSuperchixSupermanTwo-FaceVicki ValeWonder Woman
Comics Batman: Year OneAll Star Batman and Robin, the Boy WonderSpawn/BatmanBatman: The Dark Knight ReturnsBatman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again
Creators Frank MillerDick GiordanoKlaus JansonLynn VarleyDave MazzucchelliTodd McFarlaneJim Lee
Television "Legends of the Dark Knight" (The New Batman Adventures) •

"Artifacts" (The Batman)

Film Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2
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