Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2

Writer: Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello Artist: Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 23, 2015 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 33
7.9Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

The unexpected finale to the Dark Knight saga continues as Carrie Kelly gets caughtthat is, she finds herselfshe gets intowell, youre just going to have to read it yourself.

  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 23, 2015

    This comic is slowly revealing its hand and in doing so reads in a poetic and extremely dramatic way. It pays off for readers who want complexity in their comics and it's incredibly exciting since this isn't seen every day. If the creators behind this book can stick the landing and deliver a climax we can only dream of this might go down as one of the best works of superhero fiction in some time. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Dec 21, 2015

    Miller and Azzarello's stories in "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #2 and its mini-comic, as well as the creative teams involved, continue to live up to the hype surrounding this latest "Dark Knight Universe" tale. The characters are layered, the plot is intricate without being muddled, and we can only anticipate that each succeeding issue will surprise and delight us even more than the first two chapters. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Casey Walsh Dec 23, 2015

    Between the writing fromMiller and Azzarello and the perfect strokes of Kubert, Janson, and Anderson The Dark Knight III is really shaping up to be a Batman book for the ages. We are getting a dark and down right dirty version of the Dark Knight as it crawls back from the ash towards potential greatness. The mystery and intrigue bring something new to each issue and engage the reader beyond the hopeful appearance of the Caped Crusader. If this book continues on this path and builds the story slowly, but surely, there is no reason you shouldn't be all on board and anxiously anticipating each issues arrival. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Dec 21, 2015

    Although this issue focuses largely on story, that doesn't mean it's without action that may become one of the highlights of this entire mini-series when it's all said and done. We do meet a foe who is most likely the big bad for this saga, making for an unforgettable third act before the creative team leaves us with one hell of a cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Dec 24, 2016

    Seriously, it needs to be reread twice or so to comprehend his lingo. Moreover, it is clear that this series targets the follies of religious fanaticism and to some degree, dogmas about race superiority. Fickle-minded types and simply anti-Millers around are best to avoid this great revitalization. Nonetheless, Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 maintains the great level of consistencies the creative team delivers, particularly with Azzarelo, Kubert and Janson. There are certainly some twists and/or surprises along the way, but the bottom line here is that Brian and Andy truly respect the Dark Knight legacy and even elevating the ante to the next level; as what the final pages like to suggest. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 26, 2015

    So if you've been hiding from this series, you might want to reconsider - so far, it feels like the original. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 23, 2015

    "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #2 makes it official: everyone may have been preparing for a proverbial train wreck, but the series is a critical success. This is a comic that plays to all of its creators' strengths and will leave readers wishing all sequels were as good as "Dark Knight III: The Master Race." Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - Matthew Murphy Dec 23, 2015

    Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive. This collection is hailed as a comics masterpiece and was responsible for the launch of the Batman movies. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 24, 2015

    This series is definitely shaping up into something strong and engaging on just about all levels with what it wants to do. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Dec 21, 2015

    A strong issue that moves the narrative along and opens up the main conflict for the series, Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 starts to ask the big questions that I hope remain on the table and get answered by series end. What is the best humanity can be? Is it still weaker than the worst of the gods? And what happens when our best example goes away? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Dec 30, 2015

    Do you think Batman would ever shake hands with Superman or would he be more of the hugging type? I mean, they're practically brothers at this point… Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComiConverse - Sam McCoy Jan 8, 2016

    DKIII: The Master Race continues with a strong second issue that feels like an honest trip back to this world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Dec 30, 2015

    DKIII: The Master Race has been an excellent addition to the lineage of the Dark Knight series that seemingly has managed to sway the opinion of fans left sour by The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Azzarello and Miller work well as a unit, and the art direction is top notch. While the first two issues have been a great read, there have been no wowing moments as of yet, but theres a lot of room left for that to change. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Dec 25, 2015

    Azzarello and Millers story is absolutely addicting. This series feels far more like a true sequel to Frank Millers Dark Knight Returns, and incorporates other characters in the DC Universe without it feeling forced. Kubert is the perfect choice here- he retains the style Miller set all those years ago, but continues his high quality artwork with his own footprint and creates so many memorable panels per issue, its astounding. This is an amazing sophomore issue, and it once again leaves fans wishing the next issue was already on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 26, 2015

    "DK III: The Master Race" is a very good read. The comic answers some questions about what happened to Batman and it brings the master race aspect of the story into clearer focus. The comic does a good job balancing the three character's story lines as they start to come together. The artwork and the comic's presentation are fantastic as everything from the weight of the paper to the mini-comic are of the highest quality. The third installment of the Dark Knight saga is shaping up to be worthy of the hype. I definitely recommend checking this out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Dec 26, 2015

    With the storyline picking up speed quickly and virtually without warning, this is turning out to not be the Michael Bay level trainwreck we thought it was going to be so far. But it's early. So, we'll see. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 23, 2015

    The Batman may have some more nasty surprises in his utility belt, and by the looks of things, so does Frank Miller. The debut issue may have left readers cold but Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 brings the heat back to Miller's Gotham City along with a stocked bench of talent. Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, and Brad Anderson have all locked in a quick step with this second issue and deliver an experience that feels rollicking instead of self-important. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 21, 2015

    In some ways, The Dark Knight III doesn't quite capture the feel of its predecessors. It's less dense and frantic, losing some of Frank miller's angry passion and opting for a more controlled pace and precise visual style. But often it's the spots where this issue breaks the mold that it stands the most. The introspective look at the relationship between Carrie Kelly and her boss is a highlight, and both the main story and the mini-comic have moments of sheer visual delight. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton Dec 24, 2015

    The Dark Knight III #2 has some wooden dialogue and a chase scene that is a little too similar to last issue's magnificent one, but it does a great job establishing the characters of Carrie Kelly's Batman and Lara while setting up the conflict between humanity and the Master Race. The Wonder Woman backup story is a real treat and positions Diana as a wild card in the issues to come in her roles as both warrior and mother. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Donovan Grant Dec 23, 2015

    Its not a bad issue. Its much better in my opinion than issue #1. But if this is going to have the Dark Knight Returns name to it, it might as well be invisible. Nothing here makes it worth reading and acknowledging as being in the same world. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Dec 24, 2015

    I'm not going to shower this with endless praise, but it's tighter and surprisingly more thought-provoking than it could have been. It looks good more often than not, and it reads more like old-school Frank than anything he's been involved with for at least fifteen years. If nothing else, I'm intrigued to see where the Dark Knight goes from here and what the Master Race has in store. It may not address the questions I'm asking, but at least right now it's making me ask them to begin with. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jody Cardona Dec 23, 2015

    Bits and PiecesThere is good to this issue...all the good is where it should be focused on: BATMAN, CARRIE, AND YES EVEN COMMISSIONER YINDEL! Everything that happened in Gotham looked and played out so well...Then we get to the parts outside of Gotham. The art for the kryptonians, Palmer, and Wonder woman are bad. Atom acts like an idiot for a bit, Supergirl has become a stereotypical teenager fighting the will of her mother, but the Master Race, while brief, really look and act like a menacing threat. I recommend reading just the main issue...and forget there even is a mini-comic attached. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Comic Crusaders - 13th Crusader Dec 24, 2015

    With all of that being said, I'm not giving up on this series. It's definitely much better than DK2 up to this point. Legendary this story is not, but the creative team has used up two issues using a supporting cast of characters as a setup for what's to come. Sooner or later, the Dark Knight will return, but against a race of superpowered beings, he's going to need some major help. As I mentioned in the DKIII book one review, this series appears to be more of a JLA or Superman themed book rather than a Batman book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 26, 2015

    I'm just not very impressed so far. The bad guys are as routine as they come, and if Bruce Wayne is alive, Carrie Kelley's rampage is just weird in hindsight. Hopefully Azzarello and Miller have a reason for her to do what she did. Hopefully it's a compelling reason. And hopefully this is a compelling comic. But the benefit of the doubt only goes so far, even for a big project like this one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Joey Garces Dec 29, 2015

    Dark Knight 3: The Master Race #2 is a well-balanced story that does a fine job of balancing three stories involving characters we are learning more about. What is going to happen now that the Master Race has revealed themselves and our heroes are up in the air. In this issue we may have gotten more Brian Azarello than Miller but this is a Miller story through and through, two issues in and both have been quite enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 21, 2015

    Maybe it's the nostalgia talking. Or maybe it's the composition of the creative team, that adding in too many compounds can turn gold into lead. Either way, this second issue of DKIII: The Master Race feels unfocused and distended, rather than the purposeful, iconic work that we've always associated with Miller, even at his most reactionary. This isn't a bad book, but when you're looking at creators with this level of skill and expertise, it's definitely disappointing to see this work, which at best can be described as unambitious. Now that all the pieces are on the board, hopefully Miller, Azzarello and Kubert can finally push forward on this larger-than-life narrative, because right now, this effort doesn't do justice to these creators' storied careers. Read Full Review

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