Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5

Writer: Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello Artist: Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 29, 2016 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 16
7.9Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Batman and Robin prepare for war with the Master Race, and an ally returns from an unlikely place...

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 30, 2016

    I'm not sure how long this series is going to run, but at this point, I'm all for keeping it going forever! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Jun 30, 2016

    A classic turn of events indicative of the master strategist we all love, Andy Kubert, at the top of his game and a writer who gets Frank Miller Batman possibly better than Frank Miller easily make this issue the best of the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 29, 2016

    The story in Dark Knight III: The Master Race is rounding the corner to its finish which means a hell of a lot of action and the tide finally beginning to turn in favor of the heroes. That means big reveals, epic scenes, and an adventure you can root for. Batman's captions and broodings on the proceedings steal the show however, reminding us the older and more brutal Batman might just be the best. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 28, 2016

    If your reading experience is anything like mine, expect to be instilled with a healthy dose of optimism upon reaching this issue's cliffhanger. It leads me to believe the final three issues of this series will be like The Dark Knight Falls to the tenth power, only a bit more uplifting. Nerdgasms will likely be had. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Casey Walsh Jun 29, 2016

    Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5 is the beginning of the end as Batman starts to make his stand against The Master Race. The smile on Batman's face in the final panel really sums up my feelings on this book and how I imagine the creators feel. Everyone is enjoying every moment of creating this tale and it shows through in every panel, but most of all on that last page of issue 5. Everything about that image just screams "We love these characters, and we love writing these stories," and when creators love what they are creating we all win. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Jun 30, 2016

    Far and away the best installment so far, the fantastic artwork, gorgeous layouts, and embrace of the ridiculous have made this an enjoyable read once again. The shorts are still hit or miss, but the main story has become a gripping war story that finds Batman and Superman fighting side by side once more. As silly as the final page is, it's still a nice reminder that Bruce and Clark are two-thirds of the DC Universe's greatest heroes, and seeing them finally work together brings a smile to this fan's face. Now let's just see how Diana factors in in the months to come… Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jun 30, 2016

    Now over halfway done, "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" has proven a worthy continuation of Frank Miller's vision. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jun 28, 2016

    The series has truly hit its stride with "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #5. However, I recommend getting the mini-comic out of the way first, so that the strong main story ends the complete reading experience on a far more satisfying note. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo Jun 29, 2016

    Dark Knight III: The Master Race Book Five is a filler issue leading to book six that will be the culmination of all that struggle in the hopes for Superman and Batman's big reunion brawl against the Kandorians. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Emma Houxbois Jun 29, 2016

    As a single issue, DK3 #5 is a brilliant evocation of the crossroads that DC storytelling finds itself on, a struggle to reconcile the grit with the glam and the old with the new, embodied wonderfully in the pin-up that closes the issue: Bruce perched high above the city with Carrie in a multi-hued Batgirl costume. The truth of the series as a whole is far more troubling and toothsome that cannot be redeemed by a couple stand out entries, but what the creative still has it in them to do in spectacular fashion is to go down swinging. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comicsverse - Robert Franco Jul 2, 2016

    DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #5 has a lot of interesting creative and societalcomponents that could be evaluated. I question some aspects of it, particularly the tie-in and Batman's immense pride of fear, but it's not a bad book. Plenty of fun things happen, especially the mini-Justice League that's formed. I still recommend the bookand have hopes for the series getting better. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 29, 2016

    Not sure what else there really is to say. The comic isn't bad, it's just not as good as it should be. It lacks that something special that existed in the first volume and was clearly missing in the second. It's very readable and in some aspects entertaining, but modern classic, this one isn't. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Chris Showalter Jul 18, 2016

    Ultimately, the DK III: The Master Race Book 5s commentary regarding fear and the state of our society save the subpar plot. Supermans quick return may decrease any tension regarding Gothams safety. However, this does increase my curiosity as to how the stakes will change regarding his involvement. What did you think of the issue? Did you find any themes that I may have missed? Sound off in the comment section below! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Jun 29, 2016

    Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5 is probably the best issue in the mini-series to date. Despite the poor pacing, the creative team build off Quar's threat in an engaging manner, with the final moments bound to put a smile on readers faces. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Jun 28, 2016

    All of the politics and rage of Miller and Azzarello's story is purely surface level, which is really the biggest disappointment of this issue when you consider the pedigree of these two writers. Harkening back more to the innocent spirit of the 1950s than the grim-and-gritty 1980s, Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5, Miller and Azzarello's writing is fairly unambitious toward triggering any fanboy buttons that both writers have been known to push often in the past. And while Kubert and Janson are perfectly capable of recreating beats of classic comic books, it's only the rare instances where the artists are allowed to create their own moments where Dark KnightIII: The Master Race #5 gets to be anything other than a pastiche of an old-fashioned team-up comic book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Jun 29, 2016

    The back up story is an interlude that really isnt worth mentioning as it does not add much to the story. Baal and Lara share a little Kryptonian/Amazonian flirting, namely alternating kissing and punching, and were left wondering how invested Lara is in her Kryptonian comrades plot. In truth, I dont find much appealing about Lara as a character. Shes not even fun to hate. This is easily the most disappointing of the various one shot stories released. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 29, 2016

    The Dark Knight III is losing steam as the series begins moving towards its climax. While there's a certain appeal in seeing Batman fight back against a seemingly unstoppable foe, the story is only feeling more empty as it moves along. And with the visual quality taking a noticeable dive compared to previous chapters, the future isn't looking good for this Dark Knight Returns sequel. Read Full Review

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