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Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1

Writer: Frank Miller Artist: Rafael Gramp Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 11, 2019 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 22
6.1Critic Rating
5.1User Rating

Frank Miller returns to the Dark Knight Universe!
It's been three years since the events of Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Lara has spent the time learning to be more human, and Carrie Kelley has been growing into her new role as Batwoman. But a terrifying evil has returned to Gotham City, and Lara and Carrie must team up to stop this growing threat-and they have a secret weapon. Young Jonathan Kent, "the golden child," has a power inside of him unlike anything the world has ever seen, and it's about to be unleashed...
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child is Frank Miller's triumphant return to the world of the Dark Knight and jo more

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 13, 2019

    And man, the art. It is one of the best art jobs I have seen in a long time. Gramp is a genius. I hope that it doesn't take as long until we see his next art job. But I'll be salivating over this one until then. This is awesome. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Dec 16, 2019

    Why does The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child work so well when its plagued by so many of the same problems as the execrable Superman: Year One? Possibly its because Millers callousness and distance from humanity dont seem out of place in Carrie Kelley or Lara Kent in the way it did with Superman. Possibly its because Rafael Gramps art elevates the book so much that Millers foibles are easily overlooked. Regardless of the reasons, this title is a must-read for the art alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 11, 2019

    Both too strange to live and too rare to die, Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1 is a high point for late period Frank Miller. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Dec 12, 2019

    A gorgeous, slightly flawed, but an infectiously fun entry in the Dark Knight Returns universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Dec 11, 2019

    This is The Dark Knight Returns updated for a new generation by conversion to a rollercoaster ride. It may not have much to say, but Gramp's approach ought to have you more concerned with who's getting punched and how hard. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Sequential Planet - Geoffrey Luu Dec 18, 2019

    Overall, Dark Knight Returns - The Golden Child is a decent side story in Frank Miller's Dark Knight canon. The story presents some interesting ideas in tandem with a bit of contemporary political commentary, though this is Golden Child's weakest aspect. The art and characters are stronger, offering strong action scenes and generally decent designs while building on characterization from Dark Knight III. It's not bad, but it would have been nice to see more of it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Dec 11, 2019

    I love the original Dark Knight Returns and I liked DKIII eventually. I even enjoyed The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade (purchased in the discount bin), but I am a sucker for John Romita Jr. art With all that said, I am not sure why we have this book. Could it be that DC are going back to the well a little too often. After all, its not like there is a shortage of Black Label bat-centric books out there. For fans of Miller, rather than fans of Batman, this book may be of interest, as will perhaps the pull of Gramp on art. For me, I think this book is a bit of a storm in a tea cup, that once read actually offers nothing new to the world, and like that oft visited well, is seemingly running dry. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Dec 11, 2019

    The Golden Child doesn't quite live up to Frank Miller's original epic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 11, 2019

    Frank Miller comics are more an experience than a coherent reading experience at this point, but there's some interesting elements in this tale. I just wish they came together into a story that knew what it wanted to be " a political satire, a cosmic epic, or a gritty crime thriller. It tries to combine all three and comes out as a gorgeous mess. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Dec 13, 2019

    Fans of Miller's current style of writing will find plenty to enjoy, and those who are not will find something to appreciate in the contemporary realization of his take on the DCU as depicted by Grampa and Bellaire. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Rogues Portal - Jonathan Boes Dec 16, 2019

    It has the surface-level stylings of a great Dark Knight story: sharp writing, visceral art, high-level concepts. But beneath that surface, I can't find anything but anger. Like so much discourse today, it's just another Howard Beale from the film Network, raging from the rooftops: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 11, 2019

    There's something interesting in the Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child but the end result is a mess of a result. The story comes off as if it thinks it's an intelligent take on the current state of affairs. But, then the dialogue betrays all of that with such memorable lines like “I'll rip yuh gonads off.” The dialogue at times is laughable, and not in a good way. It's a frustrating comic with flashes of Miller's brilliance but a final result that's a chaotic mess. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Dec 11, 2019

    While there are a few standout moments and aspects that work in this book overall it flounders in its over-focus on the theme at the expense of narrative. While it delivers a better tale than my last experience with the writer, it still doesn't reach the level that I would expect from one so widely vaunted as a legend in the medium. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - Alex Curtis Dec 11, 2019

    It's hard to see why this exists. While many will buy this just because of Frank Miller's "triumphant return" to the TDKR universe, it doesn't warrant its price or length. As satire, it's weak. As a story in general, it's sloppy. As a Frank Miller comic? Predictably disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Dec 12, 2019

    Not even the hardest of hardcore Frank Miller apologists could find redeeming value in this comic. The art is nice and does its best to elevate a non-existent plot, but that alone isn't worth the price of admission. Stay very, very far away from this comic. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Dec 11, 2019

    I won't pretend there aren't things to enjoy from this book, but I can't find myself liking it as a full package. Despite the wonderful artwork, all I can think of is how ironic it is that this story is much like many politicians: full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Dec 12, 2019

    Final Verdict: 3.0, This is Frank Miller fighting to express his beliefs, tell an interesting story, and to stay relevant and he fails in all attempts. Time to hang up the cowl. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Dec 11, 2019

    Overall, if you enjoyed DK III and thought the series had you asking for more, keep waiting because I'm not exactly sure what this book is supposed to be but it doesn't feel like any Dark Knight book I've read previously.  This read like a fever dream with little to no narrative thread linking thought together and will make me question any future Dark Knight purchases in the future. This is more Frank Miller Superman Year One than Frank Miller Dark Knight. Read Full Review

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