DC Entertainment today announced that the next chapter in Frank Miller’s heralded DARK KNIGHT storyline, THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE (DKIII) will be available tomorrow, November 25, in comic shops and online retailers everywhere. This eight-issue limited series is the sequel to the 1986 classic THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and the follow up to THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN, published in 2001.
Reviewed by IGN.com as “A masterful return” and NY Daily News as “vital reading,” this newest installment comes to life courtesy of an all-star lineup of creative talent: Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, JOKER, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN) joins Miller as co-writer, Andy Kubert (ACTION COMICS, BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS) provides art, along with Frank Miller’s longtime inking partner Klaus Janson (SUPERMAN, THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS), reuniting with Frank for the first time in 30 years.
DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE explores Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in unusual roles – as parents – to two very different girls, Lara (Kent) and Carrie Kelley against larger themes of vigilantism and what it means to be a superhero – powers or not – in the real world of 24-hour media and current events.
In addition to the main story, each issue will also include a 12-page mini comic, “DARK KNIGHT UNIVERSE PRESENTS,” spotlighting complementary characters that are crucial elements to telling the full DARK KNIGHT story. In addition, approximately two weeks following each issue of the monthly comic, the issue will be reproduced in a full size “prestige” format hardcover Collector’s Edition. The final issue of the Collector’s Edition hardcover will sell with a slipcase designed to hold all eight issues and feature brand-new wraparound art from DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and veteran artist Jim Lee.
“This next chapter has been 30 years in the making,” said DKIII co-writer Frank Miller. “This is a perfect time for me to return to Batman. My relationship with DC Entertainment has always been strong and this is a happy continuation bringing this new story to comic fans. DC’s toys are always fun to play with and working with Brian, Andy and Klaus is a real blast. We can’t wait to start giving you all nightmares.”
The release of DKIII in comic shops also features something special for the true collector, and just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and Small Business Saturday. In addition to the standard cover, 47 participating retailers around North America and the UK will feature a limited edition Dark Knight-themed cover for issue #1 that is unique to their comic shop. Drawn by some of the most talented artists in the business, including Neal Adams (BATMAN ODYSSEY, SUPERMAN: COMING OF THE SUPERMEN), Tim Sale (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN), John Romita Jr. (SUPERMAN) and Darwyn Cooke (TWILIGHT CHILDREN, DC: THE NEW FRONTIER) among others, a gallery of the limited edition covers and full list of participating retailers is available at DCComics.com.
“Frank’s work on Dark Knight has been instrumental in changing the way that fans around the world see Batman,” said Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to Frank, Brian, Andy and Klaus presenting the same groundbreaking art and storytelling that has made the DARK KNIGHT saga a watershed title in not only comics, but popular literature as well.”
For fans that need a Dark Knight/Frank Miller “refresh,” an incredible selection of Frank Miller/Batman-themed digital comics and collected editions are available now through Sunday November 29 at DCComics.com, Comixology, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other participating online retailers. Consumers can save up to 67%, with digital comics on sale at 99 cents, and digital collected editions on sale at $6.99:
- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, issues 1-4
- Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Issues 1-3
- All-Star Batman & Robin, issues 1-10
- Batman (1940-2011) issues 404-407
DIGITAL COLLECTED EDITIONS
- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
- Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again
- All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder Vol. 1
- Batman: Year One
To learn more about Batman, The Dark Knight and DC Comics, visit dccomics.com.