The Dark Knight Returns – Graphic Novel Discussion

dark_knight_returnsIt’s Graphic Novel time at Salinas Public Library…  now featuring Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns!

First appearing in the mid-1980s, this graphic novel continues the Batman story with dark themes and adult-oriented style. The  non-stop action and plot twists will keep you hooked to the end.

To learn more about this addition to Batman saga go check out this Wikipedia article.

You can also check this book out at the Salinas Public Library!  Click HERE for availability.


  • What is the appeal of the Batman character?  Clearly, he is disturbed and solitary, are these traits that people relate to?
  • If you have seen the movie The Dark Knight, can you separate the Joker character from the image of Heath Ledger?  How do you think the next movie will treat this character considering Ledger’s tragic death?
  • Have the superhero stories become generally darker, that is, more disturbing?  And if so, are recent popular graphic novels a reflection of our society?

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