BBP contributor and Batman fanatic Jason Lapidus (aka ohthree) was kind enough to drop by with an exclusive early review of The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1. Take it away, Jason!
“This should be agony. I should be a mass of aching muscle — broken, spent, unable to move. And were I an older man, I surely would… But I’m a man of thirty — of twenty again. The rain on my chest is a baptism — I’m born again… I smell their fear — and it is sweet.”
Twenty again? More like fourteen, actually. I first read those words the night my parents took me to see Batman in 1989. I stopped by the merchandise stand before the movie started and bought my first copy of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. I was introduced to the most influential interpretation of the character since his inception in 1939, and I was so lost in those words and images that I didn’t want to put the book down once the lights dimmed. Since then, I have wanted to see an animated adaptation of the story more than any other before it or since.
There are few people I know who love Batman more than my old friend and original Biff Bam Pop writer Jason “Oh Three” Lapidus. In anticipation of The Dark Knight Rises’ release this Friday, today Jason returns to BBP with his advice on how you can get ready for Batman and his return to the big screen!
1. Read The Vengeance of Bane pt. 1, by Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan (no relation to director Christopher Nolan), published by DC Comics in 1993. This single issue chronicles the character’s origin and places Bane as the protagonist. You will be rooting for him when you’ve finished reading. You can find it as a single issue or in a collected volume.
Find out what else you can do after the jump!