The Dark Knight Returns: The best comic I’ve ever read.


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What’s up my dear readers?

He comes back form the night

He comes back form the night

Today I want to tell you about a comic I picked up called Batman: The Dark Night Returns by Frank Miller. I have devoted myself to reading, analyzing, and scanning this comic, all for my English class, and since I have literal done little more than that this week, I thought I could post a little bit about it here. Though I’m not complaining, the comic itself is quite good and I enjoyed it each time I read it. It is a story separate from the main plot, and consists of one volume, which apparently has a sequel, which was made much later.

In this rendition, Bruce Wayne has given up on being Batman after the death of Jason, the Robin to come after Dick Grayson and the outlaw of superheroes (except Superman, who works for the government). Gotham streets are filled with crime and the emerging mutant gang, Commissioner Gordon is nearing the retiring age of 70. Two-Face has been under rehabilitation (just as the Joker) for 12 years, and is being prepared for release after a “full recovery of Harvey Dent.”  After putting up with 10 years of doing nothing, Bruce Wayne can take it no more, once again donning the title Batman and entering a world where he is a criminal. Joining him is a new and female Robin, Carrie Kelley, a girl who saves him after he saves her and rebuilds Batman’s moral. Batman finishes what he left, disbanding the mutants and keeping Two-Face from blowing up the twin towers, as well as having a final battle with the Joker, breaking his no kill rule.

Well crafted, I was amazed by the pure Batman in this book, Bruce Wayne was truly conflicted, and I feel as though this explored the darker story of ‘what if Batman was gone?’ The exploration of this was done beautifully by Miller, who was truly able to capture the aspects of each character perfectly. Miller uses even the layout of the page to convey the state of Gotham, or the feelings of a certain character. His language use is beautiful; his art is fantastic, showing a true darkness of the comic itself. The plot itself is wonderful, all except for a random scene in which Batman fights Superman, which I feel would have been better done if it was another character instead, though I can understand why it was done.page142

Overall, this comic is so darn awesome, I don’t even comprehend how to put it in to words, I have found myself reading it several times over, it delivers a powerful message, not just one but many. In fact, I felt my emotions move quickly from place to place as I read, going from laughing to pure shock in an instant. It’s a smooth transition from page to page, which can be extremely submerging and allows this comic to truly be enjoyed. Even things like his choice to use duller colors on a majority of pages makes huge improvements to this book, and it truly shows when colors seem to get a little brighter at the end.

page182I would recommend this comic to every person on the planet (or at least any with some interest in Batman) and would require it for anyone who one day dreams of making comics themselves. Miller does an amazing job of balancing this comic perfectly, leaving the reader with a feeling of pure Batman and the dream of finding the Batman in themselves.

My friend wanted me to mention I went swimming today,

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Love so life: so sweet you’ll need a dentist


Good day dear readers!

Two weeks ago I was randomly introduced to the manga Love so Life, a manga which even lacks an English Wikipedia page (I have no idea why either, it came out in 2008…) I stumbled upon it after clicking a random button on a website, and said to myself ‘why the heck not?’ And that is how I lost my free time for 2 days.  It opens up with Shiharu Nakamura, a 16 year old girl who works part time at a day care. Shiharu is an orphan who dreams of one day owning her own day care as she loves to work with children. At the day care, Shiharu often watches 2 year old twins, Aoi and Akane, who have taken a liking to her. When there uncle, Matsunaga Seiji, a 25 year old news reporter and guardian of the twins, comes to pick them up, he asks Shiharu if she will babysit for him, offering to pay her triple what she makes at the day care. She accepts, and their journey begins.

 The plot itself is rather cliché and extremely slow moving, as one could predict, Shiharu and Matsunaga begin to fall in love, but Matsunaga feels the age difference is too much, and Shiharu has no experience with guys. So instead, most chapters focus on the adorable twins or the adventures of Shiharu and Matsunaga’s friends, meaning the plot rarely ever moves forward. This means that over time, it becomes a bit of a pain to wait for these things to happen. However, these small antics are quite heartwarming and funny, therefore it is not a boring wait. This does make it hard to really judge the plot, however, but each chapter is cute and offers a nice story. Overall it’s very heartwarming and calm to read.

The art and characters are truly what speaks for this manga. Each character is well crafted with fitting personalities and designs, each has their flaws, and each their own motives. The author has a way of keeping secrets and revealing their answers with perfect timing, so each builds a better picture of the characters.  This allows for a variety of interaction and a good many flashbacks (not repeated all the time…) creating vivid pasts and interesting relationships.

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The art style is very fitting and has its own uniqueness. Though it is not the most professional I have ever seen, it is in fact, beautiful, adorable, and comical. The artist has a special way with a more simple style crossing with the ever so cute Chibi to create a heartwarmingly funny cute fest. She really is amazing at drawing cute things, and coming up with brilliant character designs that truly bring life to her characters.

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Overall, Love so Life is probably the cutest manga I’ve ever read and I find it nice to enjoy something so relaxing. What it lacks in good translation and plot it makes up for in characters and short stories.  Anyone who really just wants a cute little bunch of sweetness will love this manga, and those who don’t will probably still find it enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys light hearted Shōjo manga or even just someone who wants something a little sweet.

Speaking of sweet, I could go for some Milka chocolate…

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