Riddled by delays and a not so hot critical reception, Dark Knight III The Master Race has finally come to a close. At this point I’m not even sure why I pick this title up anymore, it has had a rocky road, to say the least. Will there be some sort of narrative miracle that makes DKIII understandable or worth the hype? Spoilers to follow!
Yea lets get that out of the way in the front here, there is nothing that I would call redeemable in this final issue. Sure most threads are closed out in some fashion and there is a story there. But there are some head scratching moments, like Green Lanterns cameo here, just why? It felt like he was there for the sake of being there. At the end of the day, I just don’t care about the story. The characters here don’t feel like who they are depicting. Each character feels out of place, even in the Dark Knight world.
Even with the biggest moment in the series here it doesn’t feel earned. Who could forget how Quar was defeated in this epic battle? Well, I did, no seriously I had to go back and read it again, I forgot. Quar is defeated and it feels like an afterthought, like some low-grade villain. For all of eight issues building up to this fight, it landed so flat and uneventful. After that we see some slightly humorous political stuff, that again just misses the mark. Finally closing out the book with some Bruce dialogue about righting his wrongs with this new lease on life…
While there are some neat moments, like Batman realizing the Superman has been holding back all these years. He realizes this when Superman is fighting the Kryptonians, who are younger and faster, but he is smarter. Or that they took Carrie from Robin to Batgirl to Batwoman. Moving her to a more Batman-like suit did look better though in my opinion. Although having her ask Bruce if Batwoman could be her name was a bit odd, she should have just told him. The final page with Batman and Batwoman silhouettes over the lighting was too much cheese for me though.
Closing out this book we get a “why we do it” speech from Superman to his daughter Lara, which just comes off a bit tropey. With Superman saying that he admires the human race despite our faults and fears. Ending with Lara and Clark standing side by side, both putting on glasses, ugh you can’t make that up… What started in high hopes for the series ended as we all knew it would from the start. Miller struck gold with Dark Knight and it was a great story of its time. However, the followups have been nothing short of terrible. Dark Knight III Master Race falls into that same rut.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Dark Knight III Master Race #9
Written by Frank Miller & Brian Azzarello
Art by: Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, Brad Anderson, Clem Robins
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: March 7th, 2017