After reading The Dark Knight Returns, I had to get my hands on the sequel: The Dark Knight Strikes Again.
Set three years after The Dark Knight Returns, the government is working to stifle peoples' freedoms. The president is a puppet of Lex Luthor and Brainiac. Superman seems to be a puppet too.
Batman, Catgirl (Carrie Kelly) and their small army of "batmen" and superheroes (Green Arrow, Atom, Flash, Plastic Man, Elongated Man) fight, again, to right the world. In their way is Superman, who is being blackmailed with the miniature city of Kandor.
When Metropolis is attacked, Superman is forced to lose (again blackmailed with Kandor), but Superman and Wonder Woman's daughter fights in his place.
Batman is captured and tortured by Luthor, but it's revealed that everything that happened to Batman was planned by Batman... Get the book to find out how it all ends.
I didn't like this one as much as DKR, but Strikes Again is action packed. While reading, I sometimes felt that I wanted the action and confusion to slow down a bit so that we could learn a bit more about the characters. But, I think the whole point was to keep you on the edge of your seat and to show the chaos the world is in.
I think this story explores the depth of Batman. It shows his dedictation to fighting the bad guys and also shows that he's a step or two away from a straight jacket.
The more I read about Batman, the more I like him. He's definitely my favorite superhero.
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