20 March 2013
What is a graphic novel? That is such a broad statement and most people answer the question with, it is just like a comic book, but more pages. This is actually not exactly true as a graphic novel has more to it than a comic book, and has a bigger variety of works. Firstly, a graphic novel is a story that is presented in a comic-strip format and published as a book. Graphics novels are typically written for older audiences, and are literally a novel told through pictures. Many people compare graphic novels to comics as stated above, but comic books are typically simpler in plot and format and are written for younger audiences. They also may sometimes be compiled into a book format although it is not often. Typically comics are also drawn using bold poser colors, while graphics novels are normally black and white and use much more screen tone than a comic. Both are educational and entertaining, and also sometimes interpret historical and current social events. Although the two are different, both graphic novels and comic books are two of the most persuasive and influential media forms of popular culture.
A popular graphic novel is The Dark Knight Returns (Batman), by Frank Miller and illustrated by Klaus Janson and Lynn Warley. There are four books or stories of within this graphic novel starting with The Dark Knight Returns, The Dark Knight Triumphant, Hunt the Dark Knight, and finally The Dark Knight Falls. All were very good stories, but different than a regular story to read as you have to read it very carefully and follow along to not miss an important part. An overview of the story The Dark Knight Returns is that it is set in near-future version of Gotham City and Bruce Wayne is fifty-five years old. At the beginning Batman is retired and crime is starting to take over Gotham City again. Bruce Wayne realizes that he cannot deny being Batman and becomes him after a long ten years of disappearance. Batman eventually first faces Harvey Dent, who was believed to be cured of Two-Face's evil half after a successful plastic surgery operation. The people of Gotham realize this is not true when Dent holds the city for ransom with a bomb. With time Batman defeats Dent only to discover that on the inside Dent is all evil still.
After Batman saves her from a Mutant attack, thirteen year old Carrie Kelley buys herself a knock-off Robin costume and searches for Batman to help him defeat the Mutants. She finds Batman at the city dump where he is fighting the entire army of Mutants and defeats them. Although he defeats the Mutant army he is defeated in a fight against the Mutant leader. Kelley distracts the leader just long enough for Batman and her to escape. Eventually with the help of retiring Commissioner James Gordon, Batman is able to beat the Mutant leader on his own terms. As time passes the Mutants disband and some rename themselves the "Sons of Batman," which means using excessive force with good intentions. When Batman returned and defeated the Mutants, in other places The Joker was awaken from being in a yearlong catatonic state at the Arkham Asylum. The Joker then pretends to want a second chance so he goes onto a talk show, but he murders everyone in the television studio and escapes. Batman and Robin then track the Joker to a county fair where he also murdered many people, and Batman defeats the Joker violently but does not kill him. Since the Joker wants to defeat Batman he breaks his own neck to look as if Batman killed him causing once again a manhunt on Batman.
Near the last big part of the novel Superman comes into the story and sends and electromagnetic pulse through the United States. It causes total chaos throughout the U. S. but causes Gotham to be seen as the safest city in the nation. Eventually, the government sees this as a disgrace and orders Superman to take Batman down, but Oliver Queen who used to be the Green Arrow tells...