Frank Miller’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race Cover

Posted: October 7, 2015 in Comic Book News
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Earlier today, DC Comics released a comic book cover for a minicomic, illustrated by writer/artist Frank Miller, to be included with his upcoming title Dark Knight III: The Master Race. While covers from other artists have been released previously, today marks the first time anyone outside of the DC offices has seen cover art by Miller himself. Sadly though, I personally don’t think it holds up well in the face of his earlier work.

Image taken from dccomics.com

First, let’s take a look at what’s on the cover. We see Millar’s Superman hovering in the sky, locked in battle with the Atom while the Bat-Signal shines behind them both. Superman definitely looks like he’s ready for a fight, while Atom appears to be more than a little concerned about his predicament (he is a little small, so it’s hard to tell much of what his face looks like).

However, I’m really not impressed with this cover whatsoever. The proportions are way off on Superman, especially his arms. The wrinkling of his costume on his right leg doesn’t look like just the fabric is being moved; it almost looks like the entire leg is shifting around, while everything else is relatively unchanged. The ‘S’ symbol on his chest is too cartoonish (and that’s really saying something here), while that “ready for a fight” expression I mentioned earlier almost makes him look like a Neanderthal. In short, this is one of the ugliest Superman designs I’ve ever seen.

Does this mean I’m not going to buy any of the upcoming issues? Of course not. Never judge a book by its cover, remember? I’m still excited to see Miller’s DC Universe come back to life, and I’m still excited to see what all Superman is going to do throughout the entire run. However, I’m just not looking forward to seeing this attached to its associated minicomic.

The first issue of Dark Knight III: The Master Race will appear in stores on November 25.

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