The Identity of the Master Race is Revealed in TDK III Book Two

Thursday, 24 December 2015 - 7:46PM
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Thursday, 24 December 2015 - 7:46PM
The Identity of the Master Race is Revealed in TDK III Book Two
The Master Race's final issue of 2015 hit shelves this week, continuing what seems to be the start of another great tale concerning Gotham's Caped Crusader. There was quite a lot of hype about this new miniseries, as Frank Miller, who started the Dark Knight Universe with his seminal 1986 series 'The Dark Knight Returns,' reportedly worked on the project to some extent with author Brian Azzarello. So far it's lived up to that hype, with the first two issues already showing a marked improvement from the last installment in the series, The Dark Knight Strikes Again.

This week's issue picked up with Carrie Kelley, who was captured by the cops when wearing the Batsuit in Book One. She was interviewed by Commissioner Yindel about the whereabouts of Bruce Wayne before being transported to Blackgate, but of course she never arrived at her destination. Midway through the transport, Kelley was sprung from the armored police truck and taken to the location of Batman.

Also during the issue, everyone's suspicions were confirmed concerning the identity of the Master Race when Ray Palmer succeeded in causing the miniature residents of Kandor to become life sized once again. It seems as if a religious cult gained control in the city and were the only ones to go through the conversion process - their leader killed Palmer immediately after the transition was complete.

Other than this, however, not much else took place in Book Two of TDK III. In the Wonder Woman mini comic included in the issue, there was some brief interaction between Diana and her daughter, Lara, who evidently has chosen to embrace the Kryptonian side of herself over the Amazonian side. It's possible that this could be foreshadowing a possible changing of sides for Lara later in the series, but it's still too early to tell for sure.

Though TDK III has definitely been a slow-burn thus far, it's still quite an interesting book. More pressing questions have arisen, as it seems that Carrie Kelley and Bruce Wayne may have planned for Carrie to get caught and questioned - possibly to spread fake news about Batman's death? Likewise, Bruce is on crutches now, so does that mean he won't be spending any time in the suit? Also, what will become of the frozen Superman, who hasn't been seen since the first issue?

So far, TDK III definitely shows more of a resemblance to The Dark Knight Strikes Again than to TDKR, but it's also proven to be a much better comic. However, the beginning of TDKSA was undoubtedly the strongest point in the story as well, so it's still possible that the Master Race could follow suit. Azzarello and Miller have definitely done what they need to get the audience hooked, though, and hopefully TDK III will get the series out from under the shadow of the TDKSA and back in good standing once again.
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