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Stream-of-Consciousness Noir Narration
The first thing to remember about Frank Miller is that he is the man behind a few of the greatest stories in the history of the comic book medium. Daredevil’s ”Born Again,” the double-Bat-punch of The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, early Sin City: These are furious acid-pulp masterpieces. And what unifies all of them is Miller’s authorial voice, which often mixes together first-person narration with a more omniscient second- or third-person perspective, creating a dreamlike closeness to the story’s characters. ”Born Again” floats freely through the perspectives of the malevolent Kingpin and downward-spiraling Matt Murdock. Dark Knight Returns gave the older Bruce Wayne a running inner monologue that’s half chiseled-pulp and half ambient koans, like a mixture of Phillip Marlowe and Terrence Malick. And in the most memorable Sin City story, the psychotically heroic Marv sets out to avenge a dead woman?and, in his semi-deluded head, seems to be talking to said dead woman the entire time.
Image Credit: DC; Dark Horse
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