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3 hours ago, Dread said:

I think the general company line on Batman is that he wears the symbol on his chest to offer a target as a subconscious suggestion to shoot there rather than anywhere else.

I have long had the head canon that a rookie Batman -- who originally only had the black bat on his chest -- saw Superman with his bright red and yellow crest getting shot in the chest, and thought, "You know, putting a yellow border around this bat might be a good idea."

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Over the years I have done a hard flip on The Dark Knight Returns. While I used to love it, now I can barely stand it.

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I had the growing pain with it. As it stands, it's still a mostly-slick piece of writing, and Miller's best Batman-focused work (cuz Year One's Gordon focused). It meanders by the fourth chapter, and the artwork gets worse, but I think it generally holds up. The first issue is one of the best written comics of all time IMO.

It's one of those stories like Watchmen where people took the wrong lessons from it. Writers a generation later started characterizing Batman like he was 55 and crazy in the modern era, no taking into account all of the context TDKR was under. It's legacy is worse than the book itself.

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