Dark Knight III: The Master Race is a horribly named comic book that continues Frank Miller’s Dark Knight series, set to debut in just a few weeks time. Miller is joined by co-writer Brian Azzarello and artist Andy Kubert for this third volume, and with Azzarello in the mix I had my fingers crossed that Eduardo Risso would be a part of this all at some point. Risso is an amazing artist, so much so that he could make a project as misguided and unnecessary as this something worth looking at, at least.
Luckily for us, we’re going to get Eduardo Risso in the best way possible. Each issue of Dark Knight III comes with a mini-comic focusing on a different character, and the mini-comic for Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 is going to focus on Wonder Woman and feature art from Risso. Presumably it’ll still be written by Miller and Azzarello, which is a burden the art will have to overcome, but Risso’s been making writers look good for ages. I’m excited to see him take on Wonder Woman, and I’m curious to see what the story will cover. Something that bridges the gap between All Star Batman and Dark Knight would be fun; Miller’s feminazi Wonder Woman in All Star Batman is pretty ridiculous, but also I love her.
Risso is doing a cover for the mini-comic as well. It’s the ominous, fierce image at the top of this post. No one does shadows like Risso. Look at those eyes coming out of the black under her tiara. This news is making we want to go reread 100 Bullets again.
There’s also been word that the poorly chosen title “The Master Race” might be a reference to Lara, Wonder Woman and Superman’s daughter from The Dark Knight Strikes Again, and that this new race of superbeings will play a key role in the story. Details remain sparse, but that does sound like something that Miller’s Batman wouldn’t be very into and would want to punch. I have no idea if Lara will be a key part of Risso’s mini-comic because we have literally no details on that book other than that Risso is drawing it and Wonder Woman is the focus.
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 is out in comic shops and online on December 23, so go pick that up if you’re intrigued by a Risso-drawn Wonder Woman tale. Or buy it for your friends and family for Christmas! Nothing says stocking stuffer like a super racist sounding comic book. On second thought, maybe buy the book, pitch the main part, and gift just the pretty Wonder Woman mini-comic to all of your friends and family.