*DC: One of the seminal works, together with Watchmen and V For Vendetta, which redefined the public perception of comics in the 1980s. Frank Miller’s dystopian opus Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is near-future story of a retired Batman, cynical and jaded, and the catastrophic events which force him to return to the fray with a new partner to confront his oldest enemy. Multiple award winning, this has been constantly in print in myriad formats since its publication – but these are the very first releases, all four Prestige Format volumes. Issues #1, #3, and #4 are first printings; issue #2 is a second printing, which followed almost immediately after the initial release owing to demand. Depicted is issue #1 (1st print) NM £90; for details of the others, see our online list.