As frustrated as I am with the widespread use of the Miller-inspired template, I genuinely enjoy All-Star Batman and Robin, but almost exclusively because I treat it as a self-parody. In contrast, look at TDKR. It's a a scathing satire of the world of the mid-80s and everything in it, the people, American culture and society, politics, the Cold War, all of it, filtered through Miller's pen and told through the unique language of the comics medium with two of its most enduringly iconic characters. Superman as a government stooge! Batman as a sadistic psychopath! These takes are both contrary to the then standard depictions of both characters, as well as the extreme logical progressions of them. But it's a satire! It's meant to be both unsettling and funny. Year One is less satirical (although it's definitely present) and more Miller railing against the state of New York City at the time of publication, where Miller was living. Both are intensely personal and have sometjing to say, not just darkness and grimness because "It's what the kids think is cool." It's simply an unfortunate consequence that both of these books, in addition to works like Watchmen (which says very similar things as TDKR but in a very different way in terms of form and structure) led to a glut of books that emulate the style but not the substance, and we've been reaping the To cut a long rant short, you have ASBAR, which presents that version of Batman but pushed to positively comical levels, and has absolutely nothing to say. Not even anything of worth, but literally nothing at all, which seems strange when you take into account how political Miller's writing is. I mean, like you said, they paint a whole room (and themselves!) yellow just to screw with Green Lantern. I cannot possibly imagine Miller, even as unhinged as he's seemed the past few years, writing that book sincerely. I really just think he's f-ing with everyone.