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Batman: Knightfall Part One: Broken Bat Paperback – September 3, 1993
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The biggest problem with Knightfall is that the actual story begins here, but there are countless back-issues of comics and collected editions that you'll need to pick up to understand how everything got to this point. Who is Bane and what does he have against Batman? Go find 'Vengeance of Bane'. Where'd Jean Paul Valley come from? Read 'Sword of Azreal'. What's the drug called venom? Pick up 'Batman: Venom.' Why's Batman so exhausted? There's no direct answer to that one, but it starts with the death of the second Robin in 'Batman: A Death in the Family'. When did Bane beat up Killer Croc and pump the Riddler with venom? There are two individual back-issues you'll need to read to answer those questions. Even chapter 1 of this book, where Bane destroys Arkham, is not technically a part of the Knightfall saga - Knightfall actually begins with the Mad Hatter story. While it's still possible to enjoy Knightfall without reading all this supplemental history, it's not quite as satisfying without it.
Still, fans of Batman definitely need to read Knightfall. One of the interesting things DC Comics did was give fans the false impression that the changes happening were *permanant*; Batman would really be replaced for the rest of the series.Read more ›
But it is the execution that most readers seem to be quibbling about. The individual comic book stories in which Batman tracks down the escapees from Arkham are not especially memorable, whereas the goal would be almost for each episode to stand on its own as well as lend itself to a geometric progression of the Batman's troubles. The exception that proves the rule would be the climax of "Die Laughing," where Batman gets a does of the Scarecrow's fear-gas, which only dredges up the Joker's killing of Robin as his greatest fear.Read more ›
Powered by the Venom derivitave, the Spartan and immensely powerful Bane unleashes a torrent of madness on Gotham in the form of Arkham's inmates; the depths of The Dark Knight's obsession are plumbed as he attempts to save Gotham. All the while Bane watches, and measures the Detective.
Overall, a true turning point in the Batman mythos; with his body broken and battered past the point of exhaustion, we truly see Bruce Wayne driven with an almost fatalist determination, a determination that brings him face to face with a villanous perversion of his own discipline, and perhaps, the unthinkable: life without the Bat.
The Highlights: Bane breaks all of the prisoners out of Arkham Asylum in order to wear down an already sick Batman. It leads to the legendary moment of Bane breaking Batman's back. It features lots of villains, and Batman's determination to save Gotham City at all costs.
Things to Consider: It's a great story, but compared to the newer Batman stories, it does seem a little cheesy at times. The art is done in the classic 90's style, which I enjoy, but may not be for everyone.
This story does end on a downer: the defeat of Batman. That did leave me wanting to read the next book, though! This may not be essential Batman reading, but it's a classic and worth the read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bane is the best villain to bad the movie did not stay true to formPublished 3 days ago by Derrick A. Mcdaniel
Originally written 5-15-11
Gotham City is facing a potential peril when a costumed criminal named Bane steals a cache of weapons. Read more
How could you not own this? One of the most important Batman stories.Published 16 months ago by Said with Zig
Good edition, good condition, nothing wrong with it but this storyline is terrible. I couldnt stomach anymore by the time i finished the 2nd book.Published 19 months ago by G33k3r
An excellent product for which I do not regret buying at the time. It is a true collector's item. I recommend it.Published 22 months ago by Jorge Augusto Paredes Bermúdez
Simple one of the best stories of Batman ever made.
And this is a great edition. Graphic Novel size and style.
My son was a very happy kid to get this book he is really into Bat man this also came in a very timely matterPublished on February 3, 2014 by Pen Name
great comic, great condition. I hope that my brother loves it, his first comic and bane is is favorite villain.Published on November 25, 2013 by silkykeno