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Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 2: Knightquest Paperback – May 29, 2012

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Dennis O'Neil is the influential writer of comics including BATMAN, GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW, THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and countless other titles. He is also the author of The DC Comics Guide to Writing for Comics (Watson Guptill).

Known for his fast-paced, action-oriented plotting, Chuck Dixon is the prolific and acclaimed writer of long runs on BATMAN, ROBIN, NIGHTWING, BIRDS OF PREY, GREEN ARROW and, for Marvel Comics, THE PUNISHER and CONAN.

Doug Moench has written novels, short stories, newspaper feature articles, weekly newspaper comic strips, film screenplays and teleplays. His first published work was My Dog Sandy, a comic strip printed in his elementary school newspaper. Moench has worked for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics and many other smaller companies; he has written hundreds of issues of many different comics, and created dozens of characters, such as Moon Knight.


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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; New edition edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235369
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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With The Dark Knight Rises coming out this year, DC has been pumping out as much work on Bane as they could deem possible. The most prominent aspect of this is the introduction of Bane in Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1. This new version of the famous opening arc was pitch perfect in my opinion. It truly has all of the "Broken Bat" and "Who Rules the Night" arcs, as well as the fabulous "Vengeance of Bane" story for a perfect start of making a truly complete collection of the entire Knightfall saga. Now comes the ever-sought after Knightsquest arc, because none of the issues have ever been collected before--until now. The second volume of these new 2012 Knightfall saga editions offers up just about all of the entire arc, but misses out on some aspects from Knightfall and even Knightsend.

BATMAN KNIGHTFALL VOL.2: KNIGHTSQUEST collects all of "The Crusade" arc.

SHADOW OF THE BAT #19-20, 24-28
BATMAN #501-508

This also collects ROBIN #7 from "The Search" arc.

Vol.2 picks up after the events of Vol.1 which talks about the new Batman in charge of Gotham, Jean-Paul Valley, which defeated Bane, while Bruce Wayne is off in the other side of the world trying to heal his broken back. Much of Gotham's gangs under Bane have disbanded now and are fighting each other for power desperately, since the "new" Batman has gotten a new brutal reputation among the Gothmites. Knightsquest's focuses predominantly on Jean-Paul's exploits as Batman for the time being, as he takes on the ideals of the Batman, fighting numerous rouges (new and old), and is fighting his old assassin-brain washed ways of "The System.
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Another review mentioned that there are several issues missing from this paperback. I'm giving this three stars because having read the book, this information is vital. As it is, you read the last issue in the set and all of the sudden, Wayne is back! There is another issue where they mention him healing, show him, that is, but aside from that, it seriously disrupts the overall narrative.

What I like: Jean Paul Valley (JPV) is struggling with what justice is all about. His brainwashing from the System has him conflicted and he begins to hallucinate, to the point of costing people their lives because of his inability to judge right from wrong. He is also wondering how Wayne was able to put up with all the crime and violence and still maintain his sanity. Throughout it all, he grows indifferent, only focusing on his view of righteousness, to the point of literally armoring the Bat-suit far beyond anything Wayne had ever developed.

What I don't like: the missing info. I want this and the book would be more complete with it. I'm not sure if they plan on including the missing issues in the Knight's End segment, which would not make much sense, but at least give us the info we need.

To bad DC decided to leave them out, what with this being the first time they created a paperback for Knightquest. If you're going to set out the story, do so. Don't leave missing information.
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After months of debating whether or not to buy this volume I decided to finally give it a shot and I'm glad I did. I knew going in that this would be Jean Paul Valley focused and that "Knightquest: The Search" had been excluded. Last night I read this volume in one sitting and overall I enjoyed it, especially the chapters written by Chuck Dixon. The book does have a consistent tone but there is definitely filler here, especially the Catwoman 4-parter, the Three Stooges, and the Clayface story... basically almost half the book LOL. I think with a few cuts DC probably could have included essential chapters from "The Search", especially "Quarry" which explained how Bruce recovered from his broken back. But in the end missing gaps can easily be filled elsewhere; after all I don't hear anyone complaining about the loose end from Vol. 1 involving Catwoman hitching a ride on Bruce Wayne's private jet (which was followed up in her own series). In the end this book is very entertaining and with a few trims could have been just as essential as Vol. 1.

DC still has the opportunity to wrap up the loose ends by releasing a Knightfall Companion... which would include some of the issues leading up to Knightfall (namely the Azrael intro, Bane vs Killer Croc Round 1, and Riddler on venom), Knightquest: The Search, Batman: Troika (the aftermath of Batman: Prodigal), and Vengeance of Bane II, which would serve as a nice bookend to the series. But all in all I'm satisfied with what we have.
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This oversized trade collects all of Knightquest: The Crusade, the follow-up to Knightfall, and follows Jean-Paul Valley, aka Azrael, as the new Batman. If you're nostalgic for the comics of the 90s, read this. It'll definitely disabuse you of the notion that Batman should use guns and kill criminals.

Reading this, one has to wonder how serious DC was about making Azrael into Batman. It was never going to be a permanent change, but it did provide a chance to develop new ideas in the Bat-mythos. While there are some things in the story that make the mantle of the Bat Azrael's own (i.e. the new armored Batman costume that looked awesome in 1994, and a rocket sled Batmobile), most of the stories collected here simply serve as a reminder of better stories featuring the Bruce Wayne Batman. Bruce Wayne's supporting cast becomes Jean-Paul Valley's, and their relationships with him can all be described as "slowly realizing that someone new is Batman, and then quickly realizing that he's nuts". Batman's Rogues Gallery remains largely the same, except for a few boring new villains such as the Tally Man and the Trigger Twins. There are some interesting new takes on the old villains (i.e., the Joker as a movie producer trying to kill Batman on film, Clayface and Lady Clayface in love and on the run with their baby) In the end, this new Batman divides his time between brooding in the Batcave or on rooftops, delivering monologues that are all variations on how crime-ridden Gotham City is and how he must save the city by punishing the guilty, and brutally beating the villains until he finally goes too far and kills one. In other words, this is Spawn as Batman. As many other reviews have noted, this volume also does not collect the parallel storyline, Knightquest: The Search, which explains how Bruce Wayne heals his broken back. If memory serves, the story wasn't exactly Watchmen, but it leaves an already poor storyline feeling incomplete too.
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