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Product Details

  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Born in Philadelphia, Pa.

Chuck Dixon has more than twenty-five years of experience in the graphic novel field as an editor, writer and publisher. He has contributed well over a thousand scripts to publishers like DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Hyperion and others featuring a range of characters from Batman to the Simpsons. His comic book adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit continues to be an international bestseller. Considered to be one of the most prolific writers in his field, this award-winning storyteller currently writes G.I. Joe and A-team for IDW, The Good the Bad and the Ugly for Dynamite, The Simpsons for Bongo Comics along with many creator-owned projects for various publishers. He is also the co-publisher of an ambitious line of graphic novels based on the American Civil War.

In addition to his work in graphic novels, Chuck is currently writing a series of action novels about a team of Navy SEALs and their missions in the global War in Terror available on Kindle and Nook. His latest work is BAD TIMES Book One: Cannibal Gold available now through Kindle!

Customer Reviews

This was a good book but it cant compare to vol1.
The Doctor1893
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.
R. Garnica
All the mundane and meaningless encounters between Jean Paul Valley and Gotham's villans are included (as far as I know) - but you know what isn't?
Big Kid

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 31, 2012
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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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. Garnica on June 13, 2012
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Mann on September 29, 2012
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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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Baxuwell on August 3, 2012
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Given my fond memories of reading the original Knightfall and Knightsend stories nearly 20 years ago, I was very excited to see DC collect the complete Knightfall story in three low-cost, comprehensive collections. Though I had never had the opportunity to read the previously uncollected Knightquest arc, given my enjoyment of Knightfall and Knightsend, I had high expectations.

Unfortunately, the Knightquest story has never been collected for a reason: it's pretty terrible. As most readers probably know, Knightquest was split into two parts. The Crusade follows Jean Paul Valley's first adventures as Batman, and (REALLY OLD SPOILER ALERT) descent into madness. The Search follows Bruce Wayne's trying to recover, as well as find Jack Drake. For reasons no one has been able to adequately explain (least of all DC), DC neglected to publish The Search in this collection. Other reviewers have covered this in detail, but this decision makes no sense, and the volume (and entire three volume set) are incomplete without these issues.

As for the story collected here; it's not good. Jean Paul Valley is pretty unlikable, and knowing his run as Batman is due to end limits any suspense that the story might have originally had. His character is intentionally unlikable, but you can only read so many stories about him alienating Bruce Wayne's colleagues. Honestly there's not much more to say, and the story quickly becomes boring. Then it goes on for another 15 issues.

If you haven't read these issues before, I recommend keeping it that way, and skipping ahead to the far superior Knightsend story.
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