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Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 2: Knightquest Paperback – May 29, 2012
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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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BATMAN KNIGHTFALL VOL.2: KNIGHTSQUEST collects all of "The Crusade" arc.
DETECTIVE COMICS #667-675
SHADOW OF THE BAT #19-20, 24-28
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice quality. They are exactly what my son wanted, all the comics published in one book.Published 2 months ago by dlg
My son is a big fan of all Batman series, far better price than our local comic storePublished 2 months ago by Ichael Paul Katesm
Always been a big fan of batman in general, and in the 90's seeing him replaced by azreal was awesome. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brad Turner
The possibility of a new Batman, heir to the cowl is amazing.Published 4 months ago by Raul Gonzalez Jr.
The second volume of the amazing Knightfall event, and also the part where this collection starts to fall off a little. Writing wise, this comic book is just as great as the first. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gregory Cox