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Batman: No Man's Land, Vol. 2 Paperback – April 17, 2012
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Still...narrative and artistic inconsistencies aside, Batman: No Man's Land Vol. 2 represents an important piece of one of the most groundbreaking Batman stories I've ever read. It's well worth your time.
FYI: This review is based upon the April 2012 repackaging of Batman: No Man's Land, Vol. 2.
*Thanks to my fellow customer and commenter below for pointing this out to me!
Back in 1999, DC Comics came out with BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND, a momentous year-long event which ran thru the Batman-related titles, including that of Nightwing and Robin (although, unfortunately, none of their issues were collected in the five No Man's Land trades). In the wake of the filovirus and the earthquake which ravaged Gotham and its denizens, Congress shockingly withholds federal aid and declares the ruined city unsalvageable. Gotham is evacuated and then cut off from the rest of the world. With Batman nowhere in sight, what's left of Gotham rapidly devolves into a savage, near feudal state, with city blocks carved up into fiefdoms by vicious gangs and Arkham Asylum escapees. This is the worst Gotham has ever been.
One hundred days later, Batman finally shows up.
Okay, this stuff happened almost a decade ago, but, what the heck - minor SPOILERS follow now.
BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND, Vol. 2 continues Batman's attempts to reclaim the city from the lawless, except that in this volume he suffers a setback. In Volume 1, he'd already drawn the help of Oracle and the Huntress; here, he forms temporary alliances with the Penguin, who ramrods Gotham's largest black market, and Lock-Up, who now controls Blackgate Prison, which Batman uses to hold captured criminals.
On the GCPD end of things, the GCPD Blue Boys (ex-cops who volunteered to stay in Gotham to uphold law & order) attempt to expand their territory by crossing into the Penguin's border. Ex-Commissioner James Gordon strives to hang on to his principles, even as he feels control of his men eroding away. These issues continue to explore Gordon's bitter disenchantment with Batman, who he feels had abandoned Gotham in its direst need.Read more ›
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #119-121
Batman: Shadow of the Bat #87-88
Detective Comics #734-735
Young Justice in No Man's Land #1
Azrael: Agent of the Bat #56-57
Batman Chronicles #17
This volume is just as good as Batman: No Man's Land, Vol. 1, which you should read before reading this. It throws some more villains in, and even more importantly, some more heroes. Nightwing and Robin finally join the ongoing battle, while a new Batgirl debuts. Penguin continues his business, Two-Face looks to expand his territory, Lock-up runs into some trouble, and Scratch fights Azrael. Azrael is one of the best characters in No Man's Land. His issues were the highlight of the first volume, and they maintain their shine here.
The art, though it varies depending on what series each issue comes from, is overall fantastic. it's nice to see a little change from issue to issue, instead of having the same art throughout. For the 500+ pages you get, the price is really good, especially since all the pages are high quality and in color. As a bonus, all of the original covers are in the back of the book.
The only true blemish is a Catwoman story toward the end. It's a little lame. It features Catwoman facing off against a weird amalgamation of SHIELD and the X-men. Batman sent her to steal from them, but they work for Bruce, but for some reason he just can't get the item himself, and you forget that they're actually not a bad team, but a good team, and--I don't really know.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a TPB that was a blast to read as the No Man's Land Story line just got going. A reprint of a classic story line from the BATMAN universe.Published 23 months ago by R. E. Ruiz
Great service! There is nothing that needs to be improved at all. Will buy from again sometime in the near future.Published 23 months ago by Heather
With all of Gotham destroyed everyone looks for allies where they shouldn't. Criminals with other criminals, and even Gordon trying to trust criminals. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by vince west
I cant really complain about this because I got it for 6 bucks(no joke!) but very little actually happened for a 500+ page book I expected more development. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Sir John Jameson
MINI REVIEW: this is the first of several volumes about a Gotham which has been mostly abandoned by the rest of the world. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by MISTER SJEM
Another great comic to add to my collection of the Batman series of comic books....look forward to order more in the future.Published on August 28, 2013 by Rajinder Ginger
This volume continues upon the events from volume 1. Good story telling, interesting plot lines, great artwork. A must have for any Bat-fan.Published on August 6, 2013 by BassJas
Great story, amazing artists and the overall quality that is DC's trademark on every dark knight publications. A must for every Batman fan!Published on June 2, 2013 by Gustavo Nuñez