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About the Author
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.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 330048 KB
- Publication Date : July 3, 2012
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- Print Length : 634 pages
- Publisher : DC (July 3, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B008RNGCAO
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- Best Sellers Rank: #138,458 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This dense collection was in many ways difficult to go back and read, mostly because I had forgotten how much comics had changed since. This arc is very nineties, which is to say everything is "EXTREME!" The muscles are big, the guns are big, the colors and shading are intense. The dialogue is laid on real thick. It's over the top without necessarily always knowing it. But that's not inherently bad or good, it's just very of the time. So a reader going in and not suspecting it might be thrown.
But hindsight is always 20/20, and it's difficult to judge such an old arc in retrospect, so I'll only say that the value in the collection lies in memorializing a major event in Batman's history. If your'e out to learn about Batman or collect some of the major arcs, this is for you. If you want subtle or gradual storytelling that's more associated with Batman in later eras, this may not be for you. But there's no denying that this is one of the major stories that Batman fans have to experience at least once.
A hero must fall so that he can rise again. When he is broken, the pieces can only come back together with time.
It's a fairly sizable collection- unlike previous comic collections which mark themselves as the first "volume" and only have a couple hundred pages the most, this one clocks in at over 600 pages. I was worried at first that this was purely a case of quantity over quality, but the issues collected within are great, and even the filler is bearable. For the most part, a newcomer to the Batman series can pick up the beginning of Knightfall and understand the story quickly as it doesn't rely on previous story arcs all that much (just know Batman is still bummed out about the death of the previous Robin, Jason Todd). It also adds some interesting stories set within the world, including two that follow Scarecrow and Anarky. It also includes the origin story on Bane that was published afterwards, which I think is a good way to add some further depth to Bane.
The art, like many comics, varies depending on which issue is read, so it might be jarring for some (especially in the Shadow of the Bat Scarecrow special). Overall the quality to me was good for all of the artists involved, and I think is a good highlight of how varied art can be in the American comics scene.
The only complaint I would have about this collection, having read Knightfall for the first time in my life, is that the story references a prior confrontation with Bane by both Jean-Paul and Killer Croc. I found myself trying to flip around the volume looking for this, but I guess these were printed before the Knightfall arc was formally started. The paper quality leaves something to be desired, so be careful handling it.
Highly recommended from me, especially if Amazon has it marked down in price.
Top reviews from other countries
Volume one represents the first part of the Knightfall trilogy and is followed by Knightquest and Knightsend, all averaging over 600 pages making for an 1,800 page epic storyline. Volume one was originally published as two separate volumes, 'Broken Bat' and who 'Rules the Night', what these editions didn't have was the 61 page 'Vengeance of Bane' origin story which is included here and really kick-starts the saga by explaining Bane's motive and ambition. Thereafter, the content is identical to the previous editions, charting Batman's infamous first battle with Bane, Batman's subsequent reinvention and the resulting rematch. Bane's scheme of using the full arsenal of Batman's enemies against him brings all the big names into the frame. The sub-stories are still great and all contribute to the overall story arc. The primary story arc is terrific and a genuine touchstone in comic history. Considering this is part one of a trilogy, however, the ending doesn't leave many loose ends other than how the new Batman will cope with the responsibility of the mantle of the bat.
The paper and print quality are both excellent. All three volumes are well bound. The only issue here being that all the real drama of the Knightfall saga is effectively captured within this one volume. Purists will probably be unable to resist collecting all three volumes but in truth there Vols 2 and 3 are a little padded out, particularly Vol. 2, and Bane isn't seen again.