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Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1 Paperback – May 1, 2012

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Book 1 of 3 in the Batman: Knightfall Series

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition/First Printing edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401233791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401233792
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I was 7 years old, Knightfall hit the comic world like a ton of bricks. Being 7 made it where I didn't understand comics all that well, but I was enthralled with the designs of Azrael as Batman and the monstrosity that is Bane. It was enough where my father would allow me to pick up the Knightfall issues every 2 weeks. I didn't pick up the entire Knightfall saga because of the hefty amounts of issues involved, but I have scattered issues to this day on the event. And if you're like me, you definitely have been looking around to one day getting the entire event for yourself in some shape or form, either it be single issues or trade paperback. Thankfully, DC has given fans the opportunity in the past 15 years or so in trade forms. But the thing is: it's never been complete.

Batman Knightfall is the first ever Batman event made and DC wanted to make one hell of an impact on that notion. Coming in the middle at the time of the famous Death of Superman story (specifically World Without Superman arc), Knightfall was unleashed to the masses that almost lasted 2 years worth. The event is made up of 3 made sections of the event, with sub-sections. Batman Knightfall the 1st main section, with sub-sections "Broken Bat" and "Who Rules the Night". Batman Knightquest is the 2nd main section, with sub-sections "The Crusade" and "The Search". And finally the last section Knightsend, with the sub-sections "Knightsend Aftermath", "Prodigal", and "Troika". In all 15 years or so, DC has had various reprints of Knightfall and Knightsend, with numerous issues being exempted in-between all the reprints. One of which being the "Prodigal" son trade (which is a small fortune), the "troika" arc, and most famous arc missing every issue: Knightquest. That's about to change.
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Knightfall was the Batman crossover of 1993, with a simple premise: New villain Bane breaks all of Batman's enemies out of Arkham Asylum in an effort to bring Batman to his breaking point. The first half of this collection is a well-paced action story, with Batman stretched to his limits running the gauntlet of villains like Amygdala, Firefly, Poison Ivy, and Mr. Zsasz. When he's beyond exhausted, Bane finally engineers a confrontation, and for the entirety of an issue, beats Batman to a pulp and (SPOILER ALERT for a 20-year old story that made headlines back in the day) breaks Batman's back. New character Jean Paul Valley, aka Azrael, assumes the mantle of Batman, with a decidely darker sensibility than Bruce Wayne (didn't think that was possible, did you?) and eventually takes on Bane himself. This is where the story begins to go off the rails (but more on that in Volume 2.)

The crossover was mostly confined to issues of Batman and Detective Comics, and many of the creators involved are longtime Batman veterans. Chuck Dixon and Doug Moench, usually reliable writers, keep things tightly plotted and briskly paced, and a massive team of artists including Graham Nolan and Jim Aparo give Knightfall the epic feel it deserves. Fans will appreciate the brief appearances in this volume by Oracle, the Huntress, and Anarky, as well as a Joker/Scarecrow team-up and fresh takes on the Ventriloquist and the Riddler. There's a lot to like in this story. However, once Azrael becomes Batman. . . The character is basically a checklist of early 90s antihero character traits, complete with a bad attitude, an armored costume full of pouches, and cringeworthy witty banter. (When Bane says that Gotham City is in his pocket, Azrael retorts with "Prepare to get mugged!
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This book is definitely awesome. However, if you want to read the entire Knightfall story arc you will need to start with some other books. I had read a few of these back when they came out but since the release of The Dark Knight Rises, I wanted to read the entire story. First you need Batman: Sword of Azrael. Then you can start with Knightfall Vol. 1. Volume one starts with Bane's origin. After the origin story the next issue in the Vol.1 TPB is Batman #491. For some reason they left out Batman #'s 488 through 490. These are prelude to Knightfall. They give back story to how Bane comes about his plan for Gotham and how Azrael gets involved in the first place.

So to recap: 1) Batman: Sword of Azrael. 2) Knightfall Vol. 1 (first story only), Insert bookmark, and 3)read Batman #488, 489 & 490. 4) Resume Knightfall Vol 1.

488 - 490 can all be found here on Amazon but 489 is a little pricy for some reason. Apparenty there is something collectible about it. I don't know if there are variant covers or what but you can find issues in good condition for $6 or $7 if you dont want the collectible version.
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This will be very short.

Everything you need to know about the collection is contained on the other reviews. No much I can say about the content, except that is wonderul!

Coolest thing to do is to really collect Knightfall in it's entirity. Volume 1 is the perfect start.

Why do I take 1 star off? Because of the paper quality.

I received my copy today, and although I was very pleased with the lenght and content, the paper left me cold. Is the exact (or almost the same) paper quality as the old editions.

I honestly thought that the newspaper paper wasn't used anymore. Man! I wanted to take two stars out because of that, but I guess the good is bigger than the not-so-good.
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