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Batman: No Man's Land, Vol. 1 Paperback – December 13, 2011
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The story is great, both in its scope and execution, featuring an excellent opening story arc written by Bob Gale (screenwriter of the Back To The Future trilogy) and the incredible debut of Greg Rucka in the Batman mythos, who will be the main writer of the No Man's Land saga to its end.
This book edition is great, and a true bargain considering it's a 500 plus pages softcover for just 29.99 (less than 20 bucks with Amazon's discount). It was a GREAT surprise to notice that the paper stock used by DC for this edition is considerably better than the cheap lightweight paper stock they use for most of their TPBs editions (I own many GL and Batman TPBs and the difference is remarkable). The binding is glued but is really solid, so you won't have spine issues.
The book includes:
- Batman: No Man's Land #1
- Batman #563-566
- Detective Comics #730-733
- Batman: Shadow Of The Bat #83-86
- Batman: Legends Of The Dark Knigh #116-118
- Azrael: Agent Of The Bat #51-55
- Batman Chronicles #16
I have only 2 complaints about the book: many of the Azrael pages feature low or mid quality reproduction, it seems that those pages were scanned. But this only happens with the Azrael issues, the rest of the comic books are perfectly reproduced. And the cover gallery misses Batman 563 cover by Scott Campbell, lets hope they include it in Vol.2.
Another thing to note is that the "Road To No Man's Land" issues are NOT included. It would be great if DCs publishes a "Volume 0" featuring them after they complete this series, but don't worry, because No Man's Land reads just fine without them.
But all in all I'm extremely happy with this edition. This product features a SUPERB price/quality relationship and is truly deserving of its 5 stars.
I would like to extend to you a recommendation to buy this book. To tell you a bit about myself. I have had a very brief history with comics. I have only been into super-heroes and serious reading for about 4 months now, but have had quite extensive experience with Batman in the past through the many movies, animated series, and animated direct-to-DVD releases. Batman books I have read include: Dark Knight Returns, Dark Victory, Long Halloween, The Killing Joke, Knightfall Vol. 1-3, Year One, and Joker. Of course now I have read No Man's Land Vol. 1. So this is my basic piece on the book. It's not for beginners, I'll tell you three basic reasons why before I go into any detail. This book exposes the reader to a large amount of characters, which might be good or bad for a beginner, I know, but I'll also perhaps elaborate with the following reasons. There are many writers and artists who worked on this story, so there are a few character inconsistencies. Also, there are many stories that just plain don't star Batman. There are huge chunks of the book that heavily feature Jim Gordon, Huntress, and even just random survivors. So perhaps one should familiarize themselves with the setting of Gotham a bit more, as this is more a book about Gotham than it is about Batman.
Other people have gone into what issues this collects, so I won't repeat what they have said in any detail. I will, however, tell you the amount of content in this book is well worth $30. I've also noticed people aren't mentioning the difference between the old printings and the new in any detail. The 5 original TPBs allegedly (haven't read them) collect only 40 of the actual 80 issues printed for this event.Read more ›
Before this new edition the No Man's Land saga was published in 5 smaller paperbacks with only the core storyline. These NEW editions are the complete story. So make sure which one you're gonna buy. The NEW paperbacks have some reviews under them of the OLD paperbacks.
It's a bit confusing, but I hope I made everything clear.
I used to have the 5 trades for No Man's Land. I always thought those were one of the finest Batman sagas of all time, and I still do.
Something I didn't liked about my 5 trades was the paper quality. Pretty much the same paper the issues use to have.
Anyway, I got this new edition even when I got the old ones, and I couldn't be happier!!!!!
First is the quality. This is a big trade with nice strong glossy paper that makes the art looks as good as new. Pretty much like the art in Gotham Central books. Simply magnificent.
Then there's the content. This new edition brings several issues not included on the original trades. There's Azrael and Huntres comics I didn't read before, and makes it a bigger, sweeter story.
And last but not least is how the edition was made. There's a VERY helpful index at the begining of the book that met you know what issue your reading. At the end you'll also find a neat cover gallery. Most of those I didn't saw before (like Alex Ross cover art for No Man's Land #1).
Anyway, if your new to comics, get this NOW!! If you already have this edition, get this NOW!!
I sild my old books so I could afford this one. Not that I'm impling this book is expensive. This book is rightly priced for the content, so I'm more than happy with it, and so will you!!
10 stars out of 5!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fantastic and deep story that is very well written. In the first half of the book we get one of the best scarecrow stories ever written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joey
This is a challenging collection to review, as it encapsulates so many characters, artists, and writers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stuart S
Wasn't a huge fan, story was good and design was fun, but didn't get hookedPublished 6 months ago by Pmkelly
I've really enjoyed having one giant story arc available in nice thick volumes, rather than a whole pile of individual comics from multiple heroes. Read morePublished 9 months ago by marla a. sharp
I'm actually surprised that this is getting highly positive reviews. Not because I don't like it, but because comic fans are very harsh on this story in general. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Edwin O. Eschberger
Whereas the Batman: Knightfall collected graphic novels tell the story in somewhat of a chronological order, the No Man's Land collections seem to bounce around like a windsock. Read morePublished 12 months ago by AMJones
This was excellent, it was an interesting take on the survival instincts of Gotham. Just the idea of Batman having a partnership of sorts with a couple villians for the good of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jamaall Knight
This is how Batman is meant to be. Except for the art in the story where Batman takes on the Penguin. Other than that, it's all good.Published 23 months ago by Kindle Customer