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Batman: Knightfall, Part 1: Broken Bat (DC Comics) [Paperback]

Doug Moench , Chuck Dixon
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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6 July 2011
This riveting book sets Batman on a path that will change his life forever. A mass escape from Arkham Asylum and the emergence of Batman's most threatening foe, Bane, sends Gotham City spinning into chaos and takes Batman to the limits of human endurance! These volume is required reading for every Batman fan. Graphic novel format.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (6 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563891425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563891427
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite batman story 3 Aug 2011
This is the book I think of when I think of 90's comics especially 90's batman books. The artwork is fantastic; making the villains appear as evil as they ever were and batman looks striking and dark, just as he should. The only time I have ever seen someone draw batman better was Jim Lee in the book "hush".

The story takes place over 3 volumes and it starts with Bane blowing open a hole in arkham asylum which allows everyone to escape and run rampant in Gotham. This means every major batman villain up to that point is free to do anything they wish and batman has to try recapture all the prisoners. Bane is doing this to test batman, to wear him down so that soon he will break batman and "own Gotham".
The reason I love this story is that throughout the story you can see batman being worn down, slowly having the life drained out of him. The writers Doug Moench and Chuck Dixon push batman to his very limit, they show how much batman really cares for Gotham and how far he will go to protect the innocent.

I would encourage any fan of batman to read this, this has one of the greatest moments in the history of batman comics but I won't spoil it for you. Buy it to find out for yourself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Broken and done" 7 April 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
The masked villain Bane arrives in Gotham with a plan to destroy Batman - release all of Batman's prisoners from Arkham Asylum and once he's gone through them all, he'll be at his weakest and then... then he will break him!

The first part of the Knightfall trilogy is overlong and a bit dull to be honest. It's a good storyline, Bane setting loose a ton of villains into Gotham and then sitting back, waiting for the perfect moment to strike, but all it means is that Batman has to go through each and every villain in a kind of rote, dull way as we slowly see Batman get weaker and weaker.

But why is he so worn out even at the start of the book? It's not explained in the book but the prelude to this is a fight Batman had with Black Mask and his gang which wore him out, along with a venom-juiced up Riddler, followed by what can only be described as a mid-life crisis (I know). Bruce can't sleep nor is he willing to take any rest so he's an exhausted wreck even before Bane sets free the inmates of Arkham.

Luckily Bruce has a new ally in Jean-Paul Valley aka Azrael, a graduate student in Gotham U, who discovers that he's been unconsciously trained from birth to be an assassin for an ancient religious order. While he plays a relatively low role in this book, he's being helped by Tim Drake (Robin) to overcome his conditioning to turn him from a would-be villain to an ally.

I felt there was a lot of crap in this book and a lot of it has to do with aesthetics. Jim Aparo's artwork looks very 90s and is bound to be a turn off to many new Batman readers who've been exposed to tremendous artists like Jim Lee, Tony Daniel, Yanick Paquette, Jock, Frank Quitely, Philip Tan, the list goes on.
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By James
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This by far is the best batman story out there, I've order the "Batman Knightfall Part 02 Who Rules The Night" story aswell.
If you are into batman this is one you need to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Comicbook 25 Mar 2012
By strings
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I must admit i have really enjoyed this book. It is very deep and all the way through it you really feel for Batman and his work load. The art work is very good but not amazing the fight with Bane is Epic. A must buy book for any super hero fan of any age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars broken bat. 12 Feb 2012
after many years of wondering how knightfall started i finally got to read broken bat and i have to say its amazing. the artwrok is brilliant and the slow decent of the dark knight into despair really makes you feel something for him.
i really recommend this to both comic fans and just casual readers. you will enjoy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Bat 22 Sep 2010
By Darktan
Essential reading for any Batman fan particularly if you liked the central idea of someone trying to destroy batman by pushing him to the limits of his endurance in Batman RIP. Features more or less every villain from batman's rogues gallery and shows what happens when wayne is no longer able to act as batman.
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