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Batman - Knightfall Part One Broken Bat [Paperback]

Doug Moench , Chuck Dixon , Jim Aparo , Norm Breyfogle , Graham Nolan
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27 Jan 2012 Batman Knightfall
The Dark Knight's greatest enemies have all simultaneously escaped from Arkham Asylum. Batman reaches his physical breaking point as he takes on the Joker, the Mad Hatter, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, the Riddler and Scarecrow, one after another. But things get much worse, when Bane, the man behind all of this madness, confronts an exhausted Batman and cripples him by breaking his back.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (27 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857688588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857688583
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doug Moench is one of the most prolific Batman writers of the last two decades.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ashes to Ashes 22 Jan 2012
After the success DC had with the Death of Superman storyline they decided to use their other mainstream creations in character altering storylines; Green Lantern Hal Jordan was used in Emerald Twilight and Batman was in the Knightfall story arc. By far this is the best of them all.

The main story consists of a new villain emerging in Gotham in the form of Bane. Bane wishes to take control of Gotham and to do that he must go through the one man who will be standing in his way. At first I was not so sure about Bane, I admit that this is solely down to the embarrassingly awful Batman & Robin film, but after reading the first part of the story my opinion had changed completely. Bane is truly one of the most memorable villains I have ever read, his physical presence on each page and incredible mind are really amazing.

Bane realises that to take Batman on is foolhardy so devises a plan to release all the prisoners within Arkham Asylum; with the ensuing chaos Batman singlehandly attempts to bring them all to justice himself, all the while Bane is looking on learning all about his adversary.

Facing opponents like, Joker, Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, The Ventriloquist and more, Batman brings himself to the verge of collapse and exhaustion. Sensing the time is right Bane makes his final move.

The main power of this story is not about Batman vs Bane, in my opinion it is all about how Batman will take himself to the verge of death to protect Gotham and fight crime to enable people the upbringing which was stolen from him. And we see the effects that this chosen path has had on him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New edition available 9 May 2012
I just wanted to let anyone looking at this page's listing know that this book and its immediate successor Who Rules the Night? have been collected into a single volume alongside the origin story Vengeance Of Bane as Knightfall: Volume 1 in anticipation of Bane appearing in this summer's The Dark Knight Rises, and contrary to Amazon's product listing as of early May it is in fact already in the shops. If you already own these two books, you can also pick up Vengeance Of Bane in the recently released Batman Versus Bane which will save you double dipping on the other 600-odd pages in the new edition of Knightfall, whose only other difference is that it now includes the original issues' covers which the older separate editions do not. As for the story itself, I'm a big fan of it as the print equivalent of a big dumb popcorn movie, but if you're looking for something with any degree of depth or symbolism you may find it lacking. The art is decidedly mid-90s DC and the writing just above par, and it's enough of a page turner that even at 25-plus issues you could get through it in one sitting.

If, however, you're buying Knightfall for the first time, start with the new version linked to above, which will be followed up with another pair of huge volumes (as Volumes 2: Knightquest and 3: Knightsend) collecting the rest of the saga including those issues omitted from the older three editions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Batman: Knightfall part 1 25 April 2012
By Bull316
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An excellent story, topped by an a great cliffhanger ending. I know that the ending is pretty much common knowledge but that doesn't reduce it's impact as much as you would think. This epic arc falls short of 5 stars due to some art that has not aged well and some stiff and awkward dialogue in some parts.

Overall I would recommend this to any Bat-fan.
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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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