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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (31 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563897091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563897092
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.1 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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GREG RUCKA has written extensively for all the Batman titles, and has contributed to Batman: No Man's Land Vols 1-4. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2001
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The best volume in the series gets back to Batman basics, beginning like Batman: Year One. Joker is as bad as ever, desperately seeking the limelight after lying dormant for almost a year.
The heart-thumping Joker plot search is one of the best Batman/Joker moments ever. Get this, even if you, like me, were not too impressed with the earlier volumes, this makes a complete set much more worthwhile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. W. Steel VINE VOICE on 11 Nov 2007
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This is the concluding part to the No Man's Land series which has spanned six books. It began with Cataclysm and then went from volumes one to this, the fifth volume.
The fourth volume ended with Lex Luthor on the scene, looking to put Gotham back together, and the Joker beginning his moves to bring madness to what was left of the city.
In essence this volume ties up all the loose ends to all the plot lines that have been going on through all the six books. The Joker gets plenty of action and the scenes where he is involved are excellent - full of mayhem, madness and utter psychotic behaviour. The Huntress is dealt with in an equally well thought out way. Batman visits Lex Luthor in some nice set pieces to 'persuade' him to leave Gotham. But the real twist to the tale is a tragedy that strikes at commissioner Gordon.... I won't spoil this plot twist for you, you will have to read this volume yourself.
So what is good about this final volume? Firstly - the Joker is superb. The artwork is also very good throughout. The plot lines are dealt with properly as well. The commissioner Gordon twist is top drawer comic writing is also excellent.
But this graphic novel also has some flaws that are inherent with the series. Personally, there are not many series that stretch over 6 volumes, and it feels too long to me. The idea is excellent, but the writers haven't paced it properly or made the most of the potential storylines in whole year that the series takes place in. Firstly, the Lex Luthor angle fades from the book, when it should have gone out with a bang. It seems incomprehensible that Superman would not have made an appearance to stop Luthor's scheme. And that scheme although clever, is not nearly dark, or menacing enough.
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And so we come to the end of (what is in my opinion) the worst Batman event book ever, No Man's Land, Volume 5.

No Man's Land's basic setup fails to convince me so throughout the series I've never really believed any of this could happen anyway: a massive earthquake destroys Gotham so the US Government abandons it, leaving the remaining citizens to fend for themselves for over a year. I know Bush 2 and FEMA abandoned those devastated by Katrina for a week but they ended up helping those people eventually and helped get Louisiana and surrounding states back on their feet. So abandoning one of the biggest (fictional) cities in America because of earthquake damage for a year never made sense to me.

That's the first big boo-boo - the second is that Bruce Wayne would abandon Gotham too! The Dark Knight of Gotham would just wander off and bum around Monaco while his city - HIS city - was in ruins? Makes no sense at all. But that's how Book 5 starts off, with Bruce shooting craps in Monaco. Ok, whatever Greg Rucka. Oh and Greg Rucka is one of the most overrated writers in comics today - I've yet to read something of his I've enjoyed unreservedly and NML stands as one of his worst achievements to date. It doesn't help that this Bruce in Monaco sequence is illustrated by the godawful Greg Land.

But while the US government have abandoned Gotham, Lex Luthor hasn't and he shows up doing what the government should've been doing on Day 1, and sets about rebuilding the wrecked city. But Lex being Lex, he's got more sinister plans... and here's a perfect example of why Rucka is such a piss-poor writer - his depiction of Luthor is of the cackling, hand-rubbing cartoonish villain sort that hacks resort to when they've got no ideas of their own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Gotham redeemed... 30 Sep 2008
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When Gotham was reduced to broken buildings and rubble by an earthquake registering 7.6 on the Richter scale, the city was deemed to be beyond repair by Congress. Gotham was evacuated and then its bridges blown up, its tunnels made inaccesible, its waterways mined. Those who remained in this No Man's Land were very much on their own. Without law and order, without electricity and running water, without its champion the Batman, Gotham descended into anarchy. Urban warfare erupted, as gangs carved up their own tribal territories and terrorized the weak and the innocent. One hundred days later, the Dark Knight finally appeared.

BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND was published nearly a decade ago, so none of this is really top secret stuff anymore. Still, SPOILERS alert for the following:

BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND Volume 5 is the final entry in the trades collecting the year-long No Man's Land story arc, which originally published in 1999. It starts with "Ground Zero," a 52-paged tale which takes us back to the early days of No Man's Land and fills in the gap between Bruce Wayne's failed attempt to influence Congress and Batman's eventual return to Gotham. This story also details how the Huntress became Batgirl. Bolstering the must-read factor is some of fantabulous artist Greg Land's early work.

Back to present-day No Man's Land. By the 312th day, most of the gangs and supervillains have been taken out. After grueling months of scheming and feverish fighting, Batman finally senses an ending. In "Shellgame" Lex Luthor begins his publicity campaign to "save" Gotham and the Joker feels left out (never a good thing). As these issues begin, Batman and Commissioner Gordon may have reconciled but the same can't be said for Batman and the Huntress. The Huntress has joined up with vicious ex-cop Pettit and his Strong Boys, and, certainly, Batman believes there'll be some fallout from that. "Endgame" is the big finale to No Man's Land and features a Batman engaged in a showdown on two fronts - with Luthor, as his real estate takeover is revealed and with Joker, who on Christmas Eve has kidnapped Gotham's babies. It all culminates with Gotham City at last on its way to recovery, but there is also one final shattering tragedy.

NO MAN'S LAND is one of the most ambitious storylines the Batman brain trust has ever attempted, and, if Wikipedia's right, only about half of the related comic book issues made it into these trade collections. I really enjoyed this huge story arc, a bit more even than KNIGHTFALL (see Batman: Knightfall, Part One: Broken Bat), which is also tremendous. I won't even harp too much on that the overall artwork failed to match the epic feel of this comic book event. But I'm into post-apocalyptic adventures, and this one definitely qualifies. And not only does NO MAN'S LAND focus on the Bat, but his supporting cast also gets plenty of attention. Sharp character development went into Oracle, James Gordon and Sarah Essen, the Huntress, and the near-mute Cassandra Cain. Cassandra, in particular, emerges as my favorite character in all this, and it was pretty inevitable that she would garner her own monthly series as the all new, all different, all kick-@&& Batgirl. Matter of fact, if I could point out one of the few faults in this trade, it's that Batgirl isn't much on-camera. Okay, I also didn't like that, most of the time here, Robin simply skulked around, keeping tabs on the Huntress and the Strong Boys. But these petty quibbles of mine don't change the fact that NO MAN'S LAND is a gripping, intense, and - despite the sometimes dubious artwork - well-presented adventure.


As I've mentioned elsewhere, for those who just don't have the time or inclination to read the five trades collecting BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND, Greg Rucka adapted the thing into a truly terrific novel (Batman: No Man's Land).
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By D. E. FOREMAN - Published on
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A great series of books, but why a vol 5 when it's contents are all in Vol 4. Amazon should some how post that in the description. Otherwise a great story, with some good surprises. But REMEMBER, " Batman Cataclysm " first,'s very important to the story line.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
dont buy 31 Mar 2013
By Paul J Williams - Published on
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if you have vol 4 dont buy this because its contents are already in vol 4. Great series for any batman fan
This is a review 12 Feb 2011
By Dillon Johnstone - Published on
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In all honesty, with a storyline like this, you can't help but wonder how they would conclude it. But this really doesn't disappoint, in my opinion. Some could definitely say that it's boring, but that may be due to the fact that it's building up towards the ending.

I'm sure that for many, this series may seem a bit of a stretch to go out of your way to get simply because of the lack of sellers. But it doesn't disappoint. It was like watching a game of Risk unfold, which of course, had certain buearocratic and political elements in which Batman uses every means at his disposal. It has shown that even when all the playing cards seem to be in the villains hands, it's nothing more than all of them standing together at the tip of a pencil. If Batman could find a way to make the tip break, he will.
Same as volume 4 30 April 2014
By shawn m serra - Published on
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The one star isn't for the book, it's that this is literally the same as volume 4. There is nothing new. So buy volume 4 and don't waste your time with this one.
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