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Batman: Bk. 5: No Man's Land Paperback – 25 May 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (25 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840232978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840232974
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,976,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

GREG RUCKA has written extensively for all the Batman titles, and has contributed to Batman: No Man's Land Vols 1-4.


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By A Customer on 21 May 2001
Format: Paperback
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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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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This is the fifth volume of No Mans Land. Those who aren't familiar with the story Gotham City has been hit with an earthquake , killing many citizens and destroying much of Gotham's infrastructure and resources . As a result The United States has quarantined Gotham making it a No go zone. The survivors of Gotham must learn to adapt and get through the ruin or die trying, as Batman and co find a way to rebuild and restore Gotham and protect it against the threat of gangs and criminals.

In the last volume Batman's old nemesis Bane entered No Mans Land , posing a potentially formidable threat to the Dark Knight , only to reveal an even greater threat in Lex Luthor.

No Mans Land has to be the best series of Batman stories I've read. The 1st volume showed how value can change in dire circumstances, such as when an apple is more valuable than a 10 carat diamond. And when good men can become undone in lawless city , such as : Gordon dealing with Two-face and Bill Petit. The stories have been fantastic and left the reader waiting to see what's next. Well this story wraps everything up and brings it to a close. Luthor is planning to use his influence to rebuild the city , whilst at the same time using it for an ulterior agenda,
Elsewhere the Batfamily and the GCPD are trying to restore order to Gotham as the Joker plots his next move.

From start to finish I loved this as I did the last 4 volumes. The confrontation between Batman and Luthor was fantastic . It was priceless to see both masterminds square off , whilst at the same time sparring in wits not blows.
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