Batman Knightfall TP New Ed Vol 03 Knightsend Paperback – 18 Sep 2012
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Dennis O'Neil is the influential writer of comics including BATMAN, GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW, THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and countless other titles. He is also the author of The DC Comics Guide to Writing for Comics (Watson Guptill).Known for his fast-paced, action-oriented plotting, Chuck Dixon is the prolific and acclaimed writer of long runs on BATMAN, ROBIN, NIGHTWING, BIRDS OF PREY, GREEN ARROW and, for Marvel Comics, THE PUNISHER and CONAN.Doug Moench has written novels, short stories, newspaper feature articles, weekly newspaper comic strips, film screenplays and teleplays. His first published work was My Dog Sandy, a comic strip printed in his elementary school newspaper. Moench has worked for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics and many other smaller companies; he has written hundreds of issues of many different comics, and created dozens of characters, such as Moon Knight.
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This picks up where volume 2 left off, where Azrael has asumed the mantle of the Bat, and has taken down Bane to rule over Gotham. However, he plays a very different Batman to that of Bruce Wayne's original; he is prepared to step over the line to get the job done. He is reckless and doesn't protect innocent bystanders, and is not far away from becoming a one man judge, jury and executioner! The visions he has of Saint Dumas are getting stronger, and he is now less his own man, and more the brainwashed drone of ruthless brotherhood.
Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne trains to get his body and mind back into shape to take on Azrael and reclaim the mantle of the Batman.
This final volume is concerned with the epic fight between Bruce Wayne and Azrael, and is not as subtle as the previous two volumes - which is mainly because there is less plot in this one, and more action. If you like huge fights, with a bt less story, then this will be your favourite of the trilogy. In my opinion though, it doesn't have the depth of volume one and two. There are some good pieces where Nightwing and Robin work together to help Batman, and by far my favourite bit of the entire volume is where Bruce Wayne steels himself to jump out off the skyscrapers and swing through Gotham like he used to. He does this a few times, and i thought this was an excellent piece of work, as it shows the doubt in his mind as to whether he can recapture his glory days.
The artwork in this final chapter is probably the best of the whole series, and the set pieces are well done.
All in all, the trilogy is a good one, but there are better ones to read for Batman - such as the Batman Vs Predator titles. It also falls way behind the clever Dark Knight Returns, and some stand alone titles.
Don't get me wrong, i don't hate this series at all, it is just that there are better ones to read!
Enjoy the final chapter!
I was a little reticent to pick this up – one- it is the third and final volume of the ‘Bruce Wayne gets replaced as Batman by Azrael’ trilogy, - two – it is a huge volume covering a swathe of issues produced in the 90s, not renowned for their excellence and – three –could they really stretch the ‘Bruce comes back’ story out that far?
I can heartily recommend it though.
The fact that this is volume 3 is not a problem, it is fairly obvious what has occurred up to the opening of this collection and the story grips straight away.
The artwork is painfully 90s – full of armour and ridiculous panel configurations for the most part but there is some wonderfully drawn issues here as well, especially the Robin chapters.
Stretching the story out is not what happens here at all, the Azrael-Batman persona is dispatched organically and that simply starts the real storyline here off,- the recriminations of the decision to allow Azrael the job in the first place and the glorious phase of Dick Grayson in the Cowl in the excellent Prodigal issues.
This is a fascinating and involving collection with poignant characterisations of all the players throughout , indeed the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson is shown in a most realistic and complex light that is a credit to the writing.
If you can get past the excesses of the 90s, which has to rob this review of its fifth star, this is a quality book worthy of a closer look.
After consulting wikipedia to fill the plot gap, I found the juxtaposition of Bruce Wayne building up and Jean Paul Valley breaking down to be quite interesting. After some epic fight sequences, however, the climax leaves something to be desired. I thought the ending was wrapped up too hastily, leaving me a tad unsatisfied after three massiv volumes.
Overall it was pretty solid but could've done with an initial synopsis of Knightquest and maybe an epilogue providing some sort of aftermath.
Prodigal gives us a nice taste of what it would be like if Dick Grayson was to have the mantle of the bat (before he inherits it properly after Final Crisis). This runs much like the normal Batman comics with Dick coming up against Ratcatcher, Scarface and Ventriloquist and Killer Croc in a villain of the week style. He also deals with the aftermath of Jean Paul in the form of the mutilated Tally Man still bearing his Scars from his encounter with Jean Paul Batman. We also get a nice heart warming father to son chat when Dick confronts Bruce as to why he wasn't given the mantle first instead of Jean.
The Art is abit inconsistent even for a collected edition that collects a variety of different titles with different pencillers. The story is still readable and enjoyable, but after the near perfect and consistent art of Knightfall Volume One I was hoping it would be the same sort of pencil work throughout the entirety of the series.
Definitely a must read to finish off your Knightfall experience and experience the introduction of the new much darker Batman.
Contains Batman #509 - #510, #512 - #514, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29 - #30, #32 - #34, Detective Comics #676 - #677, #679 - #681, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62 - #63, Robin #8 - #9, #11 - #13, Catwoman #12 - #13 and a short story from Showcase '94
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