Batman: Knightsend Paperback – 18 May 1995
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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.Read more ›
The pacing throughout the Knightfall series is excellent and the beginning of Knightsend is no exception. We see Bruce Wayne ascending to his peak, in tandem with Jean Paul Valley (aka Azareal) descending further into madness. When the immovable object and the irresistible force meet, the opening skirmishes are enthralling and lead to a showdown in the Batcave.
It is in the Batcave, for me, where the wheels come off. The epic final battle is missing. Really, we need a moment that reverses Bruce Wayne's battering at the hands of Bane. Then when Bruce Wayne emerges victorious (as expected), his first decision back as Batman is puzzling. He hands the cape and cowl to Dick Grayson!?!
So the back end of Vol 3 is about Dick Grayson's first forays as Batman. They're good tales, especially when he takes on Two-Face. However, this' meant to be Bruce Wayne's rebirth as Batman. So it'd be much better suited to see tales of Bruce re-asserting himself against the likes of the Joker and repairing his relationships with the likes of Commissioner Gordon and Catwoman.
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
Continuing from the main story arc which resumed right at the very end of Vol. 2, Vol. 3 takes the story to it's expected conclusion as the new Batman, now seen by all beyond doubt found to be unworthy of the Batman mantle and out of control, is challenged by the original Batman. This storyline is much improved from thwe wanderings of Vol. 2 and continues at a brisk pace towards a satisfying and intelligent conclusion after about 300 pages. Thereafter, we are left with more filler featuring Two-face, which is perfectly fine but really directly to do with the Knightfall story arc. In many ways, the theme appears to be going around in circles.
Overall, the real meat of the Knighfall story arc is contained in Vol. 1 which is still a wonderful piece of work. In truth, the complete saga should contain vol. 1, the final 21 pages of vol. 2 and the first 300 pages of vol. 3 - which equates to a total of around 900 pages, meaning the three volumes published here contains around 50% filler. For those expecting 1,800 pages of pure epic storytelling, I'm afraid you'll be sold a bit short by this trilogy, but for general Batman fans, there's a lot of decent bat action here, even if the overall concept is a bit stretched.
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I read a library copy of the paperback
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’... Read more
Really great price- was over double this price in comic shop.Published 17 months ago by Mrs L Taylor
It was a nice volume but volume 1 was the most interesting one...the story behind bane and azrael was really nice...Published 19 months ago by TK82
Product received in perfect condition in good time. Very pleased.Published 19 months ago by Luke Pickering