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All good things must come to an end !
on 14 December 2015
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. Seeing Bill Petit become completely unhinged : considering it been foreshadowing in the stories leading up to it, was good and felt suitably intense in what I can only describe as an epic standoff between him and the Joker. Speaking of Joker he's excellently diabolical in this and is as malevolent as ever as he plans to give the Gothamites something they'll never forget. Huntress is also very good in this ,
it's funny seeing her as the voice of reason to Bill Petit's power trip and she really excels as she beats up Joker's men in an admittedly cool fight. While Bane is somewhat a red herring in the last two stories : including this one, it was certainly a treat to see him give a beat down to the Joker .
The final part in the story has Batman and the GCPD go up against the Joker in a high stake battle which ultimately ends in tragedy and heart ache for one of the characters.
All in all a good read
I highly recommend.